Time Management Tips for Online Learners
When you’re trying to balance work, school, and a personal life, time is a precious commodity. Every semester, hundreds of students find a way to strike this balance. Here are some tips on how to manage your time effectively during the semester ahead.
Make a schedule - and stick to it
While courses at UW-Platteville are designed to be flexible, there are still milestones that need to be completed regularly, such as weekly discussion posts. Set aside time to work on coursework each week, just like you would for a face-to-face program. It can be hard to carve away time from friends and family to study, but most will be supportive of your decision to return to school and can show their support by giving you the quiet time you need to get your work done.
You wouldn’t skip your favorite yoga class to scroll through Facebook – don’t let yourself do it when working on online classes, either! Consider setting a timer or downloading software that prevents you from accessing distracting sites during your regular study time. Then, find a quiet, comfortable place where you can gather your materials and focus on the task at hand.
Instructors post course calendars and syllabi so students can plan for the semester ahead. Adding the important dates to your personal calendar in advance can help you plan for a big project or group assignment.
Sometimes things come up and something in your schedule just can’t get the time it deserves. While instructors often understand, they can’t help if they don’t know about the issue. If you have a conflict arise, reach out to your instructor and your advisor to try and make alternate arrangements. Each instructor sets their late policy at their own discretion, but they are much more likely to work with you if you communicate early and often.
If you’re looking for more advice on time management or other tools, reach out to your classmates in The Pioneer Crossing. This is a discussion area in every UW-Platteville online course where students can share ideas and get to know one another. Your advisors and instructors are also happy to lend a professional opinion.
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