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5 Home Office Tips for Online Students

June 7, 2013 ·


Many characteristics go into becoming a good student. Persistence and drive, asking questions, curiosity, a good work ethic, and staying organized are all just as important as being capable of understanding the material.

 

All these qualities work together to generate good grades and make a successful, well-rounded student. If one or more are missing, even students with the best intentions are likely to struggle and fall behind.

 

Any student needs to stay on top of work and be self-motivated, but that’s even more the case for online students. Earning college credits or even a degree online is a great way to save money while getting a quality education and job training, but it also means sacrificing some of the benefits of a traditional school setting.

 

For example, asking questions and getting extra help are greater challenges when there isn’t an instructor right there with you. Online students have to be self-driven if they’re going to be successful, and staying organized is often the key to not becoming overwhelmed.

 

Creating the perfect workspace

 

There are a number of reasons why you might choose to take high school or college classes online. Maybe you’re looking to save money, you need to pick up some courses and credits you missed, you’re trying to fit more classes into your schedule, or you’re simply can work better and at a faster pace on their own.

 

In any case, having a well-organized work space is essential for online studies, when you aren’t working in an actual classroom. You have to bring the classroom to you. Here are five ways that students can create the perfect space and stay on top of online courses.

 

1. Divvy up the space

 

Most people can’t work just anywhere and stay focused. As soon as you have a quiet space of your own, it’s helpful to divide the space into areas: a place to to do the actual work (with plenty of power outlets within reach!); an area where you keep books, binders, and other reference materials; and a place to store supplies (so you avoid wasting time looking for tools like a stapler, extra pens, or pair of scissors).

 

2. Make it comfortable

 

You want to have a chair that is comfortable and supports good posture. Your working space should have arm and wrist rests to maintain healthy joints during the long periods of time you are likely to spend typing. One thing that many people neglect is to have plenty of light that makes it possible for you to work for considerable stretches of time without putting strain on your eyes.

 

Also, once you’re actually studying, researching, and writing, make sure you get up and walk around, grab a snack or a glass of water, and take short breaks on a regular basis. This will help you stay focused and produce better work.

 

3. Stay on top of deadlines

 

Having a calendar in view (and keeping up with it) will ensure that you don’t miss appointments and deadlines. Put all your deadlines, due dates, and meetings on this calendar. We’re all human and likely to forget or miss something; keeping a calendar or agenda assures that nothing slips through the cracks.

 

4. Set up electronics correctly

 

A workspace with a tangled mess of cords, unreliable Wi-Fi, or a printer buried under stacks of papers and books isn’t going to encourage your productivity. Making sure things are uncluttered is one thing, but getting cords out of the way and everything set up and working properly makes for the best conditions in which to study.

 

5. ** Prioritize**

Most students know how important it is to prioritize projects and assignments; your office space can help. Set up a system in which the most important documents and assignments are first or most readily accessible, and the less important items are secondary (either on a desk, in a binder, or some other place that works). Impose a physical order so that you can easily see and reach for the things which need to get done first.

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