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We are fully invested in propelling you to a remarkable future. Our academic resources and support services reflect innovations in education, delivering all that you need to achieve your best as you work toward your academic and career goals.
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We are fully invested in propelling you to a remarkable future. Our academic resources and support services reflect innovations in education, delivering all that you need to achieve your best as you work toward your academic and career goals. 


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The Online Experience
The Online Experience

Wherever you’re coming from, whatever your goals, we’re here to bring your dreams to life. We want nothing more than to see you succeed. Here are a few tips to help you get started.


Students are encouraged to review the John Jay College Bulletin (Catalog) for information about admission requirements, continuation requirements, courses, degree requirements, and tuition and fees.

Stay informed about semester-specific information by visiting the Academic Calendar.

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  1. The “Are You Ready?” Online Readiness tool is designed to prepare students for taking an online course. Whether the course is synchronous, asynchronous, or hybrid, this tool will cover a variety of topics that help students navigate in an online environment.

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This is a self-paced course. On average, it takes about one hour to complete. We recommend that students complete the course in one sitting.

Upon the completion of the course, students will receive a certificate of completion. The online instructor might require students to submit this certificate as the proof of completion.

To access the “Are You Ready?” Online Readiness Tool

  • Go to
  • Use your CUNYfirst credentials to log in
  • Under “My Organizations” look for John Jay CUNY-Student Online Readiness Course – Are You Ready?
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More students than ever are turning to online learning to further their education. In fact, studies indicate that over half of all students are now taking at least one online course. Given the benefits of online learning, it’s easy to see why so many students are drawn to virtual classes. For students who are new to online learning, transitioning to online learning is an adjustment. Here are some tips to help students taking fully online college programs manage their time efficiently:

1. Create a Schedule:

  • Use digital tools like calendar or scheduling apps to keep track of deadlines and important dates.
  • Develop a weekly schedule that includes dedicated time for study, live lectures, assignments, and personal commitments. A typical week might look like:
    • Monday Begin required readings and multimedia
    • Tuesday Continue reviewing materials
    • Wednesday Post to discussion forum and begin assignments
    • Thursday Continue posting and working on assignments
    • Friday Read and respond to posts and work on assignments
    • Saturday Read and respond to posts and finish assignments
    • Sunday Check your work and submit assignments
  • Regularly review your schedule and adjust it based on your progress and changing priorities.
  • Be flexible and willing to adapt your study routine if something isn't working for you.

2. Set Specific Goals and Prioritize Tasks

  • Set specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound (SMART) goals for your studies.
  • Focus on high-priority assignments and tasks first to ensure you meet deadlines and maintain a good academic standing.

3. Minimize Distractions:

  • Create a designated study space that is quiet, comfortable, and free from distractions.
  • Turn off social media notifications and use website blockers if you find yourself easily distracted by online activities.

4. Participate Actively:

  • Actively participating in class can reinforce your learning and make studying more enjoyable.
  • Engage in online discussions, forums, and group activities to enhance your understanding of the subject matter.
  • Don't hesitate to ask questions and seek clarification from your instructors.
  • Participate in virtual office hours or online discussions to interact with your professors and classmates.

5. Practice Self-Discipline:

  • Stick to your schedule and avoid procrastination. 
  • Break larger tasks into smaller, manageable chunks to make them less overwhelming.
  • Reward yourself after completing tasks to stay motivated.

6. Seek Support:

  • Connect with classmates for study groups or online discussions.
  • Don't hesitate to seek support from counselors or advisors if you're feeling overwhelmed or struggling with your coursework.

By incorporating these strategies into your daily routine, you can effectively manage your time and excel in your fully online college program. Remember that finding the right balance between your academic responsibilities and personal life is key to a successful online learning experience.



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