Friday, October 9, 2009

Getting Ready to Succeed

Amelia Earhart said, "Preparation, I have often said, is rightly two-thirds of any venture."

Being prepared in advance can make a big difference to your success in your online courses because it means you avoid getting stuck with problems at the last minute that you could have avoided with a little more time to resolve them. For example, registering early, visiting the ELI Course Information Page to learn about your class and order your books before the class begins, submitting your financial aid paperwork far in advance of the deadline, and meeting regularly with a counselor to ensure that your academic plans are on track can all help ensure that you have a smooth path through your studies! What other advance preparations have helped you avoid problems in college?


  1. You'll need access to a computer with high-speed internet connection. Plan for emergencies, like if your computer crashes. There are computer labs on campus.

  2. Excellent point. Many student find themselves in crisis mode when their computers "crash." For details about open computer labs, go to
    Additionally, for students outside the northern VA area, internet service is usually available at your local public library.