Creating Time & Space for Online Learning

How to Manage Your Time for Online Learning:

Time management is the biggest challenge to learning online. This is being compounded by being in a very different situation than any of us expected to be in.

To protect your time and set yourself up to succeed:

  • Review the revised syllabus for each of your courses. Develop a plan for completing the remainder of your assignments on time.
  • Make a daily “To Do” list. Check things off the list as you complete them.
  • Develop a daily routine with scheduled course time, study time, and free time. Research has shown that students with a structured daily schedule are more successful academically.
  • If you start struggling with time management or feel like you are falling behind in class(es) please contact your professors and/or … as soon as possible.

Create Space for Online Learning:

Separating your study space from your living space is important to your academic success and your overall well being. If you can’t set up a separate physical location to work, consider setting up your work space so that you can pack it up and put it away when you’re done for the day.

Tips for a healthy study environment:

  • Get some peace and quiet. You will need a quiet place to work without distractions from things like television, family, or roommates. If you can’t close a door, try using headphones.
  • Avoid games. Consider uninstalling any computer games to avoid temptation, or keep the games on a different computer in the house.
  • Turn off your cell phone or use ‘Do not disturb’. Let friends and family members know the hours that you will be “at” school.
  • Beware surfing the black hole of the Internet. It is easy to lose track of the time as you wander from site to site.
  • Consider ergonomics. Adjust the height of your chair, keyboard, and screen so that you are comfortable. Forearms and thighs should be level and parallel to the floor. Wrists should not be bent while typing.
  • Set up good lighting and comfortable seating. Lighting in the room should be at least as bright as the computer screen to avoid eye strain.