Starting your first year of college is an exciting time as you begin your semester and connect with new people. Preparing for your online classes in advance can ease this transition and get you started on a successful path.
Making the transition to college requires some time, effort and critical thinking, but that investment can pay off as you progress through your program and eventually earn your degree.
Your online school checklist
If you’re wondering how to prepare for online classes, we’ve shared some practical advice in this checklist for first-year online college students. Following these steps will prepare you to prosper right from the start of your first year in college and ASU Online.
- Attend ASU 101.
- Choose the right courses for your major.
- Ensure you have the appropriate technology.
- Familiarize yourself with Canvas.
- Develop a study plan for productive learning.
- Identify additional support that can empower you to thrive.
Complete ASU 101, The ASU Experience
Getting your studies off to the right start begins with ASU 101. It’s a 1-credit course that prepares you for your online degree journey, and it’s highly recommended you take it during your first semester at ASU Online.
Topics covered in ASU 101 include:
- Establishing personal and career goals that will help guide your success.
- Gaining awareness of the resources available at ASU to support your success both inside and outside of the classroom.
- Gaining awareness of the value of engaging in research activities.
- Understanding the importance of academic integrity and other university policies.
Note there are different versions of ASU 101 and you may need to take the one specific to your degree’s college. (For example: ASU 101-CLS is for undergraduate students of the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts.). Consult your major map or check with your academic advisor to confirm the one you need to take.
Choose the right courses for your major
How do you know which courses to take? Your academic advisor will work with you to choose the right major or exploratory degree track based on your interests and career goals, so you can take the correct courses starting your first semester.
Your academic advisor and success coach are among the most important student services available to first-year college students. They are available to assist you in registering for courses, setting goals, defining an academic path and connecting with other resources offered by Arizona State University.