Many students already have the goods required to take online classes with no problems, but it’s important to know if what you currently possess will do the trick. A computer that was manufactured within the last three years should be able to handle any online school program.
First of all, a computer with the following basic specs should satisfy:
– 20 GB hard drive
– 512 MB RAM
– Windows 98 or better/ Mac OSX 10.4 or higher
– Sound card
– MS Office 2004 or higher, or some other word processor
– Free Web browser with plug-ins
– Wi-Fi connection, obtained either at home (preferred for the best study setting) or via an outside source, such as, the library, a quiet restaurant, etc.
You will be using your computer to research schools, apply for online schools, as well as, financial aid and, most importantly, taking your classes. Do not borrow a computer from a friend. This could be potentially lethal to your studies if the computer for whatever reason is not available to you.
Before you begin, it’s important to make sure that your computer is in tip top working order and is properly equipped. You need to be prepared for any situation that could arise, for example, most classes have pre-recorded video lectures or live video chats and if your speakers are not in working condition, you will want to rectify this situation before your classes begin.
Another excellent way of obtaining this information in regards to the school’s computer specifics, is to visit their website in which most colleges and universities offer all requirements needed to take their classes online.