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Trevlyn Singleton, Master of Business Administration

"I would let future students know that online courses take commitment, organization, and concentration. The wonderful thing about Carson-Newman’s MBA program is that they will work with you to schedule classes around important life events. They understand what it means to be an adult student and they do their best to set you up to succeed".

Amber Boher, RN, Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing

"The biggest piece of advice I can give is check your school email at least once daily and always look at your course calendar at the beginning of every week. I have found it helpful for me to work ahead if I'm able to. Don't be shy to email your instructor if you have any questions because online courses take up just as much if not more time than traditional classes".

Lori Roberts, Master of Education - Curriculum

"Reading instructions is a must! A few times during my classes, I almost missed due dates on assignments because I had not read the instructions carefully enough. This is not spoon-fed to the students at all. Asking questions is not handy as it is in a traditional classroom. The online student must be ready to take on this task, to manage time wisely, and to have a working knowledge of the computer".

Anthony D'wayne Moore, Master of Education - Leadership

"Plan ahead and be prepared for the unexpected. The online learning format requires that a student prioritizes and that they become their best motivator".

Hunter Chollman, Bachelor of Science - Special Education (Blended Learning Student)

"One word of advice would be to read the syllabus for the course! Make sure that all due dates are known! Also it is important to know when the online professor wants the assignment turned in (time of day). I have almost not been able to turn in my final project because of this. Also, it is important to meet your online professor face to face. It is always a good idea to put a name with a face".

 Autumn Jackson, Master of Arts in Teaching

"I have a unique perspective because I received my undergraduate degree at Carson-Newman so as a graduate student I'm quite familiar with the platforms we have at CN (edvance 360/CN Connect).

As a graduate student I feel it is important with any online course that you evaluate your schedule and really stay on top of your course. For example, I had a new online class just start Monday and I knew Sunday would be a good opportunity for me to familiarize myself with the course on 360. As far as navigating, I recommend exploring all functions, for example the tabs on the left hand side of 360. You do not want to miss a part of an assignment in the course.

Lastly, communicate! Do not be afraid to get in touch with a professor. But through that, have patience as they respond. Some professors will outline this in a syllabus but do not be afraid to approach them to clarify or verify a part of the course".

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