Tips for Success

Use Your Adviser And Other Helpful Resources

People are still at the heart of your success online. Talk to them. You’ll have someone to help navigate the ropes when it comes to:

  • your class schedule
  • registering
  • financial aid
  • technology questions, and so much more…

First-Year Experience and Transition Programs

Connect with resources and build your skills for success at UNL

What To Expect If You’re Returning To School

If you’ve been out of school for a while, you’ve had time to fill the gaps in your life with other equally important things. Like a family and a job.

With advances in technology and how we communicate today, the class you took in the past, may have changed since the last time you stepped foot on a campus.

  • You will obviously need access to a computer.
  • Set time aside time for studying and stick to it.
  • Work towards a healthy balance of everything that demands your time, making it a routine. It gets easier over time.
  • Allow time to get comfortable with the resources (Blackboard, email, MyRed, the internet etc.)
  • Take advantage of any tutorials of online systems to help with the learning curve.
  • Ask questions. Of your professors, your classmates and of US!

Network Like You Would In Class

Getting involved with classmates, even if you’re only connecting with them online, will enhance your experience and get you more involved and connected to discussions.

Consider Joining An Honor Society or Organization

You may be eligible for membership in an honor society or other national student organization(s).

  • Online Student Community
    This community provides the opportunity to interact with other online learners outside of the classroom. Connect through my.unl.edu (UNL’s blackboard site) Have an idea for a new student organization? Just like any UNL student, you can start your own.
  • Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)
    One of the oldest national business organizations. You can join their virtual chapter and gain leadership and communication skills while networking with colleagues.
  • Pinnacle Honor Society
    A national honor society that provides non-traditional students the opportunity to be recognized for their achievements.

Prepare your Computer

Be sure to test your equipment ahead of time:

Software and technology assistance is also available at Information Services Computer Help Center.

Familiarize Yourself With The Library

When you register for a distance/online course, you’ll be issued an NUID number that you can use for library services. Each semester you’re registered, you’ll have full remote access to university library resources like:

  • electronic and print resources
  • liaison librarian instruction
  • reference assistance
  • delivery of materials to your home or desktop
  • circulation renewal
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What Our Students Say

No matter the reason, our students say distance courses satisfy their longing to learn:

  • Classes fit your schedule.
  • It's convenient.
  • You can work full-time, balance your life and still earn a degree.

Don’t just take our word, read what military students say about our online and distance education classes.