Monday, December 8, 2008

Insider Tips for Online Courses

For those of you who were in one of the online courses this semester, please share here your tips and suggestions for the students next semester! You can leave ANONYMOUS comments; no Blogger.com account is needed.

So, think about what you wish you had known in starting out the semester, so that the students next semester can benefit from your experience!

To leave a comment, see the comment box at the very bottom of this post - or CLICK THIS LINK TO ADD A COMMENT.

THANKS!

184 comments:

  1. Christopher RogersDecember 8, 2008 at 1:58 PM

    My tip to the new students is to sit down and complete every tech tip right from the get go. They are easy to do and can be helpful throughout the semester. Plus, they give you extra credit points! If I would have done that in the beginning, I would have been through with the course early. Good luck!

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  2. This class was great. Everyone says work ahead, but really work ahead. It will benefit your greatly. Do all of the assignments and bonus points and you can finish the class several weeks early and focus on other courses. Also Email Dr. Gibbs. She is awesome at email correspondence and will always get back to you quickly and is very helpful. Enjoy!

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  3. For those who are enrolled in this wonderful class, Please do the extra credit assignments! They are easy and they will help you get the points you need in the end. This will also allow you to get done with the course early. This is a fun class because it gives you an opportunity to be creative in your writing. Good Luck!

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  4. For those enrolled in this class, please make sure you do the extra credit through the weeks. I can't emphasis enough on important these things are for your grade when you miss an assignment here or there. Also make sure to do your storybook stories on time. There is a lot of le-way sometimes but it's VERY easy to get behind which you don't want to do in class that's so straight forward. I loved this class and really enjoyed everything that Professor Gibbs had us read so enjoy it! Good luck!

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  5. I encourage creativity! I chose to be as creative as I could when retelling the stories, doing character essay. I loved to give all of my links creative names instead of just basic names. I also loved to try and show my personality in my retelling of various stories and I feel that if the students do that they will enjoy the class so much more. My other tip to the new students is try and complete each reading by the Sunday of the weekly assignment. I found that on the weeks that I finished the reading by Sunday I was able to finish the reading quizzes and blog assignments before the week even started. That relieved so much of the stress that one can have when trying to finish a reading assignment on the due date.

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  6. I would recommend two things. First, stay on top of your assignments. It is not hard to do, but as you get more comfortable with the system you will be more likely to push the deadlines. Avoid that temptation and give yourself plenty of time to do everything, you'll finish the class early and with a secure A. Two, take advantage of this opportunity to be creative and explore the readings and your retelling. There's no wrong way to do this, it's an exercise in expression and free thought. So buy into it, it'll be rewarding.

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  7. I would say that the easiest way to stay on track is to do every bit you can in the beginning so that later in the semester when your other classes get a little difficult you have some wiggle room when it comes to this class.

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  8. This was an amazing class! I would recommend that anyone who has the opportunity to take a class with Laura, do so. If you ever have any concerns, Laura is more than able to help.

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  9. First of all I would like to say how much I enjoyed this class...You will learn so much and even get to relive stories from your childhood and that's something I liked. My suggestion would be to start working ahead right away! I didn't do that and I wish I would have. You have to do a lot of work with your storybook so if you have all of your other assignments finished you can focus on that! Good luck & hope ya enjoy it!

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  10. I absolutely LOVED this course. I took World Lit and really enjoyed every minute of it. My tip to the new students would be to look/work ahead and figure out just how many points you need to make the grade you want. Although the schedule may seem demanding at times, there is enough extra credit to make any grade you desire. I would REALLY recommend taking this course! Good luck!

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  11. This is a wonderful class. I guess I really only have four bits of recommendations for the next round of students.

    The first is this: Don't be afraid to contact Laura for anything. She's a wonderful teacher and someone that's really easy to get on with.

    Secondly: Do your work. It can be easy to let an online class slip, but if you just stay on task, this class is easily managed.

    Third: Proofread. There's a lot of typos that can easily be caught by just a cursory proofread.

    Four: have fun. This should be self-explanatory. If you don't have fun in a class, it likely isn't worth taking. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride.

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  12. The only thing I can suggest is at the very beginning of the semester, take a couple days to do nothing but Myth/Folklore and work ahead as much as possible! Even though you can only complete/submit certain assignments after a specific date, there are still many others that you can begin working on (and many that you can even complete at any time during the semester!). I wish I would have worked ahead early on so I wouldn't have had to worry so much near the end of the semester...

    P.S. This class is awesome! Have fun with it and do your Storybook over something that really interests you! The more fun you have with the Storybook, the easier it will be (honestly, the Storybook requires a little time, so if you pick something boring just to get by, the semester will be pretty tortuous... Pick something fun and you may actually enjoy your biggest assignment of each week!).

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  13. When picking a topic and stories for your storybook, your impulse may be to pick something as off-beat and creative as possible. Your impulse may also be to pick some fantastic stories that are full of wonderful description and detail you may like.

    My advice to you is to fight these impulses. Pick a straight-forward and simple subject. Pick very short stories that are void of detail. Pick an easy frame-table that is simple and comfortable for you to work in.

    This may sound like I'm telling you to be lazy and not creative, but this will allow you to be more creative on the back end. All of the details are yours to create. The plot is yours to manipulate. You will have greater command over your frame-table. You won't be fighting your source stories and you will have a fun semester. : )

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  14. My tip to new students is to definitely stay on top of your course work! Even if you do teh extra credit make sure to do all assignments! It is very important to complete all work in order to get an A! This class is very informational, but you must be somewhat intrigued in order to do well. I think it covers a lot of material and there is a lot to do, but if you enjoy the readings you will do very well. I enjoyed the class very much and think that as long as you stay on top of everything you will do well!

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  15. I really enjoyed this class. It is very nice to be able to work at your own pace. My adivice is to not wait until the last minute to complete the work. I think that you should try to complete all of the extra credit that is available. It is nice to fiish the class before finals.

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  16. My advice would be: DONT GET BEHIND! Yes, there is a lot of grace in this class when it comes to turning assignments in on time. However, this can often make you more prone to procrastination. So, turn assignments in before they are due. Work ahead. You can complete this class two weeks in advance (only the response to peoples storybooks and blogs can't be done in advance). And there is plenty of opportunity for extra credit. TAKE IT! I will end up making a much lower grade than I should have in this class because I didn't follow this advice.

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  17. My biggest tip is to stay caught up with assignments and to do the famous last words. It is the easiest blog assignment and worth extra credit points. These extra points can either be a nice buffer for those times you miss a coupe points here and there, or the extra points can help you finish the course faster.

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  18. Hey people. Laura is a great teacher. Her knowledge of the subject matter is unbelievable. My advice is to take time to keep up with the assignments. I know that sounds pretty normal and boring, but the course work is not much at all if you keep it spread out. Also by doing this you can take time to enjoy the readings. These books were by far my favorite part of the class. The stories are awesome. Enjoy!

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  19. My advice would be for students to sit and work ahead. I was behind so many weeks, and ultimately ended up missing assignments. I could have easily made a 100 in this class, but I waited until the last minute. Also, there is a LOT of extra credit, so use it to your advantage!!

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  20. In this class, you not only have the ability to learn so much, but you also have the ability to work ahead. I wish I had started doing the extra credit work and working ahead earlier in the semester. As the semester went on, I started to wish I had done more extra credit and worked ahead to finish the class sooner. It's not that this class wasn't excellent, it's just that as the semester wears on, you don't have that initial excitement and motivation that you did at the beginning of the semester. Do as much extra credit at the beginning of the semester and work ahead as much as possible so that you can miss assignments towards the end of the class and still earn an A.

