Self pacing is not a skill I have in abundance
January 9, 2013 8:04 PM Subscribe
Any advice for surviving a pair of online classes?
posted by theichibun to education (8 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
This semester I'm taking two classes online (English and Culinary Management) to go along with two culinary classes in the kitchen.
I've tried to do online classes before and things didn't turn out too well. One I got a D in, the other I had to drop because I had no hope of passing. Excuses about the timing being bad and life getting in the way I've got plenty of for those.
So why am I doing it to myself again? Because I had to either a schedule where I couldn't work lunch or dinner during the week or couldn't work a pair of days but all other days were totally open. When the class lists came out the only option I had was no lunch during the week.
So anyway, I've done "online" classes before. But they were all regular go to class kind of classes except we took the tests online. Way more structured and I couldn't give myself a sense of being able to do things later.
Some things I'm doing differently this time:
1 - I have management with a chef I had last semester and that I'll be in the production kitchen with 2 or 3 days a week. If I don't do something he will give me shit for it.
2 - As far as work knows I have class M-F during the lunch shifts. In reality I have Fridays open but I'm planning on using the time before work to get school stuff done.
Mot importantly, 3 - My wife will give me so much Hell if I screw around that I don't even want to think about it right now. She's already had to deal with too many times where we'd get back from being out the day something was due and I'd have to rush to get some stupid work done before the deadline.
So for those of you who have done online classes or other things where you're given a deadline but nobody's really watching to make sure you're doing anything, how did you make sure you got everything done? How did you fight off that desire to watch another episode of Star Trek instead of doing the definitions? Since I'll be in the apartment by myself during about 98% of the time I'll be able to work, how can I trick myself into actually doing the work?
I do have an Android phone to help out if you know know of anyway to utilize that.