Congratulations! If you’ve just enrolled into an online education program, know that you’re taking a great step toward a brighter future. Over the next few weeks and months, you’ll be given instructions and guidance as you work to successfully complete your coursework toward earning your degree. What may not be as straightforward as your syllabus is how to best utilize your computer and how to prepare the technology at your disposal so that it acts as a facilitator, not a hindrance, in your progress.
Computer Checkup Basics
While most online education programs offer 24/7 technology support, it’s recommended that you utilize these services only when you have real connectivity issues with their systems. To prepare your computer for your online degree, keep these computer maintenance basics in mind:
When possible, get a broadband connection. Broadband gives you far greater search speeds; slower options, while potentially less expensive, can be awfully frustrating when you lose contact or have a frozen screen during webinars, chats and other live sessions. In addition to establishing a hard line within your home or office, consider investing either into a wireless system for your home, or a wireless card that can travel with you and your device.
If your computer hasn’t had a recent tune-up, then it’s likely high time. If you don’t feel comfortable doing it yourself – removing unnecessary files, general maintenance — consider taking your computer to, or calling, your local tech guys. In many cases, your local retail stores will offer this option at a very affordable rate, and can get your computer running at its optimal state in no time.
Computer Software Basics:
Be sure to upload or update basic computer software programming. For example, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel – basic programs you’ll need to use for school – all have the latest versions and you’ll want to be on the same “page” as your peers.
When you’re online fairly regularly, your computer is open up to greater risks in terms of security threats. To avoid these issues, download a security threat program, like Norton Antivirus. Security programs will thwart threats, notify you when maintenance is required, and will protect your computer against potential viruses and other common issues. Many of them are free or have just a nominal cost; consider them insurance against losing your whole system to a malicious virus.
Just by following these basic computer tips, you can get your device in tip-top condition, allowing you a smooth and easy transition into working on your degree program.