Organization is an important skill for students to be successful in post-secondary. When taking online courses this can be difficult because you are not attending class in person, so you may not have a lot of structure or routine. It is up to you to create this structure and it starts with being organized.
Don't forget that it's easy to feel frustrated with any transition - it's normal! If you are having difficulties make sure you communicate with your teachers and let them know your struggles. If something about your course completion plan is confusing or unclear, ask your teachers for clarification or help. Remember - you have a lot of support around you, even if it may not feel like it right now.
There are many strategies that you can employ to plan out your time and create a schedule that works for you. Try some of these tips below.
Breaking up your assignments into smaller steps will help you get started and will help you stick to your plan. There are tools available to you to help you chunk your assignments out, such as an assignment calculator or an assignment planning sheet.
Procrastination is when you put off or delay a task. Some common reasons why students procrastinate are: lack of motivation, difficulties with getting started, fear of failure, perfectionism, easily distracted and thinking they have enough time to do it later.
Check out the video below for some helpful tips on stopping procrastination.
For more information visit the procrastination section of our Time Management Module.
Staying motivated while doing online courses can be difficult since you are in charge of setting your schedule and staying on top of your work. Here are some quick tips on how you can stay motivated:
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Brandon University. (2020). Online resource guide. https://www.brandonu.ca/academic-skills/learning-
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Studyquill. (2017, September 8). How to stop procrastinating [Video File]. YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?
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