I decided later in life that I wanted to return to college. When deciding on what college fit my personal needs, I looked into online schools. Online education in today’s world is very convenient, and most colleges have some type of online schooling available for their students. The college that I decided on is the University of Phoenix, Axia College. I admit that I have personally read many reviews about their programs, some good, and some bad. I have had nothing but a good experience with them. When I first started there, I would have liked some advice to first time students but there was nothing available.
When you are logged into your classroom, on the left hand side of your computer screen, you will see a “preferences” button. Click on that button. This will bring you a window that will allow you set up your personal signature. On the tab (at the top) behind your signature, there is another tab marked “organize messages”, click on that tab. Designate a color for everyone in the class. Your instructor is always the first person on the list. Choose a color for your instructor that will stick out to you. I choose purple for my instructors and hot pink for myself. I choose these colors because no matter what class I am in, hot pink and purple “pop” out to me first.
You are assigned a Syllabus and Course Calendar for every single course you take at the Axia College of University of Phoenix. Print these out immediately. I recommend printing two copies of these. File one copy away, in case you happen to lose one. Once you have printed out the copies, highlight the course calendar, and keep it next to the area that you do your school in. I would highlight with different colors. I highlight all my discussion questions yellow, my checkpoints are green, and my assignments are pink. Using colors will immediately tell your brain what you have to do for that given day before even reading the course calendar again.
I recommend working ahead on your assignments. Because you are schooling online, technical issues may arise. Working ahead will assure you that you have completed the assigned work and will receive the proper credit for the work. It is completely acceptable to turn your work in early, however; do not turn your work in on a different week of the class. This will prevent you from obtaining the attendance requirements.
Purchase a flash drive. Flash drives are fairly inexpensive and could literally save your GPA. Keep all of your college work on your flash drive. No matter where you are, if you have your flash drive with you, you will have your college work with you as well. In case of a power loss in the area that you live in, you would simply need to take your flash drive to a friend’s home, the library, etc and all of the college work is immediately available to you. I keep my flash drive on my key chain…that way it is always with me.
The biggest piece of advice that I can give any student who is just starting their education career at the University of Phoenix is not to be afraid to ask your professor for help. If you run into an assignment, and are unsure what is exactly required of you, (before the due date) send your professor a note asking him-or-her for clarification. If you would rather call your professor this is fine as well. Your professors will provide you with their contact telephone number starting the first day of class.
I wish you the best in your education career!