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I think the key to my success was getting
comfortable with online courses because

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once you do the first one, you
understand how everything works

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trying to figure out the different
modules, the different tabs,

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where your grades are
going to be posted,

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how to connect with the professor. It
definitely takes that first opportunity

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to learn how to do it.
After that, it’s simple.

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You need to be driven and have good
time management. I think online courses

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are ideal for the student who likes to do
things on campus and likes to have jobs,

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and likes to have internships, and for
the student who knows how to manage

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all that. Because when you’re busy and
you’re like, “Okay, I only have that two

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hours,” you’re going to watch that lecture
then, and you can definitely balance it

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all. So you need to really look at
yourself and say, “Okay, am I going

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to have the time to go and sit in all of
these classes? Is that what I want to do?

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Or would it really help me branch out
and educate myself outside the classroom

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to maybe pick up a few extracurricular
and grab one online class to make up for

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that time.

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The qualities of a successful online
student are: a student that’s responsible,

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very good with time management, and is
open to a new opportunity. Of turning in

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assignments, of taking an online test
instead of a paper pencil test in class,

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and really just a great opportunity
to interact with their professors,

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interact with their colleagues in their
classes in a different way, that they can

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freely express themselves.

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You’re very dependent on yourself. If
you’re taking a video stream class,

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you need to make sure you watch it. You
need to check your myUCF everyday for

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posted assignments because there isn’t
that person saying, remember that you

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have to do this. But at the same time,
when you’re in a regular classroom,

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teachers just put the assignments on
the syllabus and you’re responsible for

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keeping up to date with that too.
So really, a lot of it’s just the

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responsibility factor and there is a
little bit more in the online setting,

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but it’s a similar skill that you’ve
developed in your regular classes.

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Overall, to be successful in an online
course is the same as to be successful

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in any course. You have to be responsible
and you have to keep up with the work,

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and you have to put in the effort.