The typical online student differs greatly from your straight out of high school, 18-22-year-old traditional college students. You are most likely working full-time, managing a family, and/or in certain extenuating circumstances that prohibit you from attending a traditional college.
With this in mind, we decided to write an article that provides helpful study tips for students currently enrolled in (or will soon be starting) an online program.
- Master Time Management
In your situation, effective time management can mean the difference between a successful college career and a stress-plagued, overworked nightmare.
Realize the nature of your undertaking – you are exerting yourself on all fronts (work, home, school, and other), and will be expected to do the best you can in each of them. Without the right time management and time allocation strategy, things can start heading south real fast.
Successful time management begins with an overview of all your commitments and figuring out the exact amount of time you will have to devote to your academics. Do this for a weekly basis. Make a study schedule, keep it flexible, and stick to it as much as possible.
The ideal way to do this would be to use a calendar Divide your time into blocks. Try to schedule your study time when you know you will have some peace and quiet.
- Familiarize Yourself With the Course
Getting thoroughly familiar with your classes and courses can aid you substantially in making your study time as effective as possible. Course familiarity includes two things:
– The first thing to do is to read through the syllabus and curriculum outline very closely. Know what you are getting yourself into. Understand the requirements of the course, and plan your study schedules according to it.
– Browse through the course page and familiarize yourself with all the layout, the different sections, software requirements, and additional purchases or installations. Click on as many tabs as you can and find out what they are there for. Look through the links posted, the readings to download, and other class related documents or media.
- Be Organized: Keep separate folders for each class. Divide it by week and the type of assignment. You will find this to be very useful when you have to look for particular files.
- Stay away from distractions while studying: Studying on your computer offers you an abundance of opportunities to research and explore the topic in much greater detail; it also presents an equal number of opportunities to stray as far away from the topic as possible.
- Talk it out with your family: Make them understand your commitment and tell them what it is like to be in your shoes.
So there you have it. We certainly hope these tips help you. If there are any questions or comments, please do let us know. Also check out this article on practical steps for selecting your classes. We are certain you will find it useful.