Study habits

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Establish a specific time and space for studying. Focusing on your work for an hour is more effective than studying for several hours with interruptions. Inform your friends and family about your scheduled study time so they won't disrupt you. Studying in a familiar place can help you make better progress as you are more comfortable and less distracted.

Focus on the goals or objectives of the lesson as you study. The objectives provide a guide to what is coming up in the lesson and what you should focus on. They correspond to the main points in the lesson and are often covered in the assignments or on the exams.

Try to pay attention to one task at a time. Avoid talking on the phone, playing games, surfing the Internet, or any other activity that will take you away from the information that you should be focusing on.

Quiz yourself as you prepare to take a test or participate in a class. By going over the material in advance, you will feel more relaxed when it's time for the real thing.

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Time management

Don't fall behind on readings or assignments. Many courses have deadlines very early in the semester, so it is important that you log into your online course by the beginning date of the course. After the beginning of the course, you should login often to keep up with course announcements and assignments.

Read the syllabus and create a list of priorities. Writing down your responsibilities helps you see their importance.

Create a course calendar. A calendar can help you keep track of assignments, tests, and projects. It can help you see the big picture and chart your progress. You can also keep track of other activities such as work and family commitments, leisure activities, and study time.

Online course tips

Log into your online course on the beginning date of the course. This not only helps you to stay caught up, but it also allows your instructor to verify your participation and investigate potential login problems.

Contact Mizzou Online as soon as possible if you are having trouble logging into your course site. You may need to check your browser settings. See Computer Requirements.

Credit students

  • Be sure to set up your PawPrint ID and MU email account as soon as possible. Your PawPrint ID and password will be needed to access your online course.
  • Check your MU email account often!

Noncredit students

  • Mizzou Online will provide your course ID and password prior to the beginning of the course.


Ask for help when you need it. If you have a question or comment, email or post a message within your course to your instructor and/or classmates. You may also contact Mizzou Online if you are unable to communicate with your instructor.

Use the technology that is available to you. Performing a search on the Internet or consulting Help features or Frequently Asked Questions may help you resolve some of your questions.