GEOG 430
Human Use of the Environment

How to Succeed in GEOG 430


Treat Films as Core Class Content:

Take good notes during the films. There will be questions from the films on the quizzes, and you are expected to cite the film content in your exam essays.

Prepare for the Exams as if they were In-Class:

The exams for this class are open book, take-home exams. However, there are high expectations for these exams, and they are worth a large portion of your grade. A poor exam score will significantly impact your overall grade, so make sure to spend some time preparing for the exam. Leading up to the exam, you should be reviewing the class material as if you were preparing for an in-class, sit-down exam. You should know the class material well enough that you can write the majority of your essay without re-reading papers. With the 48 hours allotted to you for the exam, you should spend the majority of this time writing and ensuring your essay has good structure and flow. 

Here are some quick tips to keep in mind when preparing to be successful in an online course:

Treat online learning as you would a face-to-face class

You should plan to devote at least the same amount of time to your online courses as you would to attending lectures on campus and completing assignments. Other good study habits, such as attending class (logging on) regularly and taking notes, are just as important in an online course as they are in a lecture hall!

Intentionally schedule your time

You should plan to devote 10-12 hours per week to completing lesson readings and assignments. Your learning will be most effective when you spread this participation out and engage with the course on a daily basis, if possible.

Engage, Engage, Engage!

Take every opportunity to interact with the content, the instructor, and your classmates by completing assignments and participating in discussion forums and group activities!

Be organized

Keep in sync with what's going on in the course and stay on top of deadlines and upcoming assignments.

Ask for help!

Ask for guidance when you are in need of clarification. You can also use the Discussion Forum to ask general questions about the course set-up or content.

Other Resources

The links below will connect you with other resources to help support your successful online learning experience:

  • Tips for Being a Successful World Campus Student

    This website provides links to many resources on everything from taking notes online to managing your time effectively. Please note that you must be a World Campus student to receive some of the support services mentioned on this website.

  • Penn State World Campus Technology Resources

    This website provides resources to help you learn to use technology, access Penn State tools, and purchase and download software.

  • Penn State World Campus Blog

    This blog features posts by Penn State staff and students on a wide variety of topics relevant to online learning. Learn from online students and alumni, as well as staff members dedicated to student success, how you can get the most out of your online course experience.

  • Penn State iStudy for Success!

    The iStudy online learning tutorials are free and available to all Penn State students. They cover a broad range of topics including online learning readiness, time management, stress management, and statistics - among many others. Check out the extensive list of topics for yourself to see what topics may be of most use to you!

  • LinkedIn Learning at Penn State

    This website provides access to an extensive free online training library, with tutorials on everything from creating presentations to using mobile apps for education. There is a wealth of information here - all provided free of charge to Penn State faculty, staff, and currently enrolled students.