Before signing up for a course, consider your time commitments. Keep
that online classes take as much time as traditional face-to-face
classes. More concentrated sessions (4 to 8-week courses) will have
an even greater demand on your time. A good rule of thumb:
For a sixteen-week course, youíll spend on average 9 hours a week in
an online course. If you are taking an eight-week course, that time
is condensed into 18 hours a week. In a four-week course, you can
expect to spend approximately 32 hours a week in your online course.
Be an active participant.
As a student enrolled in an online course, you are responsible for
sure you log-on to your course and are ready to begin the first day of
class. Pay special attention to exactly when your course starts and
mark your calendar to log-on that day. Most of your instructors will
not contact you initially. You must e-mail your instructor and your
classmates if you have any questions or comments.
Do not fall behind.
Do not procrastinate. Itís easy to do when you are not required to
attend a class meeting 2-3 times a week. Schedule a time to log-on to
your course every day and study on a regular schedule. Set a specific
time each day that you will spend on your course.
Ask for help.
Remember that your instructor cannot see you and wonít know if you
have a question unless you speak up. He/she has no way of knowing if
you are confused, bored, or frustrated. Donít be shy. Although you
will never meet your instructor, establish a good relationship with
them by speaking up and asking questions.
Apply what you learn.
Everything you can apply to your personal or business life will help
you remember it more readily. Try to make as many connections between
what you are learning and what you do or will do in your job or future
classes. Be confident and plan for success!
Read the entire course syllabus.
The syllabus contains the course description, objectives, requirements
for completing the course, assignments and instructor contact
information. Be sure to read it carefully and make sure you
understand what is required from you.
up with your course.
Online courses are time consuming, and it is up to you to keep up with
the assignments, readings, quizzes, and tests. Be sure to read the
announcement pages every time you log-on and to read all
correspondence from your instructor. Letting your coursework pile up
can leave you with an overwhelming task and added stress.
Keep in touch with your instructor.
If you do not understand an assignment, have problems downloading
information, or have problems taking a quiz or test, contact your
instructor immediately. As an online student, you are responsible for
your learning. Keeping in touch with your instructor will help you
succeed in the course.
regular study periods..
If you donít set aside a specific time each day to work on your online
course, you are more likely to fall behind. Itís better to study more
often for shorter periods of time, than to try and cram a lot of
information during long study sessions. Decide what your best time of
day is (morning, afternoon, late night) and try to schedule your study
time accordingly. Youíll accomplish a lot more if you are awake and
Learn about library resources. As a Southeast student, you
have access to a wealth of electronic resources offered by Kent
Library. Make yourself familiar with the library subscription
databases and electronic books available to online students. See Help
and Information for Distance Students from Kent Library (http://library.semo.edu/get/distance)
for details. Take advantage of the Libraryís online tutorial
to build your information skills. Remember, good searching techniques
equal better sources in half the time.
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