Free Online Courses To Help You Prepare For College

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college studentFree Online Courses to Help You Prepare for College

The academic demand of a college curriculum is becoming exponentially stringent. It’s only natural to be worried about being able to keep up with the requirements and competitive atmosphere.

Luckily, there are a few free ways to prepare. Consider taking some online courses to warm up for college, prepare for your core classes, and get a better handle on your collegiate career.

How To Find Online Courses and Open Courses

These days, there are a number of free online courses available to those who are interested in learning about a particular subject area at the college level. These classes are known as Massive Open Online Courses, commonly abbreviated as MOOCs. These courses are offered on online platforms such as Coursera, EdX, Saylor, Udemy, or Skillfeed.

All of these sites offer dozens and sometimes even hundreds of MOOCs that are open to enrollment at any given time. These courses can range from beginning calculus to advanced psychology and anything in between. No matter what subject area you find yourself interested in, there is sure to be a MOOC available at some point throughout the year.

Most MOOCs have specific start and end dates and last anywhere from a few weeks to an entire semester; it all depends on the instructors and how they have chosen to format the class. The great thing about MOOCs is that you can join a class at any time.

However, many of these classes also offer certificates of completion for students that have successfully completed all of the coursework. So it is best to begin with a class when the semester starts. Otherwise, you may miss out on being able to obtain your certificate of completion.


What is a Certificate of Completion?

Having a certificate of completion legitimizes your full participation in the course. Certificates of completion can be listed on resumes and display students’ dedication to collegiate education. They also show which subjects students are interested in and what fields they may be interested in pursuing.

Not to mention, taking a MOOC can get you ahead of the game when it comes to beginning your college career. By having taken some of these courses ahead of time, you will likely already be familiar with the subject area, especially in your beginning classes of the program.

You will also be prepared to handle a collegiate workload, be familiar with balancing life and school, and settle into a routine quickly. Online courses offer the advantage that they require independent learning, dedication, and responsibility to coursework. If you can complete an online course on your own, you know you are capable of pursuing an online college degree or a degree on a college campus.

How to Sign Up

If you are interested in taking a MOOC in the near future, check out any of the aforementioned sites to create a free account. From there, you can search for classes that may interest you and enroll in them as they become available. From there, simply give the class your all and make sure that you keep up with the materials for the best results.

Amy Thomson writes about technology, career success, and education. When she’s not writing, she’s skydiving over the Rocky Mountains.

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