International childcare college has evolved after many years to be a modern business whose focus is to ensure the services provided to students, early childhood services and other training organisations is of an exceptionally high standard. One of the reasons that students take online classes is because it allows them to have a flexible schedule that fits around their job, family, and social life. The problem that many students taking online classes run into is that they fail to schedule the necessary amount of time that is required to successfully complete their online courses. At the last minute, students find themselves searching frantically for the correct answers and doing the minimal amount of work required just to get the assignment in on time.
View and Rearrange the Course Calendar/Syllabus Due Dates
or not you are taking a self-paced online course, or an on online
course with deadlines – the very first thing you should do is download
the course calendar, syllabus, and/or class schedule. First, I am going
to over how to develop a schedule for courses with due dates and
deadlines, followed by instructions on how to develop a schedule for a
self-paced distance-learning program or class.
If the course has deadlines for each assignment on a separate calendar write or type the due dates in bold red ink.
for the exact same assignments give yourself a new due date 7-10 days
prior in bold green ink. This is the due date that you are going to aim
for. Even if you cannot submit the assignment yet, save it on your
computer or flash drive. In the event of an emergency, say for example
you have to work overtime, or your baby has a fever, or relatives visit
un-expectantly; you have given yourself a little cushion that will still
give you enough time to submit the assignments in on time.
Aim to submit your exams and assignments in exactly on the date that
they are due. This is recipe for failure in an online learning
environment. Assignments usually take longer than expected to complete.
If you have problems with your internet or glitches with your computer
software you won’t have an adequate amount of time to complete your
assignments. Additionally, if you need help from the professor, it may
take a few days before he or she is able to get back to you.
you are taking a self-paced online distance-learning program or course,
you need to download or create a one-year calendar. Think about when you
would like to graduate. Six months. One Year. Two Years. Look at how
many courses you have. If it is a subject that you excel naturally
in-give yourself one month to complete each class. If it is a course
that you can do well in under most circumstances give yourself a month
and a half. If it is a topic that you struggle with, even with tutoring
and support give yourself 2 months or more to complete that course.
out all of your courses on your calendar. Realistically, look at the
data. You may find that you need to adjust the time to which you expect
to graduate. On the other hand, you may find that you are able to
graduate sooner than expected.
Remember earning a degree online
requires you to be extraordinarily disciplined and organized. Plan your
work and work your plan.
Developing an academic graduation plan,
will give you confidence in your ability to be a self-starter, take
initiative, and excellent organizational skills. These are traits that
all employers find valuable-and if you plan to own your own business or
write a book-without these skills it is nearly impossible to be
Develop a Study Schedule
The universe has
order. The sun rises in the East sets in the West-not anywhere it feels
like it. Babies, butterflies, and bull-frogs all develop in predictable
stages. Online courses give students the illusion of flexibility and
freedom-but this is only true to a certain degree. In order to do well
in any academic setting-every student should have a study schedule that
he or she adheres to religiously. Period. No excuses. You should set
aside 10 to 15 hours per week just for school. Dedicated students
always, always, always have homework. You can read a head. Write the
first draft outline for your paper.
Know what time of the day you learn best
dedicated study schedule is the key to academic success. When you are
scheduling a study schedule, please keep in mind the optimal time to
study based on how your brain learns best. Some people need to study in
the morning when their brain is fresh from somber. Others study best in
the wee hours of the morning when everyone is asleep and the house is
quiet. I have figured out that I learn technical data and research
oriented type information best in the morning. When I am required to do
creative writing and applications of the subject matter, I work best
after 2 am in the morning when my muses come out to play.
things that I learned about how I study best is that I needed 2 hours to
blow off steam before my brain could focus. I have always worked and
gone to school at the same time. I realized that after leaving work I
needed to unwind first. I needed to take a nap in the library for 1
hour. After I awakened from my nap, I needed time to eat a snack while
reading magazines and books unrelated to school. By this time, my peach
tea would have cooled off and I would be ready to study.
Always Study Your Most Difficult Subject First
should always study your most difficult topic first when your brain is
fresh. Additionally, it is psychologically rewarding to know that you
are working your way towards your easiest subject. One trick I learned
about studying difficult topics is to find books for elementary and
middle school students that cover that subject. I have never been a big
fan of math, so I always looked for rudimentary books for elementary and
middle school students. The math books for younger students never
failed to explain the same mathematical concepts in a more fun and
interesting way that was much easier to understand.
Find Additional Learning Resources
Find credible YouTube videos and TED Talks that explain the subject in a different way. Bookmark additional articles and e-books about your topic. Search for websites and blogs from people who are actually “doing” what you are learning. You will gain insight into the topic that is richer and more meaningful than from someone who is just teaching or writing about the topic.
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