Time Management

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Time Management while Taking an Online Course


Online courses give students the flexibility to take their class anytime, anywhere. The trick is to stay on top of them.  Doing so requires discipline, commitment, and organization. Many students think it's easier to take an online course because you can do it at your own pace.  You do have more flexibility, but it's not any easier.  In fact, it's harder because you are on your own and you must push yourself.

Students encounter many distractions - full-time jobs, kids, family activities, which translates to online coursework piling up.  Here are some time management tips* that can help you stay ahead of the game in an online course.

Make a Plan

Check your syllabus before your course kicks off.  Read it very carefully and make sure you understand what will be expected of you.  Commit to due dates on a calendar. Set aside a block of time every day to work on the class and stick to it. Treat that time as if you were in a classroom.

Check the course daily

Checking the course daily will make it less overwhelming and will prevent you from getting caught off guard by syllabus or course changes. Fight the urge to procrastinate.

Look ahead

Knowing what is due in six weeks, not just tomorrow, can help you maximize your time.  Once you know when an assignment is due, don't wait until the day before to start working on it.

Speak up

If you are struggling or falling behind, ask for help. Instructors may offer extensions or extra credit if a situation warrants it.  However, you need to be proactive before it's too late.


Managing your time in an Online Course is very important.  Are you good at managing your time?  The link below will help you to assess you time management skills to determine if you will be able to handle taking an Online Course.

This is a self-test quiz to identify the aspects of time management that you need most help with. The results will point you to the specific tools that will help you to work more efficiently.



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