How to Choose Your Next Online Course
Taking college courses while in high school can put a student at a greater advantage when they graduate, but taking a course that’s not for you can be discouraging and can make the course difficult to finish. How do you decide what courses are right for you? There are five simple questions to ask yourself that will help you decide what courses to take.

1. Why am I taking the course?
There are several reasons you might choose to take an online course. Are you taking the course for fun? For career advancement? For college credit? Answering this question is the first step to defining your ideal course. If you know what you want to major in, find courses that will complement that. If you’re unsure, pick classes that spark your interest.

2. How long can I spend learning a week?
Many people make the mistake of not taking their current lifestyle into account when choosing the type and number of courses they take. If you’re in high school and working a part-time job, you need to think about how many hours you can reasonably devote to your studies. This also means thinking about what the courses you are taking require (projects, papers, essays) and balancing how each uses your time.

3. Have I read each course description thoroughly?
Course descriptions are there to help you make the right decisions. They clearly outline each course’s requirements and how much time you can expect to spend on a course. Use this to your advantage.

4. How are my writing skills?
Many college courses require written essays, and college requirements for essays can be very different from high school requirements. Think about taking a writing course early on so you have the skills you need to be successful.

5. Have I taken all of my general education courses?
These are some of the easiest courses to get out of the way while you’re still in high school. In some cases, they can even qualify as dual credit for both high school and college. Plus, once you do move into the university environment, you’ll get to move into the exciting courses that are expected within your major.

In the end, the right courses for you will be the courses that best support your future plans. However, don’t be afraid to try something new! You never know, you might fall in love with a topic that sets your career on a whole new trajectory!

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