Tips for Success

The following pointers will help you be successful - and enjoy - your Internet Course.

Keep in mind the 3 P's of e-learning: Participation, Persistence and Patience.


Participation plays an important role in an online class. You must be an active, involved, and independent learner.

  • Extremely Important: It is your responsibility to contact the instructor before the end of the first week of the session. Get acquainted with the web site, report any problems, and let him/her know you are there!
  • Your comments, questions, and answers are valuable in making the class feel like a community. Actively joining in will also make you feel more like a member of a group.
  • Remember that answers to questions don't always have to come from the instructor. Use the email, chat, or bulletin board tools to ask questions of other students. Form virtual study groups to support each other in the class.
  • Read your course syllabus thoroughly, review it from time to time, and stay in contact with your instructor.

Persistence is important for e-learners, too. Keep trying until you get the answers you need. Internet courses offer plenty of resources to help you.

  • If technical problems come up, don't put off dealing with them. Send a note to your instructor immediately. If you are having trouble with your Internet connection, please contact your Internet provider.
  • The same is true with questions about material covered in the course. Make notes on areas where you have questions or need help, and actively seek out the answers from your classmates and instructor. No one can see that baffled look on your face, so if you need clarification or explanation, ask for it!
  • Treat your Internet course with the same dedication and effort that you would devote to a classroom course. Give yourself plenty of time to complete your assignments and prepare for tests.
  • Most Internet courses have a steady weekly schedule of assignments. Staying on top of this is important to success.
  • Purchase a calendar and mark all your assignments and when they are due. Make a special note of your exam schedule and make time to study in advance. Also, make plans to take off work if necessary. Some classes require that exams be proctored. Your proctor may not be available after hours. So be sure to make arrangements several days before the exam is due.

Patience will help you in e-learning, too.

  • Be patient with your Instructor. This is a job for your Instructor. They do not sit by their computer 24-hours a day waiting for your email and assignments. Do not get upset if it is several days before they respond. And, certainly do not expect them to respond to you on a weekend or holiday.
  • Each Instructor will respond to your emails and questions directly when they feel it is necessary; however, you may have addressed an issue that pertains to the entire class. In this instance, the instructor may email the whole class or post the answer to your question on the class website for everyone to read. Do not feel ignored if your questions are not answered directly.
  • Be patient with yourself, allowing extra time as needed to master any course content or any new technical skills that may be unfamiliar to you.
  • Be patient with others in the class, too, and be considerate in your comments and emails. When you send email or place a comment on the bulletin board, remember that there is a person on the other side. If you disagree with someone, don't "flame" them by lashing out in words. It is all right to disagree, but it is not all right to be belligerent. You wouldn't start yelling at someone in a face-to-face course; the rules of etiquette apply in an online classroom. Remember that you are a student of Wayland Baptist University, and should act in such manner.
  • Others can't see that you're smiling when you make a sarcastic remark, or that you're angered by someone's statement. Write your messages carefully so that they clearly convey your meaning.