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Study Skills for Academic Success

Best Practices for Online Learning

  • Treat online work like a job or a face-to-face class by scheduling time to work on it each day.
  • Have a dedicated study space that is quiet, organized, distraction-free, and available for use at any time.
  • Create a study plan to make the course more productive and less stressful.
  • Communicate with your teacher on a weekly basis via email or by phone, and ask questions.
  • Stay organized and save files for the course in the same folder on a cloud service with a recognizable name.
  • Use a calendar to schedule reminders for assignment due dates.
  • Participate actively! Complete your assignments on time, with your best work.
  • Check your campus email every day.
  • Make a copy of your answers for EVERYTHING you turn in except for online tests and quizzes.
  • Download any documents or files that you want to have access to offline.

Build a Study Plan for Online Learning

  • Plan ahead. 
    Never wait until the day before an assignment due date to start working on it. Use time management skills to lessen stress.
  • Have an effective calendar system. 
    Online learning needs structure; create a study calendar to help remember all important dates.
  • Create to-do lists. 
    At the start of each week, make a to-do list of the tasks you need to complete by the end of the week.
  • Set time limits. 
    Using the Pomodoro technique in time management to enhance your motivation and focus.
  • Stay on schedule. 
    Finally, stick to your study plan. Procrastination is the worst enemy of online learners. If you are having difficulties submitting your assignments on time, contact your instructor.

Note Taking for Online Classes

Online students receive much of their course's information through reading and posts, so note-taking skills become invaluable in online learning. Below find some great resources into better note-taking practices.

Online Learning in Science, Technology, Engineering & Math Courses

FCC Online Tutoring/Academic Coaching

FCC logo: green arches

Meet with an FCC Online Academic Coach/Tutor

Current FCC students can schedule an appointment with a friendly FCC learning assistant/tutor or academic coach for free, personalized help with their courses. Sessions are conducted by appointment, over Zoom. Our team specializes in helping first year students succeed and thrive:

  • Improve essential reading/writing, math, science, business, and study skills
  • Make a study plan to tackle assignments and projects 
  • Build confidence
  • Practice beginning ASL or Spanish

Current students can schedule 1 online tutoring session per course, per calendar day No same day appointments.

Students enrolled in introductory general education courses have first priority. Appointment availability is limited. 

To make an appointment with an FCC Tutor:  

  • Click the "Online Tutoring" button in your course's Blackboard and choose the green FCC option on the left.


  • Click on the "Tutoring" Tab in your Blackboard,
  • Choose "Login to Online Tutoring"
  • Choose the green FCC option on the left

There you will be able to choose your subject, choose a tutor, and pick a day and time that works for you. 

ThinkingStorm- Online Tutoring Solutions

Can’t find FCC tutoring to fit your schedule?

ThinkingStorm® Online Tutoring via Blackboard: Current students are allotted 15 total hours of tutoring per semester. This national company conducts sessions over chat on-demand 24/7, or by appointment, depending on the subject.  To get connected, sign into Blackboard and click on the "Tutoring" tab at the top, right-hand side of Blackboard. You can also access ThinkingStorm through the "Online Tutoring" link in the "Tools" menu on the left-hand side of the "My Courses" page.

ThinkingStorm provides assistance with the following subjects:
  • Mathematics (drop-in)
  • Sciences (drop-in)
  • Writing (submissions to Online Writing Center and/or by appointment)
  • Business (by appointment)
  • Computing and Software (by appointment)
  • Spanish (by appointment)

Appointments are not required for drop-in tutoring subjects, which are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Want to know more? Check out these short how-to videos:

ThinkingStorm Customer Support: (24/7)

Online Workshops

These self-guided, online workshops will help you to sharpen the skills needed to be a successful student.  At the end of the workshop, you can enter the e-mail of your professor, advisor, coach, etc. to get credit for completion.

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