Improve Your Time Management as an Online Student

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Completing courses online can be challenging. It takes great discipline and commitment to stay on track with assignments. With a digital classroom, certain elements of a real classroom are missing. The teacher is not there in the flesh providing motivation. Take heed to these few tips to streamline time management and have it be a great online semester.

  1. Tell your family that you need time and space to be successful with your assignments. It could be more detrimental to keep them unknowing of your time management needs.
  2. Stick to a consistent schedule. Dedicate nights, mornings, or weekends to complete the required work.
  3. Don’t start a project close to the deadline. This is one of the worst decisions to make when it comes to efficient time management. Also, reach out to instructors ahead of time as well. Late night emails won’t cut it.
  4. Avoid online distractions. Only leave the necessary tabs open on the computer. Anything other than your work is taking time away from where you should be focusing your attention.
  5. Sign into class frequently. The constant visual reminder will help students stay up to date with work and any last minute course changes.
  6. Open your mouth if you are falling behind. Approach instructors early if you need assistance with scheduling. Most often, they are willing to work with you.
  7. Grasp all odd study opportunities. Although busy, use wait time or quiet moments to work through study materials.
  8. Choose an ideal study space. Surroundings can either be conducive to productivity or hinder it. More quiet and isolated areas may be better.
  9. Keep a calendar with deadlines. In order to accomplish the tasks of the month, place obligations by due date in an easy to find location.
  10. View your free time as work time. Entertaining friends and heading to the gym may seem enticing during those down minutes. However, place your work at the top of your list to be tackled at the first sight of free time.

Each tip is based on the common pitfalls of online students. Everyone struggles with something, whether distractions or lack of communication. By recognizing the patterns and implementing more positive strategies, success can still be imminent in the online classroom.


Millennials and Education Today

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The students of today’s millennial generation approach education in a new way. Their preferences are creating an impact in the classroom. Now is the time for educators to take note of these changes and abolish some of the ineffective and outdated learning strategies.

Collaboration and flexibility of scheduling are two things that modern students value. Participating in online classes is a key area that is becoming popular due to the freedom it allows in one’s schedule. Traditional schools are now starting to follow the millennial leaders when it comes to advancing their academic frameworks.

First, Master’s degrees have become more important. Many students are registering and intending to pursue their Master’s when they first enroll in college. In order to admit and retain the proper students, universities need to offer high quality upper level degrees. The Bachelor’s alone is often not enough anymore. A key motivational factor for students obtaining their Master’ degree is the increase in salary. More lucrative opportunities are available with the higher education level. Next, online learning tools have gained popularity among this age bracket. A particular tool called MOOC, Massive Open Online Courses, is well known. However, institutions are still hesitant to invest in this platform. Next, millennials want to work together. A study by New York University show’s retention rates for classroom taught materials went higher the more students collaborated. Those rates further escalated when students learned and taught back that same material.

It is important that the education system progresses as it’s students evolve. Students will perform more efficiently if there are options tailored to their needs. Universities that take note of the changes initiated by the millennial generation will not only make learning better, but they will be thoroughly prepared for the next generation to come.

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K-12 Teachers Advise the President on Education Policy – Patrick Capriola’s Blog

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President Obama was interested in learning more about the K-12 teacher experience and ways the federal government can improve the education system. In pursuit of a solution to this problem, Mr. President invited four school teachers to have lunch with him and the U.S. Secretary of Education at the White House. Each of the four teachers had a least ten years of experience. They also spent that duration of their careers in areas considered to have high-need students. One teacher from Springdale, Arkansas and one from Washington, D.C. took some time to speak with Ed Week to share some details of their experience.

A few specific questions were raised by the President:

  1. Is there too much standardized testing for students?
  2. How can the education profession be improved?
  3. Why did these teachers specifically continue to work with “needy” populations over such long time span?
  4. What can the federal government do to assist teachers who work in those environments?
  5. How can the government encourage teachers to continue their work in this setting for many years?

The teachers provided a lot of valuable insight to President Obama’s questions. Fifth grade teacher Dwight Davis from Washington, D.C. stated that standardized testing can be helpful to gage a student’s abilities and progress. However, certain tests only provide results that don’t specify any of that information. A few ways the profession can be improved overall is to incorporate more opportunities for teachers to work together and share ideas. Justin Minkel, a second grade teacher from Arkansas also pointed out that although some teachers may need to improve their teaching skills, there are no bad teachers. The majority of teachers genuinely care about their student’s progress. Lastly, while it seems the teachers did not go into depth about why working in high need areas was a long term choice for them, they did point out some valuable disadvantages. The lack of authority the teachers have in the classroom is a primary issue. They feel they aren’t able to be as independent as professionals in other fields. That is a central deflection point for many in these types of roles.

To read more commentary and to find out what was served for lunch in the White House, check out the Ed Week article here: