At a Glance: : In addition to scheduling and getting organized for your online class, hone your study skills by utilizing the SQ3R reading strategy: survey, question, read, recite and review.
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College is an exciting time to achieve your educational goals. But an online classroom might be different than what you’re used to. Don’t worry. Succeeding in an e-learning environment is absolutely possible for newbies and veterans alike with guidance from University of Phoenix faculty and advisors. Here are six tips for success.

1

Get tech ready

Before class even starts, check that your computer is compatible with the necessary online tools. Then spend time navigating your learning environment. It’ll be important for you to upload and download documents, participate in discussions and use programs such as Microsoft Office. Practice the basics, and you’ll be ready to roll when the school bell rings.

2

Get a schedule

One benefit you’ll experience as an online learner is the flexibility of doing schoolwork at your convenience. However, you’ll want to set aside time to complete your work. A good start is to plan for several two- to three-hour blocks each week to focus exclusively on studying and assignments, and be mindful of any real-time requirements in your coursework.

3

Get organized

Read your syllabus, making note of the professor’s expectations so you can meet them from the get-go. Create real or virtual folders for organizing school paperwork and course materials, and set aside dedicated workspace or storage that’s free from distractions, disruptions and digital junk.

4

Sharpen your study skills

Make this your new mantra: survey, question, read, recite and review. Those five steps represent the SQ3R reading strategy, which of your professors recommend to improve comprehension. Also, take notes to help you commit material to memory, summarize content and communicate effectively with study groups.

5

Get acquainted with your instructor

Instructors want you to succeed and are eager to help. Introduce yourself to establish lines of communication. Don’t be shy about asking questions about the material or assignments. And be sure to listen to any feedback they offer, adjusting your work if needed.

6

Get to know your classmates

Make time to connect with other University of Phoenix students. You might think you don’t have the time, but it’s definitely worth it to collaborate and get advice from the people who are in the same boat. Form a study group on Google Hangouts and utilize Google Docs for easy collaboration or commiseration. Also try PhoenixConnect, an academic portal where you and your fellow students can take advantage of program-specific learning communities and 3,000 interest groups.