Online Success for Beginners

It's a common myth that online and hybrid classes are easier that traditional face-to-face classes. Online and hybrid classes require self-motivation, time management skills, excellent computer skills, and persistence. Follow this beginner's guide to be successful in your online and hybrid classes.

  1. Keep the lines of communication open
    • Activate your STLCC email 
    • Check your STLCC email frequently - that is how your instructors will communicate with you
    • Use your STLCC email when contacting instructors - they may not know who you are if you use a personal account
    • Login to Banner Self-Service to make sure your phone number is accurate
  2. Know what you are 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 are not going to a classroom, it can be harder to stay on task - 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 - in a campus bookstore or online
    • Make sure your computer meets the minimal technical requirements by using our Browser Checker
    • Take the SmarterMeasure assessment to see if you are ready for online learning
    • Log into your Blackboard class on the first day to read the syllabus and make sure you have all necessary 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, discussion boards, etc
    • Check your grades and read the feedback from the instructor
    • Make use of our FREE Academic Support Center if you are having issues with subject material
    • Make sure to keep up with assignments and other class tasks
    • Have a back-up plan if your computer or internet connection fails - technology problems are not 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!

Contact Online Education

Stacey Y. Foster, MA 314-513-4771
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