Going back to school after taking a significant amount of time off can be a challenge. Most of our students are professionals with years of career experience who decide to enroll at CalSouthern for reasons of professional or personal growth. Once you have made the decision to take courses online, received your books in the mail, and transformed your kitchen table into a work station, what else can you do to help ensure your success?
The place where most students start is to concentrate on the bigger picture when it comes to enrolling in school. We physically organize our homes so that we have a proper study area, we schedule time to read and work on assignments in the evenings and on weekends, and we get the support of our families who assist us most by allowing us the free time to get it all done. Now we are ready to be students. We open our books, begin reading, then anxiously plow into our first writing assignment. For most students it has been years since they did any formal essay writing, possibly even decades! Here are a few tips on how to make this transition to academic life a little easier:
Meet the assigned page requirements. Page parameters for assignments are set so that students learn to articulate their thoughts clearly and concisely within a maximum number of pages, while at the same time incorporating all the concepts necessary to fully present an argument within a minimum number of pages. Meeting the page requirement is part of the assignment’s instructions and is as important as the actual content of the essay itself.