Fall semester is here, and classes have started already….(if only Blackboard had realized that too)! With all of our classes being online, the key to success is going to be organization and scheduling. Its going to be all on you: no one will remind you to submit your assignments! Here are some tips for staying on top of your online classes:
Use the technology at your disposal
Class instructors are nice. Sometimes TOO nice. Within each module they will organize a checklist for each task to be completed and the date by which it needs to be submitted. Unfortunately, that’s where your outside help ends. In today’s world of smartphones and operating systems, use the built-in calendars and notifications to remind you.
When you log into Blackboard and open up the latest module, go to the checklist and enter into your smartphone calendar what tasks need to be completed. Make sure your phone gives you a nudge 24 hours in advance, just as a healthy reminder. The Blackboard App and WSU Mobile App can help out too.
The Wayne State library is also a great resource when you are looking for academic articles for your research papers. The best thing is… you don’t even have to leave your house to access it! The library’s resources are available all day long on their website. Just log in with your Access ID and you will be all set.
Use your Peer Mentor
Believe it or not, he’s really resourceful. I mean…it’s his job! Peer Mentors have been in your shoes, they know what you’re going through, and they have a lot of recommendations for completing assignments and appeasing the class instructor. Please email him, call him, Skype him, or text him. And remember, there is no such thing as a poor question.
As previously mentioned, being organized in this course is going to be crucial to your success. So keep a calendar on your wall, use your phone for reminders, or keep a daily planner. Planning your week like this will help you get into a routine. Use these tools to decide which days you are going to devote to which classes, and ensure you allot adequate time in your day. Luckily, class instructors will recommend how much time you should be spending on each module. And while we’re on that subject, this is simply a recommendation. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t spend more time. Quite often you will find yourself spending more time than recommended.
And for our most important tip….
Earning a degree in sports administration is going to be one of the best decisions you’ll make. You’re going to be introduced to exciting new concepts, captivating instructors, and be given the chance to connect with other aspiring industry professionals just like yourself.
Have fun, and we wish you the best of luck!