Maintaining stability in your already-busy life after adding school to the equation is key to student success. Luckily, once you’re admitted to Oregon State Ecampus, you’ll gain access to the Ecampus team of student success counselors who can help guide you on your way.

Here are five tips we suggest to maintain a work-life balance:

Be realistic about time commitments

One of the most frequently asked questions that we hear is about managing time. Between working, taking care of a family, staying connected to friends and school work, time becomes a luxury.

Before applying, consider all of your current time commitments. We recommend using the time worksheet to lay out a typical week to get a good picture of where your time is spent. This can help you make an informed decision about where school will fit.


Think about priorities in terms of both people and tasks. Who are the people you value? What are the most important commitments you currently have?

By prioritizing the people and tasks in your life, you can decide where to focus your time and energy. This helps you to be more productive, but also to be present when you are with the people you value. You will be able to make a more informed decision about the priority of school in your life.

Make time for yourself

What do you enjoy? What makes you happy? For some, that can be exercising or meditating. For others, it is volunteering or spending time outside.

Whatever you do that brings you joy, make it a priority and build in time for it. That will help keep your stress level low and allow you some time to reflect.

Start small

What is a small change you could make today that will make your life easier or more enjoyable? It could be as simple as limiting your commitments or setting a goal to take a walk at least once a week.

Think about something large – and then break it down into small pieces to tackle one piece at a time. Once you build a habit, move on to the next piece.

It is okay if you cannot do it all

Most of the time, the only person who expects you to be able to do it all is you. Sometimes the timing is not right for adding school, and that’s OK.

Taking a closer look at your schedule and commitments should help you to decide whether this is the right time to add school to the mix. If it’s not, don’t get discouraged. The opportunity may be there in the future. Whether you choose to focus your energy on family, school, career or some combination of them all, true success is deciding to commit your time to what you feel matters most.

And when you are ready to jump in, the Ecampus student success team is here to help you succeed. We understand the need for balance, and we can help you navigate the steps to get there.

Having trouble staying motivated to keep up with you assigned reading that you find boring or of no interest to you? Here are a few tips about staying focused and engaged while reading topics that you are not particularly interested in.

Reading should always be an enjoyable experience! It certainly should be, considering most of us do it every day. Students and professionals can end up dedicating 3 to 5 hours each day to the task of reading. In a perfect world, all the material that we read would be compelling and interesting. However in reality, sometimes the material we read is not that interesting but we still do need to read it.

As we begin to close out the term, it’s time to begin thinking about how to prepare for your final exams. Final exams generally cover several weeks of information and can often times feel stressful and overwhelming. Creating a strategy on preparing for them can decrease the stress and those overwhelming emotions.

Your strategy should take into account the gathering of your materials and notes, reviewing previous tests, creating study aids, and setting time aside to study. It is best to develop a study plan that takes into account those steps as well creating a schedule to review and study. As you begin to create a schedule to review and study, it is best to study in chunks and intervals. Research has shown that studying in intervals over a period time leads to better recall and long-term retention.

Here a couple of examples of study plans that detail the process over 14 and 7 days out from your final exam.

Developing A 7 Day Study Plan 

Developing A 14 Day Study Plan


Don’t miss out on this chance to chat with participants from all around the world! Share your experiences, exchange career tips and build your professional network — all online, from any device.

Our online, cloud-based platform makes it easy and fun for you to participate. After signing in from your home, office, smartphone or tablet, you’ll participate in 1-on-1 chats with other attendees. The chats are text-based and timed, allowing you to quickly meet new people, exchange contact information, and walk away with several new connections you didn’t have before. Each chat is saved, making it simple to look back at your history, review your notes, gather contact information and follow up.


This online chat will connect you directly with organizations from the comfort of your home, office, smartphone or tablet. Our online, cloud-based platform makes it easy and fun for you to participate. After signing in, you’ll be able to explore the available information and opportunities, and participate in 1-on-1 text-based chats with representatives from participating organizations. Share your background and experience, and get all your questions answered.

For more information and to register go to the HOSPITALITY AND RECREATION VIRTUAL CAREER FAIR website.


The most important thing to know about the OSU library as an online student is, It’s Your Library Too! 

Take a few moments to listen to your Ecampus librarian, Stefanie Buck, give an introduction to the types of services and support you can access as an online learner.

If you would like to view this video with closed captions, please click on the YouTube icon in the video to watch it directly from YouTube

A quick overview

1.) Research materials are available in a number of different ways.

  • If you live outside of Corvallis, OR you can have books sent to your home via FedEx
  • Access to online resources 24/7 such as eBooks, journal articles, and databases
  • The interlibrary (ILL) loan program extends your access to materials from outside OSU when we don’t have something available.

2.) You can connect with live help. Librarians and support staff are available by

3.) Don’t forget you have easy access to the Library DIY guide (Links to an external site.) and can quickly search for help in topics like: finding sources, using journals, and citing sources.

4.) If you are looking for material in a specific subject area, be sure to try the Library Guides (Links to an external site.) online.

For more thorough information, be sure to review the 10 Things You Need to Know about OSU Libraries document. 10 things for Ecampus students – 2016.pdfPreview the documentView in a new window

The main thing to remember is to know that you can always reach out for help! If you are new to college, or have been away for some time, conducting research and writing research papers may feel a little overwhelming.