It takes more than a high IQ to graduate from top online colleges. Online students, especially those who are working professionals, must possess (or develop) the necessary time management skills. Here are a few tips on balancing work, school, and play.
- Set aside time to work each day. Try to find at least two hours where you can dedicate yourself to your courses. Try to do this at the same time each day. You will develop a routine.
- Work on one lesson at a time. If you receive smaller lessons in one big lesson, only work on one at a time. This will prevent you from missing important information or forgetting to complete an assignment. Try not to rush yourself. Learn the information and then move on to the next lesson.
- Find a quiet place to study. This will help you concentrate and forget about everything else in your life for awhile.
- Most people have a steady work schedule, but some do not. If you can, try to work the same shifts each day.
- Try to get your work done at work so that you do not have to bring it home. You can just focus on the classwork.
- Try to take one day a week off. This will allow you to relax and enjoy time with your family or working on a hobby.
- Do not take too many classes at one time. Online courses are designed to fit your schedule. Only take the amount of courses you think you can handle. Ask about course load before taking classes. This will give you a good idea of which classes to take separately and which ones to group together.
- If you need to finish something that is work related, then finish that first. Do not rush your classwork. If you miss a day of study time, just continue on your schedule and finish when you are ready.
Balancing your job and classwork may take time. You will have to see which time of day you are able study without distraction. Your job needs will have to come first, but since you will be working at your own pace, you should not feel discouraged if you miss a day or two of your online studies. Try your best to stay on a schedule and you will succeed and earn your degree.