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Study Strategies
  1. 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.
  2. 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. 
  3. 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.
  4. Stay current. Stay up with the class and complete assignments on time. Logon to your course every day (5-6 times a week minimum).
  5. 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! 
  6. 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. 
  7. Apply what you are learning. Look for ways to relate and apply the knowledge you are gaining. That is, put the theory into practice. 
  8. Share. 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. 
  9. Use proper "netiquette." Follow the etiquette code for classroom and Internet behavior.
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