SURVIVAL TIPS FOR MICROECONOMICS

     Allow 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.

     Stick 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.

     Keep Up – Be Organized. Economics is a course that builds as it goes. Concepts learned in one
     chapter are combined with concepts in subsequent chapters as models of economics behavior
     are developed. For example , if you fall behind or don’t learn the concepts in chapters 9 and 10,
     you will have difficulty with chapters 11, 12, 14 and 15.

     Meet Deadlines. Do not get behind. Have each week’s assignments 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. A
     grade of "Incomplete" is not an option in 99 percent of the cases.

     Make 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.

     Use 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.

     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 CyberCafe.

     Keep 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.  You can change your email by going into Student Tools and Change Your Information.

     Don’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.

     Don’t Drop the Course without talking to me first. Together, we may be able to find a
     solution to your dilemma.