• Dr. Mario

For Online Students—All Resources Matter

Updated: Oct 26, 2020

In the previous blog post, I discussed how students could raise their awareness and tame their brains. This post takes a different approach to awareness as it focuses on being aware of the resources and services your institutions offer. Each month on my social media, I provide tips and strategies to help you navigate the complexities of being an online student. This post explains why resources matter to your success in completing your online class and graduating on time.

As a college student, academic resources were my saving grace. Services like writing support, online tutoring, supplemental instruction, and career services boosted my ability to complete challenging courses and graduate. However, most online students either don’t know about available resources or don’t take advantage of them. In both cases, learners miss out on valuable services that are included in their tuition.

What resources are available?

The simple answer to this question is that all schools are different. However, below are some common resources that you can inquire about at your school:

Academic Support: These services can include academic advising, tutoring, supplemental instruction, writing and technology support, and assistance from the library.

Social Support: Some colleges and universities provide opportunities that help students find housing and transportation, legal assistance, mental health care, childcare, and even resources that exclusively support veterans.

Student Disability Services: Students with disabilities are protected under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act and are eligible for accommodations. These accommodations range from extra time on tests to having an assigned note-taker during classes. Students who have or believe they have a disability should contact the designated office at their campus to learn more about the resources available.

Financial Aid: Students can get help filling out complex financial aid forms and locating free money. Online students can miss out on available scholarships if they don’t take the time to learn what’s available to them. For instance, some colleges and universities provide aid to students based on good academic performance.

Career Services: Colleges and universities, whether on-ground or online, typically help students create resumes, apply for jobs, and prepare for interviews. In addition to these services, institutional support may be available to alumni who are transitioning careers or advancing in their professions. Alumni services are some of the most helpful resources offered to students because institutions typically extended services to graduates for a lifetime.

Why are these resources important?

Sometimes we all need a little help. When I was writing my dissertation, I needed help editing the final document. Back then, I didn’t have a lot of money, and I couldn’t afford a professional editor. One of my classmates told me that the school would edit the document free of charge. I jumped at the opportunity, which helped me get one step closer to completing my dissertation and earning my degree.

Here are the top reasons that awareness of support resources is valuable.

1. You don’t have to do everything on your own. Earning a degree should not be a solitary undertaking. If you are a highly independent learner, you will do well to a certain point. Nevertheless, I assure you there will come a time when you need someone or something to help you move along your journey. So, having a clear understanding of available support will save you time and stress when that time of need arises.

2. You’re learning a transferable skill. Resource literacy, which is a fancy name for what I’m talking about here, is a transferrable skill. Resource literacy directly transfers to locating resources in other contexts. In the workplace, knowing who can help you or where to get help can be the key to career success.

3. You enhance your learning experience. If you employ the strategies I’ve described in this post, you are sure to meet new people. Think of the people you meet as networking contacts as you search for these services. You’ll get more bang for your buck when you seek help from others whose role is to help you succeed. This approach is an easy way to develop relationships that may be helpful in the future. For instance, if you develop a good relationship with your academic advisor, they could serve as a reference on a future job application. Most importantly, these networking contacts can speak to employers about your abilities and how they have developed over time. These types of references are invaluable, especially if you have little work experience.


I hope this post gives you more insight into how to get the help and support you need to succeed in your online classes. When in doubt, ask! Don’t suffer in silence. Ask for help when you need it. Start with your instructor or advisor. They typically keep a robust list of services available to you online and on campus. If you follow my suggestions, I think you will find that there’s a lot more available to you than you might imagine.

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