Blueprints for Success

1. Prepare for your class:

  • Get organized before the semester begins. We recommend that you buy a three-ring binder with dividers and use it to file your class syllabus,
    handouts, notes, and other materials. Have a special place for your computer disks.
  • Read the class syllabus. It will answer many questions regarding class assignments, readings, and tests.
  • Preview your textbook by reading the table of contents and major chapter headings and subheadings. This will give you an idea of what material your
    class will be covering.

2. Use effective study skills:

  • Schedule your study sessions for the times when you are most alert and have the fewest distractions.
  • Read your textbook before you view or attend class.
  • Plan to spend approximately three hours per week (including time spent in class) for each credit you earn. This is as true for distance learning classes
    as it is for traditional on-campus classes.
  • Cultivate effective study habits:
    • Review your notes frequently
    • Write down questions that you want to ask your instructor, tutor, or classmates
  • Create a supportive study environment with few distractions. Ask your family or roommates to help by not interrupting you when you're studying.
  • Avoid taking phone calls during your study time.
  • Learn with others. Making connections with your classmates will motivate you and help you to learn. Form a study group in person, by phone, and/or
    by e-mail so you can work together to review, discuss course concepts, ask each other questions, make lists of specialized vocabulary, and prepare
    for tests.
  • Plan for library research time, especially if you will be requesting materials from another library. Begin work on a research project well before the due

3. Learn the proper "etiquette" in a TV studio.

  • When you enter the SkyBridge or HITS studio classroom, you'll see cameras and microphones or telephones. These pieces of equipment allow
    everyone in the system to see and hear you. At first, it may be intimidating to talk into the microphone and to also see yourself on TV. You will find
    that after a few sessions the microphones and cameras will become routine.
  • When asking questions or interacting with other students: 1) always turn the microphone on before speaking and off after speaking. 2) speak clearly
    into the microphone. 3) if you are using a telephone, speak clearly and directly into the phone. Remember that the teacher can see you at all times, so refrain from talking, walking about, or eating in the TV studio, wherever it is located.

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