1. Create a time management calendar
2. Understand the instructions and put your best effort into your assignments
3. Submit your work on time
4. Review the content
5. Ask questions and ask for help
You should start week 1 ready to go! Be ready to ask questions, be ready to ask for help, have your time management calendar prepared so you have blocked times to do your readings, assignments, and enough time to study and review the content. These expectations seem simple but can get challenging when juggling them against other life priorities. Remember, though, if you stick to these expectations, you will be successful!
Time management is an important life skill and is essential for you to be successful in your courses and program. Take the time prior to classes starting to put together a time management calendar. This is where you map out and assign/budget your time during each week for academics, work, family, and personal time. Creating this calendar will provide you with the pathway to success and allow you to balance college with other aspects of your life. Rasmussen College has two excellent resources to help you learn how to manage your time efficiently:
1) Within the Student Success Guide, there is a section entitled Managing Your Time--Getting It All Done with tips and downloads to help you organize your time, including time management calendars to help budget your time. Here is a quick link: http://guides.rasmussen.edu/studentsuccessguide/time (scroll down to the bottom box and click on Handouts). Please also visit our Time Management Tips from Students box in the Study Skills section of the Health Sciences Guide.
2) You can make an appointment with a tutor that is trained in time management skills, and they can work with you to help you create a time management calendar. It's a great idea to schedule even before the term starts to ensure you have a plan that starts you on the right track.
Use this link to learn how to make an appointment with a tutor (you need to be able to log into the student portal): http://rasmussen.libanswers.com/faq/32816 Appointments for time management help can be found under Success Skills. Remember, you can make an appointment with a tutor for coursework assistance as well. See the Tutor Appointments tab for more information.
Asking for help seems simple enough to do, but yet so many students fail to do it, many being scared to ask or some waiting too long. Be proactive--ask for help as soon as you need it! Every single employee at Rasmussen College is committed and dedicated to your success and is here to help. Sometimes we can’t tell if you need help or have a question, so you have to be proactive about asking questions. You can call or email your instructor, your student advisor, your program manager, or your department chair with questions and/or concerns. The sooner the better--don’t let your questions or concerns fester and become bigger problems.
Another person you can ask for help with is a tutor. You can schedule an appointment with a tutor for help over the phone, online, or even in person (where it is offered). You can get help with specific courses (such as Medical Terminology or Structure and Function), with writing a paper in APA formatting, with managing your time more efficiently, or even with improving your study skills. The college has tutors that are trained in your specific need of help. Click here for more information on our Health Sciences tutors or here for step-by-step instructions on scheduling a tutoring appointment.
In an effort to ensure the best academic and realistic professional experiences for students, Rasmussen utilizes the AHIMA developed VLab (Virtual software laboratory). The VLab is an internet-based software lab that uses health information technology and allows students to complete participative assignments in their program courses. The VLab features several software applications that include encoders, electronic document management systems and release of information software – along with others, that allow students to apply learned skills in software systems seen in HIM professional departments across the country.
VLab software applications allow exposure to current and actual technology via challenging and interesting activities and assignments. Contact with these systems is essential for graduates entering the HIM professional arena in today’s technologically advancing world. This wise investment in the VLab offers our valued students a great benefit that prepares students for practicums, interviews and perhaps their first professional job!