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How do I succeed?

Before Classes Begin

    Courses are unavailable to students who have not activated their FSUIDs. It can take 24 hours to complete this process. Online students who miss the first day of class can be dropped from their courses due to the Mandatory First Class Meeting Attendance Policy, so activation of the FSUID is essential for course access on the first day of class.
    Review Online Orientation
  • Hardware
    The technical requirements for online learning involve hardware, software and a reliable Internet connection.
    Review Technical Requirements
  • Textbooks and Additional Materials
    Most courses are available to online students ten days before the first day of classes. Use this time to arrange for the purchase or rental of textbooks and any additional materials indicated on the course syllabus.
    Review Course Materials and Getting Started: Student Edition
  • Library Access and Virtual Computer Lab
    Access to library services and remote access to software in FSU's computer labs require a valid FSUCard.
    Review Online Orientation and Resources
  • Explore the Course Site
    Online students are encouraged to explore the course site early to become familiar with the organization of course materials.
    Review Course Delivery
  • Collect Support References
    When technical issues arise, quick contact for support is essential. Take a moment to make note of support team email contacts and phone numbers.
    Review Resources

In FOCUS on College Success, Third Edition, Constance Staley reveals eight tips that enable students to be successful in their online classes:

  1. You will need to be just as motivated for your online course as you would be for a face-to-face class. This means "attending" regularly by paying attention to the lectures, participating in the discussion boards, and completing all reading requirements, assignments, and assignments. In order to do this, you will need to set aside a designated portion of your day for completing your course work.
  2. If you are confused about an assignment or concept from the weekly lecture, contact your instructor for clarification. Communicate clearly with your instructor by reaching out via e-mail, discussion board, or by your instructor's own method of preference.
  3. Stay in touch with your classmates often to build a support network and discuss course topics. If possible, take the time to meet with some of them in person.
  4. Be sure that your computer has the most up-to-date software. This includes updating your antivirus program. Your computer is your sole access to your course work; therefore, you want to be sure it is free of viruses. In addition, you want to avoid being affected by a virus in the effort to protect your instructor's and classmate's computers as well.
  5. Find a quiet area to set up your work space so you will not be distracted from your course work.
  6. Each time you log into your course, review your progress by visiting the Gradebook section in order to view your grades on past assignments.
  7. Create a calendar in order to keep track of your assignment due dates as well as quizzes, tests, and group meetings. Be sure to set your own deadlines for any assignments that may not have a specific due date but are due by the end of the course.
  8. Have a plan in case of computer or network failure. Be sure to back up all your work onto a thumb drive.

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