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How to Manage Online Education

At one time a single mother who was busy working to raise her children had no chance to attend college. Distance learning has changed this. It has made it possible for single moms and single dads to attend college while still taking care of their family.  When I began my online college education I wondered how I would manage college classes, my job, my kids and my house all efficiently. It has not been easy, but it can be done with proper planning and time management.

First of all it is important to set a spot where school work will be done.  I used my kitchen table. I don’t always read my textbooks at my kitchen table, but when I need to do research or take notes I just do it in this one place. It makes it more of a classroom area and keeps me organized.

The biggest challenge is time management. It is hard juggling everything and fitting school in too. It is important to pick certain days and a certain time each of those days to do school work.  As you become more familiar with the classes and work load, you can adjust the times accordingly. The most important thing is to try to keep the same schedule so that you will always be on task. Of course this is not always possible which one of the perks of online school is.  On the weeks that you have to change your schedule make sure that you make up the missed time. One of the most important things to remember is to plan a day or two off of school. You need the down time so that you will not become burnt out.

A tip in studying that will save you a lot of time is that you do not have to read all of the material schools require of you. There is not enough time in a week to read everything. I find the questions that I need to answer and read what I need to so that I can answer the required questions and complete assignments. I actually learn just as much as if I were to read the book and forget what I read the minute I turn the page. I retain more when I am doing research as I read.

 All of the college platforms I have learned in require participation in a discussion board. I learn more in this area than in any textbook I would read.  So be sure to participate in the classroom discussion every day that you log into class.

The most important thing to remember is that you are the one responsible for your education, you have to take the reins and be responsible and dedicated for distance learning to be successful.

 

Kim Miller

About Kim Miller

I am a single mom of two sons, 15 and 18 years old. I also have an 8 month old grandson. I recently earned my BA in Elementary Education and am working toward an MA in Elementary Education. I love working with children and watching them learn.

Kim Miller

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