Tips for Online Learning from Ohio State Students and Faculty


Online programs have become an increasingly popular option for many who are ready to take the next step in their career, provide for their family, or become equipped to better serve their community. While the benefits of receiving your degree from an Ohio State online program are endless, imight be a difficult decision to switch gears to go back or start school. For many of those returning to school, they question how they can be successful in an online class.  

No matter what hesitations you have, we have the resources and faculty to help you along the way. Here are some tips for online learning from Buckeyes who have been there before. Read on to learn how you can succeed in online learning or reach out to us with any questions you have.  


Olivia Nathan

Olivia Nathan

Master of Public Health – Program for Experienced Professionals

“Develop a routine rooted in time management and organization. At 34, I never imagined being a student again. Don’t let your age hinder you from pursuing a program to equip you with the tools needed to address the change you want to see in the world.” 

Learn more about Olivia's journey.

Karen GilgenbachKaren Gilgenbach  

Master of Science in Welding Engineering

My best advice would be that the timing will never be perfect, so even if it does not seem like the perfect time to start, don’t put it off. You can always take one class at a time if things get hectic, but if you never start you will never finish. 

LEARN More about Karen's Experience in Engineering. 


Soledad Benitez

Soledad Benitez 

Department of Plan Pathology

My first piece of advice would be for students to explore more courses outside of their zone of comfort. Our courses are interesting and there is a lot of applications, not only in agriculture, but also in plant biology and microbiology. Open yourself to look at courses outside your college and outside your program. See if you can find something that might be of your interest and useful and fit with what you want to do later. 

Read more About Dr. Benitez.

Sarah Youssef

Sarah Youssef

Master's Degree in Dental Hygiene

 “If you’re already thinking about it, stop wasting the time and just do it. If it’s been one year since you’ve been out of school or 10 years, it’s never too late to go back in. There's always ways to make it happen." 



Jane Ginther

Jane Ginther 

Online DNP Program

“If you are interested in pursuing additional education but have other responsibilities like caring for a family and working full time, online learning makes it possible.” 

Watch to learn more about Jane's Journey. 



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Last modified: 
January 28, 2022