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    How to Stay on Track? Online Course Edition

    Howdy y’all!

    Looking for your tried and true tips, tricks and suggestions for how to stay on track, disciplined and/or motivated for post secondary classes that are online only!
    I started uni recently, and I am doing my program 100% online as I also work full time. My schooling will compliment my career, but I’m worried I’m going to struggle trying to balance my work and school load.

    I have all of my discussions, assignments due dates and exams marked out in my calendar. But what I am already struggling with is how to make sure I’m able to keep up with my learning and to devote my time between my 4 classes.

    Help ya girl out



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    Quote Originally Posted by Cinnamoroll View Post
    Howdy y’all!

    Looking for your tried and true tips, tricks and suggestions for how to stay on track, disciplined and/or motivated for post secondary classes that are online only!
    I started uni recently, and I am doing my program 100% online as I also work full time. My schooling will compliment my career, but I’m worried I’m going to struggle trying to balance my work and school load.

    I have all of my discussions, assignments due dates and exams marked out in my calendar. But what I am already struggling with is how to make sure I’m able to keep up with my learning and to devote my time between my 4 classes.

    Help ya girl out
    Tons of experience with this. I did a post bacc for about 3 yrs and then my masters all while working full and part time respectively. You need to find what works best with you so take my advice with a grain of salt because the only person who knows you best is you. I cant focus for shit during long periods of time so I learned to do everything in chunks. Read a page or 2, take a 5 min break, read another 2 pages, take a break and so on. I used to be that person that waited last minute to do everything but that was not gonna fly with my work schedule and i could not afford to fail any of my classes. I took 5 courses and worked full time and volunteered every saturday morning as a teacher and managed to pull off a 4.0 for 4 quarters straight. I dont know what subject you are learning, but if the material overlaps great, use it as a 1 up to get ahead on other classes. most importantly, take time to create non negotiables for yourself, things you NEED to do maintain a healthy mental state, physical state, relax, whatever it is, if its running, playing neo for 30-1hr or whatever. mine was dodgeball (healthy projection of frustration and anger haha but in good fun haha) but you know try to Keep yourself accountable,its ok to lose track here and then but make dont over do it and punish yourself for it. Its highly stressful yes, but be good to yourself in the end.

    my schedule ran 9-5 and right after id go to a local starbucks/coffeeshop for a few hours because I wasnt a person who studied at home. I would I try my best to separate my work and leave my apartment to be only for rest and food. Thats amazing you are being proactive to put things in your calendar so thats awesome!

    some others thing to think about is, i worked best in groups so if you are like me, reach out to your classmates via zoom/canvas/discord or whatever portal you have for your classes to create study groups. They can also help in keeping each other accountable too and even share quiz answers or what not. feel free to contact me if you are on a pre-med track or just for any advice i have a ton of resources and stuff to help out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by housez View Post
    Tons of experience with this. I did a post bacc for about 3 yrs and then my masters all while working full and part time respectively. You need to find what works best with you so take my advice with a grain of salt because the only person who knows you best is you. I cant focus for shit during long periods of time so I learned to do everything in chunks. Read a page or 2, take a 5 min break, read another 2 pages, take a break and so on. I used to be that person that waited last minute to do everything but that was not gonna fly with my work schedule and i could not afford to fail any of my classes. I took 5 courses and worked full time and volunteered every saturday morning as a teacher and managed to pull off a 4.0 for 4 quarters straight. I dont know what subject you are learning, but if the material overlaps great, use it as a 1 up to get ahead on other classes. most importantly, take time to create non negotiables for yourself, things you NEED to do maintain a healthy mental state, physical state, relax, whatever it is, if its running, playing neo for 30-1hr or whatever. mine was dodgeball (healthy projection of frustration and anger haha but in good fun haha) but you know try to Keep yourself accountable,its ok to lose track here and then but make dont over do it and punish yourself for it. Its highly stressful yes, but be good to yourself in the end.

    my schedule ran 9-5 and right after id go to a local starbucks/coffeeshop for a few hours because I wasnt a person who studied at home. I would I try my best to separate my work and leave my apartment to be only for rest and food. Thats amazing you are being proactive to put things in your calendar so thats awesome!

    some others thing to think about is, i worked best in groups so if you are like me, reach out to your classmates via zoom/canvas/discord or whatever portal you have for your classes to create study groups. They can also help in keeping each other accountable too and even share quiz answers or what not. feel free to contact me if you are on a pre-med track or just for any advice i have a ton of resources and stuff to help out.
    Thank you for some great insight!

    I work full time, similar to 9-5 but my hours a little more flexible, so some days are earlier. I do agree that I think I would study better outside of my house, as there are a lot of distractions at home. We use Canvas, and we have a group project coming up. I have started to keep in touch with a classmate over text/email. I am doing early childhood education, so a lot of this I already know or will be expanding knowledge on in school, as I do work in the field already!

    Great points on making sure you block out time for non-negotiables. I am so bad for not taking enough time for my own rest or mental health.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Cinnamoroll View Post
    Thank you for some great insight!

    I work full time, similar to 9-5 but my hours a little more flexible, so some days are earlier. I do agree that I think I would study better outside of my house, as there are a lot of distractions at home. We use Canvas, and we have a group project coming up. I have started to keep in touch with a classmate over text/email. I am doing early childhood education, so a lot of this I already know or will be expanding knowledge on in school, as I do work in the field already!

    Great points on making sure you block out time for non-negotiables. I am so bad for not taking enough time for my own rest or mental health.
    Yes! its super super important. I am part of MiMentor if you want to check it out and we sometimes have seminars on how to handle stress/work load etc from time to time. If I see any I'll pm you the flyer. And yaasss groups are amazing just because yall share and know the struggle.

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