You Can Do This! – Time Management Tips

Communicate your Schedule

I always thought taking an on-line course would be so much easier than having to travel to campus, park and get to class. I found out it wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be. It took self-discipline — which I learned was a skill I needed to improve upon. It took numerous attempts and a lot of effort to stay disciplined and focused on my on-line course. How did I do it? Communication. I communicated with others. I talked with family members, friends and colleagues and told them I was taking an on-line course and I needed their help to make me succeed in the course. I told them the time(s) I would be in class, studying, and working on assignments and requested that they help me by allowing me to be by myself without any interruptions and/or distractions. They wanted to help me and, for 98% of the time, they honored my request. I made an A in the course so after the semester, I thanked them for their support and we got together and celebrated our success.

Cindy Atchley, Career Services

Plan Out the Day

I made some mistakes during my first week of working from home.  I think the most important thing I have learned is the need to have a plan for the day.  Since little interferes with our days, we can find ourselves working long hours at our desk.  There is always something else to be done for work or in a class, and you can make yourself tired, dull, and overwhelmed. It is important to make a practical plan, implement the plan and then “walk away” for the day and enjoy a hobby or television or exercise. I have started setting an alarm for every hour to remind myself to get up and move around for 10 minutes or so.  Then, back to work.  Our attention span is limited, and you can actually get more finished by taking planned breaks

Nancy Ramsey, Institutional Effectiveness, Assessment and Planning

Set Goals

These recommendations came from the following link: There are 21 total but here a few important ones.

  • Tip # 1 – Set a Major Goal – When you set goals that are personally important you are more likely to manage your time in a way to accomplish them.
  • Tip #2 – Treat Study like a Job – Always remember, study is your work. Consciously choose to show up, absorb wonderful content available to you, schedule in assessments, lectures, tasks, and really set and keep those boundaries.
  • Tip #3 – Have a success mindset. Implement firm boundaries. Keep a schedule like your job depends on it.
  • Tip #4 – Use online resources. Use the many online resources you college has to assist you such as the online library or virtual tutoring.

Anna Haney – Professional Advisor Hardin Valley

Make a Schedule

Tip # 1 – One of my biggest tips for students who are in online courses is to remember that their instructor is available to them if they have questions. I always try to encourage students to reach out to their instructors if they do not understand something or just have questions about what they are learning.

Tip # 2 -While it is true in many cases that online classes are convenient because their hours are flexible, I always recommend that students make a schedule for their classes and stick to it. I like to remind students of the recommendation to put in 2 hours of study time for every hour you are in class. This recommendation holds true in online classes as well.

Tip # 3 –  Allow time needed to prepare for class, review the information, and complete your assignments. Use a planner to stay on top of all assignments and see what is coming in the future days and weeks.

Tip #4 – Set up a workstation or space where you can focus on your work and limit distractions. This can be very hard for students working from home where there are countless distractions and in many cases shared resources, but a productive workspace can be an effective tool when trying to distinguish between work time and non-work time.

Rebecca McPherson, Professional Advisor Hardin Valley

Set a Time for Each Class

Tip #1 – As a mom and an online learner my biggest tip is to set aside a time to work on EACH class. For example, I would use nap time to work on each class each day. Each day had a specific class that was the focus for that day. If I didn’t have work involving that days class I would work on getting ahead for another class or work on projects that required more time.

Tip #2 – It is beneficial to use extra time to catch up allowing at least one day to relax. This gives you a well-deserved break at the end of the week.

Tip # 3 – Trying to focus on multiple classes in one day or trying to cram all assignments into one or two days can be overwhelming and unrealistic. Create a schedule and add all due dates to your calendar.

Kelsy Fritts, Professional Advisor Hardin Valley

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