We live in a hectic world where it’s common to find ourselves with more things to do than hours in the day. As an online student, missing deadlines is not the path to good education or career success. But what can you do to make sure you stay on task without losing your mind? According to U.S. News & World Report, below are the top time management mistakes online students make and how to avoid them. Mistake 1: Keeping family out of the loop Before starting an online program, sit down with your family, explain what you’re doing and clarify how much quiet time you’ll need to complete your coursework. Mistake 2: Not sticking to a schedule Designate specific times in the day to do your coursework. This can be at night, in the morning or over the weekend. The important thing is to stay committed to the times you’ve set aside to concentrate on your school work. Mistake 3: Waiting until the last minute Don’t procrastinate, and don’t wait until the last minute to reach out to your Student Success Advisor or professor for help. Mistake 4: Wasting time online Computers in general are a time drain. One minute you’re reading your class notes, and another minute you’re scrolling Facebook and shopping online. To stay focused, only keep necessary university tabs open while you’re on the computer. Having shared these top time management mistakes online students make I would like to share 5 strategies to help you be successful:
- Read the syllabus. The syllabus is your road map. To quote Yogi Berra, known for his pithy quotes,“If you don’t know where you are going you’ll end up someplace else.”
- Plan weekly study times. Completing online assignments in addition to what you normally do in your day can be challenging. Block off set times each week.
- Log into the course a minimum three times per week Get in the habit of checking in constantly
- Ask questions. Your SAU Online instructors want to help, they want students to be successful and expect you to ask questions. When you do ask a question, make it count. Before you post a question, know what you are asking and why. Do your best to be clear and concise in your communication.
- Make connections with fellow students. Connecting with your fellow learners can help renew your energy and they can help you accomplish and enjoy the great things of this new journey you are about to begin.