Tips for Organization when taking an Online Course

Once the decision has been made to take an online course, you then need to put into place the tools to be successful in completing an online course. One of the greatest indicators of successfully completing an online course is organization. Organizational skills are important for all students, but especially important for a student taking an online course. This is because an online student is in charge of keeping up with and staying on top of their coursework. There is no teacher physically present telling an online student what to do when. In this newsletter, we will discuss tips for getting organized as well as provide various tools to assist with staying organized.


Follow Your Given Calendar Schedule

Although assignments are not due daily in the Fall and Spring semesters, it is best to complete assignments as closely to the day assigned on your course schedule as possible. The instructor has paced out the course to ensure highest possible success. Follow their pacing guide. Use time on the weekend to either catch up from the previous week or get ahead. Make a note of when tests are due and other important assignments within the course. You could even plug important due dates into your phone for additional reminders. In addition instead of aiming to meet the deadline, aim to complete assignments a day or two ahead of time. This way, if the unexpected occurs like you become ill or have a car wreck, you won't be required to make excuses or fall behind.
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Storing Files and Backing Up Your Work

If you work some at school and some at home or even work on various computers in your home, how do you keep track of your assignments? In addition even if you have a new computer or perform regular maintenance on it to prevent viruses, things can still happen. Backing up your files as well as having a system in place to easily save your assignments so that you can easily retrieve them from wherever you decide to work is important when taking online courses. Two free options that provide this service you should check out are wikisend or dropbox.
  • Wikisend: Upload and download lots of files, big files, small files, data files, media files, archives or backups - any files. With Wikisend it`s simple and free.
  • Dropbox: Keep your files safe, synced, and easy to share. Save files on your computer, then access them on your phone from the road. Everything you keep in Dropbox is synced automatically to all your devices.

Organizataion Tools

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