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First Term Checklist

Reminder: If you have not done so already, please watch the Tips For Success video and print the Tips For Success document prior to your first day of class.

Students who are more active and involved in the first week of class have a greater chance of successfully completing their course.

Developing good study habits will make it easier to complete your coursework. Take care of administrative tasks early to give yourself a head start on the next term (semester).

The action items below will help you keep you organized throughout your class and beyond. If you follow these guidelines, you'll have an easier time managing your first course and be ready to tackle the next term with confidence.

Beginning of Class

  • Make sure you set aside time to work on weekly assignments.
  • Break down your larger projects into small milestones.
  • Connect with at least two people to begin building your UMGC network.
  • Reread your syllabus multiple times and contact your instructor if anything is unclear.
  • Review the rubrics (the specific criteria for grading or scoring academic papers, projects, or tests provided by your instructor) for your class until you understand them.


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A Successful Online Student

  • Reads the syllabus and course requirements carefully.
  • Asks questions when in doubt.
  • Schedules time for classwork and keeps up with the schedule.
  • Requests help when necessary.
  • Participates fully as required.
  • Submits all assignments on or before the due date.
  • Engages others in discussions with enthusiasm and courtesy.
  • Demonstrates discipline and self-motivation.
  • Pays attention to details.
  • Keeps backup copies of all work.

Success Tip

Be sure to log in every day so that your messages don't become unmanageable. To develop the habit, try to do it at the same time every day.

It is important to get involved and stay involved in your own success. Professors will offer assistance, but you must be willing to put forth the effort.

Renee Hegens, '13 MS, Management (Financial Management specialization)


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