Getting Prepared for Online Learning
- Can you devote 12 to 15 hours per week per class most of the time?
- Can you make weekly progress every week for 10 weeks, incorporating study into your work load, family commitments, and military or other duties?
- Do you have a place to study uninterrupted?
- Are your family/friends/co-workers generally supportive and encouraging of your desire to go to school?
- Do you have good internet access, software, a printer, and email?
If yes to all, you are ready. If you have concerns about being prepared to succeed in your education, please contact us. We are prepared to help!
Keys to Student Success
Years of survey results establish that the most significant single factor causing students to succeed or fail in a Distance Learning class is their ability to manage time.
A survey of our student’s study habits found that the bulk of our students spend roughly the same amount of time studying every week as students at other schools nationwide. So the good news is that although Henley-Putnam offers high-quality, rigorous programs, our students find they can manage them. The most successful Distance Learning students report regularly spending 2-3 hours each week for each hour of class credit. A good rule of thumb is therefore that you should budget 8 to 12 hours of work for each class each week.
Since Henley-Putnam courses always start on the first of a given month and end on the 15th of the third month, our quarters are roughly 10 weeks long. Though our courses are self-paced, the suggested pace of course work is that you should be doing something in each course at a minimum of once a week, and ideally you should devote time to study every week.
How to Prepare for Your First Online Course
So, you are embarking on a different way of learning – an online program from a focused security training college. Good for you!
Many students wonder about the experience of studying towards an intelligence degree online or a counter terrorism degree program, among other online courses. We can walk you through what to expect from online classes at a specific security training college.
Don’t be nervous. Just follow these steps below to make your transition a little easier. We are prepared to help!
- Make sure you have everything you need to start.
Set aside some physical space for class.
- Ensure that your computer fits the requirements and you have the right software (Adobe Acrobat to read .PDF files, Microsoft Word for writing papers, etc).
Know the University’s landscape.
- Your computer and study space must not be in a general area of your home. Keep them where traffic is minimal and where you can study without being interrupted.
Visit the bookstore.
- Log onto the University’s website with your assigned login and password as soon as it is emailed to you. Click on different links to see what is available and take the tutorial.
- Locate the bookstore on the University’s website and order your text books for your course(s). Order your text books no more than one month prior to your start date, to ensure that you have the most current book list available.