Jones Online Students: Three Time Management Tips
Let’s get something out there right from the get-go: just because a program is online doesn’t mean it’s easy. We’re not saying you feel that way, but you’d be surprised at how many people think that an online program is synonymous with “cakewalk.” Please don’t get us wrong – this isn’t meant to steer anyone away from earning their associate’s or bachelor’s degree online. Quite the contrary, actually. For those whose schedules don’t allow for an on-campus degree program, online is certainly the way to go. We just want to make sure that you know the tricks of the trade when it comes to completing coursework from a computer at home, instead of in a classroom with an instructor and other students. So, here you go – three time management tips every online student should take to heart.
1. Start with a plan
Probably even more than the on-campus student, online degree seekers need structure. You have a family, you have activities and you have other outside obligations. How can you go about juggling all of it?
Well, one of the best ways to begin setting a proper structure is to create a calendar. When you first start a course, read through your syllabus and take note of important dates (assignment due dates, test days, finals, etc.). Take the time to write them down in front of you – that way you can physically see your path through the course and create a plan of action to tackle all deadlines. Don’t try to figure it all out in your head. It’ll get too tricky.
2. Log in every day
One of the greatest benefits of online learning is that all it really takes is a solid internet connection. You can be sit at your kitchen table and log in, or you can organize your assignments from your mobile device while standing in line at the grocery store.
The key to mastering the online program experience is maintaining focus. Because you don’t have to show up to class every day, it’s really easy to ignore your work for days at a time. That’s where things become difficult. Making school a daily activity lessens the stress that is bound to take over when projects and tests pile up. Also, regular sign-ins reduce the risk of missing any sudden syllabus changes or assignment updates.
Try logging in daily and see the positive difference this habit creates.
3. Speak up
This may be the most important piece of advice we can offer. If you’re struggling to grasp course material or are falling behind, don’t stay silent. The online instructors at Jones College are responsive and very willing to help their online students in need. But because they won’t see you on a daily basis, it’ll be up to you to speak up when it’s needed.
Jones College offers online degree programs in Business Administration, Computer Information Systems, Interdisciplinary Studies and Legal Assisting. Using these time management tips, together we can help you train for a career in the field of your choice. Find the online option that’s right for you and contact Jones College today to get started!