Online Learning Success Tips

Your experience as a South Central Online student will be different than the instructor-led classroom style 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 such 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 address how to balance and accomplish existing commitments with the added responsibilities of learning. Take into consideration family, personal, health, work, and relaxation needs.


Good Study Tips

  • Set and Maintain a Weekly Schedule
  • Keep up with Assignment Deadlines
  • Participate in Class – Read the Text and Ancillary Notes
  • Take Notes – Writing is a Learning Tool
  • Ask Questions – Don't Assume You Know the Answers
  • Review your Course Notes Daily
  • Study in “Blocks” of time (20-50 minutes)
  • Talk to Your Instructors
  • Work with Tutors to Improve Skills
  • Visit with your Academic Advisor
  • Increase Your Interest in the Course Content (Research)
  • Utilize Available Library Resources
  • Use the Course Resources and Learning Plans
  • Learn How to Best Use Your Computer
  • Ensure You have Adequate Sleep
  • Maintain a Healthy Diet – Your Study Fuel


Study Tools and Resources


Disability Service Information

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 is committed to providing equal opportunities for qualified students with disabilities to participate in the courses, programs, and activities of our college. The Academic Support Center is the designated office at South Central College where students with qualifying disabilities can request reasonable accommodations for their courses. 

Academic Support Center
North Mankato Campus: Room B-132, (507) 389-7222
Faribault Campus: Room A-116, (507) 332-5847
Confidential Fax: (507) 389-7464