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  21. Get ahead!!! Do not use the grace period in to complete assignments. You won't do them all the time, and you will fall behind compromising your grade.. Much like I am doing right now!! :-(

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  22. For those of you that signed up for this class, congratulations! You will not regret taking it. This class offers opportunities in learning and assignments that are not found in most all other classes that you are taking. One thing that I could say that would be helpful information to anyone taking this class would be to GET HOMEWORK DONE AS SOON AS YOU CAN! It doesn't take long to get it all done. Waiting till the last minute to finish assignments only lead to stress, and this is not intended to be a stressful class. If you take the time to sit down and get the homework done early, you then have time to spend on other homework assignments. Or you could read a book with all that extra time. I recommend "The Little Prince"

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  23. Laura did a great job informing us of how the course was going to be from the beginning. For me, there were no surprises. Laura was very helpful the whole semester. There really isn't anything I wish I had known. There were times, I wish I had been able to work more ahead. I felt the pressure of the deadlines some times and working ahead would have minimized that. If you miss a week or some assignments, it is really okay. There are so many extra credit opportunities in the class that missing things really do not matter. My advice: do all the extra credit you can, get ahead as soon as possible (that alone will give you extra credit) and do your storybook assignments as early as possible. I enjoyed the class.

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  24. This is an excellent course that truly demonstrates how online learning can be even more effective than in-person classroom learning. My tip for anyone taking this class is to work ahead! This is not only a wonderful opportunity in this class, but a necessity when life throws you the inevitable curve ball - and it will. Work ahead so that when outside problems arise, you will have already finished the assignments, and you handle the rest of life's challenges. Good luck!

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  25. My tip to the new students is work ahead! The first few weeks of the semester have pretty easy assignments. If you do all the work and the extra credit ahead of time you can finish the course almost 3-4 weeks early! There is no reason that everyone can not get an A in this class. I finished the first few weeks ahead of time which gave me some time when the middle of the semester came along to do a few assignments at a time. Good Luck!

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  26. My tip to new students would be to do all the extra credit from the begining. This helps if you are taking hard classes because you neve know when you will get busy and miss an assignment. Working early is the best idea. This way you can finish the class before dead week and have time to worry about other finals!

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  27. Definitely take the time to work ahead if you can. I know it can be challenging to get through two weeks ahead of schedule, but even working a day or two in advance can really make life easier for you!

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  28. This is a really great class to take! My tip would be to definitely do the extra credit, like the tech tips and the famous last words blog, etc. They may seem like small points, but in the end they can really add up, and make it so much easier for you to get an A. This class was a lot of fun, and although it does require quite a bit of time, what we do is so interesting that sometimes it didn't even feel like homework at all. Don't slack, and you'll for sure make an A!

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  29. My number one piece of advice is to do all of the extra credit that you can. It is such a good way to finish up early with the course, or to plan to skip assignments. I personally opted to skip assignments when I had papers to do in other classes, and still had plenty of points. START THE COURSE EARLY IF YOU CAN! It helped me so much, because I tend to procrastinate.
    Also, pick a topic for your storybook that you KNOW you will enjoy writing about, so it will not even seem like work!

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  30. My tip for next semester's students is to take advantage of the extra credit early on. I wish I had done this! There are so many opportunities to work ahead in the class so I would suggest that to. It is definitely a class where you can determine your success. She has the class laid out really well and easy to understand. Good luck!

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  31. The best thing to do for this class is WORK AHEAD! With computer glitches, tests in other classes, and 1001 other things that can go wrong, you never know when you may need a little extra time. Also, make sure you like your storybook topics. You will be spending a lot of time on it, so you might as well enjoy it!

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  32. Like everyone else said, work ahead as far as you can. If you get a burst of creativity and/or spare time, work ahead on your website, read more of the books, etc. You can easily get tech tips out of the way within the first week, even if you can't turn them in. Honestly, by the end of the semester I was pooped and not wanting to do anything for the class - but since I worked ahead, I didn't really have to. Allow yourself that consideration so that you can focus on other classes or just regain your sanity. And don't be afraid to ask for help! Laura is always willing to answer questions or listen to anything you have to say. Even if she's busy and it takes her a couple of days, she will respond to your emails and be an incredible help. Good luck!

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  33. Working ahead in this class makes a huge difference. I finished it 3 weeks early by working ahead and I've been able to focus on my other classes and finals.

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  34. As for advice, I would recommend taking all the opportunities for extra credit as they come up. This course requires a lot of reading and commenting on the writings of other students. This tends to be fun when the semester begins, but it becomes quite tedious towards the final five weeks. Thus, the extra credit allows you to skip some assignments towards the end.

    Also, I would recommend giving some serious thought to the actual web design of your storybook. Let the background / font colors, choice of pictures, overall layout, and other features to be an expression of yourself. This process of developing web design skills can be just as rewarding as the experience of sharing your thoughts with others.

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  35. This was a great course. I really enjoyed all the readings and the storybook project. It takes a lot of time and work sometimes but you get out of the course exactly what you put into it. My tip would be to do everything early or one time. I knew that I could work ahead but at the end of the semester I realized that I would have been done so much sooner had I worked ahead. Also do your storybook assignments on time because that gives you a lot points so that at the end of the semester you can pick and choose which assignments you do.

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  36. I loved taking the WorldLit and MythFolklore classes online with Professor Gibbs. My suggestion for taking these classes would be to work ahead. It really helps to get things done at the beginning instead of scrabbling at the end of the semester. It's also wonderful to finish the course EARLY!

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  37. It really helps in this class if you try to work ahead some. I found this easier to do in the Mythology class than in the Indian Epics class. I really liked just going and doing the assignments week by week but it is definitely a little more stressful. If you can just put aside a few extra hours you can at least get a little ahead. Also, it is important to keep track of your points from the beginning to make sure you reach to cut off for the grade you want. One last thing is that your storybook is going to give you a lot of the points over the semester so it is really important to set aside and do this assignment each week.

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  38. Like everyone else is already suggesting... WORK AHEAD! Take a day that you're feeling really productive and just knock out a couple of weeks assignments all at once. I was really bad about this at the beginning of the semester so I slacked a bit, but once I caught on I liked only having to check the class on the weekends! - OH and pick a good, detailed, interesting topic for your storybook. If you end up with a topic that you thought would be cool, but ends up being lame... it's hard to get motivated to make it work.

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  39. My tip to the incoming students is to begin the semester a week ahead. If I had started out the semester a week ahead of my assignments it would have greatly benefited me in the end. There are always those days that you accidentally forget to do an assignment but if you are already a week ahead you won't lose points for those times. So... at the beginning of the semester (week 1), take a couple hours of your free-time and work ahead to week 2. Stay on top of your work!

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  40. This class is a lot of fun. You get to write a story about anything you want. The teacher gives great feedback that is very useful. Also, it teaches you how to build a website. The biggest plus of the class is you can work ahead and get bonus points for it! I would recommend this class to anyone.

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  41. The best thing to do for this class is complete as many assignments as you can as soon as you can. If you start racking up the points from the get-go it will be smooth sailing once your other classes get harder over the semester. Don't hesitate to ask for help or ask questions, Laura is very nice and is always willing to help you! It's a great class, have fun!

