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How to Manage Your Online Classes

Updated on May 30, 2012

Many believe online classes are easier than traditional classes. They believe you can do your work and not have a schedule or any form of time management or discipline and still pass your classes. This is far from true and is not always the case. Online classes take hard work and dedication just like a traditional college class. Here are a few tips to help manage your online classes:

Take Your Online Classes Seriously

Online classes require the same amount of effort and commitment that a traditional college class would. Online classes count grades and credits just like a regular college class. You have to maintain a serious attitude and stay dedicated to your work. Remember how well you do in any college course determines if you earn your degree or not.

Make an Outline for Your Time Management

Before classes begin each semester, sit down and make an outline of how you will manage your study time. For example: If you're taking four classes, pick two days out the week to study and do assignments for two of your classes and pick two opposite days for the other two classes to study and do assignments. Choose a certain amount of hours from each day to sit down and study. Managing your time is very important. You will be surprised what a difference this makes.

Always Keep up With Due Dates

When you're taking online classes it is important to keep up with assignment and exam due dates. I would recommend reading over the due dates for the first assignment and first exam for each class. After you have done this, list the due dates on a separate piece of paper. List the due dates on what is due first to what is due last for each class. Place this piece of paper on the refrigerator or somewhere you know you will look often. This will lead you to what assignments you need to work on first and what assignments you have a little more time to work on. After you have turned in all the assignments that were due for the first due dates, repeat listing the next due dates on a piece of paper and place somewhere where you look often. This way, you will never miss an exam or a homework assignment.

Always Check Your E-mail

Always check student or personal email addresses for messages from teachers. This is important because dates may change and bonuses may have been added. Bonuses help out a lot and checking your email could mean the difference between you passing the class and you failing the class. It is always helpful to keep the line of communication open between the teacher and the student.


Ask Questions

Remember the saying, "There is no such thing as a dumb question!" And this saying rings true. Teachers are there to help and guide you to understand your work. If you don't understand an assignment, email your teacher and tell them what you don't understand so they can further assist you. You just have to ask!

Remember Your Goal

Always remember the reason you are taking college classes. Always remind yourself of your goal or goals. When you remind yourself of why you are doing what you're doing then it becomes less of a task to get work done.

Any college class takes determination and dedication, but online classes take even more determination and dedication because you do not have the teacher there physically. I hope this has been somewhat helpful. Online classes aren't for everyone but if you are considering taking an online class (classes), these are just a few things that have helped me along the way. I love my online classes!


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    • Mommiegee profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Alabama

      Thanks MjNicole! I'm glad there's someone else who shares my views. You really do have to manage your time wisely. Thanks for showing support.

    • MjNicole profile image


      6 years ago from North Richland Hills, TX

      Love it! This is a great read. I am currentlya student online and you are so correct, online classes take structure and discipline.

    • Mommiegee profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Alabama

      Congratulations anglnwu! I'm so glad you enjoyed the hub and I wish you nothing but success on your journey.

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      6 years ago

      I've taken a couple of online classes and I agree it's much harder since I've to manage my time and be very disciplined. But I love the fact that I can do it at home. I just got my nutrtition and wellness certification. Can 't be more pleased to have done that. Thanks for sharing.

    • Mommiegee profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Alabama

      Thanks TrinityM. I am glad you found this hub useful and am glad that you stopped by. And yes, it is so easy to loose track if you don't have a schedule going virtual. Thanks for voting up!

    • Trinity M profile image

      Trinity M 

      6 years ago

      What an interesting hub, and such wonderful advice. It is so easy to loose track of everything when you go ‘virtual’. Thanks for the info. Voted up and useful :)

    • Mommiegee profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Alabama

      Yes, there are some bad ones out there @tammyswallow. It really is a challenge taking classes online. Staying determined and focused is the key. I actually take all my classes online at a college that is about 20 minutes from where I live, but you are so right it is very, very, very important to do research on anything online especially online schools. Thanks for stopping by and thanks for commenting.

    • tammyswallow profile image


      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Some great tips here, especially the one about checking your email every day. I finished a BS degree online and it was very challenging. I wasn't able to buy a new lap top and I struggled on an old one. I hope everyone will also really, really research online colleges. There are some bad ones out there. Great hub!

    • Mommiegee profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Alabama

      Thank you profsunilh. I'm glad you found this hub useful. These are just some habits I've used with my own classes and this has worked well for me. I hope that it does help someone else. Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting. You just made my day!

    • profsunilh profile image


      6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Thank you for providing these useful tips Mommiegee. If I had more students like you, my job would become a whole lot easier :)

    • Mommiegee profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Alabama

      Thank you Angelo52! And thanks for stopping by.

    • Mommiegee profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Alabama

      Thank you KrystalD! I hope that it will help someone.

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      6 years ago from Central Florida

      Great hub and well written with lots of useful information. I am not currently taking any classes, much less on line, but the information presented here should be very useful for people that are currently taking classes or plan to do so in the future. Voted up.

    • KrystalD profile image


      6 years ago from Los Angeles

      Wow! This is an excellent hub :) I am sure there are many online students in need of this kind of advice. Thanks for sharing.


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