Top 5 Tips to Succeed in Your Hybrid Course

By J.M. Grenier on February 2, 2022

Hybrid courses provide flexibility and reliability but can be a challenge to students new to the format. While these courses are the same in terms of quality and academic rigor, they are different in delivery method and the types of interactions that students and faculty use to learn. 

Here are the top five things you can do to maximize success:

1. Log in and check your technology.

Make sure you log-into Canvas and your student email account as soon as you can. Check access on your home computer, laptop, phone, and any other device you plan to use to access your course. Your professors will communicate through Canvas and your student email, so contact IT right away if you have difficulty accessing either of these tools. 

2. Read the syllabus. 

The syllabus is your road map to the course. You will find information on course goals and expectations, weekly due dates, instructor contact methods and other information you need for success. 

3. Reach out to your instructor with questions. 

Your professors are here to help and support you, but they can only do so if they know you need assistance. You should email immediately if you have questions about the content or learning methods. 

4. Take control of your learning. 

Log in regularly, interact with course media (videos, podcasts, and simulations), participate in discussion forums, and join virtual or on-campus live sessions. Stay motivated and don’t give up! Your progress is largely dependent on you. 

5. Get extra help if you need it.

Bay State has dedicated support services to assist you: 

This is only a short list of helpful hints for getting started in your online or hybrid courses. You’ll find more information on Canvas though the Bay State 101 course, which is self-paced and accessible to all member of the Bay State College community. 

Always ask for help if you need it. You can do this!