Sometimes taking an online class can feel like you are hiding in the back row.

Did you know that building a relationship with your online instructor can help you tremendously with getting help, discussing grades, and scoring scholarship or job references?

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Building trust can help when life happens and you need some flexibility.

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The Basics

If the class has meetings, go to class.

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Pay attention and do not multi-task.

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Level Up: Prepare

Do your homework.

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Make sure to eat before class if possible.

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Pro Tip: Communicate

Before class starts, read the syllabus to learn the instructor's expectations.

Reach out to the instructor when you have questions, but only after checking back in the syllabus.

Inform the instructor if you will be absent or late.

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Expert Level: Participate

Put yourself in the instructor's shoes!

Participate in class: answer questions when no one else will.

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Dr. Finnegan doesn't require students to keep their cameras on for his class. Sam wants to make a good impression. What should they do?

Power Up: Show Respect

Show your instructor that you value their time.

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When you need help, approach them without exasperation or accusation.

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Ron has failed the last two quizzes and is feeling desperate. He plans to reach out to the instructor for help via email as directed by the syllabus. What is the best approach?

Game Changer: Make Their Job Easier

Show your instructor that you are making an effort and that you are on "Team Learn" with them.

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Martin does extra credit for fun, while Teague is struggling in class. Teague reaches out for help. Who is showing they are invested?

Take Action

While online learning poses some challenges to getting to know your instructor, it can be done!

Start building a professional relationship with your online professor today:


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