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Tips for Distance Learning Success
Graphic of a check mark. Take the program and yourself seriously  
Have a built-in support system. This will help tremendously since you will be at your computer hours at a time. Surround yourself with colleagues, friends, and family who understand and respect what you are doing and will help by giving you quiet time, helping with the kids, etc.  
Graphic of a check mark. Log on to your course(s) every day
Check discussion board, chats, assignments, and calendar on a daily basis. If you fall behind it is hard to catch up. You may see something on a discussion board that will help you or answer a question you had.  
Graphic of a check mark. Participate
Your instructor is not the only source of information for the course. Contribute ideas or comments in chats and discussion boards. You may be separated physically, but you don't have to go it alone.
Graphic of a check mark. Adhere to Chat room etiquette
In a distance learning format you can be anonymous. You don't have to be intimidated by others. But just because you can be anonymous does not mean you can say anything you want. Being polite and respectful is not only common sense, it is absolutely necessary for a productive and supportive distance learning environment. Profanity and explicit sexual comments are unacceptable and inappropriate, just like on campus.
Graphic of a check mark. Speak up if you have questions or problems
Remember, no one can see you, so you must speak up. If you do not understand something, ask questions; the chances are that someone else has the same question. If you have technology problems, let your instructor know.
Graphic of a check mark. Become a true advocate of distance learning
Discuss the merit and value of distance learning with others; it will help to reinforce its merits for you.
Graphic of a check mark. Be realistic  
Although with an online course there is no class scheduled for you to attend, you will have regular academic course work due at scheduled times. If you don't allow yourself enough time to complete your assigned work (approximately four hours each week per course), you can become frustrated and stressed.  
Graphic of a check mark. Identify tools necessary to complete course  
 Before registering or immediately after registering, make sure you have the tools necessary for the course: software, hardware, email, etc. Read the entire course syllabus and familiarize yourself with the course design.
Graphic of a check mark. Set goals and deadlines; then stick with them  
Keep a calendar listing the number of weeks and the assignments and work for each week. Mark days for tests and project due dates. Don't fall behind in your work!  
Graphic of a check mark. Have private space to study  
Find a place that is free from interruptions and distractions. Have a room where you can shut a door, take the phone off the hook, and leave your papers out. Organize your study schedule and stick to it. If you miss too many study times then revise your schedule to free up more time to devote to your class.  
Graphic of a check mark. Stay in touch with your instructor  
Contact your instructor regularly, especially when you have questions or problems. Instructors are available by phone, mail, fax, and email.  
Graphic of a check mark. Evaluate Progression and Communciations  
Pay careful attention to instructions and be certain you understand the assignments. Evaluate your own progress. Reread the course objectives and standards and evaluate how you are progressing with them.  
Graphic of a check mark. Keep backups of your work  
Keep a backup of your work. When sending information to your instructor via email, send a carbon copy to yourself or to another email account you may have. This will help if you have computer trouble or just need proof that you sent an assignment. By having a backup of your work, you can continue on with a different computer if your system should crash.  




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