SpongeBob, a university student, has an online semester coming up and he's not sure how he'll make it through:

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Not to worry, SpongeBob, hope is not lost!

While online learning can be even more rigorous and time-consuming than in-person learning, a few small changes to his schedule will have SpongeBob on his way to acing the semester!

What Is Expected Of You?

Before the first day of class, make sure you know:

  • Will the class be live or recorded?

  • What time is the class?

  • What platform will they use?

  • Where will course content (assignments, grades, discussions, etc.) be posted?

Don't be caught off guard on the first day:

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Work Backwards To Plan Ahead

Get a calendar for the whole semester and start with your biggest deadlines. Then, work backwards to plan your schedule.

For example, if you know you have a short paper due on Friday, your plan could be:

Friday: Submit paper

Thursday: Edit paper

Wednesday: Ask a classmate to review your paper (and offer to review theirs!)

Tuesday: Second draft

Monday: Read assignment and write first draft

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It's Monday night, and SpongeBob has an assignment due on Tuesday, a group project due on Wednesday, and a quiz on Thursday. What should he do first?

Review the assignment he has finished

Focus on Thursday's quiz


Nothing is due today, watch TV instead

Track Your Time

Set specific time goals for each class, such as "I will study math every day for one hour, 10-11am."

Keep track of how much time you are actually studying. Set a timer when you begin, and turn it off each time you get distracted.

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What are some ways we can avoid distractions to make our time tracking more efficient?

Turn off notifications

Set a timer

Block distracting apps

All of these

Reward Yourself

Reward yourself for focused studying with an activity you enjoy! This will help you find work-life balance and avoid burnout.

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Take Action

happy dance GIF by SpongeBob SquarePantsThat's the right idea, Spongebob!

Are you ready to conquer your online semester?


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D'Jeane Peters

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