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  42. aside from starting early (which is just about the BEST tip ever!) the best tip I could give would be to take the weekly comments assignment seriously! Students can gain invaluable feedback from YOUR comments. don't be afraid to contribute additional knowledge or give constructive criticism (I stress the word Constructive, don't just tell them if they have made a mistake offer advice!)

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  43. I think the most important thing that I could tell future students is to work ahead when you can. I know almost everyone says the same thing, but really if you can work ahead one week because your other classes aren't that busy, then do it. It will help you out during a week that you are swamped in your other classes. Also, take advantage of the extra point assignments, these really help out a lot.

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  44. Work ahead, work ahead, work ahead. If you can get enough points from the beginning, you won't be scrambling for points at the end of the class. That way if you have to miss an assignment later in the course it won't be as big of a deal. Also, do the extra credit. It's not that hard and you can finish the class early. ENJOY!

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  45. My number one tip for this class would be to work ahead. If you work ahead not only does the class end sooner but you also get bonus points. My next tip would be to stay ahead. If you stay ahead you don't have to worry about falling behind in the course.

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  46. To do well in this course and finish early I suggest doing all the tech tips right off. I also suggest you work diligently on your storybook. The quicker you work on your storybook the less you have to do at the end of the semester. My number one suggestion is WORK AHEAD! By working ahead you finish the semester out early and can focus on other class finals. This is a great and fun class! Good luck!

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  47. This class was so much fun! When I first started, I saw that we had assignments due the first week of classes and it stressed me out, until I got into it and realized "Wow! These are fun assignments!" The biggest thing I can recommend is to try to get ahead. Try to get some of the extra credit and then later in the semester, when things start to get busier in your other classes and you don't have as much time as you did at the beginning, you can have that extra credit to allow you to make some choices about what assignments you need to complete to get the grade you want. I recommend this class to anyway, I had such a great time! Just let yourself have fun with it!

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  48. Working ahead is key. I wanted to help manage my time management, and did so pretty well, but at times when I could have worked one or two weeks ahead I chose not to. That put me in a crunch during some weeks where stuff came up that I had to scramble at the end to make the deadlines. Make sure you take advantage to work at least one week ahead to give yourself a buffer and make things a little less stressful.

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  49. This is a great class to take for an upper division humanities class. Laura is great at getting back to you through email. It can be slightly overwhelming at the beginning because you learn a lot of things on the internet and how to create your own website. Don't fret! It gets easier and easier and you will get better and better at it. The extra credit points are easy and I definitely suggest doing those. They don't take much time at all and will help out at the end of the semester.

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  50. My tip would be to either sit down every sunday night and do the weeeks work or every tuesday, thursday, and sunday to do it. Pick the same time every week and treat it just like a regular class. My second tip would be to realize that you can work ahead and you do not have to do it in order. You can work ahead on your storybook without having to work ahead on the readings and blog posts.

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  51. This class is a fun and easy class if you stay on top of it. My number one suggestion is to use the first two weeks and work as far ahead as you can. Also do as many of the extra credit points that you can. It is very helpful if a problem comes up and you can not complete assignments. The hardest thing is falling behind and having to use the grace periods. Good luck and have fun.

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  52. This class has a large amount of workload, however, Gibbs gives you the weekend to complete the big assignments. I suggest that you take the first 2 weeks to work ahead as much as possible. One thing I learned is that falling behind sucks because you end up spending 5 hours at once to catch up. Also, I recommend doing the tech tips and any extra credit offered. Trust me, it's worth it in the end and you may just get finish the course 2 weeks early, which is definitely a stress reliever considering the last 2 weeks of the semester is stressful due to the amount of work/studying required in other courses.

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  53. My first tip would be pay attention to the advice of Dr. Gibbs. When I started the semester she stressed working ahead. At first I did, but as the semester wore on I quickly fell to a day by day attitude. This does not give you any wiggle room and eventually lead you to stress much more than necessary or even fall behind. So work ahead and make sure to turn in the storybook and internet assignments on time. Enjoy your semester!

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  54. Schedule time at least twice a week to sit down and do several days worth of assignments. It is very easy to fall behind, so stay ahead! Dr. Gibbs is a great resource for information, so don't be afraid to ask her questions. It's a great class, so take it!

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  55. I would recommend staying at least one week ahead on the assignments. It is easy to fall behind a little. I think I would also try to sit down and complete my storybook all at once so I don't have to worry about it anymore. It is worth so many points but so easy to put off until you're out of time.

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  56. My tip for any student taking this class is to work ahead. This course is designed for everyone enrolled to pass. However, it takes time mngt skills to make sure you dont fall behind in the assignments. Laura is a great teacher, who is fair and an easy person to email back and forth. lol! Taken this course has taught me a lot about writing. Make sure you get all of your assignments done on time. NO LAST MINUTE. If you do these things you will for sure pass the course.

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  57. What best tip or bit of advice that I could leave for next semesters students would probably not be any different than what has already been said. This is an amazing class, and working ahead is always the best course of action. My bit of advice would be regarding the storybook.

    Take time to do a good job on the storybook. It is such a difficult yet enjoyable project that if you take the time to put the work into it to make it worth reading, then it can be something that you can share with others outside of the realm of just this class.

    Learning how to create an original storybook that is enjoyable to read AND is fun to look at takes time and work. For anyone that wants to have more creative options for designing your storybook, I recommend using Macromedia's Dreamweaver. Though it is complex, it is not hard to learn. This is my first semester using it, and I was surprised how easy it is to pick up (as long as you take the time to learn it).

    So that is my advice. Do good on your storybook, and enjoy creating it, and others will enjoy reading it.

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  58. Work ahead! You will save yourself so much grief. Take a couple days early in the semester and do nothing but this class all day. You will be glad you did later!

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  59. This class saved my schedule, and ended up being one of the most enjoyable classes to be in. Here at the end of the year I wish I had worked further ahead on my storybook. Between my other classes and labs I don't know if I could have ever got that far ahead on the readings, but I certainly could have knocked out four stories and an introduction earlier. Thinking back on the stress that would have spared me this week leading into finals is frankly pretty tragic. Since the storybook assignments yield nearly a third o your points each week you can also thing of it as taking the pressure of the rest of the semester.

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  60. Tiffany StocktonMay 9, 2009 at 4:17 AM

    This class was not the easiest but it was probably in my top 5 classes in my four years at OU. Beginning this class, all the assignments seemed overwhelming and I was so close to dropping it, but I decided to stick it out and I am so glad I did! The assignments may seem kind of tedious at first, but by the third week everything becomes a lot easier to keep track of, largely because the assignment are the same every week and there are few surprises. If you are like me, you might not have time to work ahead and the is PERFECTLY OK! It would have been helpful, but I did just fine doing the assignments one day at a time. Sometimes I would do a few days at a time but never did I do a week in advance and I came out better than OK in the end. The storybook is so much fun and the most important thing in this class is to have fun and don't stress!

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  61. Do as much work as you can at the beginning of the semester. By doing this you can finish the class early and not have to worry about it during the last few weeks of school.

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  62. I hope I'm not turning in this comment too early! I just want you guys to know that this is a fantastic course- any course by Laura Gibbs is worth your time. You have many options to work ahead. My biggest advice is to do all the extra credit you can from the very beginning- do all of it. Then, later on in the semester, you can let things slide as need be. She's very flexible, very helpful and great about turnaround time.
    Just make sure you actually do the work and it'll be easy for you to make an A!

