It goes without saying, but you need to proofread your work carefully. After typing hundreds of words to complete your assignment, your thought can get jumbled. Reread what you wrote down and make sure that it is actually what you meant it to say. Check for grammar and spelling and that it makes sense.
2. Read Your Instructions
Almost as important as proofreading your work is reading the instructions that came with the assignment. Although the assignment may seem straightforward, often there are small details in the instructions that can make the difference between a good grade and a mediocre one. Carefully read the instructions that your teacher has given you and make sure that you have complied with all of them before submitting your work.
3. Keep Deadlines
When submitting online work, many classes use automated systems that have a clearly defined deadline. If you miss your deadline, you may not be able to submit your work at all, resulting in a failing grade. Make sure that you are aware of any time zone difference between the deadline and your local time.
4. Do Not Procrastinate
Although you can do the work at your own pace with online college courses, you still have deadlines to meet. Submitting your work online adds a new element of risk that is beyond your control. If your computer breaks down or your internet connection goes out at the last minute when you are trying to submit your work, you will not be able to meet your deadline. Instead, try to finish your work early so that you give yourself enough leeway to meet the deadline should the unexpected occur.
Make sure that you format your work in the way that your instructor wants it. Some instructors may prefer that you use a certain file type or program to complete your assignment. Always follow directions and use the appropriate format.
6. Honor Code
Since there is no one to watch over your shoulder to make sure that you are doing your assignments on your own, many online classes require you to sign honor codes as part of your assignment. Failing to do so properly can result in your work being rejected.
7. Backup Your Work
Always make a backup of your assignment. You never know when a glitch will happen and your assignment gets lost in the submission process. Save your work on your computer’s hard drive, online, or on a disk.
8. Browser Compatibility
Some online class websites will not display correctly with certain internet browsers. For example, one page may not work with Firefox, but work perfectly with Internet Explorer. If there are any compatibility issues between your online class and your internet browser, you may not be able to access the website correctly.
9. Refreshing the Submission Page
Sometimes a slow internet connection or a busy website can make it seem like an assignment has not been submitted. Make sure that you do not refresh the page while the submission is happening, because this could result in your assignment being sent in twice or failing to arrive at all.
10. Log Out
Finally, remember to log out from your online class’s website. This is especially important if you are using a public computer in order to prevent strangers from accessing your information or your online assignments.