Self-Management Tips for Online Classes

Self-Management Questions and Information

• How can I stay motivated in online classes?
  • Remember that completing this class will get you one step closer to your overall goal (e.g., earning degree, admission to graduate school, future job, etc.).
  • Set small goals each week.
    • Finish all quizzes one day before due date.
    • Read all chapters before taking notes.
    • Find research articles for paper.
  • Reward yourself for completing your weekly goals.
  • Take some time to reflect each week on what you have accomplished rather than only focusing on your to-do list.
• What are some time management tips?
  • Make a weekly calendar of hours. Click here for the Weekly Study Calendar word document.
    • Pretend that you are still attending your regular class times in person.
      • Block these off on your calendar and use that time to work on assignments, reading, attend online lectures, etc. for that class.
    • Mark when you will wake-up and go to bed.
    • Mark mealtimes.
    • After you have these set, mark additional hours you will work check student email, check Canvas, work on assignments, read chapters, take quizzes or exams, etc. for each class.
• How can I stay disciplined and work on my classwork?
  • Remind yourself each day that you are working on these classes to complete your degree and overall goals.
  • Remember your college community is going through the same thing. Try to stay positive during this time.
  • Reach out to friends and family during this time to stay connected to people.
• Where should I study?
  • Work in an environment that is as similar to as possible the environment you studied at on Baylor’s campus.
  • Keep your desk space clear of unnecessary distractions (phone).
  • Avoid multitasking!
    • Do not watch TV or Netflix while you are reading, taking notes, studying for quizzes/exams.
• How long should I study before taking a break?
  • Use the Pomodoro Method (50-10-50). Set an alarm for 50 minutes and then take a 10-minute break.
  • Maintain a consistent schedule each day. Get up at the same time each day.
  • Practice good physical hygiene:
    • Eat healthy meals.
    • Get up, walk around, and exercise.
    • Stop working if you feel fatigued.
    • Drink plenty of water.
• How do I study for online quizzes in Canvas over chapter readings?
  • Read the chapter you have a quiz over.
  • Consider using the SQ4R method of reading:
    • Survey, Question, Read, Record, Recite, Review
  • Take notes over the reading.
    • Try the Cornell Method of notetaking.
  • Make flashcards.
  • Read and take notes over chapter PowerPoint (if posted in Canvas by professor).
  • Study notes and refer back to textbook chapter for clarification.
  • Email and ask professor if you are confused over any content before taking quiz.