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  63. One of the tips I would give to new students would be to do all of the tech tips and extra credit that you can at the beginning of the semester. This will allow you do less towards the end of the semester, when your other classes are super busy. I would also recommend that student make absolutely sure that they do a word count and proof read! It is VITAL to receive all of the points! Good luck!

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  64. My advise to students who are taking this class is to work ahead as much as possible. It makes the class a lot easier. Also make sure and do all of the extra credit assignments because you learn from them and they are easy points. Good luck and you will have a great time in this class!

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  65. I am guilty of extreme procrastination. Add in all of the other issues that pop up during the semester and you are left with a bad combination. So, my first piece of advice is to work as far ahead as you can. My second piece of advice is to complete ALL of the extra credit assignments (you'll thank yourself at the end of the semester). Third, work hard on your storybooks! They are worth a lot of points and those points will add up fast. Overall, I would have to say that the Myth-Folklore and Indian Epics courses were two of the best classes I have taken in a college setting. Do those three things and you will thank yourself at the end of the semester!

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  66. I think the most important thing to remember when starting this class is time management. This course is not similar to other courses. You have work do everyday of the week except for maybe one day. Most courses usually have two exams and a paper/project. I advise people to start out doing the extra credit every week so that towards the middle of November students can work less and focus on other classes. Overall, I really enjoyed it and I think that students will too. My biggest advise if you choose to not work ahead, do extra credit every week. But if you can do both you'll finish the class in October even! :)

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  67. This class was a really great class. I loved it and I loved the fact that it was so easy going and you could work ahead and always had grace periods to turn in your assignments. Also there was always extra credit which was awesome!
    One tip I would give to new students is defiantly keep up with the reading, get all the tech tips done and just try to work on this in advance... they really don't take that long its just the matter of sitting down and doing it!

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  68. I wish that I would have taken advantage of the free time and easy weeks we first had in school to set aside a large block of time to get weeks ahead in this class.

    Doing as many assignments at once as you can will be helpful too, because by the end of the week you really don't want to do them.

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  69. This is a great class to take! I really enjoyed making up stories and exploring my creative. My best advice would be to get things done early. Work ahead!

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  70. This class was great! I really enjoyed the fact that you can complete the class on your own time. My advice would be to work ahead on the weekly assignments, as well as the storybook assignments! This is something I wish I would have done from the beginning.

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  71. This class was one of my most favorite classes I have taken. It is great and I learned many things I would not learn anywhere else. One thing I wish I would have known at the very beginning of this class was that if ou start early and work ahead you will be a lot more stress free and be able to finish this class a lot earlier. Also, do the extra credit early so you know where you stand with the points you need to have to make the grade you want.
    Good Luck!

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  72. My tip for everyone taking this class is to get ahead and STAY ahead. As life and other classes weigh us down, it's easy to dismiss staying ahead. The best thing about staying ahead is the lack of stress involved in having to worry about what you have and haven't done. As finals come around, having stayed ahead will REALLY pay off.

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  73. I absolutely loved this class! My tip for future students is to work ahead! I didn't think that this would be absolutely necessary in the beginning but as I progressed later in the semester I realized how valuable it is to work ahead so that you are not doing things at the last minute. Also to have fun with your storybook! It is only as good as you make it! Good Luck to everyone!

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  74. Hi! I would recommend working ahead and also keeping in mind how many points you would like to make for the class. If you keep the grading system in mind, it is easy to chose which assignments you would enjoy doing. Good luck. Also, don't stress about the storybooks! I was a bit nervous, but the professor provides a lot of nice feedback. If you aren't used to writing stories this helps a ton!

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  75. This class is really fun! You will learn a lot, but you need to stay ahead!!! This is the most important thing for this class! Try to push yourself to get a lot done in the first few weeks of class, and this will keep you ahead for the rest of the semester!

    All of the little bonus points add up quickly! So remember to do the Famous Last Words writings and ALL of the Tech Tips! GOOD LUCK!!!

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  76. My suggestion for next semester's students would be to complete all the small assignments and extra credit through out the course of the semester. They add up and you won't have to do them when studying for your finals.

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  77. My suggestion for students is to really take advantage of the weekly extra credit assignments. While they may seem insignificant they make up for lost points and boost your grade in the end. Also, work ahead!! Have fun and best of luck to you! :)

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  78. This is an excellent course for anyone who loves to read. You have to start everything from the get go and be sure to work ahead. Working ahead will make your life ten times easier. This course is quite demanding when it comes to daily work so the better you get ahead, the easier it will be for you to space your work out. Do not take this course if you are doing a million things at one time like me. It was quite difficult to work over forty hours a week and take 15 hours of school work. You will enjoy this class though because the readings are quite entertaining. Good Luck!

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  79. My advice to any student taking this class is to work ahead. I'm sure I'm not the only one giving this advice. Also, do the extra-credit assignments early on. It will save time and then if you do get behind in your assignments you won't need to worry so bad. This is a great class to take. You will definitely enjoy it.

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  80. Hi there! This class was very interesting and it was very insightful. The readings are great and reading other people's blogs and storybooks are very helpful. It's fun to be creative and make your own style. Be sure that you work ahead though; it will pay off in the end. Good luck with the class!

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  81. This was a great class and it really helps with your grammar and writing skills. Make sure you get an early start on everything, Mrs. Gibbs is giving extra credit for a reason, she wants to help you so make sure you stay on pace. Have fun with the storybook, look at it as a way to enhance your imagination. Most of all get a good head start on everything it makes this class a lot easier and stress free! Best of Luck!

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  82. I really enjoyed all the reading assignments they were all very interesting and fun to read. A tip I would give isto try to work ahead even a little helps and when doing your storybook try using Goggle sites its makes it vey easy to put together the story pages. Good luck!!! :)

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  83. This class is a class that will teach you a lot. You will learn a lot about yourself, while learning a lot about literature. Make sure to stay on top of things and keep up with the assignments. The storybook is time consuming, but will be an accomplishment in the end.

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  84. You will read this several times in this course, but I promise, it is a MUST for this course... START WORKING EARLY AND GET AHEAD!!

    Several times this semester, I underestimated the time it was going to take to complete an assignment. The best way to prevent that would have been to WORK AHEAD!!

    Do not assume that since this is an online course, it will be easy because it is not! You will need to read, blog, write stories, and complete assignments every week. None of the assignments are particularly difficult but they do take time and thought. If you do not have the time to put into this class, you will not enjoy it, and are better off not taking it.

    Do NOT skim material. This is an online class, you do not have a professor spoon feeding notes to you... therefore reading slowly will be the only way for you to figure stuff out.

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  85. This class is fantastic. My advice is to work ahead as much as possible. I am very busy much of the time so I tried to find myself a set schedule each week for when I due each assignment, that way I would never get caught off guard, or forget an assingnment. Good luck and enjoy the class.

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  86. Of course anyone can just say, keep up with the work and don't let yourself get behind... That's just a given! But my biggest word of advice would be to just talk with Laura. (Yes, I learned from the get-go that with her, it is a first name basis) She is a wonderful teacher and she is so helpful with everything! She will help evaluate and edit your assignments as well as immediately be willing to help you if you are confused or have a problem. So, you're not alone in this course- if you ever need anything, just send Laura an email, she's super cool! :)

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  87. A few tips to the future students who take this course. One is do the extra credit. Also keep up with all the work. Trust me if you do this it will be much relief come dead week and finals week. Also remember to enjoy the class it really is fun if you give it a chance. Best of luck to all the future students.

