As a working adult and online student, there are many challenges that arise and affect your day-to-day schedule, making it feel as if time is never on your side. Let’s get the most out of your day.
1440 Minutes in a Day
Everyone has “free” minutes. There’s no storing time in a bottle for a later day, so use your time wisely. Keep a textbook or course materials with you wherever you go and use downtime for studying. Take just 10 minutes during a lunch break, or during the work carpool, or while waiting for an appointment. You’ll be surprised of the small moments you can use for catching up on coursework.
Create a study calendar. Before the first day of class every student receives their syllabus. Use this to create a calendar of assignment due dates, research papers and other important dates. Next, create a daily or weekly study schedule that will help you complete those assignments and papers on time. The idea here is to create a system that works for you – sticky notes, using your kitchen calendar, Google Calendar or simply adding reminders on your phone.
New semester, new routine. At the start of each course or semester, reevaluate your study plan. Have any of your family or work obligations changed? Have you picked up a new workout regime? Get that trusty calendar and class syllabus back out and set your study time goals. No changes? Keep moving and grooving.
Remove all distractions. You’ve created a schedule and routine for your studies. Now you must get the most out of your planned study time. Find a quiet space, stay organized, remove any extra materials not needed – cell phone, television, close your Facebook page. Do everything you can to eliminate all distractions.
While we can’t add minutes and hours onto the day, we can make more efficient use out of the 1440 minutes in a day that we all share. If you are still on the fence about online learning, check out our post about what it's like to be an online student at Norwich University.
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