Strategies for Success in Distance Learning Classes
Online Orientation for GEO -D010.-63Z with Eileen Peña
Review the helpful hints provided below to make your distance course experience the best it can be.
- Stay current with each week's assignments; log in frequently and dedicate a certain amount of time each week to the class.
- Use the communication features provided to interact with your fellow students and instructor.
- Post any questions you may have to the discussion forum.
- Make sure you have a syllabus for the course you are taking. Read it carefully; it should answer most of the questions you have about the course.
- Textbooks and other course materials may be purchased at the De Anza College Bookstore. We recommend that you file your notes and any materials mailed to you during the course.
- Preview your textbooks by scanning the table of contents, major chapter headings and subheadings.
- Verify that you can receive the appropriate channel if you are considering taking a televised class.
- If your instructor distributes announcements by email or within Catalyst, review them carefully. They may contain important updates about your course.
Develop a Study Plan
- Plan to complete your textbook reading assignments before the lessons. Develop a regular schedule for completing these assignments.
- Keep good notes for each unit or topic. By doing this, you will be able to review for examinations without "cramming" everything in at the last minute.
Recruit a Group of Study Partners
- Identify one or more classmates with whom you can review assignments, discuss course information, and prepare for examinations. Make arrangements to study together by phone, in person, by email or chat.
- Use the instructor's review questions to discuss general concepts of the course. Develop a vocabulary list of important terms. Write definitions in your own words (especially terms you do not fully understand) and review them on a regular basis.
- Look for ways to relate and apply the knowledge you are gaining. Share your experiences with your study partner.
Ask For Help If You Need It
- Contact your instructor when you have questions about course content. Email is a highly recommended and effective method of communication. Some instructors are also available by phone or by appointment for an on-campus meeting during the hours indicated in your syllabus .
- Attend on-campus discussion sessions if they are offered for your course. These sessions give you an opportunity to have your questions answered and to interact with the instructor and your fellow students. These sessions are particularly valuable exam study sessions. Remember, in order to participate in a discussion session, you must come prepared to the session. Prepare written responses to the study questions provided by your instructor.