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  88. My tip to the new students enrolling in either class would be 1. make sure to attempt to do the assignments in advance. It saves you time and gives you time to focus on other coursework. 2. Take advantage of extra credit opportunities. I wish i would have taken that more seriously. 3. Lastly, take advantage of the feedback Professor Gibbs gives. She is well informed on the subject at hand and is readily available to assist student. Most importantly, make sure you have fun. This course requires you think outside of the box and it brings out your inner creativity!!! Good Luck!!

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  89. My advice to any student taking this course is work ahead!!! This is a great course with wonderful readings, but there is a lot of work involved, which is expected in an almost 500 level class. That said, keep on top of assigments. It will be beneficial in the long run.

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  90. This is a really fun class and you will love it! One tip is to stay on top of your assignments and definitely work ahead. Working ahead will be really rewarding when you have busy schedules with other classes and have exams, etc. Other than that, have fun!

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  91. This is one class where you can really tap into your creativity and have fun with your stories. I really never prized myself on my creativity, but I was able to try out some stuff throughout the semester and actually found myself enjoying the whole process. Also, Professor Gibbs is so encouraging and appreciative of your work, so it makes you want to try your best!

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  92. My tip is you have to make sure that you turn in all the assignment on time. Moreover, get as many extra credits as possible from the beginning. It will help you a lot when it come to final. You will sure don't need to worry about the class and have a lot of extra time to concentrate to other classes.

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  93. You will learn so much from Laura as she is an excellent instructor. I have taken both of her classes- Mythology/Folklore and Epics of India, and I thoroughly enjoyed both of them.

    These courses will keep you rather busy, but if you do the extra credit, you should finish the course with an "A" weeks before the semester ends.

    Definitely complete as much extra credit as you can from the beginning of the course. Tech Tips are a great way of accomplishing this.

    More importantly, have fun with the storybook project. Once you are finished, you will have something to be proud of.

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  94. Start as soon as you get your assignments before the semester gets rough! Also, do every TEch Tip and extra credit so you can finish the course early. The course load is consistent throughout the semester, but when you get to finals time you'll want to have some cushion to sit on during the weeks you need to focus on other classes!

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  95. Hello! My tip for this class is that you need to work ahead! Or stay on top of your assignments when you do them every week. They class work is actually very interesting and brings out a lot of creativity that you might not know you had. Also take advantage of the extra credit, this way if you do miss some assignments you can have a little room to mess up. Good luck!!

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  96. If you follow the schedule and maintain your time, you will do great in this class. Also, if thrown any curve balls this semester, Laura is more than willing to work with you! This class was surprisingly really fun and interesting, too! Take advantage of extra credit and don't fall behind! Enjoy!

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  97. GET AHEAD. Take the first few weeks head-on and go nuts. It'll put you so far ahead that you'll have very little to do when the semester is coming to a close. And trust me, you don't want to have a lot to do during finals time.

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  98. WORK AHEAD! Really all I have to say is work ahead and stay ahead! also take advantage of the extra credit!

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  99. Be creative! Think outside the box when approaching the storybook project. If you have fun writing a really creative style, it won't even feel like work. It is much better than rehashing the stories you read in class. Do extra credit! I finished a few weeks early and I even missed an entire week's worth of points. The more extra credit you do, the more flexibility you have with assignments later on.

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  100. My tip for future students is to work ahead in this course. You will have several chances to gain extra credit as well. If you work ahead and reach 410 points, you already have an A so you don't have to do work after that. Laura is one of the best professors. Don't hesitate to ask her for help. She'll go out of her way to make sure you succeed in this course. One of the best classes at OU!

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  101. This class is very straightforward. If you are willing to put in the work you can easily earn an A. I highly recommend starting early, that way when things come up during the semester you are easily prepared.

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  102. My advice to future students is to sit down one day a week and decide to do a big chunk of the work that day. While things are always due on different days, I would take Monday to complete all of the assignments during the weekdays and Friday to complete all the weekend assignments, that way I never forgot to do one little thing.

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  103. When you get free time, work ahead in the class. Get a week ahead or do the extra credit. Or both! It'll be totally worth it in the end when you get the opportunity to finish the class early. Don't procrastinate! I learned the hard way that once you get behind on the storybook assignment, it's really hard to catch back up.

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  104. Everyone has already said this, but I cannot stress how important it is to get ahead with this class! I'm in Indian Epics and there is a lot of information in these two epics that we read. If you work on assignments early and on a good schedule, the class is very fun and the storybook project is a nice way to unleash creativity!

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  105. Don't fall behind! I know so many students before me have already said this, but it's SO important. Falling behind in this class will make you stay behind the whole semester, if you aren't able to catch up. Try to sit down and get a bunch of the assignments done early, then you will have some time to relax!

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  106. I really enjoyed this class. A few of my recommendations would be is to work ahead and to do all the extra credit! Time management is key in this class! However, Professor Gibbs is very gracious and allows for extra credit as well as grace period deadlines, but it is always good to work ahead of time! Good luck with the course!

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  107. The main thing I would say is to focus on the major assignments. The storybook is the biggest project so make sure not to miss the deadline on these assignments!

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  108. This class has a lot of work. If this is your first online class or your third know that it has a lot of work. The class is fun and the material is interesting, but since it is online you have to do work that makes up for the fact that you are not meeting in a classroom on a weekly basis. If you do the work it is easy to get an A. I also suggest to work ahead. I did not and by the third week regretted it and was never able to get ahead. Have fun with this class and let yourself be creative. Think outside the box and make the story retelling assignments your own. Have Fun!

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  109. Work ahead and always always always do the extra credit.

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  110. You made a good choice when you decided to take this class! It was my favorite this semester because I got to choose what I read the whole time and I got a chance to write a lot of stories. It may take a bit of work, but this course is definitely worth it. Just keep up with the assignments and you'll do great.

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  111. My biggest tip for this class is: DON'T WORRY. I've had a lot of classes that essentially set you up for extreme stress and near failure all semester long. Let this class be fun and simple. The declarations are either "yes or no". Don't worry about being perfect, worry about learning about these cool stories and characters. I procrastinated these assignments to the very last second all the time which is a TERRIBLE IDEA, but even if you do follow in my shambled footsteps it is OKAY. Laura set the class up with a lot of extra credit- do it. It will save you. The extra credit will allow you to finish the class early and alleviate that stress before finals come.

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  112. Work ahead! It's best to get as many points as possible early on in the semester. Then, when you're pressed for time by the end of the term, you'll have a lot of leeway when in prioritizing work.

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  113. My tips would be to work ahead as much as possible. I would also take advantage of any or all of the extra credit options. I would also advise to keep from getting behind in the class. It's very hard to catch back up and the deadlines for assignments can creep up on you fast.
    You will enjoy this class once you get used to the format (blogging) and become more familiar with the course load and deadlines. Good luck to you!

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  114. My tips to students is TO GET STARTED EARLY! Dr. Gibbs is awesome and starts her class a week early so you can get ahead before classes even start so that you have some wiggle room just in case you forget to do an assignment. I wish I had taken advantage of this because I had a hectic semester. So if you have a busy schedule, WORK AHEAD! You do not want to get too far behind because you will end up having a hard time getting the grade you want. Lastly, if you miss an assignment, take advantage of the extra credit option, and do not wait to the last couple of weeks! The beginning and middle of the semester has the most extra credit options. Good luck and enjoy this class!

