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Tips for Succeeding in an Online MBA Program

Some of the most focused and driven people are those in an online MBA program. It takes a lot to get into business school, no matter where your school falls on the spectrum of prestige, competitiveness and job placement rates. Once you gain admission, it is helpful to know a few tips to get the most out of an online MBA program.

Test Out Your Technology

Get yourself situated, technically speaking, before the course starts. If you are dealing with internet connectivity problems during the first week of school, you are starting off on the wrong foot.

There Are Real People Teaching These Courses

Reach out to instructors and stay in touch throughout the term. Make sure you understand their expectations, and do not hesitate to email them with questions. Just because you are not in a classroom does not mean you should be anonymous.

Be organized when taking an online MBA course

Get Organized

An online MBA program is rigorous. You will be responsible for course readings, projects, deadlines and collaborative projects with team members, so set yourself up for success with a solid organizational plan. Learn how to schedule your time well. Whether you use a phone app, a computer program or a paper calendar, make a habit of staying highly organized. You will always know what is in store for the day, the week and the month. Of all the success tips for MBA students, this is the one that offers life-long benefits.

Get the Entire Household on Your Team

You will have a difficult time completing an online MBA program without some significant personal time. If doing coursework at home means that family members will interrupt you every 15 minutes or even every hour, you may want to find another place to study. Find a way to carve out uninterrupted blocks of time every day so you can concentrate on your studies. One way to do this is to get your loved ones on board: Make sure they know that when you are studying they should steer clear and give you privacy.

Learn more about FIU’s online MBA program.


U.S. News & World Report: 5 Tips to Succeed in an Online Course

Princeton Review: Work-Life Balance in Online MBA Programs

Peterson’s: MBA Admission: What Schools Really Look For

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