By Danika Rockett, Ph.D.
Are you taking StraighterLine courses with a target college in mind? Maybe you were even referred to StraighterLine by a college that you are interested in attending. Oftentimes, we find that colleges will recommend students start with our courses in order to get some practice with college courses--and with online coursework in particular. If this scenario applies to you, maybe you’re thinking, “Okay, now what?”
Here are some tips for getting started with StraighterLine’s ultra-affordable, self-paced online courses:
1. Sign up for a free trial.
If your goal is to prepare for a college degree, StraighterLine courses can be the perfect solution. Since we have a free trial available, you can try out courses with no risk whatsoever and determine if online learning is a good fit for you. And our pricing model, which combines a $99 per month subscription plus a one-time fee of $49 for most courses, is one of the most affordable options available.
2. Evaluate your academic strengths (and weaknesses!).
StraighterLine is also great if you are looking to strengthen your skills in a particular subject area. For instance, students hoping to complete a college degree sometimes find that they need to brush up on their math and writing skills--if this sounds familiar, we’ve got you covered with various levels of both math and English courses, starting with developmental-level curriculum.
So try taking a simple inventory of the subject areas that you may need some practice in, and then see how you might improve those skills. Again, our developmental college prep courses can be a great way to do this.
3. Work with an advisor to evaluate your degree plan.
In order to ensure that you are taking StraighterLine courses that will fit with your degree path, you need to have a plan first--so be sure to work with an advisor to get the best possible guidance as you select your courses.
4. Log in to your courses on a regular basis.
Once you have evaluated your degree plan and have selected the appropriate course(s), try to engage with the course as often as you can. Being successful in online courses requires a degree of time management or else you might fall into the “out of sight, out of mind” trap. In other words, be sure that you are logging in to your courses regularly and are making progress!
And after you’ve completed your courses, don’t forget to send your transcript to your target college! StraighterLine’s student dashboard--we call this MyLine--makes it super easy to send your transcript, so be sure to complete this final step in order to get enrolled with your target college.
We’re here to help, so don’t hesitate to ask for assistance--and good luck pursuing your degree!
About the Author: Danika Rockett, Ph.D., is a course manager at StraighterLine specializing in English composition and communication. As a former English and Technical Communication professor, she manages all courses that involve qualitative assessment; she also helps develop and improve course content. She has nearly 10 years of university teaching experience, both online and in the classroom.