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  115. Don't be afraid to email the professor! She will work with you if you are having trouble with any part of the course. Honestly, my advice is to just knock out the work the week before the assignment is due. Then, you never have to rush yourself to finish before the deadlines. Have fun with it!

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  116. Laura Gibbs is the best! Email her if you need help! Do you work early in the week or semester so you can chill towards the end, she doesn't mind that and she encourages it. Be. Fucking. Creative. This is your probably one chance to really work on your creativity and have fun in a class all while learning a lot and becoming more culturally aware and diverse, something we all need. Think outside of the box. Please and thank you. Oh and Call Laura, Laura. Not Professor Laura. She likes Laura. Cool. This was hands down my favorite non-major class of all while attending the U of O. So enjoy. Dope.

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  117. My biggest tip I can leave it to "HAVE FUN WITH THIS CLASS!!" Be creative, don't be afraid to exaggerate or really go into detail. I think the best part about this class is being able to really use your imagination on your assignments! If you do this it will not only benefit you, it will help your teacher, and it will help your classmates as well! Also, I know it's like a broken record, but work ahead!! Do all the tech tips, they're easy and can give you a great boost to start off the course with some extra points!!! Enjoy this class because it's a really great class!!

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  118. The biggest tip I have for future students is that you should definitely not be afraid to try all of the new and different writing styles. Have fun with your stories and experiment with different ideas! This class is a great way to play around with your writing while learning tips that will improve your writing for other classes! I also highly recommend that you get ahead and stay ahead! It is no fun being behind in this class because then the work becomes very overwhelming! I also recommend doing the Growth Mindset projects for extra credit. They are fun ways to think outside the box and get the creative juices flowing! Don't be afraid of having your writing criticized because it is only to make you a better writer and everyone is super nice about it! The people and instructor of this course are wanting you to succeed as much as you do!!! Good luck with this class!!!

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  119. I have a few pieces of advice about this class!
    1. Have fun and really get into the assignments. Sure, it's easy just to complete your work and get the grade. But you can actually get a lot out of what you're doing if you take the time to expand yourself out of your comfort zone. This class offers a lot more than just learning about mythology. Take advantage of it.
    2. Get your assignments done before the due date. It's so easy to get behind, but it's so great to get ahead. Start early and you won't have to worry about it.
    3. Take some time to do the extra credit. Even if you're not behind, this is where I learned the most. You can learn about yourself and learn about how to grow in not only your classes but in life in general.
    4. It's fun to get to know people in this class, too. You get to see their work and a little bit about them. Take some time with your introduction so others can know you, too.

    Good luck with this class and with everything else in your life!!
    I hope you get just as much out of this class as I did!

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  120. This class is what you make of it! It can be a lot of work, but it is a lot of fun. It's probably different than all of your other classes! So take it seriously, but don't dread it! Make sure you stay on top of your work and do extra credit! The EC opportunities are easy and interesting!

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  121. The main advice that I have is to have fun! This is probably the one class that you are able to be completely creative. Also, work ahead and do the extra credit work. It is so much less stressful if you already have a large amount of points accumulated in case you get busy or if you just don't feel like doing an assignment that day. And lastly, enjoy the class. This class is pretty awesome.

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  122. My advice that I would like to leave for future classes is to have fun with this class. I know that having an online class can be a little intimidating for those that have not have an online class before, but to do worry your precious little head it will be alright. As long as you have fun with the class, which this class allows for it, with its creativity, you will get through this class with a breeze. Also another tip that I would like to share with the future students. Dont wait until the last minute to do the assignments, you can always work ahead.

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  123. Extra credit stuffs have two functions. The obvious one is improving your grade. The hidden one is working as alternate homework if you are not comfortable with regular assignments. Use them wisely.

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  124. This is a great course and you will love it if you work ahead and do some extra credit points along the way. I started the course early and thought it would keep me ahead, it did not. I chose to work ahead and to do an entire week of assignments once a week. I did not do much extra credit until the end. And I did finish early.

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  125. This is a great class and you are going to love it! Don't worry too much if you miss an assignment or two because there is extra credit offered, but don't be dependent on that either. Try to keep up on the assignments and even work ahead if you can. It's a fun and interesting class and just be creative and have fun with it. There is a lot of writing, but it's honestly a break from the tedious academic writing. Just be expressive and mix it up and you will have a lot of fun and learn a lot! Good luck!

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  126. Make a plan and stick to it! The course is a lot of work, but the end result and what you can learn from it (and from your fellow classmates) is all worth it! As far as the storytellings go - don't be afraid to think outside the box! Remember, those characters are yours now to play with - you don't have to stay within the boundaries of the story.

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  127. This is a really good class to get ahead in and get a good grade. You will learn a lot of different things, and get to be creative while doing it. The most important thing would be to stay on top of your work. If you can get ahead you will be very grateful for it in the end. I was not the best at storytelling so I did not write as many as were called for in the class, but I was able to do that because I stayed on top of my work. Also the extra credit is worth it, so do it!

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  128. My best advice to new students is to do your work ahead of time and start doing the extra credit from the beginning of the semester. I promise, this will help you towards the end of the semester when things get super hectic and overwhelming. Plus, if you do most of your assignments and most of the extra credit, you will be able to finish the class early and therefore that is one less class you will be dealing with by the end of the semester!

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  129. This class is so flexible! We all have hectic schedules but this one you can customize. You can start early, finish early, work ahead, do extra credit and have a really good time! This class is a handful, there is a lot to keep up with, but worth every minute. I have taken the mythology and folklore class and the Indian epics and have managed to finish them early. I try to dedicate one whole day to the class to focus on everything I can get done and do the comments the next week when I started a new week's work. Last semester I did some extra credit work to finish early, this semester I have not done extra credit and have still managed finish early.

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  130. For those enrolled in this class, I would recommend to do the extra credit through the weeks because it is a great opportunity to get points back if you miss some assignments. I really loved this class and enjoyed the reading. Professor Gibbs is awesome at email correspondence and will always help you when you need help. Enjoy!

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  131. This class is very interesting. You will have the opportunity to learn as much as you would like. There are a tremendous amount of resources available to you and Professor Gibbs is really helpful with her feedback. Also, things will get really hectic in the later part of the semester, so you should definitely try your best to work ahead.

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  132. This class was a lot of fun and Laura is the best Professor ever. My advice would be to start that extra credit early! You will have weeks where your classes will take over and you don't want that to make you fall behind in this class. One of my friends is having to get a B because he didn't make enough time for the class. It is so easy to get an A, all you have to do is get the work done!

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  133. Use the first few weeks to get ahead in the class! Really, it's much easier to engage with the reading material and have fun with the assignments if you're not worrying so much about making deadlines.

    And check out the reading options in the library! I think a lot of people go with the online options because they're immediately accessible, but there's some great novels and other fiction at Bizzell that are a lot of fun to read and give cool new versions of the epics!

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  134. I know I'm just reiterating what a lot of people have said here, but honestly, DO use the first week that the class is open early to get ahead, if you can! I know that it isn't always fun to do classwork on break, but that week can really save your bacon if you can get ahead by two or three weeks' worth of assignments...trust me...

