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Checklist for Success

First Steps

__ Print out your welcome email with your login information and pace chart.
___ Sign all your emails or messages to the instructor with your full name and put the course name in the subject line.
___ Report any technical issues to your mentor first, as schools may have to resolve firewall/filter issues. Once you and your mentor have determined that it is not a local issue you can call the Help Desk at 855-512-8477 between 8am and midnight EDT. 
___ Check with your guidance counselor - did they order the required textbook?
___ Complete the "Start Here Orientation Course" listed under My Classes before beginning your course.  You can also refer back to this                 information any time.
___ Go through the introductory sections of your course - often called Getting Started, Introduction, or Syllabus.
___ Use the Dynamic Scheduler tool (found in the syllabus/getting started area of the course) to adjust your pace chart if you start later               than expected or get behind.  Print it out. 
Working on Your Course
__ Depending on the directions from your teacher, check your email daily or the messaging area of the course.
___ Check the course announcements daily.
___ Keep a notebook for each course. 
___ Complete all practice activities, taking advantage of all interactive (audio, video clips) content.
___ Go through the course IN ORDER, completing all assignments in a unit before taking quizzes or exams.
___ Submit all written assignments after saving in RTF format.  Do not submit work via email.
___ Oral assignments - check with your instructor or the Getting Started section for instructions.
___ Check your grade book regularly for teacher comments and suggestions and to see your progress.
___ Attend "Collaborate" (real-time online sessions) to get extra help and touch base with your instructor and
       other students in the class.
___ When you are done with your session, be sure to log off before closing the browser window.
Taking Quizzes /Exams:
___You will need to get a password from your mentor before accessing the exam. 
___  Most exams are timed - limited to one hour - so don't start an exam unless you have enough time to finish it
        in one session.
___  While taking an exam.  DO NOT hit "refresh" or the "back" buttons.  DO NOT leave the page, or minimize
        the page.  If you do, you will be locked out of the quiz/exam and will not be able to retake it without the
        teacher's permission.
___  Be sure to hit the "SAVE" button after every answer.  Hit "Submit" when you are finished,

*adapted from the Wisconsin Virtual School