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Study Skills for Academic Success: Online Learning

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.

Tutoring Online

In addition to your instructor, students have access to free tutoring online provided by ThinkingStorm. This service provides convenient and comprehensive online support in writing for any course and is available 7 days a week, from 10 am- 4 am.

Access Tutoring Online instructions here.

Online Academic Coaching

What is Online Academic Coaching?

Online Academic Coaching teaches students skills and strategies to help them become confident and independent learners, no matter what subject they are tackling. Students meet with a trained academic coach via an online platform.

How is Online Academic Coaching different from Online Tutoring?

Online Tutoring works on specific content questions; Online Academic Coaching helps you with general skills such as organization, test taking, or online learning strategies.

To find out more about Online Academic Coaching and/or to schedule an appointment, go here.

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.

On-Campus Resources

FCC Student Center Building

Wi-Fi Access

Starting Monday, October 26th, a 24-hour Wi-Fi signal will be available in Parking Lot 1 (near the Student Center pictured above) on the main campus. Students can bring their personal devices to this area and connect to FCC Wi-Fi for free.

Wireless network: FCC 

Password: fccrocks


A quick-print station is available for student use on the first floor of the H Building/Student Center (pictured above) on the main campus.  The printing hours coincide with the H building operations schedule: 

7am - 8pm Mondays through Thursdays 

7am - 5pm Fridays

Masks are required to enter campus buildings.

Off-campus printing options are also available.

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

Your Instructor wants you to succeed- Ask for help when you need it.

Your best resource is your professor. They can answer questions, suggest great learning resources like videos and websites, connect you with classmates, and guide you through your course.  

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