Prepare for your class:
organized before the semester begins. We recommend that you buy
a three-ring binder with dividers and use it to file your class
handouts, notes, and other materials. Have a special place for
your computer disks.
the class syllabus. It will answer many questions regarding class
assignments, readings, and tests.
your textbook by reading the table of contents and major chapter
headings and subheadings. This will give you an idea of what material
class will be covering.
Use effective study skills:
your study sessions for the times when you are most alert and
have the fewest distractions.
your textbook before you view or attend class.
to spend approximately three hours per week (including time spent
in class) for each credit you earn. This is as true for distance
as it is for traditional on-campus classes.
effective study habits:
your notes frequently
down questions that you want to ask your instructor, tutor,
a supportive study environment with few distractions. Ask your
family or roommates to help by not interrupting you when you're
taking phone calls during your study time.
with others. Making connections with your classmates will motivate
you and help you to learn. Form a study group in person, by phone,
by e-mail so you can work together to review, discuss course concepts,
ask each other questions, make lists of specialized vocabulary,
for library research time, especially if you will be requesting
materials from another library. Begin work on a research project
well before the due
Learn the proper "etiquette" in a TV studio.
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
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.