Hi guys! I thought I would write about some tips I’ve discovered that help me when it comes to online classes. I’m a junior in college, and this is my second semester of taking all online classes. I’ve done both online and in school classes, but I’ve found that online works best with my schedule. Online classes take a lot of time management, and through trial and error I’ve found the best ways to stay motivated and on top of the workload. So without further a do, here are my 7 tips to help manage online classes!
Most online classes will have a few weeks of work already up on the first day of class. If so, go ahead and spend the first week or two getting at least one week ahead. It will feel like a lot of work at first but it’s a real lifesaver when life happens, and you won’t have to stress about missing a deadline.
Having a place to write down all of your assignments and due dates is one of the best things you can do when it comes to online classes. After all, you’ll have plenty of assignments due each week and all those dates can easily get jumbled up. A simple yearly planner can do the trick, however I’ve found that a bullet journal is a more personalized way to keep track of everything. You can have one page where you write down what work is due for each class each week, and then another with daily to-do lists of what you need to get done that day. You can also keep track of habits you want to accomplish each day, like exercising or reading. It’s really up to you, so just try different layouts and have fun with it!
Staring at a computer screen all day is exhausting, so it’s important to take breaks throughout the day. Get up and walk around for a few minutes, listen to some music, or make yourself a snack. Do this every 2 to 3 hours and the workday will fly by.
It’s important to give yourself at least one day off a week. Look at your schedule and see when your work is due. Depending on the workload, give yourself 4-5 days for schoolwork and 2-3 days off. Most of my work is due on Sunday, so I usually spend Monday-Thursday doing work and then Friday-Sunday off from school.
And that’s it! I hope you found these tips helpful and just remember to not overwork yourself, and that college isn’t the be all and end all. If you have any other tips feel free to comment them!