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It's a common myth that online hybrid classes are easier than traditional face-to-face classes. Don't be fooled! Online and hybrid classes require self-motivation, time management skills, excellent computer skills, and persistence. Follow this road map to be successful in your online and hybrid classes.

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1. Keep the lines of communication open

  • Check your STLCC email frequently because that's how your instructors will communicate with you.
  • Use your STLCC email to send emails to your instructors - they won't know who you are if you use a personal email account.
  • Login to Banner Self-Service and make sure your phone number is correct.

2. Know what you're getting into

  • Most online and hybrid classes require a lot of reading, so be prepared to make time in your schedule to keep up with reading assignments.
  • When you aren't going to a classroom, it can be harder to stay on task, so make sure you have a system for meeting deadlines and keeping up with the coursework.
  • Good computer skills are a must! You should be familiar with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint and have good typing skills.

3. Be prepared for class and know what's expected

  • Get the textbook before the class begins. Order at a campus bookstore or online
  • Make sure your computer meets the minimul technical requirements. Run a computer check >>
  • Take the SmarterMeasure assessment to see if you're ready for online learning
  • Don't wait to login to the class in Blackboard. Try to login on the first day, read the syllabus, and make sure you have all the course materials.

4. Keep the momentum going

  • Take time to explore the class, so you'll know where to find the extra reading materials, assignments, discussino boards, etc.
  • Check your grades and read the feedback from the instructor.
  • Make sure you're keeping up with assignments and doing things on time.
  • Have a back-up plan if your computer or internet connection fails. Technology problems aren't an excuse for missed deadlines.
  • Contact your instructor if you have questions or run into problems.

With planning and hard work, you can be successful in your online and hybrid classes!


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