Pearls of Wisdom from Previous Students
What advice do you have for anyone thinking about taking an
Internet-based course? What might you have done differently?
Answers (compiled over four semesters, Summer '98, Fall '98, Spring '99,
Note: No, I didn't make these up. Some were edited for brevity
- Just do it. The experience alone is worth the time and effort.
- Do it. Remember to keep track of your time.
- I would have been more self motivated and done more web work...not a class
for slackers......i'm president of the slackers club......advice would
be work hard and ask questions
- Plan ahead and don't wait until the last minute to submit quizzes and
exams. I fell until that trap - I would have to wait several hours sometimes
before my exams would go through because I waited until the last minute
- my advice would be check in everyday and look around the site for anything
new, because most of those things got by me
- One mst kp up or be lft bhnd.
- I would have done the thing that I would tell people to do, ask questions,
do the assignment two days before they are do , read all the notes first,
and talk to others in the class and the teacher.
- I highly recommend taking one, especially those with goofy schedules that
can not always end up in a classroom at a set time.
- the best thing is that it works around your schedule, just make sure you
turn in the things before the due date.
- Take it and be motivated to work your butt off.
- Plan ahead. Be sure you know when and what assignments to do and
complete by the deadline.
- I'm all for it and several people that I've told about this Internet
course think it's an exciting and great way to learn especially for
those that have to travel on out-of-business. It makes a higher
education more accessible.
- It is more challenging, and for a procrastinator it is not a good idea.
You need to set time aside to get on the internet & do the exams,
assignments, etc. you can't afford to waste time.
- Stick with it and don't forget when the tests are.
- Be sure you have a set schedule as to when you are going to do the
- I'd just tell them that it's a great opportunity and it's a lot better than
sitting in a classroom. This way you can pretty much do the assignments
when you have the time. you don't have to worry about missing the lecture
because you always have access to them.
- Keep up with the coursework and don't let yourself get behind. Stay self
-disciplined and motivated. I would not have done anything differently.
- I would encourage my friends to take this course. Actually, i am
thinking about asking my brother, who is in SF, to take this class.
Can he do that? even when he is in SF??
- Go for it, it is a great class.
- I think that i should have took the internet courses, and not the
- I learned a lot in this course and I was very happy to get to learn more
about my computer and the vast pool of information that is the internet.
- I would offer three bits of advice: 1. Discipline, discipline,
discipline. 2. Organization 3. Enjoyment.
- First and foremost, I would want them to know that if they are a VISUAL
learner, that this course will be very difficult for them (probably ANY
course would be difficult for that matter).
- I think it is a very interesting class, and it is very good to take it in
the internet based. Because you can work on your own pace.
However, people don't get to have very much interaction with the professor
- I would have found a way to dedicate more time to the class and
attend the field trips. I feel that I missed out on a lot not being able to
attend the field trips.
I would recommend that a person planning to take the course take advantage
of all of the learning opportunities offered in the course.
- If I can take this course again, I will putting more time to talk to the
professor and classmates.
- Do not over load classes thinking an online course will be easy.
- Students should always set certain days and times to focus on the Internet
classes. As long as you are consistent with how much time and
effort you put into the classes, it should be pretty easy.
- I like the flexibility that an internet course gives me but I miss the
interaction with students and teachers.
- Pay attention and ask questions.
- Do the reading and be enthusiastic about the course. Not to slack or
be unmotivated or you will fail.
- TAKE IT IF you at a self starter. Definitely study with people from
the class, its the best way to get the most from it.
- Thanks for introducing me into oceanography and taking me deeper into
- Anyone not familiar with basic computer information systems are in danger!
- I think that I learned more about myself this semester than I have taking
any other course. I had to teach myself to be self motivated (Ugh!) I
did not have a class time that I had to attend each week. I alone had
to log-on each day and do studying on my own. If I didn't understand a
subject, I had to do some of my own research to figure it out. One
thing I would have done differently is that I would have planned my schedule
better so that I would have more time earlier in the week to study for the
exams. I had no life on Friday nights this semester!!!! I
definitely needed this course to let myself know that I am not as great of a
student as I thought.
- Funny thing is that next to this course being convenient for me online, I
also thought it would be a skate! To my surprise it wasn't, but I
actually found myself putting in the extra time to read the notes over and
over and think about what was going on.
- With my tough schedule, the internet class was a huge help. I passed and
that's what matters. If I had a little more time, I believe I could have done
better. You taught myself and I am sure a lot of others this semester about
ourselves. They way you would write some of your lectures, made myself feel
like I was right there with you understanding all of this in person out in
the ocean. I hope you know buddy, that your probably the best professor I
have ever had. I just wanted to say thank you for everything.
