Study is the University of Mississippi's independent study program. iStudy offers self-paced, non-traditional “distance learning” UM courses that allow students to study outside the confines of a classroom. Nonetheless, the academic integrity, workload, and time required are the same as an on-campus class. iStudy is a great option when flexibility is needed.
The courses are offered online through Blackboard. Information about specific courses is located on the iStudy website’s Courses tab.
The flexibility of the courses requires self-motivation and discipline. Because of this, some students find iStudy courses more difficult than traditional ones. Beginning promptly, setting up a schedule, and proceeding at a steady pace is the key to success. Time management is crucial.
iStudy courses may be taken in two different completion schedules.
Semester courses (UM students only)
iStudy semester courses are available during the registration window of each major semester (fall, spring, and full-summer).*
*Please note: All semester dates and regulations associated with University policies, the academic calendar, and catalog are applied and upheld.
Flex courses (UM and non-UM students)
Flex courses provide extended time. Students may enroll in a Flex course anytime throughout the year, and aren’t tied to the semester calendar. Flex courses can be completed in any amount of time between two months to one year. Personal deadlines, such as graduation, supersede course expiration. Students must apply separately for the Flex course, and its cost is in addition to full-time tuition.
People who take iStudy courses
- Are working towards a degree at The University of Mississippi or another college or university
- Have scheduling problems and can't get into a needed course on campus or online
- Changed major and are trying to catch up
- Need a prerequisite for undergraduate and/or graduate programs
- Have an off-campus internship
- Are renewing or updating a teaching license
- Are completing a degree while having a job and/or a family
- Need to continue college studies while under medical treatment
- Are a high school student receiving both high school and college credit for a UM course
- Are incarcerated - while some prisons offer GED classes, few have college-level courses
- Serve in the military - we are in the DANTES (defense activity for non-traditional education support) catalog
- Need courses to meet requirements for certification, job advancement, or continuing education
- Are interested in personal enrichment
Use iStudy to catch up, stay on course, or get ahead!
Strategies for success
A successful and rewarding experience in iStudy requires initiative and discipline, good study habits, and a regular study plan.
Initiative and Discipline
Independent Study courses require students to motivate themselves to keep moving ahead on readings and assignments. Feedback from your instructor will play an important role.
Good Study Habits
The same study habits that help you in a traditional classroom setting will help you to be successful in an Independent Study course.
- Find a time and place to study that is as free of distractions as possible.
- Ask questions when you don't understand a concept or want to pursue a subject in-depth.
- Read your instructor's comments on the graded written assignments and exams.
- Give yourself plenty of time to study and prepare for exams.
The flexibility of our courses gives you the freedom to set your own schedule. Be sure to set up a plan for completing your course in the time frame allowed.
When you set up your study plan, allow extra time for lessons to be reviewed by the instructor and for assignments and exams to be graded and returned to you. This will give you the opportunity to benefit from your instructor's feedback as you move along in the course.
Additional Tips for Success in iStudy
- A typed lesson that follows the format of the questions makes grading easier for the instructor.
- Include enough detail in the homework answers to insure that the instructor will know you understand the material. Don't simply copy information from the assignments.
- Read the entire question carefully. Be sure to answer every part of the question.
- Start your course as soon as you receive your books.
- You do not have to wait for lessons to be graded and returned before you start on the next assignment.