Tackle a few tasks before class starts so you can concentrate on your coursework when class officially begins. Check off the essentials on your to-do list, and then, if you have time, try to follow the recommendations.
If you're short on time, be sure to take care of these basics:
- Pay your application fee.
- Submit all official transcripts, including Joint Services Transcripts, or Community College of the Air Force transcripts, to UMUC. Students receiving financial assistance must complete an official evaluation to continue receiving benefits.
- Make sure you have submitted your military documentation to receive the military tuition rate.
- Order your books and course materials, if needed.
- Set up a study space—an area dedicated just for coursework.
- Log in to your classroom one week before your course starts and follow instructions provided by your faculty member.
- To log in, go to campus.umuc.edu. If you have not already logged in, enter your username and password in the login fields and and click on the LOGIN button. Once you enter your course,
- Read the Class Announcements/News. This is where your instructor will post any instructions, so pay attention to these before you dive into the discussions.
- Print your syllabi. The syllabus will detail the structure of your course and the instructor's expectations and provide his or her contact information.
- Participate in your first discussion and introduce yourself to your fellow classmates. This is how you'll get to know each other.
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After You Register
- Order your books and course materials, if needed.
Log in to MyUMUC via the Student Login page. In the left column click on the yellow "MyUMUC" button, enter your username (not your student ID number) and password that were sent to you and click on the LOGIN button. After you log in, enter the Student Center.
- Check your contact information (under Personal Information, Name).
- Check your account balance and make sure your account is paid (under Finance).
- Check to see if your transcripts have been received (under My Academics, View My Previous Education).
- Familiarize yourself with UMUC's add/drop policy. Army students should go to GoArmyEd for additional information on withdrawing from classes.
Check the Undergraduate Academic Calendar for the last day to register or to drop courses without incurring financial obligation or an official mark on your academic record.
- Access your Google e-mail account by following these instructions.
Two or More Weeks Before Class
- Review the online classroom videos.
- Set up your study space—an area dedicated just for coursework.
- Create a folder on your desktop and in your e-mail. Keep all messages and files related to your course in one place that's easy to find.
- Identify a strategy for backing up important files (flash drive, e-mail, cloud/Google docs).
- Familiarize yourself with the Strategies and Tips for Success.
- Explore the Effective Writing Center.
Your courses may have a substantial writing component.
- Create personal goals for the first term.
Narrowing down your goals to the short term and writing them down helps ensure that you achieve them, and gives you confidence as you pursue your long-term goals.
One Week Before Class
- Log in to your course, access your eReadings, and print syllabi.
- Participate in your first conference as directed by your faculty member.
- Introduce yourself to your fellow classmates.
- Familiarize yourself with the classroom environment and high-level functions.
- Review Help documentation if needed.
- Find out which citation style is preferred for your course and scan the basic elements.
- Print out the Course Planner, and mark all due dates from your syllabi. Post the completed planner prominently in your workspace. Your syllabi and planner are key in plotting out the session and planning how to accomplish your goals.
- Break down large assignments and projects, such as research papers, into smaller segments and add them to your planner. Deal with one segment at a time, this will make the project seem less daunting and more achievable!
- Access the UMUC Library.
- Network with two fellow students.
- Identify your support network and strategies for dealing with setbacks.
We encourage you to use all the available resources—including your instructor, classmates, advisors, and other university personnel—when different needs arise.
Go to www.umuc.edu/help or 888-360-UMUC (8682).
"Discuss your decision to take classes with family, friends, boss, and co-workers. They are your support group and will be instrumental in helping you achieve your goal."
Sharon Bowling '08
BS, Business Administration
Using the Course Planner
UMUC provides a Course Planner for each session. It is specifically designed to help you
- Keep track of assignments and other requirements.
- Spend adequate time on course assignments and projects.
- Develop a schedule and strategy to tackle assignments or projects that may have similar deadlines.
- Break down large assignments or projects.
- Get an idea of where you should be throughout the course(s).
Did you Know?
UMUC offers approximately 978 courses online and more than 9,000 course sections in a given term.