You have an opportunity to learn more new, exciting things! Whichever course you are in, I promise there are things that you can do to make it run smoothly. Here are some tips I use for my own studies.
It’s good to print or save a copy of this document to your desktop. It’s also very important that you read the document; it gives you an idea of how much time you will need to give to a particular course. For instance, some courses have light reading; others have not so light reading. If this course syllabus doesn’t have as much heavy reading, you’re more likely to know you can fit it in a smaller time slot.
If you have multiple courses, this will be a really good way to see how much time you need to give to each course.
We understand that most of our students have jobs, families and/or other responsibilities so finding time to study is important, but it can be somewhat challenging. The easiest way to make sure you have the time to study is to make sure you take out time to study. The first step is to either write down or think about what you do throughout the week and see where you can realistically set time aside to focus on studying. Doing it on a Saturday when all of the kids are home may not be the best time to study. If you have a planned outing on a certain day, setting up time to study then may not be the best time either. Here are some suggestions:
- The earlier in the week you study, the better. The sooner you read your chapters, the quicker you can have the information you need to post in the courses.
- Pick realistic times for you. If Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. is the best time to study your materials and later on post your work, then do it.
- Studying is nothing without participation. You have to post in eCollege for you work to count and for you to progress towards passing the course.
It’s all about just doing the work. Some coursework may be easier or more challenging than others, but you can do it! The key is to get an early enough start so you can ask for help if you need it. Instructors are there to help you and offer clarification on assignments. Here are some more quick tips:
- Read the assigned chapters first, then review the lecture. If you do not understand something, write it down and email the instructor after you’ve finished studying.
- Take a five to 10 minute break between chapters to let your brain process the information.
- Once you’ve read the chapters and understood the material, complete your discussion posts as soon as possible so the information is still fresh in your head.
- Complete your homework and/or quiz accordingly.
Will life happen? Of course! However, setting the strongest foundation possible will help you stay focused in your courses. Happy studying and congratulations on reaching your goals!
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