Online Learning Success Tips

Your experience as a South Central Online student will be a bit different than the traditional instructor-led classroom style of course you may remember. South Central Online courses are learner-centered rather than instructor-centered. To accomplish this, the instructor must rethink how to teach the course. Similarly, you might want to consider these tips for learning in a learner-centered, distance environment.

Time Management

Time management is a deceptive requirement in online learning. One important reason for taking a course or program by distance might be the responsibility of family, the inability to relocate, or the reality of holding a full time job. Because of these and other factors, a prospective applicant to online learning must weigh the consequences of adding studies to their other responsibilities in life. The convenience factor may not be enough!

With 24 hours in each day, you will need to seriously address how you will balance and accomplish existing commitments with the added responsibilities of learning. Take into consideration family, personal, health, work, and relaxation needs.


Good Study Tips

  • Participate in the Class – Read the Text and Ancillary Notes

  • Ask Questions – Don't Assume You Know the Answers

  • Take Notes – Writing is a Learning Tool

  • Keep up with Assignments as Scheduled

  • Review your Course Notes Daily

  • Get to know your Instructors

  • Visit with your Academic Advisor

  • Get Interested in the Course Content (research)

  • Learn about Library Resources Available for Your Use

  • Use the Course Resources and Learning Plans

  • Learn How to Best Use Your Computer

  • Manage Your Time Wisely

  • Get an Adequate Amount of Sleep


Study Tools and Resources



Students with Disabilities
This information will be made available in alternative format, such as Braille, large print or cassette tape, upon request. If you have a disability and need accommodations to fully participate, such accommodations can be made available upon advance request by calling 507-389-7339. South Central College facilities are physically accessible to the general public.

Americans With Disabilities Act
 It is the policy of South Central College to comply with the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA prohibits discrimination of qualified individuals with disabilities on the basis of their disability. The ADA provides, in part, that qualified individuals with disabilities shall not be excluded from participating in or be denied the benefits of any program, service or activity offered by the technical college. The ADA requires that all programs, services, and activities, when viewed in their entirety, be readily accessible to and usable by qualified individuals with disabilities.

Access for Students with Disabilities
South Central College will provide equal access to qualified students with disabilities in all programs, services and activities. Access means that a qualified individual with a disability will not be excluded from participation in or be denied the benefits of the services, programs or activities, nor will the student be subject to discrimination. All reasonable and appropriate accommodations will be provided for students who have a qualified disability based on a recent psychological or medical evaluation within the past three years The student is required to give advance notice of the need for such accommodations.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, accommodations will not be provided for personal devices or services, even though the individual may be a qualified individual with a disability if the accommodation would result in fundamentally altering the nature of the program when the academic requirements are essential to a program of study to meet licensing prerequisites if the accommodation would cause undue financial or administrative burdens.

South Central College provides the following services and activities:

  • Counseling and informational services that may include support groups, individual counseling, career counseling and assessment, and referral services;
  • Academic assistance that may include assistance devices, early registration, early syllabus availability, taped textbooks, note taking assistance, testing modifications, and physical access accommodations;
  • Coordination services that may include advocacy assistance, liaison with faculty and staff, liaison with community agencies, intervention procedures and grievance procedures.

Academic Support Center

Faribault Campus
(507) 332-5896
Room B-151

North Mankato Campus
(507) 389-7222
Room B-128