Getting Started - Amer Lit / Comp-B

Welcome! Top 10 Tips for Success

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Mrs. Wolff's Top 10 Tips for Success in Our Class

Don't feel overwhelmed about learning online. This may be a new way of learning for you. It's a different way of learning than in the traditional classroom. There are many benefits to being a more independent learner. Following are my suggestions for being successful in our class:

10 - Print Course Schedule & Sign and Submit Student Handbook

Just as in the traditional classroom, the online classroom has a daily agenda. This helps you to stay on track, and to complete modules and assignments in order. Be sure to print your assignment calendar (Course Schedule and Syllabus), and refer to it daily. For a feeling of accomplishment, strike through each assignment you complete and submit.


It is best to submit work daily, or every other day, in order to receive timely feedback from your instructor. All work must be submitted by midnight every orange Thursday Assignment Due Date (every two weeks).


The calendar is located in Course Information box on the right information box of our Course Home page. Look for the blue links entitled 18,16,14, and 12 Weeks. The calendar is located at the bottom of the syllabus.

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9 - Use Our Classroom Smore Resource Guides

Similar to a cool video your traditional classroom teacher might show to help you understand a topic, I also provide links, handouts, videos, and resources to help you understand our American Lit/Comp lessons. To access our helpful Smores, go to our Course Home page on the bottom right side under "User Links" to use our Smores for each module, writing help session, etc.
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8 - Adobe Help Sessions (Class Chats)

Sometimes there is not substitute for a question and answer session with your instructor. Our weekly online class chats are Mondays at 7:00. This is a time to practice assignments and answer questions directly.


To access our weekly class chat, click on the link in the Course information box on the right side of our main class page.


If you are unable to attend the live session, recordings are posted under User Links for your reference throughout the semester.

7 - Take Notes (Print Content)

So, maybe your learning style tends to be more kinesthetic. One helpful way to make the content more engaging is to print off the modules and use a highlighter or pen to make notations. This certainly isn't the high-tech approach, but the best part is you will be making a notebook to reference in American Lit/Comp, and beyond!
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6 - Do Your End-of-Module Review Exercises / Self-Assessments

This suggestion sounds simple and obvious, but it is easy to rush through the content when you are trying to meet a deadline. The review page contains links to reviews and additional resources. By practicing these items, you are preparing yourself for the quiz or test. Take your time and try, try again, until you feel comfortable with the material.


This is yet another step in ensuring your success in our course!

5 - Read Our News Item Announcements

Read and reread our News Items - I upload several new ones each week! Be sure to check out the News Announcements daily. This is where I post important reminders, upcoming deadlines and updates for you. I also discuss policies and procedures, too. Just like your traditional teacher, I post daily announcements in our online class.
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4 - Dedicate Time to Study

Study Time - It's important to plan for adequate time to complete your online lessons. Just like your traditional classes, you should work every day Monday - Friday. If you are in the AB course, you should dedicate 1.5 hours of class work time each school day. If you are in the A or B course, you should dedicate 1 hour of class work time each school day. Remember that you should also plan for 30 minutes of study or homework time after school a couple of times a week, as well. These are the minimum suggestions. Try hard to follow this plan for just English class. Avoid distractions like doing homework for another class, or surfing the internet during English study time.
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3 - Read My Feedback, and Check Your Mistakes

When you traditional teacher returns a graded test, he/she goes over your mistakes. This is an important part of the learning process. You can also access your graded quizzes and tests. Review your missed items and email me with any questions (see directions, above). You should also check your GRADES TAB (click Assessments, then click Grades) for feedback on other assignments (see examples, below):
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2 - Plagiarism Checks - Turnitin.com

GAVS utilizes the anti-plagiarism company Turnitin.com in order to check for plagiarism in all projects and papers for this class.


Please be sure to check your work before your final submission using this invaluable resource.


GAVS has a very strict anti-plagiarism policy. As a rule, your papers and projects should be a 20% match or less; otherwise, your paper or project will receive a "zero" for a final grade.


Be sure to always check your work carefully before submitting!

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1 - Always Ask for Help!

Read your email daily. Email me with any questions!


In your traditional class, you would raise your hand to ask a question. Sending Mrs. Wolff an email is the same as raising your hand in class. Feel free to send me any and all questions about our course, assignments, lessons, etc. I am here to help you. Be proactive. I respond to all emails Monday - Friday within 24 hours - and your questions are important to me. I do have lots of students, so if you don't hear back - this rarely happens, but just in case - email me again. I will provide individualized feedback, pinpoint areas of weakness, make suggestions, and offer clarification with examples.

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