More Tips for Learning
While some of these tips may seem obvious, they are worth repeating.
· Think before responding to any online discussion-board posts. You have time to provide valuable insights. First, use a word processing program to compose your response, then reread and analyze further before copying and pasting it into the discussion thread. In many courses, your posts to the discussion board will affect your grade, so it behooves you to do it right. Plus, intelligent responses will gain the respect of your peers and your instructor.
· Make yourself fully aware of the library services available to you and seek out any information literacy training that the institution may provide. Being information literate is a strong academic asset that will help you throughout your academic career and beyond.
· If you feel that your writing skills could use a tune-up, take advantage of any online learning writing labs and services offered by the institution.
· Fully understand the rules of plagiarism. Especially in today’s copy-and-paste culture, be careful about how you use and cite information in your writing assignments and discussion board posts. Always cite your sources appropriately.
· Keep a running, up-to-date calendar of everything you need to do academically, socially, and work related.
· Have a decent computer and fast Internet connection. It’s also a good idea to have a back-up plan in case your computer or Internet-connection is interrupted. Your local library, for instance, might be a good alternative in a pinch.