1. Learn how to manage time effectively. Students enrolled in Internet courses are expected to complete a variety of projects and course objectives each week, and must keep up with discussion forum participation and ongoing assignments.
2. Review the assignment calendar in the syllabus and schedule weekly study sessions. Create a personal semester calendar with assignment due dates, tests, reading, research, etc. Set interim checkpoints to evaluate your progress in the course to avoid being overwhelmed by the whole semester's workload.
3. Set aside study time at home or at the office. Students who choose to work and study at home must learn how to filter out distractions and stay focused on their work. This can be stressful and challenging, but it’s an essential part of learning to be successful in an Internet course.
4. Eliminate as many distractions as possible. Successful students know how to adapt and be flexible with their schedules so they can carve out quiet spaces to work and study from.
5. Are self-motivated. Students need to keep up with the course load and projects by turning in all work on time and staying up to date with news and readings on their own time. This requires organization and effective time management skills.
6. Learn how to work independently. Working independently is one of the key benefits of choosing Internet courses, but it is not the right fit for many people. In order to be successful, students must learn how to work at their own pace and avoid procrastination.
7. Get in the habit of communicating frequently with your instructor. Faculty contact information can be found in the Syllabus. Make good use of your lines of communication and your coursework will show it.