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Planning Your Schedule

Keep in close contact with your advisor as you plan your schedule each semester.  It is important to remember that online courses are very time intensive.  Plan on spending as much time in your online course as you would spend sitting in a classroom listening to a lecture and doing your homework outside of the classroom.  The time you spend in an online class is typically the same as a traditional class; you just spend your time differently.  You no longer spend time sitting in a classroom listening to a lecture; instead, you are reading and researching on your own.  On average, you should plan on about nine hours per week for each of your online classes.  If you are taking a class in a summer session, keep in mind that you will cover the same amount of material as you would in a sixteen-week course, but the timeframe is more condensed.  In essence, one day of material in a four-week summer course will cover the same material covered in one week of a sixteen-week course.

An online course allows you more flexibility and convenience as far as choosing the time you want to work on your course, but you will still be required to meet deadlines.  Donít plan on missing a week of an online course for vacation or a business trip and think you can just catch up on it later.  Many instructors have at least weekly deadlines.

Make a Schedule for
Yourself and Stick to It.

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