Many people are under the impression if they want to take online courses, they just need computers that connect to the internet, but it’s not always that simple. If you’re getting set to take an online class, there are several things you can do to ensure your desktop or laptop is up to the task.
Organize and Clean Up Your Desktop Screen
If your computer is like those many people have, it’s probably characterized by a disorganized desktop. It’s common practice for even the most tech-savvy individuals to choose their desktops as the default location where files related to music, videos, and documents get saved. Over time then, a once-uncluttered desktop becomes filled with so many icons it’s hard to find things that are needed.
Begin by deleting all unnecessary items from your desktop. Then, make designated folders for school and personal items. By separating your favorite MP3s from the papers you most recently wrote for a healthcare ethics class, for example, it’s much easier to avoid wasting time and quickly locate must-have files. You may even wish to go a step further and keep school and non-educational folders on separate sides of the desktop.
Tune Up Your Computer
After taking their brand-new computers out of the boxes and setting them up, many people don’t give ongoing maintenance a passing thought. Installing anti-virus software is a good first step, but it’s also necessary to clear the browser cache, defragment the hard disk, and check for new drivers.
If you’re not familiar with some or all of those terms, it’s probably not wise to attempt a do-it-yourself computer tuneup. But, if you feel pretty comfortable working with your computer most of the time, it’s easy to take matters into your own hands by going into the section of your desktop or laptop settings that contains the utilities.
There is probably at least computer repair and maintenance shop in your community. If that’s not the case, see if you can find a company that’s able to connect to your system remotely. As long as you’re able to access the internet, many providers can work on computers from other states or even other countries.
Check Out the Course Requirements
There are many ways you can learn online and get equipped for numerous careers. Let’s take the nursing industry for example. By going to the University of Cincinnati (UC) website, you can learn about UC’s nurse practitioner programs that prepare students to work in primary care settings. Alternatively, you might set your sights on Maryville University, located in St. Louis, MO. Maryville offers an online nursing degree program, plus has supplementary online content about the healthcare field that could help you decide if it’s right for you.
Regardless of the learning institution you select and the course you pick, there should be minimum computer requirements listed somewhere within your course materials. The footer of a page is a popular place to include a link with that information.
Hopefully these three steps will help you get your computer in top shape before the first day of class. After going through them, maintain your computer every month to keep things running smoothly.