October 7, 2012
Survival Guide Essay
This is my survival guide for my next few courses. Once I have chosen the college I want to attend, I will log into the site where I will begin receiving and submitting my course work. I will go familiarizing myself with the forums with which I would be expected to interact. I would also log into the classes that I will be attending so I can view the course requirements, overviews, syllabus, and both instructor and “graduation team” contact information. I will then print out this information for a handy contact list in case I do not have access to the internet and need to get in contact with the support team. The support ...view middle of the document...
I will make sure my computer, printer and internet is in good working conditions and not to outdated. I will also purchase a three ring binder. This will contain my correspondence with the college, via email and regular mail and any other documentation pertaining to my collegiate career. I will also buy a whole puncher, and tab dividers for my binders. Being organized will give me the ability and the ease of locating reference documents that will help me better myself in the upcoming classes.
I will also learn to set short term, median-term and long-term goals. My goals will be simple and attainable. Failing to meet or exceed the milestones that you have placed along your educational path can cause loss of self-esteem and feeling “left behind” by your classmates. One of the most important things I will do for the next few courses is managing my time wisely. I will set a time everyday to do my work without any distractions and make sure my work is submitted on time. I will also make sure I have answered each discussion post with the full max participation everyday that is required.
In my conclusion when I enroll in a distance course these suggestions that I have made will help me to survive the experience that I am about to go through once again. Hopefully by using a few of my own suggestions in this guide I will not only survive my courses but thrive in the learning environment. This is a process, not an ordeal or a way to show you how much or how little you may know about a given subject. I gave myself a little bit of advice, I will take it easy on myself I will not become overly critical or if I start out well, I will try...