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Middlebury: Success Strategies


The list below provides steps or strategies to help students be successful when taking their Middlebury course. These steps have been proven to be useful are highly recommended.


  1. Adhere to Policies. The Academic Integrity Statement (under Student Resources) will be reviewed in one of your first course activities. Please read this statement and ensure you know all of the guidelines and rules.
  2. Communicate. Understanding who and how to get help is vital to your success. Most students will have an online language instructor and in some cases a school mentor to communicate with.
  3. Complete Activities. All activities should be completed in sequential order and on time. Students should not skip activities.
  4. Monitor Progress. Instructors will provided feedback for graded assignments, review this feedback as well as any announcements in the course.
  5. Practice. Flashcards are among the funnest activities you can complete with classmates. Students should also consider speaking practices and review games for more practice.
  6. Repeat Practice Activities. Restarting practice activities will help you prepare for graded assignments and ultimately learn the new language.
  7. Set Goals. Write down a date to complete all activities within your course with a certain percentage or higher. Login every weekday to stay on track.
  8. Take Notes. Whether you keep a journal, print vocabulary guides or grammar scripts, take notes. These materials can be reviewed offline, just look for the Print or Script buttons at the bottom of the screens.
  9. Understand Expectations, Consequences and Due Dates. Make yourself aware of the course start and end date as these dates may not be the same for your peers. Ensure that you are following the pacing guide provided for this course. And finally, review course announcements or speak with your instructor to ask what is expected of you.

Limited Course Capacity

We’re sorry to inform you that we have reached capacity for several of our Semester 1 and Trimester 1 courses. You’ll notice when attempting to enroll students in our Student Learning Portal that some courses are unavailable. While we are no longer accepting new enrollments for these courses at this time, many courses continue to remain open for enrollment.

With many students across the state 100% remote, demand for our online courses is greater than ever before. Because every course we offer is taught by a Michigan-certified teacher, this high volume of enrollments has created capacity issues for our teachers who provide each and every student with individual feedback.

While the Michigan Virtual team anticipated and planned for significant increases in student enrollments this Fall, the increased demand we’ve experienced has been unprecedented. As a result, we are taking steps to hire even more part-and full-time teachers to support larger numbers of student enrollments for Semester 2 as well as for Trimester 2 and 3. 

For schools that still need online learning options this year, please fill out the form at the bottom of our virtual pathways page to meet with someone to discuss other solutions. While some of our teacher-led courses are full, we may still have the capacity to help you in upcoming terms or can discuss timing to implement a whole-school or collaborative program in which local teachers from your school/district use our online course content to teach students. We also have free course content and resources available for you to use.

We know this is an incredibly stressful time for all, and we’re sorry if the courses you’re looking for are unavailable. We never want to turn away a student who wants to learn from us. Our top concern, however, is student success, and we have a policy to not take on additional enrollments if we cannot guarantee that all students will have a quality online learning experience. 

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate the unusually high volume of enrollments we are receiving.