Online students begin their academic careers like many students--with sheer excitement. Embarking on a dream and making an investment in themselves, they strive for success. While a variety of reasons draw them to online courses, these students may find the non-traditional classroom unexpectedly challenging. Technical skills, time management, and an understanding of personal learning preferences can often overwhelm first-time online students. A reference text, Power Up frankly discusses the realities of online learning and highlights the resources available to online students. The tips and techniques outlined in the text help students to succeed in the virtual classroom. Students will discover how to regulate their learning paces and processes--skills that will serve them well beyond their online education. Through proactive advice, authentic experiences, and constructive commentary, this book is accessible and appropriate for all students entering college, as well as for high school students engaged in online learning. It offers supplemental support material to schools and faculty entering the online/hybrid environment. Among them, the authors share more than 30 years of educational experience, having taught new students at more than six different universities, and possessing an intimate understanding of the theory and practice of impacting student performance and retention. As all three authors are former online students themselves, they also have developed numerous online student success courses. Feature include: Power Up Sections -- objectives in each chapter for students to acquire key concepts for success. More Power to You -- suggested online search terms and a brief list of individual websites that students can explore to obtain further information on relevant chapter topics. "The strength of this text lies with the authors' hands-on, real-world knowledge of the tools, techniques and strategies helpful to online learners. A very powerful text."Dr. James M. WoodGreen Mount College"This is an excellent supplementary text, providing an overview of the constructs related to learner readiness."Mac AdkinsTroy University"This text is simple, short, and has a wide array of perspectives that really give a deeper understanding for the students."Katie RosenthalAshford UniversityVisit the Student Success Supersite ( www.prenhall.com/success ), where students and faculty can find an array of resources.Spagnola-Doyle, Carrie is the author of 'Power Up', published 2008 under ISBN 9780135029336 and ISBN 0135029333.