Preparing for Spring

For the Spring 2021 semester, Georgia State will continue offering multiple learning models to optimize learning while respecting student and faculty safety within our classroom environments. Blended learning, which will be available in addition to online and in-person learning models, integrates traditional, face-to-face classroom instruction with online anytime, anyplace digital learning. Online class components of a blended course can include different forms of media such as text, audio and video combined with face-to-face, in-person learning within the same course.

Understanding Course Learning Models

Information about identifying the learning model for each of your courses can be found on the Georgia State Ahead website. Make sure you are familiar with the learning model for each of your courses. For blended courses, class groupings that affect which days students will attend in-person classes will be created by the instructor. Instructors will begin making information regarding class groupings and in-person attendance available to students in iCollege or other method beginning Dec.18 and before start of the semester.

Six Strategies for a Successful Semester with Blended and Online Learning

A successful semester requires adopting positive behaviors to support your learning. The tips in this guide are designed to get you started. Use these strategies to make sure you are ready for classes this spring.
PDF Version of this Guide – Online Success Strategies | Videos to Help With Getting Ready to Learn Online

1: Set the Stage

Set up your environment

  • Locate a quiet, well-lit, distraction-free place for studying.
  • Ensure you have a reliable Internet service and recommended technology for accessing online coursework.
  • Evaluate your own study habits to ensure that adopt some successful strategies for online learning.

Find your course online

iCollege has all the courses that are on your course schedule. Each course on your schedule has a corresponding iCollege course.

Video Resource:
What are the Key Differences Between Online and In-Person Courses?

2: Dig Deeper Into Course Requirements

Read the syllabus

  • Locate and review the syllabus. The syllabus is your central sources of course information.
  • Review the details of the course’s learning model to understand attendance requirements.
  • Note due dates of your assignments, tests, and exams.
  • Review assignments to get an understanding of how much time you’ll need to do them well.
  • Identify the instructor’s preference for communications including office hours.

Find the location of the content modules

Determine if all of the course modules are available at once or if you can only access a new module after you complete the previous module.

Locate and read course announcements

You will need to log-in to iCollege multiple times per week to check for announcements and updates. Once per week will not be enough to keep up with your courses.

3: Stay Connected

  • Identify the instructor’s preference for communications, including office hours.
  • Set up automated iCollege text and email notifications to help stay up-to-date, plan effectively, and meet deadlines. Read or watch any messages from the instructor.
  • Review the online syllabus for any updates.
  • Stay connected with your classmates via study groups, discussion forums, etc.
  • Inform your instructor of any technology challenges you are experiencing. If necessary, submit a help ticket.
  • Maintain a respectful, professional tone when communicating with faculty, peers, and university support staff.

Video Resource:
How Can I Effectively Connect with My Professors and Classmates in an Online Environment?

4: Take Ownership

  • Create and follow a learning plan and schedule for logging to iCollege.
  • Determine how much time you will spend in each class each week. Set up iCollege text and push notifications.
  • Consider using the Pulse App to get notifications and updates regarding due dates, grades, and announcements in iCollege.

You can learn more about Pulse by watching this YouTube video.

Video Resource:
What Organizational Strategies Can Help You in Your Online Courses?

5: Stay on Track

  • Prioritize your schoolwork.
  • Give yourself plenty of time to complete assignments and study.
  • Space out your study sessions - avoid cramming.
  • Adopt and follow through with consistent study strategies.
  • Write your own practice questions or quizzes.
  • Make flash cards.
  • Take notes on all recorded lectures and reading assignments.
  • Ask for help when needed.
  • Keep your course, program, and career goals in mind.

Video Resource:
What Time Management Tips Can You Share for Managing Your Online Course?

6: Know Where to Go For Help

Technology Support

You can reach out to our Technology Service Center to get help with iCollege or other technology needs. Visit for information about resetting your password, accessing how-to documentation, and submitting a help ticket.
Website: help.gsu.edu | Phone: 404-413-HELP (4357) | Email: help@gsu.edu

Academic Support

Academic Advisement
Connect with academic advising by logging onto the Navigate student mobile app or to the Navigate webpage.
Website: advisement.gsu.edu

Supplemental Instruction
Supplemental Instruction is a series of regularly scheduled review/study sessions for students taking historically difficult courses led by students (SI Leaders) who have already taken the course.
Website: success.students.gsu.edu/si/

University Library
Use the library homepage, lib.gsu.edu, as your starting place for online library support.
Website: lib.gsu.edu

Accommodation and Accessibility
For information on connecting and establishing needed accommodations for your classes, please visit the Georgia State Access & Accommodations Center (AACE; formerly Disability Services) website and click on the How to Connect tab.
Website: access.gsu.edu

Perimeter College Learning and Tutoring Centers
The Learning and Tutoring Center (LTC) offers support for students through the TutorOcean Online Learning & Tutoring Platform. You can find more tutoring information, instructions, and other resources on the LTC website.
Website: success.students.gsu.edu/learning-tutoring-center/

Catalog of Academic Support Services
Georgia State has a variety of Academic Support Services ready to assist you in achieving your learning goals including tutoring, career services, scholarship information and others. Some of these are available for all students, while others might be discipline-specific. Visit this page often to explore more of these services and build up your learning support network.

More Academic Support Resources >

Health, Wellness & Activities

Student Health Services
Website: health.gsu.edu | Phone: 404-413-1930

Counseling and Testing Center
Website: counselingcenter.gsu.edu | Phone: 404-413-1640

Student Engagement
Website: studentaffairs.gsu.edu/student-engagement-online-initiatives/

Recreational Services
Website: recreation.gsu.edu

Books & Supplies

University Bookstore
Visit the campus store website, gsubookstore.com.
Website >

Video Resource:
What resources are available if I need help or do not understand course materials?

For the latest information on the university’s plans for spring and COVID-19 response, visit ahead.gsu.edu.