Tips for Success

Taking courses online requires all the skills necessary to be successful in traditional college courses, plus the self-motivation and discipline to be an independent learner.

Research shows that successful online students are good readers, good organizers and have good time management skills.

Completing Tasks

  • Be flexible, but remain in control.
  • Break major projects into small pieces and tackle them one at a time.
  • Carefully evaluate and eliminate time-consuming and routine tasks, if possible.
  • Consolidate tasks whenever possible.
  • Delegate or negotiate tasks.
  • Do not procrastinate on large tasks.
  • Evaluate personal habits. Are your routines the most efficient? Could getting up 15 minutes earlier be helpful?
  • Keep a "Things to Do" list and prioritize the items.
  • Know and make use of prime working times.
  • Learn to say "no." It is not possible to do everything. Focus on goal-oriented items.
  • Prioritize tasks.

Studying Smart

Commit to a study schedule.
The best way to meet goals for each course is to plan ahead.

Understand assignments and write them down.
Keep course work in one place to avoid forgetting assignments.

Determine peak concentration times.
Arrange your schedule to take advantage of these times.

“Studying” includes many different tasks.
When instructors talk about studying, they are referring to reviewing material in advance for class, completing all homework, and reviewing class notes, text assignments and supplementary material on a regular schedule.

Different subjects require different preparation.
Lecture classes require students to review notes following class and to preview the new topic just before class; recitation classes, like languages and math, demand more specific study just prior to class.

Schedule study learning sessions to fit your attention span.
Try studying for 45 minutes and then taking a 10-minute exercise break.

Begin each study session with goal setting.
Determine specific goals and then work to meet those goals.

Study difficult and/or complex material first.
Leave routine and more mechanical tasks for last.

Vary subjects and types of study for maximum efficiency.
Within a study session: Do reading, writing, and recitation, for example, to stay interested and alert.

Schedule periodic review sessions.
To remember material over a long period of time, review the information often. Even small bits of time can be put to use. Always bring something to read or study!

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