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Student success takes motivation, discipline, and communication. This is true no matter how you are taking a course, whether it be in a traditional classroom or on the Internet. Yet, taking a course on the Internet involves a brand new set of skills and knowledge you may not have experienced. This area was created to assist you in becoming familiar with what these skill sets are and understand how to apply them in order to become more successful in your online courses.


Make sure you know who to contact when having problems.

Prepare Your Computer and Browser

1. Conduct a Computer System Check:
Before entering your course for the first time
make sure to do a Computer System Check to verify your browser is supported and set properly for working in Desire2Learn. This check system should indicate if you need to enable Java, Cookies or update your browser.

Time Management

Managing your time can be done successfully by taking control over the amount of time you spend on specific activities. To help manage your time use the online course Syllabus, Calendar and Checklist (if used by the instructor) as well as:

  • Create a Routine Study Schedule

Develop and plan for a dedicated block of study time for each day during the week. Keep in mind times in which you are most productive, such as early morning or late evening.

  • Find a Study Space

Locate an area in your home that is free from distractions in which you can concentrate and focus your attention on the work at hand. The local library may be an alternation study space.

  • Weekly Review

Once a week review and update your assignments and calendar. Increase the number of reviews per week the closer you get to an assignment deadline and exam date.

  • Prioritize your assignments

When studying focus on the more difficult assignment/project first. You will be fresh and more alert.

  • Get Something Done

If you are having problems writing a paper or beginning a project just roughly draft out your ideas, the assignment details will come to you later during your weekly review.

  • Identify Resources to help you

Use our tutors, instructors, a friend, the Internet or library to save you time, energy and solve problems.


There are many factors involved with knowing whether you are a good match for online learning. VARK is a questionnaire that provides a profile of your learning preferences and then matches appropriate strategies which can be used to help you be more successful in this independent and technology focused environment.

To help you better understand your strengths take the VARK 16 question questionnaire.


Office Hours
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Paige Barnes
Room A.200
Phone (979) 230-3494
Email Paige.Barnes@brazosport.edu

Jennifer Poland
Instructional Designer
Room A.210
Phone (979) 230-3178
Email Jennifer.Poland@brazosport.edu

Linda McConnell
Director, Distance Learning
Room A.202
Phone (979) 230-3368
Email Linda.Mcconnell@brazosport.edu

Angela Elder
Technical Specialist
Room A.214
Phone (979) 230-3594
Email Angela.Elder@brazosport.edu

Bryan Brown
Instructional Designer
Room A.201
Phone (979) 230-3487
Email Bryan.Brown@brazosport.edu

Brandon Lam
Technical Specialist
Room A.212
Phone (979) 230-3640
Email Brandon.Lam@brazosport.edu