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Distance Ed Courses Are Easy to Put Off

If you tend to put off things unless they are right "in your face," that tendency multiplies when you are taking a course via distance education. 

To help defend yourself against procrastination, try these links about managing your study time wisely:

In short, determine the things in your life that distract you from your studies--either from getting around to studying or while you are studying--and devise methods to overcome or put aside those distractions.

To assist with that effort, here are some standard tools:

Managing This Online Course

Managing your time means setting clear priorities and communicating with your loved ones, your professors, and your supervisor(s) at work.  

Midterm: In the middle of each course, work is likely to cluster due to tests or major assignments coming due in every course.  For instance, in this online course, the essay that ends the first unit and a presentation are due somewhat close together.  Try to plan for this pile-up by working on the presentation as a long-term project.

Ending the Course: Your last essay will be due the week the semester ends, so that you might not have time to revise for a higher grade after I grade your essay.  Note, however, that many college courses accelerate toward the end of the course, so that you might be asked during the last weeks to complete a research project, to study chapters that a teacher won't get to during class, and to prepare for a final test or an exam that covers the entire semester's work.  If you are in courses with such requirements, that may cut into your revising time.  In this online course, extra-credit work can be done at any time, but many students wait until their final total is clear to them and rush to toss off some last-minute task; of course, rushing risks having the work rejected as less than A or B quality and count for nothing.

Catching Up vs. W vs. F: If you do get behind in the work for this course, seek one of these remedies:

  • Make time for a free tutor in the Academic Support Center to help plan, organize, revise, or edit your essays
  • Send in drafts to the instructor.
  • Find a higher gear to catch up with missed work.

If you see no remedy, then you may wish to consider withdrawing from the course rather than risking an F, which would damage your "grade point average" (GPA).  A W grade is not averaged in with your other grades, but it can impact on your financial aid status, so consider carefully and ask about the impact in the Access Center if you are on financial aid or requesting it for the following semester. 


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