Students who routinely procrastinate are not good candidates for online courses.
Students who have no problem sticking to a routine are good candidates for online courses.
Students who learn easily from material with minimal outside instruction are good candidates for online courses.
Being able to learn well from written material is imperative.
An average background in computer usage is a huge plus.
Student should have ready access to a reliable ISP or the college computer lab.
Student should have a dedicated email address for course related mail only.
Student should be able to use a word processing program, download software or files, and send emails with attachments when needed.
If the student will be using their own computer, a compatible one should be used that allows access.
In some cases a modem may be required to enhance speeds and enable internet access.
A browser such as IE or Firefox is needed to operate an online course.
A reliable email client with attachment functionality should be used.
A student version of Microsoft Word or a comparable program is best.
Students may need to download specific programs.
In some cases, this information may be on discs.
Most online courses have accompanying textbooks which may come with the course or may have to be purchased separately.
Make sure you meet prequalifications (some advanced courses require graduation from beginner courses first).
Signing up for too many courses can cause you to fall behind and score badly.
Know the start and end date for each course.
You should always login in on the first day of each class to provide information for your instructor.
Your username, password, login information, instructor's name and name of class should be printed and put somewhere safe.
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