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10 Tips for Online Students: University of Florida Edition 

Published: June 3rd, 2024

Category: General

Learning online is pretty similar to learning in person: You listen to lectures, submit assignments and chat with classmates. But there are a few differences worth considering, especially if you’re attending classes online with the University of Florida.  

Check out these 10 tips for online learning. While many of these can help any college student, we curated this list specifically for Gators pursuing a Graduate Certificate in Implementation Science online.  

1. Leverage All the Resources Available to You  

By earning your graduate certificate online at UF, you’ll gain access to numerous virtual resources, including: 

  • Library Access 
    Enjoy the same library privileges as on-campus students, gaining access to relevant academic journals, magazines and news articles. 
  • Technical Support 
    Need a hand with tech? The Computing Help Desk is there to help seven days a week. Shoot them an email at or give them a call at 352-392-HELP (4357).  
  • Financial Aid Assistance 
    The financial aid process can be a bit of a maze. Lucky for you, the OneStop team is here to guide you through it all. 

2. Find a Cozy Workspace  

When it comes to online learning, the world is your oyster. Some students prefer a cozy corner of their home, while others prefer the hustle and bustle of their local coffee shop.  

Wherever you settle in, make sure it’s conducive to your work style. Don’t forget your essentials: a pen, notebook, headphones and a steaming cup of your favorite brew within arm’s reach.  

3. Get to Know Your Virtual Workspace 

Your online setup is just as important as your offline one. UF online courses are offered through Canvas (eLearning), where you can jump into discussions, view grades, take quizzes and find all your course-related materials.  

Canvas can be accessed via desktop or phone app, but you’ll need your GatorLink username and password. We recommend downloading the Canvas app so that you always have access to your courses.  

4. Manage Your Time Wisely 

You’re probably juggling work while pursuing your graduate certificate. If you’ve got limited time on your hands, make the best of it. Map out your weeks in advance, and carve out time to study and complete assignments to avoid feeling rushed.  

5. Don’t Wait Until the Last Minute  

Most online college assignments are due Sunday night. Yes, you could leave all your work until Saturday, but that leaves little wiggle room. When mapping out your weeks, set time out of your weekdays for coursework. Your future self will thank you! 

6. Reach Out With Any Questions 

At UF, your professors will help you every step of the way and can typically be reached during their virtual office hours. Don’t hesitate to drop them a line! Your fellow students will be in the same boat as you, so reach out to them if you’re ever looking for a fresh take or an opportunity to network. 

7. Touch Grass  

Throughout our program, you’ll spend your free time studying such topics as: 

  • The development of clinical trials; 
  • The importance of context in conducting research; and 
  • The barriers to implementation science.  

All the while, you’ll be juggling personal and professional responsibilities. We mentioned scheduling time to study, but it’s also critical to set aside time for yourself, even if it’s just a quick stroll. Self-care is key to thriving in an online learning environment. 

8. Rub Elbows With Your Fellow Gators 

As a student in our online Graduate Certificate in Implementation Science program, you’ll have the chance to connect with your fellow students within the College of Medicine. Don’t be shy: Reach out to your peers. You never know when you might forge a lasting professional bond.  

Networking opportunities don’t end with graduation, as you’ll be able to connect with other professionals in the Gator Nation after you earn your Graduate Certificate in Implementation Science.  

9. Don’t Take a Semester Off  

Have you ever tried putting a heavy backpack back on mid-hike? It’s tough. The same goes for online learning after a hiatus. Sure, you can sit out a semester — students are allowed two years to complete their certificate. But if you can stick it out, you’ll graduate sooner. Luckily, our program can be completed in as little as two semesters, so no pressure.  

10. Celebrate Your Achievements  

Why wait until you’re holding your graduate certificate to celebrate? Celebrate those small victories along the way. Every milestone deserves a least a solid pat on the back.  

Ready to Get Started?  

Chances are you’re about to start your first semester as a student. By following these 10 tips for online learning, you’ll be poised for success on your academic journey. 

If you’ve yet to apply, what are you waiting for? Why not earn a Graduate Certificate in Implementation Science online and put these tips to good use? 

Earn Your Graduate Certificate in as Little as One Year  

UF’s online Graduate Certificate in Implementation Science program explores how groundbreaking research and innovations are integrated into everyday healthcare practices.  

This 11-credit online program is designed for professionals juggling demanding schedules. With our online program, you can earn your graduate certificate at your own pace, whether you take the scenic route or graduate in as little as one year.  

Explore the possibilities and take the next step towards achieving your academic and professional goals with our online Graduate Certificate in Implementation Science program. Apply today!