- Make note of due dates. Having a schedule is important any time of the year, but especially important in the summer months. As soon as you receive your syllabus, download a copy, print it, and keep it next to your laptop, PC, or Ipad. Highlight the due dates, and keep your schedule handy. If you have a dedicated area for studying, a whiteboard is a great alternative to a printed schedule. I make changes to my whiteboard each week. Sometimes, more than once a week, depending on what is going on that week. Do not wait till the night before a due date to complete an assignment, technical glitches happen.
- Keep a notepad next you. This tip is from my students. Most of my successful students always say that they keep a notepad next to them when they are studying. They take notes, and write down formulas. This comes in especially handy during final exam preparation.
- Participate in class. Students who participate in class are usually the students who ask questions, and stay motivated. In the online classroom, we all know that we do not have face-to-face contact with our instructor or classmates, so the best way to stay connected is through discussion threads or weekly webcasts. Don’t post your required discussion thread response and disappear for the rest of the week. Take a break for a day or two, come back and read other students’ posts, comment on other posts, ask questions – the more you participate, the more you learn – trust me on this one.
- Do not fall behind. Sometimes, students make the mistake of thinking that studying online is easier than a face-to-face class. If you are one of them, you are in for a rude awakening. Online classes are demanding, and you need to stay on top of things. As I mentioned in the beginning, create a schedule and keep up with your schedule. If you ever have an emergency, contact your instructor (or let a family member contact your instructor). Your instructor will work with you to keep you from falling behind. It’s life, emergencies happen. Our goal is to see you succeed.
- Take advantage of resources. I cannot tell you how many times some students do not take advantage of resources designed to help them succeed. If you are using an adaptive technology system such as MyMathLab by Pearson, trust me, utilize the study plan. I cannot stress this enough. It has helped many students, and it will help you. Take advantage of tutoring services offered by your university, you will come out the winner. If your instructor offers virtual office hours (and I can attest to this – every instructor offers virtual office hours), use it. Let me say this again, “Use your instructor’s virtual office hours“. If the office hours posted does not work with your schedule in any particular week, your instructor will work with you to set up a time that will work for both of you. I do this with my students all the time. With the advancement of technology, we have access to online whiteboards, my students love this. I can explain math concepts to them in real time, and it’s awesome. If you need more online resources, click on ‘Resources’ on the menu tab on this page, and you will find free resources to help you in your class.
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