How to Balance School with Other Obligations

How to Balance your online School with Other Obligations

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You really did it.  You researched online schools, considered different financial aid options and enrolled in an online college to better yourself.  Good for you!  But now there are questions and concerns about getting your studies completed around other commitments.  How will you schedule time for your daughter’s dance recital?  Is there room in the schedule to make it to the soccer practice for your son?  Will people at work begin to wonder why you seem to leave work always on time?  While it is true that attending classes online will definitely eat up some of your time, it is possible to juggle work, family and your studies.  It just takes some preparation and good planning. 

If you currently have a full time, along with a family, online college is one of the best ways to improve your skills and help you get a better paying job.  The courses taught at online schools usually mirror the classes from a campus school.  Even better, the professors of online colleges are usually holding down jobs in the field for which they are teaching.  This gives you some serious insight into the industry and can help better prepare you for the new work.

The ability to attend class literally night or day does not remove the necessary preparation and studying for each class.  You should take some time before the semester begins to get your hands on some study guides and go over them.  Having a solid plan for taking notes, keeping materials organized, and getting ready for tests can literally save you hours of wasted time. 

Laying Out Your Study Area

You should designate a spot at your home that is used just for a study area.  If you have a spare room this could be an ideal place to do your studying.  Many people are not fortunate enough to have an extra bedroom or an office and must make other arrangements.

One simple idea is to have a corner of a room devoted to your studies.  You can have your desk, along with your computer, printer and any necessary lights.  It is a good idea to keep your study area away from radios, MP3 players and televisions.  The fewer distractions the better.  A comfortable chair that allows you to sit at the proper height for viewing your computer screen is also very important.

It is really important to keep your materials organized.  Wasting time looking for a worksheet, some notes or a pen can create lots of frustration and lead to loss time. Here are a few things that you will want to keep handy when you are studying:

  • Course text books
  • notebook with plenty of paper
  • planner or calendar
  • dictionary as well as a thesaurus

Managing your time Between School and Other Obligations

There will be days when you will feel completely overwhelmed.  Taking care of your duties at work, along with home, and trying to complete assignments on time can seem tough.  However, as mentioned earlier, it is completely doable with a good system and plenty of organization.

Many people find that keeping a planner that has a separate page for each day is a good way to label and list out all of your obligations in one neat place. 

Most people do not realize how important each minute of the day really is until all of their free time seems to be booked up.  When you find that you have an extra 15 or 20 minutes you should really consider using that time to review some notes, add a comment to one of your class discussions, or read over a chapter in your text book.

For people that have children at home currently enrolled in school it is wise to study on your materials at the same time your children are studying their own work.  This gives you a chance to complete your assignments and sets a strong example for the kids.

Above all else, do not neglect you.  People burn out quickly when all of their time and effort is spent at the bidding of others.  You need to include some time for friends, hobbies and exercise.  This keeps you balanced and prevents you from quitting school.

Getting the Right Computer for Online Classes

Getting the Right Computer for Online Classes

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Once you have made the decision to take some online classes it is important that you have up to date information at all times.  In order to stay on top of your classes and have success at an online college you will need certain tools and equipment.

Make no mistake: online classes are different from a traditional type of class.  Instead of backpacks, notebooks and lots of lined paper, students will be buying different pieces of electronic equipment.  And the paper they buy will likely be printer paper.

Your Study Area

Unlike a traditional class, an online course is centered on the student.  This means that the student is doing the majority of the work and the teacher is merely guiding the student along the path.  Students must be focused and determined along with an orderly spot that is designated as a study only zone.  Having a completely separate room is the perfect setup.  If this is not feasible then you should have a spot to call your study area where nothing else goes on.

Different students have different preferences when it comes time to studying.  Some people like to have a little noise in the background, whether it is coming from a television or a radio.  Other people want to have the room in total silence.  No matter how you like to study you need to have a place with plenty of light and free of clutter.

If you have family members that constantly seek out your attention or pets that seem to clamor over you whenever you are sitting down, perhaps a better alternative would be to do your studying at the library or local book dealer.  These places often have access to the internet so that you can log on to any necessary documents from your class or participate in a class discussion.

Necessary Computer Specs

Prior to the beginning of the semester, get your computer checked to ensure you have the right software as well as an adequate setup on the computer hardware.  The school will give you the minimum requirements for the computer you will be using.  Any computer made in the previous two years should meet the necessary requirements for your online classes.  Here is a short list of the typical requirements:

  • 512 MB of RAM (or higher)
  • 20 GB hard drive
  • Sound card
  • Operating System: Windows 98 or up/ Mac OSX or up
  • MS Office 2004 or higher; alternatively you can have some type of word processor
  • Necessary plugins
  • Internet browser

It is a good idea to bookmark the school’s online library and necessary databases.  This will give you quick access to appropriate materials anytime you have to conduct research for a paper, research assignment or homework.

Additional Equipment

Many of the classes you take online will involve lectures that are either taped audio or video.  In addition you may be part of live video chat for a class, a group discussion or one on one time with your professor.  You will need to ensure that you have a CD player for any audios as well as a DVD player and appropriate screen for prerecorded videos.  Your computer screen can serve as the screen if your computer has a DVD drive.

You will be asked to write a good deal of the time whether it is assignments, quizzes, tests or research papers.  For this reason it is wise to have a dictionary as well as a thesaurus nearby or you can find one online and make a bookmark to them.

Dixie State University’s launches a new Master of Athletic Training program

The administration yesterday announced that Dixie State is now registering students for the Fall 2019 semester.

This exciting new program is preparing students to provide comprehensive patient care as athletic training professionals, the master’s degree will provide hands-on learning experiences using a skills-based approach in both the classroom and in a clinical setting, according to a press release issued by Dixie State.

Students will learn how to offer care in the areas of prevention, clinical evaluation and diagnosis, immediate and emergency care, treatment and rehabilitation, and organization and professional health. A growing field of employment.

“Not only will Dixie State University’s new Master of Athletic Training program prepare students to be well-prepared, competent and compassionate athletic trainers, the program also meets a workforce need in a profession that is expected to significantly grow in the coming years,” Peter J. Neibert, Dixie State’s program director for athletic training, said in the press release.

Graduates will upon successful completion of the program, graduates are qualified to take the Board of Certification exam to become certified athletic trainers and be qualified to work in professional and collegiate sports, secondary and intermediate schools, sports medicine clinics, hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, fitness centers, military programs and physician offices.

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