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Tips for Academic Student Success / Time management tips
« Last post by jmountney on September 02, 2015, 10:39:55 am »
These time management tips from online learning veterans can help you stay ahead of the game:

1. Make a plan: Online students need structure, and a study calendar is a great way to create it.  Check your syllabus before your course kicks off, and commit to due dates on your calendar. Then, designate study times for each class, and stick to them.

2. Check in daily: One draw of online classes is that students only need Internet access to connect to their courses. If you have an iPhone or Android device, leverage it to stay organized.

3. Look ahead: Knowing what is due in six weeks, not just the next day, can help students maximize their time. Read ahead to see what's next, and once you know when an assignment is due, don't wait until the day before to start working on it.

4. Speak up: If you struggle or fall behind, don't stay silent. Some students are hesitant to ask for help. Instructors and advisors are available to help…just ask.

Tips for Academic Student Success / Tips for Online Student Success
« Last post by jmountney on September 02, 2015, 09:57:26 am »

Tips for Online Student Success
School is a challenge, no matter what age. But, factor in work and family -- and suddenly it's a juggling act as well. Online learning has certainly helped add a bit more balance into the life of the working and parenting student, but in some ways it adds to the challenge because -- in addition to going back to school -- you're also learning in a completely new medium. Here are the six tips we think will help you make the most of your online learning experience.

    Familiarize Yourself with the Course Requirements.  Spend time looking over the course syllabus and other important course materials. Make sure you understand the course objectives, the scope of the material you will cover, and when assignments are due.

    Take Responsibility.  Even though you don't see instructors and classmates -- taking classes via the Web is still going to school. You need to take online courses as seriously as you would any traditional learning programs. Remember, too, that instructors can't read your facial expressions as they would in a traditional setting. If you're struggling, you need to let your instructor know right away so he or she can get you the help you need.

    Set Goals.  These can be as simple as logging into your classes every day (or at least five times a week) to check message boards and announcements, to starting assignments the day after they are posted, to setting aside a regular time every day or every week when your mind is fresh and you will not be interrupted for when you'll study.  Once you've set your goals, stick to them. After a time, they will simply become a part of your every day actions and habits.

    Participate.  Since there is no face-to-face interaction with instructors and classmates, you need to be proactive. Join in on chat sessions, post messages on discussion boards and start one-on-one email discussions. One of the greatest benefits of online learning is anonymity -- so there's no need to be intimidated -- say or ask what you need to in order to keep learning.

    Print Lectures and Reading Materials.  This piece of advice goes a bit against the purpose of online, but it's not realistic to think that you can read lectures on the computer screen and really learn the material in any proactive way. It's much easier on the eyes (and the brain) to print pages posted online, highlighting and making notes just as you would in any traditional text. Remember that study includes many different tasks. When instructors talk about the need to study, they mean you should read review material, complete all homework, and review class notes, text assignments and supplementary material on a regular schedule.

    Apply What You've Learned.  You'll be able to retain information if you can apply it immediately to your real life, whether that falls into home or work. You can do this by talking to peers and supervisors about what you've learned, as well as actually using practical knowledge like computer-related training or proper business communication tactics. Best of all, pretend that you will have to teach someone else to apply the concepts and skills you are learning. Master what you would need to know to accomplish that goal.

Portfolio Requirements / Why create a Portfolio
« Last post by Sabinalu on July 08, 2015, 01:43:09 pm »
I created a forum because I had been on many other forums and decided it was time to create one that I would want an entire community to discuss together. I also wanted to be view others opinions and their perspective on everything.
Merchandise Management / Retail questions
« Last post by Sabinalu on July 07, 2015, 08:18:46 am »
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Top 5 strategies for success in online learning:

Devote consistent blocs of time to the class. Online courses are often attractive to students because they offer flexibility, particularly for those with demanding professional or personal responsibilities. This flexibility, however, can lead students into trouble. It can be tempting for students to delay working through the course material, thinking they’ll find time later in the week. But online coursework is like exercise – you never find the time for it, you make the time for it. Schedule consistent, multi-hour blocks of time during the week that you can devote to coursework and adhere rigidly to this schedule. The lack of regular class meetings is more (not less) reason to establish a consistent work schedule for yourself.

