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Get Organized

step-1Taking a few moments at the beginning of the class to review due dates of exams, assignments and other class requirements is essential to success. Knowing what is expected of you at the beginning will help you create an organized and realistic plan for the rest of the semester.

Prioritize Your Time

step-2Successful online learners prioritize their activities to stay on top of homework, reading, and deadlines. Developing study plans, calendars, and to-do lists will help you stay on task and develop good time management skills.

Practice Clear Communication

step-3 Visual clues and body language are ways a face-to-face instructor determines if students are 1) present and 2) understanding the material. These clues are not available in online classes. The only way an online instructor can “see” you are present and understanding material is through regular communication. If you have questions or are struggling, it is up to you to communicate with the instructor in a timely manner.

Dedicate Yourself to Success

step-4 Set yourself up for success by being realistic about your time commitments; don’t take on more than you can handle. Utilize the resources around you such as your friends and family, classmates, instructors, and other school support resources. Stay positive and surround yourself with people who want to see you succeed.