So you’ve enrolled at Kaplan University online and are ready to begin classes. So what’s next? As a new student at Kaplan this term, I would like to offer a few words of advice based on my experiences. If you’ve already enrolled then you’ve probably talked to your academic advisor and financial aid advisor. If you haven’t enrolled yet, Kaplan is a fully accredited school with remarkably helpful enrollment counselors and you should definitely give them a call if you’re looking to further your education. Now as a new Kaplan student there are a few things you can do to ensure your success.
Get To Know Your Advisors
Once you’ve logged in to the campus, in the lower right corner are all of your contacts and their phone numbers and email addresses. To contact your academic or financial aid advisors, try to use email. Their toll-free numbers are also available, but emails assure you a record of conversations in case you need to find some piece of information later. Be sure to use the school’s e-mail system, this will keep things easy for your advisor, so they don’t have to figure out who you are every time you contact them. If you have any questions about your financial aid, be sure to contact your advisor immediately as you are responsible for your own finances and they affect your ability to stay enrolled. Likewise, if you have questions about your courses, contact your academic advisor immediately. In the long run it’s best to establish a rapport with your advisors so that you can stay informed about all your education choices.
Familiarize Yourself With The Online Campus
Now that you’re comfortable with your course load and financing, the next thing to do is familiarize yourself with the classroom interface. On the left side of your KUCampus website is a list of your courses. By clicking on the course link you can enter the online classroom. You should become familiar with the classroom layout, and the specific expectations of each of your professors. Kaplan University has a fairly standard grading system for all classes, but each professor will have a slightly different approach. For each class you will be required to attend a weekly seminar, turn in a weekly assignment, and participate in the weekly discussion.
Make Time To Do The Classwork
My advice is to post more often than needed to the discussion boards. Most classes will require 3 posts per week, but considering that this is your chance for classroom interaction I recommend posting or at least reading daily. This will keep you informed on the week’s topics. The next thing you will want to focus on is the reading, there will be some every week and it is best to get it done early. This will make following the discussions and seminar much easier. That just leaves your weekly assignment. This will count for a large portion of your grade, so it’s best to start on it early and work on it throughout the week. This way if you have questions you can talk with the professor or your classmates about it.
If you follow these simple guidelines, you should enjoy your time at Kaplan University. I’m halfway through my first term and really enjoy the discussions with fellow students. You will also want to get an AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) account, as this is the messenger of choice for the professors at Kaplan. Be sure to share your AIM name with classmates so you can contact each other with questions.