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Time Management

Most people report that their biggest "ah ha" when taking an online course for the first time is grasping just how much time it will take to complete the course requirements.

Traditional classroom times:

  • In-class time.  For a 3-credit hour course, you will generally spend 45 contact hours (actually about 50 minutes = a contact hour!) throughout the semester.  In a traditional classroom setting, this means the course will meet for 3 days a week for 50 minutes each, 2 days a week for 75 minutes each, or 1 day a week for 150 minutes (plus a break!).
  • Outside of class study time.  In addition, your advisor probably told you to expect to spend 2-3 hours a week OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM for every hour you are in the classroom studying on your own, reading, preparing for exams, completing homework and other assignments, etc.
    • Since Professor Pammi's courses are typically heavy workload ones (in class or online), that means you should plan to spend almost twice as much time outside of a traditional class as other courses. 
  • Do the math.  Obviously, then, you should expect to spend about 5-6 hours a week in a fall or spring course (10-12 hours a week for a summer course) working on each 3-credit hour course for which you are registered.  

Online course times:

BIG AH HA!  For an online course, you should expect to spend about the same amount of time each week as you would for a traditional class.  So, mark your calendar, make an appointment with yourself, and expect to spend 8-10 hours EVERY WEEK working on the Intro course.   

Deadlines and Calendaring

·      Take advantage of the schedule that is included on the eCampus site for each course.  You might want to print the schedule and use it to coordinate your paper or computerized calendar system.  Don't forget that eCampus has a calendaring program available for your use.   It can be very helpful if you use it wisely!

Procrastination is the Spice of Life! NOT!

·       Okay, here goes the speech on “don’t procrastinate!”  Yes, you’re right! Miss Pammi is the world’s worst at this!  I always wait until the last minute to do everything, and I drive myself (and most people around me) crazy!  Don’t go there!  Just do it!  (Any more stupid cliques?)

·       You are truly going to learn more, stress less, and enjoy life and learning if you stick to the suggested schedule.  




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©Pamela A. Braden, WVUP, 2011.  Updated 05/31/2011 .  Contact: West Virginia University at Parkersburg  (304) 372-6992; fax: (304) 372-6948