Are You Ready to be an Online Student?

PREPARE to Learn!

Promoting Readiness through eLearning Preparedness, Aptitude, Responsibility, and Engagement


1.  I am a highly-motivated and self-disciplined person.

Great. These traits are critical for success in the online classroom.

These are traits you will want to work on in order to succeed in the online classroom.



2.  I am a self-starter.

This will serve you well in the cyber classroom.

You will want to cultivate this skill in order to do well in the cyber classroom.



3.  I am comfortable sending e-mails and browsing the Web.

Good. You will need to do these things regularly.

These are basic skills you will need to master before tackling your first online course.



4.  I can use Microsoft Word.

Awesome! You will need to use Microsoft Word to complete assignments in most online courses.

You will need to improve your Microsoft Word skills before enrolling in an online course.

You will need to acquire Microsoft Word skills before taking an online course.



5.  I can use Microsoft Excel.

Great, it will help you in some assignment areas.

Depending on your major, you may need to acquire Microsoft Excel skills.

Depending on your major, you may need to acquire Microsoft Excel skills.



6.  I can use Microsoft PowerPoint.

Fantastic! Microsoft PowerPoint may be used to present course material.

You will need to improve your Microsoft PowerPoint skills before enrolling in an online course.

You will need to acquire Microsoft PowerPoint skills.



7.  am comfortable installing software on my computer, if it is required for my course.

Great. You may need to install a new browser. You will also be required to download test-taking software.

Good. You may need to install a new browser. You will also be required to download test-taking software.

You may need to install a new browser. You will also be required to download test-taking software.



8.  I have a reliable computer and Internet connection.

Wonderful. Access to a reliable computer and the Internet are essential. While you may be able to utilize computers at a TROY campus or site or even at your local library, keep in mind that you may be required to download items. This may not be possible from a shared computer.

Be aware that not having a reliable computer is not an acceptable excuse for failure to complete assignments. While you may be able to utilize computers at a TROY campus or site or even at your local library, keep in mind that you may be required to download items. This may not be possible from a shared computer.



9.  How would you best describe your basic computer skills?

Strong computer skills will be helpful if you need to work on your computer.

Good. You don't need to be a computer expert, but knowing the basics will definitely help.

You will need to understand the basics. You may want to ask a friend, take a computer course or do some reading.



10.  How much time do you expect to spend per week on a course?

Awesome! You will be expected to dedicate a minimum of 12 hours each week for each course.

You will need to devote a minimum of 12 hours each week for each course.

It will be very difficult to succeed if you are unable to spend a minimum of 12 hours each week for each course.



11.  Under normal circumstances, do you meet deadlines and effectively manage your time?

Great! Time management skills are essential to succeed in online courses.

You need to work on your time management skills to be successful in online courses.



12.  How would you rate your ability to read and comprehend college-level material?

Great! It is crucial that you are able to read and comprehend the material in order to succeed in your online courses.

Since reading and comprehending are essential to success in your online courses, you may need to improve your skills.

Being unable to read and comprehend material will significantly reduce your chances of succeeding in online courses.



13.  How would you rate your ability to communicate in writing? 

Excellent! Most communication with the instructor and fellow classmates will be written.

Being able to express yourself through writing will be essential in succeeding in online classes.

You cannot be successful in online classes if you are unable to express yourself through writing.