Get prepared. Make sure you have all your
materials before you begin the lesson. For example, print out the assignment
pages and any online readings.
Develop a study plan. After looking over the
lesson requirements, decide on a study schedule ... and then stick to it.
Be willing and able to commit 10-15 hours per week per course.
Minimize "browsing" while studying your lessons.
You can click endlessly on the Web, following one idea to another until
you lose sight of the original lesson. We suggest reading through your
lesson narratives first -- to get the big picture -- then going back to
follow the suggested links.
Stay current. Stay up with the class and complete
assignments on time. Logon to your course every day (5-6 times a week minimum).
Ask questions. When in doubt, ask. Post a
question in the discussion board, send an email, or call. We can't help
if you don't tell us!
Form a study group. The Internet encourages
collaboration! Some tasks must done alone. But, there are many assignments
that require that you work with others. Study partners can generate
additional ideas, identify mistakes, or suggest improvements. And above
all, the "buddy system" helps to keep you motivated and on track. Take
advantage of the ability to connect with other students.
Apply what you are learning. Look for ways
to relate and apply the knowledge you are gaining. That is, put the theory
Be open-minded about sharing life,
work, and educational experiences. Your classmates and instructor can learn
from your experiences; and they just might have some suggestions for you.
Use proper "netiquette."
the etiquette code for classroom and Internet behavior.