Work with professors—experienced practitioners as well as skilled educators—who will provide personalized feedback and help you apply the concepts you learn to real-world scenarios.

CalSouthern’s faculty mentors are not only gifted educators, they are also leading practitioners in their fields of expertise. They don’t simply deliver information to you for you to memorize and then regurgitate on an examination. Instead, their role is to guide you through the course material—material that has been developed by a team of subject matter experts. Not only will your mentor answer your questions, he or she will help you take the concepts you’re learning and apply them to current practice and market conditions, utilizing their—and your—practical expertise. They’ll get to know you, your interests, and your experience, and show you how the course material applies and relates to your educational and career goals.

It’s a fantastic way to learn and it’s what distinguishes the best online institutions. This one-on-one mentoring makes the learning active, relevant, and engaging. It makes the concepts come to life and it helps the material stick.

Another misconception about online learning is that it’s a solitary process and you won’t get to know your professors. However, as you work with your mentors, you’ll communicate regularly, sharing experiences as you apply the concepts to today’s business and practice challenges. You’ll develop relationships with your mentors. They’ll get to know your learning styles, strengths and weaknesses, as well as your interests, and provide personalized feedback to enhance your learning experience as you progress through your degree program. They can even answer your questions about the field in general, based on their practical experience.