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It is very important that you select an online course that fits into your program of study and for which you are well prepared. Online students have access to the same services as on-campus students. Check with advising and counseling before selecting any courses. You may also want to check with the department and professor offering the course to ensure that you have the necessary knowledge for success.
You probably have a long-term goal, such as completing a degree or certificate or gaining skills that will help you advance or change your career. Also, set short-term goals in order to define success for yourself and guide you in evaluating your progress.
Set semester goals, such the knowledge you want to gain and grades you would like to earn. To realistically set these goals, consider the grades you've earned in other, similar courses, how long it's been since you've studied a similar subject, whether your grades in prerequisite courses were strong, and how much time you have to devote to this course. Take into account other obligations that might make it difficult to achieve your goals.
Plan your time. Online courses take as much, if not more, time than on-campus courses. One rule of thumb for any class is to anticipate two hours of out-of-class work for every hour "in class". For a three credit hour class, you should expect to spend at least nine hours per week on coursework. Look at your weekly commitments and schedule that time in. Consider adding a little more if this is your first online experience and to allow for potential communication delays, technical problems, or other issues.
Identify out-of-class resources. Identify and plan for incorporating the resources available to you such as discussing feedback with your professor , finding a study partner in the class, or making a potential professional contact.
Once you are registered for an online class, be sure to look for the following information.
There are several places to look for the answers.