Avoid time-management pitfalls

By Carthel Starks, interim director, Columbia College-NAS Jacksonville

Online learning may be convenient, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. Time management can be a big challenge for many online students. Online students can set themselves up for success by dodging some common time-management pitfalls:

Not logging into class often
You’ve got eight weeks and you’re on your own schedule, so you’ve got loads of time, right? Wrong. By checking in daily, you’ll avoid feeling overwhelmed and you won’t miss updates or changes as they occur. Plus, putting things off for a few days is practically asking for a life emergency to hit on your designated day to catch up, which brings us to the next mistake.

Keeping quiet when behind
Life happens. A family or work emergency will strike, and the next thing you know, you’re behind in class.

“The mistake lies in not notifying your online instructors right away,” says an advisor. “Your instructors want to see you succeed. And while they’re not going to buy the old ‘my dog ate my email’ excuse, they can’t work with you if they don’t know what’s going on.”

Failing to maximize extra time
Your child is going to be in the dentist chair for an hour. Soccer practice has a ways to go while you sit in the car. Sure, you could catch up on Facebook or your favorite blog – or you could be smart and use that time to study and get ahead. Which will you thank yourself for later?

Be sure to read the full article to avoid all 10 time management pitfalls, and you’re sure to be an online ace in no time.