Academic Success Checklist

Before Classes Start - Prepare Yourself

  • Identify your goals and prioritize your commitments
  • Start your time management plan
  • Prepare your learning environment
  • Purchase your textbooks and class materials
  • Locate the campus services to support your learning
  • Know your course schedule and which courses are online

Before Classes Start - Prepare for the Technology

  • Make sure you know your username and password
  • Make sure you have regular access to a computer and the Internet
  • Test your system for compatibility
  • Login to myRedDragon and familiarize with the portal
  • Find out how to access your courses in Brightspace
  • Make sure you know how to contact the Help Desk
  • Explore the Starfish tab on myRedDragon and add your cell number to profile

When Classes First Open

  • Login to myRedDragon and access your courses through Brightspace
  • Read any course announcements that are posted
  • Make note of instructor’s contact information
  • Read course syllabus carefully and add all due dates to your planner
  • Review reading requirements and plan sufficient time in your schedule to complete
  • Review instructor’s grading policy
  • Review attendance and participation policy
  • Find out how assignments are to be submitted

Throughout the Semester

  • Treat online courses like in-person and show up
  • Always check announcements and course email
  • Participate in class discussions
  • Begin your assignments early—don’t procrastinate
  • Plan strategies to study for exams and quizzes
  • Ask questions when you need clarification
  • Check your grades frequently
  • Use feedback received to improve future performance
  • Revise your time management plan if necessary
  • Request help with The Learning Center and The Writing Center if needed
  • Look for more Dragon Online Tips coming this semester


Content based on SUNY Online and SUNY Broome’s Student and Faculty Support Initiatives.