Online learning is not easier learning. Michigan Tech online students, regardless of their program, receive the same education, at the same pace, along the same path as campus students. This rigorous education gives our online students the same opportunities for success. Follow our advice and become an online student at Michigan Tech today.
Is Online Right for Me?
Don't live in Houghton? That's OK! Online learning at Michigan Tech, which provides greater flexibility, can fit around your busy schedule wherever you are. With proper planning, the convenience of online learning allows you to upgrade or change your career path.
Plan Your Education
Your success is up to you. Students who do well tend to follow these online education tips:
Online courses can require more time—plan a minimum of three hours per week per credit hour. Be comfortable with and have reliable access to adequate technology and resources. Some other requirements:
- acquire your own textbooks as soon as possible
- dedicate specific times to your course
- read closely and carefully
- take notes on your assigned readings and videos
- study in a quiet place, away from distractions
- interact regularly with your classmates and instructor
- participate enthusiastically in course discussions and activities
- find a proctor for exams (if necessary)
Manage Yourself, Your Time
We're talking self discipline. Online learning at Michigan Tech is not "learn at your own pace." There may be no set class time, but there are deadlines! Be proactive, manage your schedule, and plan ahead for emergencies.
Interaction with instructors may not be immediate. Forge your own path, set goals, and proactively ask questions. This independence can work to your advantage.
Computers can crash, power can go out, and files may fail. Being calm, resourceful, and planning ahead helps you be successful and the problem-solving abilities will serve you well.