Time Management

Expect to check your campus email and Canvas course daily when learning remotely. Reading announcements and other notifications are crucial to having a successful online experience.  

Expect to spend as much, if not more, time engaging with your remote class commitments.

  • Students who are successful in online classes study 3-4 hours per week for each class hour: 1 hour for every credit hour the course is worth + 1 hour for each reading or content-related learning + 1 hour for every assignment.

  • For a 3-hour course, you will need to block out 9-12 hours per week on your calendar, which will include the time you would have otherwise spent in class. Most people will be more effective setting aside the time you would typically be commuting to campus or in class to complete your work.

  • Just as you would block time to attend a face-to-face class, establish times you will set aside for your online class.

  • Know yourself! Make sure the hours you've blocked are at times when you're sharp, not during your 3:00 slump, for instance. Set up a dedicated time for each class to review the course materials (readings, lectures, etc.), log into the course, participate in student-to-student dialogue, and complete assignments.