- What Resources Are Available to Help Me Succeed in My Courses?
- What Steps do I Take to Request Disability Accommodations?
- What Counseling Services Are Available for Me?
- What Resources Are Available to Help Me Pay for College?
- What Technical Support Is Available for Me?
- What Services Are Available for Military Veterans and Service Members?
- What are Some Tips for Success
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Every NVCC campus has counselors available to assist students with academic and personal needs including academic advising, career counseling , disability services, and transfer planning. You can find contact information for counselors on campus here. In addition, you can contact the ELI Distance Learning Counseling office by phone at 703.323.2425, by e-mail, or visit our web site at http://eli.nvcc.edu/counselor.htm.
There are many resources available to help students pay for college. Learn more by visiting the College financial web site at http://www.nvcc.edu/finance
The IT Help Desk provides first-level technical support to students of Northern Virginia Community College. They are dedicated to servicing the computer and telecommunication needs of all students by providing detailed resolutions and general system information for common problems. If you are using dial-up, you may have trouble accessing some course materials and may need to use a public or work computer for some of your course work.
General information is available from NOVA's Military Services Office. Additional information is available on NOVA's Veterans website, and there is a Veteran’s advisor on each campus--click here for contact information.
Other resources include:
- NOVA's Military Services FAQ
- NOVA's Credit for Prior Learning website
- ACE's College Credit for Military Service website
- Military OneSource
- MyCAA at NOVA
- Student Veterans of America
The following Ten Tips for Success, though certainly not new or revolutionary, were compiled with the help of the textbook for the ELI distance learning version of SDV 100, David B. Ellis' Becoming a Master Student, and the staff at the Extended Learning Institute.
- Establish a place for studying and begin immediately. Buy your course materials. Read your syllabus and skim your course guide. Create a space (not as comfortable as your bed!) that's only for studying. Begin now. This is not the time to procrastinate!
- Plan your time wisely. Develop a plan for today. Develop a short-term plan, for the next week. Develop a long-term plan.
- Plan on spending as much time on your distant learning course as you would if you were taking the course on campus. If you are taking a 3-credit course, plan on studying for at least 6 hours a week. (If you were attending class on campus, you would also be traveling to and from campus and parking your car!)
- If technology is required, learn how to use it. Try it right away. If you need help, call immediately. Use it often.
- Use the convenience of voice mail and email.
- Don't ever hesitate to ask for help Although you are an independent learner, you are not alone. You have an instructor. You have people on staff whose mission is to help you. You have student services on campus to support you: counselors, librarians, writing and computer labs, tutoring services, financial aid, a veteran’s affairs office, and others.
- Encourage yourself! Be positive! If you feel you are getting bogged down, remind yourself that this is going to help you achieve something you really want.
- Take advantage of who you are. If you have just finished high school, you already know how to use new technology. If you use computers on the job, you will enjoy computer conferencing and you are accustomed to word processing. If you are older and are returning to school, you have maturity and a sense of purpose that will serve you well.
- Pay attention to your own preferences. You have chosen distant learning because you need the flexibility and you believe you can succeed on your own, so decide on the best times for you to concentrate, discover 15-minute breaks when you can go over some notes or list the main ideas for your next paper.
- Plan on times to relax, too, without guilt! Successful students: find enjoyment in learning; reduce anxiety by being well prepared; turn in assignments on time; set realistic goals for themselves; make the commitment to study.