Tips for Success in Your Online Class
- Designate certain times each week to work on your course. Plan ahead, avoid procrastination, and even out your workload so you don’t have too much to do at one time. Plan for a minimum of six hours of study per week for each three-credit course.
- Find a quiet place to work. Your work area should be free from distractions, and have all the resources and items you need.
- Actively participate in discussions. Meaningful interchange will lead to a better understanding of the course and will help you feel connected to your classmates.
- Always use a professional writing style. This is college and your communications in discussions, emails to your teacher, and on assignments should reflect college-level work that is organized, concise and clear.
- Ask questions. Don't be shy. Head off problems early by asking questions of your instructor and/or fellow students as soon as a difficulty arises. Don’t wait; you may not be able to get a response by the time you need it!
- Venture beyond the classroom. Use the SF online library and other Internet resources to supplement the content in the class and provide opportunities for deeper understanding of the course material.
- Watch this video in this U.S. News article where real students share tips for managing their time better in online courses.