Organizing Your Time
Online course designs typically provide increased flexibility with how and when work is completed. Setting a schedule for yourself provides important structure and helps keep you motivated. Designate certain hours each week to reading, watching lectures, completing assignments, studying, and participating in forums. Set reminders for yourself to complete these tasks. Incorporate time for walking or exercising and general self-care.
Check in periodically and look at how you're spending your time. Ask yourself:
- How much time am I dedicating to course readings and assignments compared to what I did while on campus?
- Am I regularly underestimating the time it's taking me to get work done?
- Are there study strategies I used on campus that I can adapt?
Visit the Academic Skills Center's website for remote time management strategies.
If you find yourself falling behind, speak up. Don't wait until an assignment is almost due to ask questions or share concerns. Email your professor and be proactive in asking for help.