Time Management for the Online Learner
Management: The Key to Success for Online Learners
Your online classroom is open 24/7. That convenience is a
major advantage of online learning, but it's also a major challenge. You must
allow adequate time to complete all of the work for your online class, and
to complete it by the deadlines established by your instructor.
Online classes are not easier than on-campus classes, and they require an equal
For a typical three-unit on-campus class, you'd be in class three
hours each week, and expected to study and prepare assignments another six or so
hours each week. In an online class, you'll need to commit to the same
nine total hours each week. Those can be any nine hours that work for you, as long as they
enable you to meet the due dates for your work.
Presentation: Time Management Skills
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- Start your course immediately. Don't get behind. Review the entire course, and
develop your plan for success. Buy your textbook early so you can get started
- Find the time of day when you work best online. You might be most productive
early in the morning, or during your lunch break at work, or late at night. Find
the time that works best for you.
- Then, "schedule" your course by blocking out specific times during the week to
do your work, and be disciplined about keeping to that schedule. For a
three-unit class, block out about nine hours each week. Write them on your
calendar, and stick to them.
- Log in to your course early each week. Early in the week you can see what you'll
need to accomplish for that week and modify your schedule if necessary.
- Log in to your class often--at least a few times each week. You can participate
in discussions, check to see if your instructor has any new announcements, and
just stay connected with and focused on the class.
- Meet the course deadlines. In an online class, that means you should not wait
until the last minute to do your work, as computer problems, an illness, a work
crisis might cause you to miss a deadline. Make it easy on yourself, and plan to
complete your work at least one full day before the deadline. That will give you
some "breathing room" if you encounter a problem.
- Plan ahead. If you know you'll be really busy at work next week, or have a big
presentation due in another class, or you're going on a short vacation, start
your work for the class in advance. Your instructor may allow you to work ahead
if you explain the situation.
Good time management requires advance planning, strong organizational skills, and a commitment to your
educational goals. With a plan and strong commitment, you'll succeed in your