Tips for Success

How to Succeed in Your GAVS Course

Don't Stress Out! You Can Be Successful in You Follow These Tips!

Don't feel overwhelmed about learning online. While it is a different way of learning from the traditional classroom, there are lots of benefits to being a more independent learner. Below are suggestions for working in our online class.

Print your calendar!

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

The calendar is located in the Course Information box on the right side of our main class homepage. Look for blue links titled 18, 16, or 14 weeks. The calendar is located at the bottom of the syllabus.

Where can I find my schedule?

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Check out the Helpful Handouts and Links in USER LINKS

I provide links, handouts, videos and resources to help you understand our lessons. You should always check out User Links on the right side of our main course homepage.

Join the Class Chats!

Sometimes there is no substitute for a question and answer session with your instructor. Our weekly online class sessions are Mondays at 6:15 p.m. This is a time to practice assignments and answer questions directly. I will also have a live office hour every week on Wednesdays at 5:00 p.m.

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.

Print Lessons and Take Notes!

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 for study and reference!
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Do the Review Activities!

This suggestion sounds simple but it is easy to rush through the content when you are trying to meet a deadline. The review page contains inline learning activities (these are the self-check, dragNdrop, sorting, and crossword activities). 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.

Check the News!

Be sure to check out the News Announcements every day. This is where I post important reminders, upcoming deadlines and updates for you. I also discuss policies and procedures too.

Set Aside Time to Study!

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. You should dedicate 1.5-2 hours of class work time each school day. Remember that you should also plan for extra study and review time a couple of times a week as well. These are the minimum suggestions. Avoid distractions like doing homework for another class or surfing the internet during study time.

Check Feedback and Review Quizzes!

When your traditional teacher returns a graded test, he 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. In the column under "Feedback," click on "View" to see the feedback (see example below).
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Click on the Link Below to Learn How to View Essay Feedback in Turnitin

Bonus Opportunity: Complete the Quiz Below for an Extra Point Added to a Major Assignment

Contact Information

Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.