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Tips for Success in Asynchronous Courses

Check out the latest installment of UD’s academic success video series: Tips for Success in Asynchronous Courses! You can watch the video on any of UD’s social media channels.

Be sure to also check out the Office of Academic Enrichment’s Ten Tips for Succeeding in Classes Online.


In the Know: What is a Syllabus?

In college, syllabi are very important tools for professors to communicate their expectations to students.  It is your responsibility as a student to carefully review the syllabus and ask your instructor questions if you do not understand something.

A syllabus is a document that outlines how a course is structured.  A well-developed syllabus contains all of the information a student needs to understand what being a member of the class entails.  This usually includes:

  • Instructor’s policies on attendance and grading
  • Course number and description
  • Required textbooks and other materials
  • Weekly schedule listing due dates for assignments and tests
  • Instructor’s name, email address, office location, and office hours


Some instructors distribute a paper copy of the syllabus during the first week of class, while others email it to the class or post it in Canvas. If you do not receive a syllabus, be sure to ask for one.


In the Know: First Year Experience (FYE) Program

The FYE Program is designed to get you off to a good start and to help you succeed at UD. FYE also allows you to meet other students in a small class setting, learn about resources at UD, and feel more at home on campus. All freshmen are required to participate in a First Year Seminar (FYS). Seminars are led by faculty who work closely with undergraduate peer mentors.

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