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SURVIVAL TIPS FOR OnLine Students

bulletAllow Time. Most students are not prepared for the amount of time that an on-line course takes. Remember that you are teaching the material to yourself. Therefore, each chapter must be read carefully and two times. This takes time – more time than sitting in a classroom listening to a lecture.
bulletStick With It! Distance Education courses require perseverance, self-discipline, self-motivation, and the ability to work independently – more so than face-to-face than on-campus classes.
bulletKeep Up – Be Organized. Marketing is a course that helps you learn how to develop a strategic approach to the business planning process. Each chapter introduces concepts that build on the concepts of the previous chapter. In order to be able to think strategically you must integrate the concepts of each chapter into your thinking. The exams are based on you understanding how to apply the principles learned, as opposed to just memorizing them. In order to develop that application knowledge you must learn and integrate the principles in each chapter in the order they are presented.
bulletMeet Deadlines. Do not get behind. Have each week’s reading assignments and web site field trips completed on time. Although, you will find that I am flexible in giving you some additional time here and there when necessary, there can come a point when you are so far behind that you cannot catch up. So plan well and keep up. If you have a tendency to procrastinate I highly recommend you spend sometime at the following web sites:
1- Overcoming Procrastination
(http://ub-counseling.buffalo.edu/stressprocrast.shtml)
2- Controlling Procrastination: (http://www.uoguelph.ca/csrc/learning/procras.htm#2)
3- Procrastination: Ten Ways to Do It Now: (http://www.ucc.vt.edu/stdysk/procrast.html)
bulletMake Lists.Make lists of things that need to be memorized and study them while you are waiting in line at the grocery store or the bank or at traffic lights.
bulletUse Your Printer. Print out anything that I write. My postings are presentation notes offering additional explanations of difficult concepts, additional examples, homework assignments, and quizzes.
bullet Keep in Touch. It is very important that you keep in touch with me and with  your fellow classmates in a distance education course. They cannot help you and you cannot help them if you are not around through e-mail, at the conferences, or at the Virtual Coffee Shop.
bulletKeep Me and Your Cybermates Informed about changes in your e-mail address. We cannot stay in touch with you if you are not available. We cannot learn from you if you are not available.
bulletDon’t try to "Go It Alone!". In a distance education course, you must teach yourself. And you will most likely need some help – from me and from your cybermates. So Keep in Touch.
bulletEstablish an E-mail list of Class Members or Study Groups that are  formed. This way you can easily send messages without having to logon to Blackboard. Keep in Touch with your classmates and with me.
bulletDon’t Drop the Course without talking to me first. Together, we may be able to find a solution to whatever is challenging your successful completion of this course.

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