- keep lecture notes well outlined for preparation for the final exam.
- I would not take the Internet course because I need the extra
communication around the subject. As focused as I can be on the
subject, I absolutely require verbal opinions from the Professor as well as
anyone else who is willing to share.
- TAKE IT!!! This is the best idea for classes I have heard of yet.
Especially for the busy life of a college student. Internet classes are the
key to the future in education.
- Make sure you leave yourself enough time, and stay disciplined throughout
or you'll suffer.
- I think the internet course is a good thing. But i preferred taking the
lecture because of the interaction with you and the other students. (and of
course your Bitchen movies).
- I would tell them that they should be ready and work twice as hard as if
they were taking the class in a class room. Procrastination will kill
you so make sure you are not that type of student.
- DON'T WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE!!! Do all the quizzes and tests.
- I kept a notebook this semester. The first section was for basic class
info: your introduction; calendars, any important updates on the Daily
Dope; The second section was for lecture notes; the third were printouts of
your study suggestions for the quizzes and tests, fourth was for any email
transactions between us, and last was just for notes and any kind of
reflections or comments I might have had. (It was a pretty big notebook).
- My advice would be to not let yourself get behind. I would have
finished my quizzes earlier in the week instead of on Thursday or Friday.
- I WOULD JUST SAY THAT YOU NEED TO STUDY JUST LIKE ANY OTHER CLASS, THE
ONLY THING THAT IS DIFFERENT IS THAT YOU USE YOUR OWN HOURS TO DO SO.
- I would advice future students to read the notes everyday and also read
the daily dope everyday. They shouldn't assume that just because they don't
have to go to class there isn't any work. The class is easy only if you
follow the daily dope, and reading.
- Just keep in step with the lecture notes, don't be afraid to ask
questions. Be as involved as you can. My regret in taking this
class is that my disability limits me, physically, mentally I feel brand new
with new hopes and opportunities. This class makes me feel good about
me, that is selfish I know. For every hour I worked in this course I
felt enriched and hopeful for the future. Thank you.
- Have patience, you'll get online eventually! Be aware that computers
have glitches too. Leave extra time, just in case. Don't wait until
the last minute to find out that the site is busy or down for rework.
- I would definitely recommend this class to anyone who is serious about
school and motivated to do their work. It could be difficult for lazy people
to stay on top of the reading. If I were to do it again, I would definitely
buy the book.
- I would tell them to be very determined. If your a last minute slacker you
won't succeed. You must be very disciplined in order to do well. I would
have read the assignments earlier and not wait till the last minute to
complete the assignments.
- My advise would be just to stay with it. It does take some dedication but
that dedication is well worth it at the end. You never will regret
taking this course, as long as you stay up with the course guidelines.
- Do not assume that because you are not in class, it will be easy.
make a commitment and study, study, study.
- be strict w/ yourself read the daily dope every day (DUH) it is a great
way to take a class...take advantage of the convenience...but discipline
yourself to set a tentative "class" schedule.
- I would tell them that they need to be really motivated. Were I to take
this course over again I wouldn't wait till the last minute to take my tests
- Make sure to read the lecture notes more than once to let them soak in. Do
it! its a lot of hard work but worth it! very flexible!
- I did not take the Internet class.. don't know
- Dr Chamberlin, I know I sound like Eddie Haskell, but I can't tell you how
AWESOME this course was. I've never been this enthusiastic about a
class before. I really applied myself and had fun doing it.
- This course requires more, not less work than a regular class. You must be
self-motivated and be used to studying on your own. The advantage is that
you can study and take your exams when you like. If studying a few hours
here and a few hours there, and taking your exams at 10:00pm when the kids
go to sleep sounds like heaven to you, you've found your class.
- I don't think I would've done anything differently. I think all
classes, no matter what subject, should be an Internet based course.
It makes it more convenient for the student as well as the teacher and
doesn't send your stress levels sky rocketing.
- They really have to commit to study, which I did but it should have been
more. Its hard when you don't have to show up.
- I enjoyed the internet part. It was easily accessible for me.
- I didn't take the internet-based course, but I heard it's as good.
- Do not put studying off because it is online. I think that i might
have studied a hell of a lot more, because I know I can do better than what
- DO NOT PROCRASTINATE!!! If you are someone who procrastinates and is not
very self-motivated then an on-line course is not for you!!!
- I think the internet-based course is great for those of us who have busy
schedules. Quizzes and exams are posted a week before they are
due, so we know what to read. I would, if possible, recommend
attending your local field trips on the weekends and using the online study
resources as much as possible (flashcards, etc).
- You must be a self starter.
