Time Management Skills and Resources
Online learning offers you the opportunity to learn at your own pace and take extra time in challenging areas. Therefore, the number one skill needed for taking an online class is time management. Online courses run on the same schedule as face-to-face courses and require the same time commitment. For every hour you would have been in the classroom, you can expect to be spending that time reading, viewing videos/PowerPoints, and discussing course material on Sakai.
4 Time Management Tips for Online Students
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Make a Plan
Structure is helpful for online success and creating a plan for yourself will help you management your time effectively. Using a study calendar and adding syllabus deadlines to it can help you stay on track. Also, keeping a weekly schedule of designated times for your classwork can assure you have the time needed to complete the work. If your online instructors use the Calendar application on Sakai, you can track your assignments and deadlines right in Sakai.
Check in Daily
Log-in to your courses daily to make sure you stay up-to-date on new deadlines and student discussions. By visiting your course every day you are able to break down the work into a more manageable workloads. This can prevent feeling overwhelmed and keep your coursework in the front of your mind.
Stay aware of your course deadlines and assignments by looking ahead. Don’t wait until the day an assignment is due to start - if you have any questions it might be too late to ask your instructor! Starting assignments early helps you gauge how much time the assignment will take and leave room for adjusting your schedule if necessary.
As soon as you notice yourself falling behind let your professor know. S/he can help you plan your time accordingly, or if necessary, work with you on deadlines. However, if you have not stuck with your plan, checked in daily, and stayed aware of your deadlines it might be too late for the professor to help you.
Helpful Online Tools
This will allow you to manage your schedule, and possibly sync your calendar with your phone, as well as schedule reminders. You can use this to visually see your available time and block time to study.
This is a free online to-do list that lets you prioritize activities and categorize items into personal, work, and school related tasks.
Free to-do list that works as an app for the Web, iPhone, Android, Windows, and Macs. Easily create tasks and add notes, alarms, as well as subtasks. As soon as the task or event is done, check it off. This app works and syncs with multiple platforms.
Another free to-do list app that works and syncs on multiple platforms including Google Chrome. This app has a minimalist design and is very simple to use. Allows you to schedule tasks/events for "Today", "Tomorrow", "Upcoming" or "Someday".
Anna Vaccaro '12Communication Studies
Gender & Women's Studies
"Because of online courses, I was able to finish my degrees despite having limited childcare available to me as a single parent. As a student, I strongly benefited from the way the online format encourages active participation skills. Passivity is not an option in a classroom style that requires you to consistently, meaningfully contribute to the class in order to prove your presence and earn your grade."