Getting your online masters in human resources can be very rewarding. It is an experience that teaches you important life skills and brings just as much value to your learning experience as any other program does. Here are some success tips for those of you who are pursuing, or planning to pursue a degree through an online program.
- Virtual classroom settings are not as bad as they sound. Unlike traditional classrooms, you have the flexibility to make your own schedule. If you are a full-time employee and student this is very convenient.
- Find a workable space. It is easy to get distracted when you are trying to do schoolwork at home. Having an isolated space free from all distractions where you can concentrate will allow you to stay focused on completing your work.
- Managing your time effectively and prioritizing tasks will dictate how well you perform in the program. Utilize tools such as calendars and to-do lists to keep you organized and ensure you are meeting deadlines.
- Introduce yourself to your instructors. It can be benefit to you if they are familiar with who you are, what your interests are, and your overall career goals. They cross paths with hundreds of students every day, and by making yourself stand out it shows your commitment and determination. Instructors are always willing to help their students because their overall goal is to help you succeed in life and your career.
- Getting to know your peers is just as important. Virtual classrooms promote engagement and participation among students. This enhances the overall learning experience by making it more enjoyable and helpful. We are all here to learn from each other because we bring so much diversity to the table. Being respectful of your peers and valuing their opinions, even if they are different than your, is a must.
- Promote learning by participating and asking questions. If you are unsure of how to complete your assignment always ask your instructor or your peers. There is no shame in asking questions because we are here to learn. Bring value to your discussion forums by sharing your research, and engage in thoughtful conversations.
- Writing is not about how much you wrote but how you put together your thoughts on a piece of paper. This is something I have heard since I started my online masters in human resources, and each day I realize the importance of it more and more. Students often worry about writing too little and receiving a bad grade. In reality, however, your instructors will judge your writing based on the quality and not quantity. Rule of thumb: always back up your opinion with factual information. This proves that you did your research and understand the topic you are discussing.
- In an online setting, group projects are very common. If you are ever involved in one of these there are few things to remember. Communication is key. Since you are not physically meeting with your team members, you will need to discover ways (email, phone, video) that will allow you to communicate to complete your project. Not everyone will always be on the same page, so it is helpful if you distribute work and set boundaries from the very start. If a team member is not completing his/her work in a timely fashion or is having difficulty, it is easier to lend a helping hand and remember that this is the type of learning culture Scranton continuous to promote.
- Create a balance between school and your personal life. Set time aside for your family and friends, hobbies, activities, and of course yourself. Although it may feel as if there are not enough hours in the day, you will have time for everything.