Behavior Analysis Welcome Packet
Helpful Hints and Suggestions
Graduate courses in Applied Behavior Analysis are rigorous. It is important for prospective students to understand the commitment needed to be successful. Graduate school is not for everyone. It is necessary to have the academic background, time to commit to study, and self-management skills to succeed. If you do not have the ability to work independently or necessary time commitment, graduate school may not be for you. You are the only person who can answer the questions regarding time and personal commitments and self-management. Please consider all factors before enrolling in the program.
- Do not procrastinate. When assignments are due, they are due. There are no extensions. There is no extra credit. Each semester has a start and end date, and drop dates. If you fall behind and are unable to complete the course in time, you will not be allowed to register for the next course.
- Complete study guides and practice quizzes. Each course provides a variety of study materials to help students master the material.
- Make sure you access your email through HuskyNet.
- You may contact faculty through email and phone. It is important to remember that there are times when faculty members are off campus and so the rule of procrastination comes to play. If the test is tomorrow and you wait to email the night before, the faculty member may not respond to your 2:30 am email. Faculty have many responsibilities on and off campus. At times it may take a couple of days to respond back to your question.
- High Speed Internet Access is recommended. Course material is downloaded and the faster the connection the better. Cable modem, satellite connections, local ISP providers, local libraries, may not provide high speed access.
- Technology goes down. Do not wait (rule of Procrastination). There are power outages, viruses, floods, server problems, etc. that may affect your ability to access materials. Do not wait until the last minute.
- Read the course syllabus and manage your time. You need to complete the class within a time frame. Pace yourself and be prepared.
- At the beginning of the course, read the ENTIRE syllabus. You are responsible for all information contained therein. As you review the syllabus, mark due-dates on your calendar and create a study schedule for yourself. Treat your online course as if you were required to attend class in person - set aside a specified time each day where you will study and complete the readings. Do not deviate from this schedule, it will help you stay on track.
- Most graduate students study together to review articles, answer questions, discuss topics, etc. As a distance based student we encourage you to do the same, however the process may be different. To facilitate discussion the following are suggested.
- If you have cohorts in your area it is possible to form study groups and meet on a regularly scheduled time.
- E-mail. E-mail addresses of students who are participating in the course will be distributed to all students in the class. We encourage students to email each other.
- Discussion. If you have a question, post it to discussion and you and other students can discuss the question. This function is dependent upon students checking and responding, if no one posts a question, no one will respond. It is for your use.
- E-mail your question to the professor. We actually respond to e-mails, however, it may not be an immediate response. Professors are in class, have meetings, provide community service, travel to conferences, etc. Do not wait until the last minute to ask a question and then be frustrated because a response was not sent within 5 minutes.