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How to Prepare for an Online Course

  1. Get your computer ready.
    Make sure that you have updated your computer’s operating system and applications and that it can handle the demands that will be required of it during the course. Do this now so that if you need to make changes prior to the start of the quarter you have time to do so. Consider what back-up resources you have on hand if your computer were to go down during the quarter.
  2. Get your environment ready.
    Set up a dedicated learning space for studying. While it may be enticing to attend class in your pajamas on the couch, having a quiet environment with limited distractions and plenty of space for books, notebooks, etc will help you focus on the task at hand. Whether you have an entire office or just a desk in your living room, make sure it is stocked with everything you need and is available to you at all times. If you are in a shared-space living situation, consider purchasing headphones so that you can hear the videos, lectures and discussions no matter what noise may be happening around you.
  3. Get your support system ready.
    Talk to those close to you about your needs while taking online classes. Many people think that online courses are “easier” than in-person classes. In reality, they require students to be especially focused and self-motivated. Make sure they understand the kind of commitment you are making and that you may not be available around the clock.
  4. Get to know D2L.
    If you haven’t used D2L for a prior course, visit https://resources.depaul.edu/student-success/technology/Pages/desire2learn.aspx to learn about the online course management system. If your instructors have activated them, log in to your courses and familiarize yourself with the set up.
  5. Get your calendar ready.
    Whether it be an actual physical calendar or a digital planner, find a time management system that works for you. Begin by listing the start and end dates of the term. When you receive your syllabus, add the due dates for all assignments. Consider creating a daily schedule that will allow you to dedicate the time necessary per week to your classwork.
  6. Breathe.
    While this all may seem overwhelming right now, we know you can do it.