Strong time management is perhaps one of the most important skills that online learners need to be at their best. You have likely seen and heard the 2-3 hour rule by now. For an average online student taking 8 credits, that is up to 24 hours per week. Take some time to develop a strategy if you haven’t already. Consider the following questions:
- What are my other commitments and priorities, and how do I work around those?
- What days and times will be the best for dedicated studying?
- What are some things I may be able to adjust, and what are set in stone?
- Who can I ask for help when I need a hand juggling it all?
Your syllabus will give you the most information up front about course expectations and commitments, and should be reviewed thoroughly at the start of each class.
One of our favorite tools is the Term at a Glance Calendar. As you go through your syllabi, mark down due dates and deadlines for all of your courses. Having everything in one place will help to plan ahead for weeks that will be busier than others, and this makes a great addition to your study space for quick reference.
The video below will give you some good things to consider as you adjust to online learning and develop your own prioritization and time management techniques.
This list provides some additional tools and worksheets. Take some time to explore and see what might be helpful for you.