If you’ve decided to enroll in an online writing program, you want to be sure you’re getting everything you can from the class and its instructor. Maximize what you’re learning by meeting deadlines, accepting feedback, and engaging with the work of others.

Make sure you’re taking each assignment seriously. The best way to become a better writer is by writing. When you are assigned a topic and a deadline, make sure you do the work and turn it in on time. This respects the class, and it also demonstrates respect for yourself and your own work.

When you receive feedback or criticism, it’s natural to feel defensive. Welcome that input, however, and return the favor to other students in the program when you read their work. Learning from others helps you to write better. Consider the recommended revisions and create a new draft. You’ll find each new version gets stronger.