    Also, if you're one of those people that suffers from perfectionism, don't sweat it--this class is all about growing, so if you don't do as well as YOU'D like on an assignment (because they all get graded the same) it's totally okay. This class is built for growth, and you're supposed to get better and revise and reflect on your work in successive weeks. That's no fun when you think you've already done everything perfectly, actually...

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  135. My advice to future students is to do the material at a steady pace. It is possible to pass this course without a lot of extra credit, but you have to be consistent and ready to take the opportunity to squeeze a few extra credit when you can. Consistent, consistent, consistent!

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  136. My advice for future students is to work ahead! Doing the assignments ahead of time gives you the ability to ask questions and explore your objects. It also gives you time to do many extra credit options! You have the ability to finish this course early if you decided to work ahead. I would also recommend for students to read more stories and visit more blogs from students from previous years. This will give you the opportunity to get ideas for your blog layouts and it can give you an idea of how you need to do your own blog.

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  137. My advice to students taking this course is to look just to work ahead and do some extra credit if you have time. Develop a good schedule and try to finish the work on time.

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  138. WORK AHEAD! There is a lot of course work to be completed every week. None of the work is too difficult, you just have to do them. If you work ahead, you give yourself some cushion for when your schedule gets crazy or if unexpected events happen. Your schedule will get hectic and events do happen so work ahead. It is easier than playing catch up.

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  139. My tip for this class would be to sit down and work on the assignments for each week. Do not wait untill the last minute. This course is not hard as long as you are working through all the assignments.

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  140. WORK AHEAD! And READ OUTLOUD before turning your things in!

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  141. Do not be too intimidated with writing stories. Let your mind wander to strange places with the theme and plot. There is usually no story too outrageous.

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  142. My tip for the class is to not be intimidated with writing storeis. Rememeber that they are your creation and the story can go any direction you want it to go. So channel your inner creativnes, and let your mind wander to strange places.

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  143. At first this class may seem like a lot, but once you get the hang of it week to week it isn't bad at all. And just have fun with it!

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  144. My tip for this class would be to make sure you did the extra credit each week. It will help a lot in the futre but also make sure you do not get behind. Have fun with the class. It is really fun!

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  145. Honestly, this class was a blast compared to all my other classes combined. It allows you to discover the creative side in you. Do not get overwhelmed if you see the assignments per week. Please do all the extra credit options because at the end you will need them once your other classes get more difficult. Always read your stories out loud after completing it!

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  146. My advice is to work ahead whenever possible! I used the time in between my other classes to complete assignments and because of that I finished 3 weeks early! Don't be afraid to voice your opinions on other people's stories! We give comments to help them grow and make sure to take others comments about your work seriously. They are doing it to improve your writting. Other than that its a fun, interesting, laid back class so enjoy yourself!

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  147. This class was great for students hoping to get away from the regular old curriculum of simply memorizing information and spewing it back out. With the opportunity this class gave me to be creative, I was able to use both sides of my brain on a day to day basis, which I believe is highly important.

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  148. This class is different than most of the classes you will take. You can work ahead of the schedule and potentially finish the class early. It is a great class for learning about classic stories and their origins. You will, however, need to keep up with your work in this class. My advice is the first couple weeks when you don't have much started in your other classes, do the extra credit or work on the next week in advanced. That really helped me when finishing up the class!

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  149. The best piece of advice I can give for this class is to work ahead! You have so much flexibility with your assignments and schedule that this is really easy to do, and it will definitely help you when the semester picks up and you have a lot of work to do in your other classes. Also, do the extra credit assignments! Not only will they boost your grade, but they also provide a lot of opportunities to learn about things outside of the class and to reflect on yourself!

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  150. This class was excellent, it helped me a lot managing my time with the very tough schedule I had on campus. I would suggest any future student to work as much as they can on this class during their free time. It REALLY HELPS A LOT! Also for future don't ignore the extra credit assignment as they are soooo helpful to make up any missed assignments which happens to anyone.

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  151. My advice is to never get stressed out if you miss an assignment. There are tons of opportunities to make it up! However, you definitely will end up doing most of the assignments just because they are always something different. This course allows for a lot of exploration and freedom!

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  152. This class was very easy to manage. Make sure you know how many points you have and need. Laura does a great job of updating you about where you should be. Don't freak out if you miss an assignment. Just do a little more extra credit that week! That being said, if you have a slow week, take that time to get ahead in this class! When I got super busy in my other classes, this class was easy to put on the back-burner. Do extra when you have time, so that you give yourself some cushion later on.

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  153. Laura opens the course a week before classes actually begin. I suggest going full throttle while you have the opportunity. This is the most organized online class I have ever taken and it is wonderful knowing what is due and when for the entire semester! I do not have much of an imagination but this class definitely helped me expand it and learn new methods of brainstorming!

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  154. I loved being a part of this class. A few things I would advise is to try and finish your assignments early in the semester/week. They're not that hard, and later in the semester when all your other classes get crazy hard, you'll thank yourself for being ahead in this class. Another thing, do as many of those little extra credit assignments as you can. They will definitely add up and help you out a bunch! Finally, invest your creative side into this class. You only get as much as you put in, and if you're willing to, you'll find out how great reading and writing your own stories are!

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  155. Like many others have already stated, work ahead! For some assignments that can be difficult (blog comments/feedback) but for your own personal assignments it is very doable. Also, try to start the class the week before the semester starts. It will make life a lot easier. There are many ways to obtain the total amount of points for an A and the more points you get in the beginning of the semester, the less stressed you'll be at the end. This class is so much fun and was a serious stress reliever for me personally. It is really worth the effort.

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  156. My biggest regret about this class is not doing the extra credit from the beginning. I wish I had done more extra credit so I did not have to worry about getting enough points for an A later on. Find a routine that works for you and stick to it.

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  157. Do the extra credit! This is the best, possible way to make sure you have all of the points you need to finish the class out strongly. This was an awesome class, and you will learn quite a bit about your own writing. So, make sure you stay up to date with all of the work, do the extra credit when needed, and this will be pretty easy!

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  158. DO THE EXTRA CREDIT! After looking back on the semester I kick myself because I could have taken so much time off the class if I would have just done most if not half of the super easy extra credit at the beginning of the semester!

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  159. If you are bad at motivating yourself to work ahead like I am... I always liked to do everything that is due on/before Wednesdays done on Sundays. If you can chunk out a section of time and just sit down and get it done, it is easier to get in the mindset. The first week of classes can be a lot. For most people, syllabus week is essentially a blow off. If you're unlucky like I am, your first week is one of the most stressful weeks and you didn't work ahead like you were advised to. My only advice is to get into a rhythm of when you are doing the assignments and stick with it! Professor Gibbs wants you to do well. Email her and she will do her best to help you out! All you have to do is put forth some sort of effort. Good luck out there! Enjoy this class because there aren't a lot of them that you don't have to worry about memorizing material, you can just learn and have fun.

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  160. DO THE WORK!!!!! This class is so fun once you really start getting into it and enjoying the work. Don't look at the length of it but rather just take it one assignment at a time and just dive in. I procrastinated and skipped a lot of assignments but wish I would have just done the work each week because it really is not hard!! Also, do the extra credit. It saved my life!!!!!

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  161. I'm sure this is one of the many other hundreds of posts that will say, work ahead. While it might be redundant it is for sure the best thing you can do to set yourself up for success. More often than not, the weeks when I did work ahead I was far less stressed. I also would encourage you to take advantage of the extra credit. It ended up playing a vital part of my grade and it's not very often that you receive that much opportunity to go above and beyond in a class. Good luck future students!!

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  162. With many of the students up above, working ahead is key to finishing this course strong. Though some may have regretted their decision in not doing so and not doing the majority of the extra credits, you will still be able to pick yourself up and possibly finish early in the end. Either way, you'll finish strong and have felt accomplished, because this class is great with giving you a sense of achievement. You will learn plenty, so try not to stress about what you don't get done, because there is always more than one opportunity to get through the class! Best of luck to each of you that decide to take this course! Most importantly, have fun!!!

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  163. DO THE EXTRA CREDIT. It will save your grade if you procrastinate throughout the semester. With that being said, try to do all the assignments each week. Working ahead is also something you should plan to do in this class if you want to easily do well in the class. The work isn't hard, but may be time consuming. Oh and take advantage of the grace period that comes with each assignment. More often than not, you'll have something come up and distract you from completing the assignment by the due date. The grace periods allow you to turn in your assignments late without losing any points. Have fun with it because it's not a class that's meant to stress you out! If you do all of these things, you'll be fine!

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  164. Get ahead on the reading if you can and read everyone's comments especially about the storybook!

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  165. WORK AHEAD! If you can, start the class early and work ahead as much as possible. Also, make sure you do the extra credit. If you miss an assignment, make sure you take advantage of the grace period that is offered. It definitely saved me in this course!

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  166. Take advantage of the extra credit! I did not work ahead, but I can see how that would have been nice. Also, have fun with this course! Honestly, I was not so sure about having to create a storybook at the beginning of the semester, but I have really had a lot of fun with it.

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  167. I would definitely take advantage of the extra credit and work ahead. I personally did not work ahead but could see how it would be beneficial. Find the readings that you like and you will absolutely love this class!

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  168. Like stated above take advantage of extra credit and working ahead. Also really try and keep an open mind while going through this course. You will find some stories you read are a lot more bland than others and that's ok. Find ways to make the stories you create interesting. It makes the material you read more fun because as you're reading you can imagine how different it could be if written that way. The best thing you can do is have fun and enjoy yourself.

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  169. Yes, I agree with the others. Utilize the extra credit. It definitely helps towards the end of semester or when you are having a rough week. Procrastinating is not the best idea. Do what you can and save yourself from stress.

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  170. The biggest tip for this class is to get ahead not only in the required class assignments but in the extra credit as well. The extra credit is a huge help for weeks that you don't expect to be tough that turn out to get too crazy to finish the online assignments. The class is amazing overall, and you will really enjoy it as long as you give yourself ample time to!

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  171. I think the most valuable piece of advice I have for this class other than what has already been said is to take advantage of the time you have in this class. I was able to divulge in material that interested me and be able to have a break from my science-filled classes. I was able to express myself through creative writing, and read things that interested me. This course, by any means, was not stressful. The flexibility, the wide range of options in reading, and the various ways you can write all allow you to make this course what you want it to be. So, make the most of it!

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  172. Professor Gibbs is an awesome teacher. I was skeptical about this class at first because I was never a fan of writing. BUT! It has helped incredibly. Get ahead and take advantage of the extra credit. Even if you feel like you won't need it, 2 points of extra credit every week could go a long way in the long run. Other than that, enjoy the readings, be creative and have an open mind! It was a great experience.

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  173. Just do one assignment each day!! It won't take long and you will create a habit!!

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  174. Find a time each day to dedicate to doing at least one assignment! I procrastinated in the beginning of this course and it took hard work getting back to where I wanted to be. So learn from me and do not get behind and always take time to do the extra credit assignments! They will be a great cushion to fall back on if find yourself needing it.

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  175. One advise is to do at least one extra credit each week to build up a good buffer zone in case you forget or are really busy some weeks. The "Extra Commenting" one is really easy (2 people, 2 blog posts each, 60 words each), and I would definitely recommend doing that one often. The other advise is to use the first couple weeks of the semester to explore what schedule is more comfortable with you. The deadlines for assignments are your choice for the most part, but experiment with what days would work best with you and with meeting the overall weekly deadline.

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  176. Two things: plan ahead of time and take things one step at a time. I had so much time to think about how my stories would go because I stuck to my gut in finishing the Reading Notes assignments in one fell swoop, allowing me to think beyond source stories and create new original tales that I'm very proud of. Don't be afraid to put yourself out in the spotlight for fear someone won't like the story or that the workload is too much. Everyone in this class is wants to learn how to be better writers, will follow similar frustrations as you do, and will learn how to give and take feedback. Everyone is in this together, so let your mind roam, your heart shout, write from your gut, and then talk about it with your classmates.

    Cheers to you, aspiring writers.

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  177. When I posted my story for the very first time, I was quite nervous to have other students read it. However, when I received all the useful feedbacks, I felt very happy and actually had a lot of fun running my blog. To future students who are enrolled in this course, make a plan and work ahead of time. This does not mean that when writing a story post, you have to come up with a brand new idea right away, take time to do the story planning because if you do a good job in this part, it will make writing a story so much more easier! Customize a schedule that work for you. Do the extra credits whenever you have time because these help a lot when you cannot keep up with the online course when having exam from other class during a particular week for example. Have fun and don't be afraid to show your ideas and be creative!

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  178. My advice is to be sure that you sit down at the beginning of the week and do as many assignments as you can do. You do not want to forget about doing your home work and online classes are easy to forget about. Also I think that you should do as many extra credit assignments as you can do. They are usually short and easy and give a bit of leeway if you forget to do any of your homework.

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  179. Be creative. You can start small by retelling a source story, but by the end of the semester, you will have the courage to write something totally unthought of from just a little bit of your source story. It is a pretty cool way to grow as a writer and not something I had ever considered.

    Do the extra credit! Actually read through the options and you'll find ones that end up being fun, my advice though is to read through your choices during WEEK 1. Famous Last Words allows you to reflect on your week, and in Back-up & Review, choose one of your favorite posts from the class announcements that week. They are an opportunity to be a little bit personal too so the posts are a bit easier to write and maybe even more fun.

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  180. Do as much extra credit now as you can. Work ahead as well. You've got a lot of time to do it right now and it can save your skin later in case you need to skip an assignment due to other classes. Try to make it a habit of getting all the main assignments done by the end of the week though, unless an emergency comes up.

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  181. My advice to future students would be to not second guess your work. I wasted hours of time being too hard on myself thinking my stories weren't very good. I soon realized everyone has their own style and no matter what you upload to your blog all your fellow students will be supportive and give you thoughtful advise on how to improve your writing. Being a computer science major I did not think my story telling abilities were very strong. After this class I've learned that you need to be confident in your creativity. Different ideas are always cool when it comes to stories that involve countless gods.

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  182. My advice is to get ahead in this class and don't skip assignments! Especially not in the beginning! I would also suggest writing without fear of someone disliking your stories! It is your story! If you enjoyed writing it, someone will enjoy reading it!

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  183. Definitely try to get ahead in the beginning and staying on top of your assignments. It's easier to get ahead and fall behind later than struggling to keep up all semester. Definitely write whatever comes to mind. You may hate it, others may dislike it, but with their advice you can change it to something great.

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  184. I would absolutely say get ahead! Life gets busy and things happen when you don't expect them to. It gets easy to say oh I can just do the extra credit later, but LISTEN something will happen and you will fall behind. Then the need to catch up will overwhelm you and your stories lose quality!

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