Anonymous-Sandglass.pngTime Management

Unlike an in-person lecture, online courses do not meet at set times each week. This means that taking online courses requires an additional level of discipline and organization when compared to traditional face-to-face classes. Given that online learners are also more likely to be adults, with commitments to careers and families, time management is an essential skill to acquire.

Tips for Managing Your Time

1. Create a Schedule: Before your class begins, use a calendar or spreadsheet to map out your average week. Mark your work schedule, time for sleeping and any other regularly scheduled obligations (taking the kids to soccer practice, for example). Once you have access to your syllabus, mark off time to login to your course site, as well as when you will work on assignments and complete any offline coursework such as reading. Having everything mapped out will make it easier for you to stay ahead of your coursework. Remember, unexpected things happen all the time. Leave some wiggle room in your schedule so that you can shift your priorities as needed.

2. Know Your Deadlines: Take a look at your syllabus and then use your calendar to map out all of your assignments, discussion board posts, quizzes, projects and exams.

3. Establish Priorities: What needs to be done first? Be sure to consider things like the amount of reading you need to do before writing your paper. It wouldn't make sense to start outlining your paper before completing your research, right? You should also consider what needs to be done independent of your work. Are you hungry? Tired? Be sure to take care of yourself so that you can focus on your tasks.

4. Streamline Your Workflow: Set yourself up for a successful coursework session by having a dedicated, organized place to do your work. Keep any necessary materials within reach. Know what time of day you are most productive, and do the most complicated work during that time.

5. Celebrate Your Success: When you complete a project, take some time to recognize your success. Being a student is a lot of work!

Tips for Organizing Your Tasks

1. Choose a method of recording upcoming events, projects and any random inspiration you may have throughout the day.

2. Set aside some time each week to organize which projects you will work on, and when you will be working on them.

3. Hold yourself accountable. Do the work you planned to do, at the time you planned to do it.