How to Juggle Online Classes and Work
Most students are studying online during this COVID pandemic. This article will help you on how to effectively study online and juggle work at home.
In the United States almost 20 million students are enrolled in college, according to a report from the National Center for Education Statistics. Due to the corona virus most of these 20 million students are studying online.
Students trying to balance their home chores while pursuing a college degree, it's a Herculean task. In order to successfully juggle both school and work, you need to do some planning and be self disciplined. Dr. Beverly Magda has over 15 years of experience in higher education and is an associate provost for strategic partnerships at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology in Harrisburg believes that there are three keys to achieving success while taking online classes and working.
1. Change Your Mindset
You have been used to attending lectures daily by commuting each day. One advantage of distance learning is the lack of time spent commuting on campus. Also, after an online class is over, you will be able to view a class at your own convenience. Change of routine from your normal ways will make you see this type of learning easier which can set you up for a failure, if you become reluctant on your studies. In order to excel in your online classes, set aside a few minutes daily to dedicate to your online classes.
Online classes are more about taking more work and require more concentration, don't assume they are easy.
"First study of anything isn't easy - it requires commitment, a great deal of time and perseverance." Dr. Terry DiPaolo, xecutive dean for online instructional services for the LeCroy Center for Educational Telecommunications at Dallas County Community College District explains. Studying online can be harder for some students. You will feel isolated from instructors and your fellow classmates.
2. Be Organized and Be Ahead
When something unexpected happens (such as contracting -corona- virus), being ahead of the class will act as a cushion for you. Staying ahead will also help you to stay in top of your assignments. We recommend students should stay ahead as soon as your college starts online teaching.
What most professors recommend is that students need to stay organized and prioritize their academic work. As a student you should decide what needs to be done today versus next week. When you don't stay organized you will end up procrastinating hence end up cramming at the last minute.
If you have a group project that you should do, coordinate early with classmates for your group work or even get to finish that assignment.
Organize your calendar such that it incorporates all you online classes during the semester. Set out reminders in your phone so that you don't miss important dates for projects, travelling and other events.
3. Time Management
The most difficult part of juggling online studies and work is managing your time and honing your study habits. Each student has their 24 hours to do what they want. The bad thing with this 24 hours is that time flies but the good thing is that you are the pilot.
Make a plan for the time and the place in which you can complete school work with no or minimal interruptions. Some students find studying late at night being the best time and others prefer early in the morning. Know your most productive time.
Distractions are very common while studying online, make sure you stick to your schedule. Something will tempt you away, but be firm and stick with the plan. Make necessary adjustments if you get off track. Catch that TV show later or due your laundry later.
Don't pull all-nighters while juggling online classes and work, we recommend studying 15-minutes apart. Make use of those 15 minutes interval and by the end of the day, you'll have covered much more content than a lot of people.
Take advantage of all the tools provided by your college. Most of the digital tools provided makes it very easy to study in short busts and being convenient in your mobile no matter where you are.
Take study breaks. Most scientific studies have shown that if you take study breaks you will avoid procrastinating and increase your productivity and spur your creativity. Make the most of your free time. Plan a fun and relaxing activity ahead of your study time. This will make you feel less inclined to take unnecessary breaks during your online study session.