As most of you know I graduated from NOVA May 2014, simultaneously this ended my learning experience in the physical classroom. A huge part of my transference into Mason was adjusting to completely online classes which in essence is not hard; however, it requires much self discipline and planning. For people like me who have never truly taken a whole semester of purely online courses it was a huge change.
Think back to SDV 101/100, remember the lessons of your personal learning style, making a schedule, time-management. All of that is now going to be put into application. I love calendars and folders, so I created a folder for each class on my laptop and I wrote down each of my assignments, tests, due dates etc. on my 3 calendars (yes, I’m one of those people). I have 1 on my computer, 1 on paper that I keep on my desk at home and 1 dry-erase board calendar on my fridge that I constantly update with work schedules, appointments and events. So far it’s been working, I’m halfway through the first semester and I’ve never been late on an assignment.
Believe it or not, with all this new scheduling I still have time for my knitting and crocheting, playing with my kitties, the chores get done and I’m getting enough sleep.
Take your readings one day at a time. I try to focus on one subject a day so that I don’t fry my brain. Life happens though and this plan is far from perfect, I still procrastinate from time to time and pull off all-nighters as the price. If you like breaking down time daily, I like using the rule of 8′s: there’s 24 hours in a day, 8 hours of sleep, 8 hours of work, 8 hours for me. You’ll find your own system that works for you when you go through your transfer whether it’s to a university or changing to extended distance learning. Good luck!