Learning online: Perseverance is key to success

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After taking some time away from college, Katie returned to finish her degree at [TAG] Virginia Western Community College. Her journey started with an online summer course and continued online when fall courses shifted to remote learning due to the pandemic.

As a single mother, being able to do classes online is a huge help because Katie can do the work on her own time. While learning online can be challenging, its organization, drive and using her resources that kept Katie moving forward.

Katie took a 5-week, 4-credit summer online biology class she says was brutal. But, she aced it by utilizing Zoom office hours, watching the online lectures and doing the work.

“I’m hard on myself and feel like I wasted time when I could have finished this degree years ago. But I have to remind myself, and others who feel similar, that it doesn’t matter how long it takes. The fact that you’re getting it done is a huge accomplishment. Be proud of yourself.”

After earning an associate degree, Katie plans to transfer to Radford University.

If you’d like to learn more about learning online at Virginia Western Community College, click here.

*The author, Sheri L. Prupis, MA, is director of Teaching & Learning Technologies for Virginia’s Community Colleges

The original article appears in the News & Advance, Oct. 5, 2020.

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