- The semester is coming to an end and I must say it has been a wonderful
experience to be able to take your internet class. To be honest, the class
has offered more than I expected. The lectures were very detailed and
interesting. I must admit that I had a lot of fun taking the class. I didn't
expect to learn so much from far away. At first I thought the class
was going to be difficult since I am in Miami, but after reading the daily
dope and downloading all the lecture notes my fear decreased until I felt
comfortable. I do have to admit that there was one problem in the class. The
problem was the three hour difference there is between Florida and
California. I couldn't stay awake to join the monday and wednesday chats.
- With an internet course, though, I think that it is imperative that you
find the information interesting, or you are probably more likely to
procrastinate in studying than when taking an in-class course.
- Make sure you have the necessary self-discipline to keep yourself on top
of everything especially since there aren't assignments.
- It's handy and self paced.
- I think that they should go for it. It takes some discipline on your
part but if you think you can you will complete it well. Just take the
time needed and you will do fine!
- Plan ahead and try to keep on track. Do things before the deadline
to prevent from falling behind.
- I really wish I would have either taken the course during a regular
semester or taken it as my only class. It was very difficult to grasp all
the concepts of oceanography with everything else I had going on.
- I would have formed a study group. I did fine without one, but I
would have interacted more with some students if I had the time.
- Anyone who is thinking about taking an internet-based course, don't think
its easy. All of the work is done on your own, you have to be
disciplined and prepared to spend time on this course, its not easy.
- Make sure to allocate enough time for it.
- Don't take it in the summer. I think that was part of the problem,
there just isn't enough time for quality learning. I probably would
have attended a study group.
- Study more because it really is a regular course. Just because it is
online does not mean its easier.
- I would advise anyone to take an Internet-based course. The only
thing I would have done differently is printout all the notes and study them
- I would advise them to plan a set time each day in which they can sit and
study the information. Without a plan the studying may never get done.
- I'd advise them to know all the notes and study harder.
- It was great, despite what everyone says about how bad it is and that it
- Study the notes as soon as they come available. Don't procrastinate.
- Take the 'distance learning assesment' test! This helped me to have
a fuller picture of what I was getting myself into.
- I think I would have rather taken the course during the fall when there is
- Take it. It's not hard. Just make sure you do all assignments and
readings. You still can't slack off.
- I would recommend taking an Internet-based course, just not a complete
internet-based course.....I would've rather taken a course where there are a
few required classes to go to at school.
- i would recommend taking your course.
- Summer courses are really accelerated! Do not even think about stopping
your studies for more than a day! You'll regret it! With regards to internet
- I think it's great, and highly recommend it!
- You need to have a lot of self-motivation and you can't be slacking
because you don't have a teacher there to tell you everyday what is due and
what you need to do. I would have taken more time to become involved
in the FORUMS if I had taken this class again.
- Take it! It will get your GE credit out of the way without hindering your
- It is not easy. Make sure you set time to study. Do not take it because
you think it is better than going to class because it is harder, at least
for me, to have no communication directly with my professors.
- I thought it was great that the professor would e-mail us back and right
away too. Like I said before, I think if there was more things
and discussions on the forums that the students could participate in more
then maybe we would get a little more out of it.
- You pretty much covered it in the syllabus. Do not procrastinate and
if you are not a self-starter, then don't take the course. I don't
think I would have done anything differently.
- I would advise them not to think about taking it unless they're very
familiar with the internet.
- You need to make a schedule or a goal for yourself each week and stick to
it. You cannot put things off, you just have to do it, even if you get
it done early. You cannot let things pile up.
- Don't think it is easy. You have to spend the time doing the course
work and preparing for exams. It is not a walk in the park. It
is a serious class, just as if you had to go to campus four days to sit in
class, this course requires the students full attention and time!
- It requires the almost the same if not more then a regular class. If
anybody decided to take it ... attempt it as you would attempt a regular
- To stay alert and not to fall behind. Internet classes can catch you
off guard once you fall behind.
- I think I did a pretty good job, so I wouldn't change what I did.
What I would tell someone else is that you have to be online every day and
stay caught up. If you fall behind there is no safety net, so it takes a lot
of discipline to get it done. If you don't have discipline, you'd
better learn it really fast.
- My advise would be -- do not, under any circumstances, think that just
because it is online that it will be easier. If anything, it is
harder. In order to take an internet course, you have to be really
self-disciplined and motivated and the course work is just as hard, whether
you are in a classroom or out.
- I think I handled everything okay. My advice to them would be hang up your
free time for four weeks. Make sure you know your computer. DO NOT
- Make sure you have more than just a general knowledge of computers.
- I think you are a brilliant person for creating this website and exposing
so many students to it.