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
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.
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.
Virtual 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 Virtual Academic Coaching different from Online Tutoring?
Online Tutoring works on specific content questions; Virtual Academic Coaching helps you with general skills such as organization, test taking, or online learning strategies.
To find out more about Virtual Academic Coaching and/or to schedule an appointment, go here.
These self-guided, virtual workshops will help you to sharpen the skills needed to be a successful student. Each workshop takes about 20-30 minutes. At the end of the workshop, you can enter the e-mail of your professor, advisor, coach, etc. to get credit for completion.
In this workshop, you will learn about techniques and tools to combat procrastination and how to identify specific steps to make large projects easier. You will also learn about resources available to you at FCC.
In this workshop, you will learn about test anxiety and how to turn the biology behind it in your favor. You will also learn about how to make the most of your memory, tips for test day, and resources at FCC that are available to you.
In this workshop, you will learn about the symptoms and causes of math anxiety and different approaches to dealing with it. You will also learn about resources available to you at FCC.
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.
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