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It was just as hard taking an online class
as it would have been if I had taken that

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same class face-to-face. I thought it
would be really easy and it wasn’t.

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I was successful, and it was more of just
making sure that I reminded myself to

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keep checking the course and keep
up with everything because it’s really

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easy to fall behind in an online course
if you don’t take the initiative to be

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responsible about it. Mostly, I use my
phone to remind me of all kinds of things.

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I have my own calendar in there that I
use to keep track of when I need to be

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in class and where my classes are,
so it was just a matter of putting

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an extra event on there.

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“Oh, check this course online today,
make sure there’s nothing due.”

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One thing I wish I would have known before
taking my first online course was how to

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properly manage my time with an online
course because it’s very easy to forget

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you have that online course because
no one’s reminding you when to log in,

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no one’s telling you when your
assignments are due,

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and you have to be very proactive with
your coursework. I force myself to log in

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every day. I force myself to add all of my
coursework and assignments and exams

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to my personal calendar. And I just made
more of an effort to log in because the

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professors would send out messages or
reminders or announcements that either

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offered extra credit or offered more
information or extended a deadline,

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but had I not logged in, I wouldn’t
have known and been stressed out.

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So it just made it a lot easier.

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The best thing I like about taking online
classes at UCF is it makes you more

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responsible for your own time. What I try
to do is find 6 to 8 o’clock, let’s say,

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as if I’m going to campus to sit down in
front of my computer to manage my time

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better. It’s made me a better time
management type of person.

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Whereas before I would always tend to
wait sometimes to do the homework

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until the last minute, or knowing the
professors, now I’m held accountable where

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it’s the deadline. If it’s not posted by
that point in your online course,

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it shuts down and you’re out of luck.

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I definitely like the independence factor.
I know my learning style. I know what

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time of night I work the best. I know
what’s convenient for me, and I know

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I’m disciplined enough to do it.
That’s my favorite part,

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that it’s independent and I can
work it around my schedule.