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Student Tips


Recommendations for Success in an Online environment


Characteristics You Should Possess to Ensure Success:

  • You are generally self-motivated and work well independently.
  • You seldom put things off (not a procrastinator) but stay on task.
  • You follow your instructor’s written and oral directions well.
  • You are comfortable working alone.
  • You are a good communicator and will contact your instructor when questions or confusion arises.
  • You are well organized.
  • You are not taking the online course because you believe it will be easier than its on-campus counterpart.

Study Tips:

  • Carefully read all written material received from your instructor.
  • Follow the course outline, paying attention to benchmarks (deadlines for reading, viewing and responding to material).
  • Complete all activities in the time specified by the instructor.
  • Place yourself on a weekly schedule to cover all material and meet all assignments.
  • Plan to spend at least 8 hours per week on each distance learning course.
  • Find a quiet place to work without distractions.
  • Whenever you have questions or concerns, contact your instructor by phone, electronic mail, or by setting up an appointment.

Source: Community College of Allegheny County

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