Friday, May 24, 2013

Survivial Tips for a New Semester as an Online Learner

If this is your first semester as an online learner, below are some tips to help you stay on top of things in your courses:

• Sign up for the Orientation Webinar for Distance Learners. You can find the webinar schedule on the main ELI homepage. The schedule will display a list of dates and times to register. This webinar offers a lot of valuable tips and skills for becoming an online learner and resources that will be useful to you as you progress through your online classes.

• Create more free time for yourself during the first week of class. Spend some time reviewing the syllabus and list of assignments. Begin recording assignments for the first week (or month) in a planner so that you are prepared for upcoming deadlines and long term assignments.

• Familiarize yourself with the writing format and style that is required in the syllabus. With this in mind, you will be a step ahead be remembering to revise your written assignments to accommodate the appropriate writing style. For example, if your essays need to be written using APA format, you will need to have an APA style guide on hand.

• Seek support from your peers, either via a list of your classmates’ e-mail addresses or seek out peer groups that can be found on our Virtual Student Union site. Use these resources as a way to connect and network; since much of your time will be spent at the computer, finding ways to network online is especially important; your peers may have online success tips to share. In addition, communicating with your classmates may help clarify course concepts in a new way.  By explaining them to each other in the form of study groups, you reinforce your learning and understanding of the material.

For assistance with academic resources or study strategies to include free online tutoring for ELI Students, please contact your ELI Success Coach at or call 703.764.5076.

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