I mentioned in my last blog (I think) that I was taking 5 out of my 6 courses for this semester online. I decided for this week to talk about that, since like I said before, I’m sure most of you take a majority of your classes physically on-campus. If you have never taken an online course before, or haven’t taken one since high school, I hope this blog will show you a little bit of what its like!
On days when I don’t have UNIV 112, I get up around 11 or 12 (I know that’s late; see my post about my sleep schedule for more details). But I don’t start doing my work right at noon. I will generally just live my life and do whatever until around 7:30 or 8pm. I personally work better at night (I think), so I usually wait until then to work on my classes. I also usually only work on one class per night, because I personally feel like I work better when I am able to just hone in on one particular topic/subject rather than doing a bunch of subjects in one day.
At the beginning of the semester, I would start my week on Sundays by doing a few lessons in HUMS 202 (Choices in a Consumer Society). However, I already finished my coursework for that class (as it is given to us in full at the beginning of the semester), so I don’t need to worry about it anymore.
Now, I start my weeks on Monday usually by working on URSP 102 (Human Geography). This course is asynchronous, however the professor only opens tests, quizzes, etc. to be done anytime on MONDAY. I usually devote the most time on Mondays to that course because of it. For this course, I really do not get to pace myself well, however the work is still really light in my opinion.
On Tuesdays, I usually do my INTL 151 (Global Communications) work. This class is my class with the most work to do, so Tuesdays are usually pretty busy for me. Luckily, however, it is still very manageable, and I am able to get the work done as long as I stay on task. Since this class releases content weekly, I am a bit limited to how I am able to pace myself.
Wednesdays are usually SOCY 101 (Intro to Sociology) days, because every few weeks I have one part of my coursework due on Wednesday. This class is not very time-consuming in my opinion, partially because all I usually have to do is read and respond to a video discussion board. There are other things sometimes, however I have found that they are never too hard or time-consuming. This course also releases content weekly, however there isn’t always something to turn in like INTL 151.
Thursdays are usually my HIST 103 (Survey of American History) days. This is my second most time-consuming course after INTL 151, mostly because there is no recorded lecture like there are in the other courses. This means that I do not have a guide of what to pay attention too in the textbook, so I have to read carefully and hope I remember as much as possible for the quiz. Luckily, however, this course posts content in four quarters, so I am able to really pace myself however I want.
That leaves Fridays free for me to catch up on anything I missed during the week or so I have time to give myself my own three-day weekend, or the time to go to my CLUAC meetings without worrying about whether I will make it from the other building in time. Although I know online classes aren’t for everyone, I really think they’re a good option for people who are self-motivated and want to get their gen-eds over with in an easy way. My only wish was that more classes were available online, or that there were more seats available for the courses that already have online sections.
If you are in an online class, how do you manage your time with that class? If you don’t take any online classes, would you ever consider taking one?