READ CAREFULLY AND WITH CONFIDENCE. Read all announcements, directions, and guidelines very carefully. Read them more than once to make sure that you understand exactly what you're expected to do. If the task is complex, print a hardcopy of the document. The online environment is radically different from the F2F classroom. Don't expect the instructor and your classmates to respond to your questions if the answers are already clearly spelled out in web or email documents. Furthermore, don't expect them to be "understanding" if you fail to follow guidelines that are clearly spelled out. You are responsible for knowing and meeting all the requirements for the various assignments. Finally, you must have confidence in your ability to accurately understand written directions. If you need constant confirmation that your understanding is correct, you should not be in an online class. The instructor and your classmates won't have time to reassure you that, yes, your understanding is accurate.