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Online schooling. - June 29th 2015, 11:28 PM

I've started online schooling, but I'm not sure what I've really gotten myself into. I've taken online courses before, but I always had the classroom to back me up. Now, I don't have that. I'm in a completely different state, and the only thing I have is Blackboard and online resources... My main question is: how do I manage my time? I am only taking two courses over the next six weeks, but I don't really know how to separate my time between the two.

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Re: Online schooling. - June 30th 2015, 12:08 AM

My best advice is get a planner/calendar and keep everything in there. Even if they're both online it can be hard to keep track of what's due when and plan out your week accordingly. Most of the time things for each class will be due on the same day by either midnight or 5PM. You can either start with the things that take the most time, or get the little things out of the way first and don't be afraid to contact the instructor because chances are if you have a question or technical problem, someone else does too.

Like the time I was doing an online summer class and they "updated" (read crashed) Blackboard the night before we were supposed to start and we had to move the "participation" part of the course to a different website that wasn't connected to the university, but still turn all of our documents in through Blackboard. I was the first to frantically email the guy like "all the content that was here yesterday is gone now what?!" It was literally fine until the first day of class

Depending on the class I actually prefer online stuff because I can work at my own pace when I feel like it so if I feel like doing a unit at midnight I can, if I don't want to do stuff on Friday I don't have to etc. For the most part I just do stuff when I feel like it and unless I'm quickly approaching a deadline, I can get it all done that way.

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Re: Online schooling. - June 30th 2015, 12:53 AM

As Kate said, having a planner or calendar is essential to success in online classes. Because you aren't expected to be somewhere at a specific time to complete lessons, you need to be able to break down your time between each class and make sure that they don't get lost in the midst of your other responsibilities. After all, it's much easier to put off logging into a virtual classroom than it is to show up somewhere.

When I've taken online classes, I've found that my best bet is to dedicate AT LEAST an hour per day to each class. Obviously, the time can be altered based on the intensity of the class. But, make sure you dedicate time to each class on a daily basis. Even if that means doing something as small as reading a portion of the lesson or writing a paragraph of an essay, it will help you tackle the class bit by bit, instead of trying to get everything done on its due date.

Taking an online class takes a lot of discipline, but I know you can handle it! Just make sure you make it as high of a priority in your day as going to work. Once you get used to the schedule that works best for you, it will be much easier to maintain.

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