Read syllabus and orientation materials fully to make sure you
understand how the course will operate and what is required of students.
Log in frequently. It is typically more effective to be in the course frequently
for smaller periods of time than to try to accomplish the work in one or two
large blocks of time.
Review Tutorials. If you don't know how to use the course management
tools, take the time early in the course to complete the available tutorials.
Refer to the tutorials any time you have questions about how the tool works.
Ask Questions. If you are uncertain about something, contact the instructor.
Many instructors have a “Course Questions” discussion topic for just
Develop a study strategy for your online course. Reserve scheduled
time for your course work, just as you would reserve time to go to an
on-ground class meeting.
Stay current with the course schedule. In most courses it will be difficult
to catch up if you fall behind. In many courses you will lose points for
discussion posts and assignments not submitted by the stated due dates.
Create a contingency plan in case your computer malfunctions.
Computers have a way of failing you when you most need them to perform.
If something happens to your computer, can you use a friend's computer, go
to the library, or find an alternate way to get to class?
Start Early on Papers. If you have a paper due, don't put it off. Allow
yourself plenty of time to get the work done, and take advantage of GSU's
writing center if you are stuck. You'll find the link under Student Resources in
Take advantage of Office Hours. If you are concerned about your
performance, request a ‘live' session with your instructor. This can be
accomplished via phone, audio conference on the computer, or text chat,
depending on how the instructor handles virtual office hours.
Find a helpful way to deal with stress. Take frequent breaks from the
computerscreen, and find a "break time" activity such as exercise to relieve