There’s a new term of school upon those of us in higher education on a quarter system, so I thought it might be helpful to talk about a few of thing I’ve learned in 5 years of taking online classes (and a few spent supporting students taking online classes).
When I initially started taking online classes, I wasn’t very successful even though I had been through classes where instructors used Blackboard as a resource center.
My biggest problem with online classes has always been time management (& I’ve taken a lot of online classes). So, pace yourself. Don’t wait until the last minute to get things turned in. Use a calendar… and I mean really USE A CALENDAR. Don’t just write the assignment due dates on it and never look at it, again.
Here are some tools I like (there are probably better/ different ones out there, but these have been good org tools/ friends to me).
- Free Planner – http://www.productiveflourishing.com/free-planners/ (printable planning pages)
- Aug-to-Aug or Jan-to-Jan Planner – http://www.mixedroleproductions.com/index.html (Used this for close to a decade before the advent of smart phones/ ipods… still one of the best planners around)
Apps/ Electronic Calendars
- Google Calendar – http://www.google.com/calendar
- IFTTT – http://www.ifttt.com
- Clear – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/clear/id493136154?mt=8
- Task – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/task/id505799171?mt=8 (Just started using this & really like it)
Other Productivity Tools
- Evernote – http://www.evernote.com/ (notes; storing docs, audio, images, etc.)
- Good Drive – http://www.google.com/drive (available through your PCC email and includes word processing, spreadsheet and presentation tools)