There is a plethora of information about various students’ bad experiences at University of Phoenix Online. Some range from financial problems, to class issues, to how the student did not like the online format. Some of you reading this article may be currently attending the University of Phoenix and wondering if signing up was a mistake. Let me reassure you that signing up was not a mistake and you can be successful at this college. The keys to success are not hard to find, but require initiative and determination in order to be implemented well. These keys to success are as follows:
1) Strive for success: This seems like a cliché, but it is a simple fact. If you do not take time to participate in class and group discussions, answer discussion questions, or turn in your weekly assignments, you will never be a successful student at University of Phoenix. Make a schedule for yourself and keep it religiously. The main priorities are group projects, individual weekly projects, discussion questions, and participation, in that order. Reading all of the given reading material is optional because it can be a huge load depending on the class. Read what is required to complete your assignments and catch up with the rest later.
2) Build a team: During my Bachelor’s program, I joined a team of three other individuals to finish out my degree plan. We saw the poor teamwork and plagiarism running rampant throughout the teams in our classes and decided that we would band together against it. From the moment we joined, not a single person made less than an “A” in any class except one.
If you wish to create a team, make a list of the IRN’s of each team member. Then, have each team member call their academic counselor and ask to have their schedule synchronized with everyone listed on the team. Having the IRN’s will help speed the process along. Once the team has been formed, have each team member inform the facilitator at the start of each class that you wish to have each team member be part of the same learning team. Nearly all facilitators will honor this request. Having a team of three or more will ensure that the group project will be completed with high quality and on time, even if there are a few slackers or cheaters added to the group.
3) Be adamant about plagiarism: One of the toughest things you will have to deal with in the university is the existence of individuals who cheat using plagiarism. In your team charter, include hard-line statements against plagiarism and the penalty plagiarism will bring (kicked off the team, etc.). If someone does plagiarize, warn him or her and ask him or her to correct it. If they refuse, remove them from the team without hesitation. Some facilitators may frown on this practice. Kindly remind them of the rules and that you are not going to waste the thousands you spent on their class because of the failure of another student to follow the rules.
Again, success in the University of Phoenix is attainable. Only by your effort and determination will you be able to push past all the obstacles and achieve the goal of your degree. To all who read this, I wish you luck in your endeavors.