Before the semester begins:
- Organize your physical and digital space, and plan when you will study.
- Establish an area in your home or other location where you can study. This can be at your kitchen table, a home office or another place in your home that has a flat surface, good lighting, a comfortable chair and is distraction-free.
- Once established, put anything here that you might need to get your assignment done — notebooks, folders, binders, pens, pencils, calculator, highlighters, post-its, scratch paper, etc.
- Keep a notebook and binder for each course to organize your printed documents.
- Establish your digital space by creating a folder on your desktop for each course in which you are enrolled. Name your course folders the same as your course names. Later, you can save course documents to each respective folder. You should also use a flash drive to back up your course materials.
- Your online, remote or flex course will be of the same academic rigor as if it were held face-to-face, so plan time each day to study. It’s best to study the same subject at the same time each day. When used consistently, time management strategies will set you up for success!
To get started in your online, remote or flex course you should:
- Read the course syllabus
- View the course calendar
- Read the minimum technology requirements and computer skills and digital information literacy information
- View the prerequisite knowledge and skills for the course
- Read the instructor’s welcome announcement or watch the welcome/introduction video
- Introduce yourself to the class in the online discussion board area
During your online, remote or flex course you should:
- Contact your instructor immediately if you have a question
- Check your LLCC email account daily
- Refer to your course schedule for assignment due dates
- Log into Canvas daily to check for any announcements from your instructor
- Use the SQ4R Reading/Study Technique
- Take notes during the semester as you watch instructor video lectures. The Cornell Notetaking Method is one way of taking effective class notes.
- Before you take tests, refer to this Test-Taking Guide for tips on what to do before, during and after a test.
- You may have a class that requires you to take an online proctored exam. If you do, you will use Proctorio through Canvas. Proctorio is an easy-to-use system that operates within your web browser, allowing you to take your exam anywhere, at any time, while still being proctored. For more information, visit the Taking an Online Test with Proctorio Student information page.
Additional Information for Online Learning Success
Information prepared to help you successfully participate in your online course discussions.
The Center for Academic Success provides students with a full assortment of academic-support services, including a website that has many useful handouts and tools available for your convenience.
Visit the LLCC Library when you have a research assignment in your online class. Many of the library’s research databases are available online.
Online Student Success
Online student success requires both student success skills and technical skills specific to the online learning environment. It is the combination of these skills that will make you a successful online student. Are you considering pursuing your education online and wondering if you would be a good online student?
Successful Online Students:
Are willing to actively participate in their learning experience
An online student must assume an active role as well as accept the added level of student responsibility required to succeed in a distance education course. Online students must also feel comfortable contacting their instructors or others for assistance when necessary.
Are comfortable communicating through writing
A great deal of communication in the online classroom occurs through reading and writing. It’s important that online students have solid reading and writing skills.
Are self-motivated and self-disciplined
While online classes provide students with the convenience and flexibility to attend college from almost anywhere, there is an added level of responsibility to maintain the pace of the coursework and to complete assignments on time.
Are able to commit the time to an online class
It’s important that students enrolling in online courses recognize that these courses require an equivalent amount of time, study, reading and assignment completion as traditional courses. Online students need to be prepared to commit this amount of time to each course and have a quiet place to “attend class.” The learning space should be comfortable, with room enough to write, use the computer and store materials needed for the course.
Possess the necessary technical access and skills
It’s essential for online students to be able to navigate the internet and understand basic computer applications, email functions and word processing.
- Online students must have reliable computer services
Consistent and convenient access allows you to stay connected to your online course, instructor and classmates. This will help you to stay active in the course and not fall behind the course schedule.
- Online students need to be comfortable using a computer
Online students should have a rudimentary understanding of computers and internet-based systems, such as using email and word processing, opening and saving files, using web browsing applications and other new technologies.
- Online students must have basic computer operating and maintenance skills
They should be able to download, install and update software because many online courses have supplemental application requirements.