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How To Manage Online Classes


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!

HAVE A DESIGNATED WORK SPACE

 By giving yourself one area where you sit and do all your work you’ll be more likely to stay focused. All you need is a desk or a table! Although I have a desk in my room, I usually tend to do my work at my dinning room table. Just find a space that’s quiet enough for you to focus, has sunlight, plenty of space for your work, and you’re good to go!

SEPARATE YOUR WORK

 Having one binder with all of your work may seem like a great idea at the start, but halfway through the semester it can tend to get a bit overwhelming. I’ve found that having a separate notebook for each class helps me stay organized and keeps me from mixing up my work.

USE SCHOOL RESOURCES

If your college is completely online this one sadly wouldn’t apply to you. However, if you’re taking online classes from a college close to you, use the school’s resources! Most teachers have office hours so if you need any help with an assignment just set up a time and date to meet with them. Most colleges also have resource labs equipped with people that can help you with anything from looking over your paper to studying. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, after all that’s why they’re there.

 

GET AHEAD

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.

 

KEEP A PLANNER OR BULLET JOURNAL

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!

 

TAKE BREAKS

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.

 

_ DAYS ON, _ DAYS OFF

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!

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