Online Learning:

How to be a Successful Online Student

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How to be a Successful Online Student

These seven steps can help you be a successful online student:

  1. Log into your class on the first day of the semester and several times a week throughout the term.
  2. Read your course syllabus so that you are familiar with the course requirements.
  3. Review course content and add assignment due dates to your personal calendar.
  4. Watch for news, posts, emails, and other communications from your professor throughout the semester.
  5. Submit work on time (per the assignment due dates).
  6. Email your instructor immediately if you have trouble or questions on an assignment OR if you are afraid you won’t meet a deadline.
  7. Checks your grades regularly to know where you stand, but also read the feedback from your professor to help you improve.
While these tips were written for online students, they are just as applicable in the face-to-face classroom environment.


Visit our How to Be A Successful Student page for additional tips on being a successful student.


Know when to seek help. St. Petersburg College provides many resources that can help you succeed. Find out more on our Academic Support and Student Success page.