Communicate regularly with the professor. Opening and using these lines of communication will benefit you both during and beyond the course. During the course, it’s important to ask questions when the material or assignments are unclear and discuss larger assignments such as research papers. Use the mode of communication preferred by the instructor (e.g. email, Skype, phone) but don’t shrink away from these conversations. Students who fail to get their questions answered and concerns addressed often fall behind quickly and significantly.  Moreover, establishing a working relationship with your instructor is essential for expanding your professional network and developing a list of references you can use for career purposes.

Engage with your classmates. Don’t limit your discussion postings to responding to the prompts posted by the instructor. Add your own insights and questions to the discussion. I always appreciate when students post a relevant news article or scholarly publication they’ve come across. These contributions help other students relate the course material to the real world and other areas of study. In addition, share appropriate information about yourself, such as your career interests and other courses you’ve enjoyed. Like your instructor, you should consider your classmates to be part of your professional network, and you should cultivate relationships with them.

Begin your work early. In an online class, particularly for first-time students, there may be technical difficulties to overcome. Take the risk of these difficulties into account, and give yourself time to acclimate to new software and hardware. Further, give your instructors a reasonable amount of time to answer your questions. In an online class, exchanging emails or arranging phone conversations takes time. In short, expect that you will encounter hurdles when completing the work and leave yourself time to overcome them.

Remember that online classes vary greatly. Just as with on-the-ground classes, there are many ways to design an online class. Research course offerings ahead of time to determine if the instructor, structure and material are a good fit for you. Some online classes, for example, rely largely on the discussion boards to further your learning while others make heavier use of group projects, individually-written papers or collaborative problem sets. Don’t be shy about contacting the professor (and students who have taken the course previously) to find out what you can expect. Online instructors are using a wide array of exciting technologies to enhance their instruction. Think seriously about how you learn best, and select a course that meets your needs.
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Tips for Academic Student Success / Strategies for Effective Time Management
« Last post by jmountney on June 03, 2015, 12:48:18 pm »
Tips for Managing Time
Buy a Monthly At-A-Glance Calendar
Each semester, write all test dates, assignment due dates, and important deadlines. This serves as a visual reminder for you to plan ahead.

First Things First
Concentrate on one thing at a time.
Prioritize: To-Do Lists
Plan your day each morning or the night before, and set priorities for yourself.
Schedule Yourself
Keep paper or a calendar with you to jot down the things you have to do or notes to yourself.

If It’s Disruptive, Turn It Off!
Cell phone, TV, or anything else that disrupts your concentration.
Reward Yourself
Try rewarding yourself when you get things done as you had planned, especially major ones.

Be sure to set deadlines for yourself whenever possible.
Prioritize Again
Remind yourself, “There is always enough time for the important things.”
Avoid Getting Over -Committed
Learn to say NO to too many activities.
Get your books early. Review the syllabus early, create a weekly schedule with assignment due dates, plan in advance and set aside more time than anticipated to complete projects and papers. Working full time, balancing family and personal commitments as well as online learning requires revisiting priorities regularly.

Read, read, and read some more. Stay on top of the week’s reading. Read during lunch, before and after work, in the gym, on the bus. Read!

Apply concepts and material in your work and personal lives. Transfer these concepts to make your learning come to life.

Don’t compare yourself to your classmates. You’re each at different places with different stressors and commitments. It is not a race to graduation.

Time management and prioritization are #1 for online learning. Many online students have multiple commitments including work, family, home, community engagements, and other demands that pull on their time available to devote to learning. Being able to focus and meet deadlines is critical for both residential and online students; however, this becomes even more challenging when juggling multiple roles and responsibilities.

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