Time management is a problem for most, if not all, students from different levels. This is an even more serious concern when it comes to online learning. E-learning platforms come with unparalleled flexibility, allowing students to finish activities and work on courses at their own time. While this could be seen as an advantage, some students are falling behind, which can sometimes become a challenge for them.
As demands for learning continue to grow generation after generation, students are continuously faced with greater tasks. Additionally, with the rapid evolution of the e-learning landscape, the needs of students are constantly evolving, requiring today’s educators and teachers to come up with guidance that will help learners cope.
Stick to a routine
With online learning, it’s important for students to allot some time to sit down and focus on course tasks on the platform. This will be easier for them if they are able to incorporate online school activities on their daily routine.
When trying to establish a routine among your students, try to get in touch with them ahead of time and consult what times best for everyone. Bring your class to a consensus and agree to release important online course activities during an agreed time of the week and stick to a fixed schedule. It will be easier for them to stick to a routine if new quizzes and activities are uploaded and released on regular intervals, or at specific times on a certain day.
Most online courses today run on a loose schedule. Without deadlines, it can be a bit harder and more complicated for your students to manage their own time. By drawing definite deadlines, you can make it easier for your students to follow deadlines and prevent their course from dragging on indefinitely.
However, if this is the first time you’re establishing deadlines, it’s best to ease into it slowly so that your students are not shocked. You can do this by setting up small milestones with their own deadlines that breaks up the module into smaller parts and chunks, allowing your students to track their progress easily without missing deadlines.
Do not promote multitasking
While your students might have an idea that it’s easy to juggle multiple tasks and perform them simultaneously, multitasking has, in fact, been found to be counterproductive. A study shows that multitasking can reduce the brain’s ability to store new information and makes a person significantly less productive. More importantly, extreme multitasking has been found to degrade our brain, as brain scans found differences in ‘gray matter’ among multitaskers.
As a matter of fact, a new trend in productivity has been gaining ground in recent years. Single-tasking, as its name suggests is the complete opposite of multitasking. Earl Miller, a neuroscientist from MIT says that “switching from task to task, you think that you’re actually paying attention to everything around you at the same time. But, you’re not.”
Help manage distractions and interruptions
Since your students will be out on their own as they work on their e-learning tasks, they will most definitely come across different types of distractions and interruptions. These distractions are not just limited on their computers as real-life factors such as a warm weather, noise levels, as well as human interaction will all have an effect on their focus on their coursework.
During your class’ established e-learning schedule, suggest avoiding surfing the web for unnecessary topics and websites. Only allow browsing that is related to topics you’re tacking online. It will also help if you promote the importance of focus. Putting their mind solely on what they are working on and sticking to the established study schedule, as well as saying NO to friends and family that may interrupt them from time to time will be crucial in managing distractions and interruptions. Should your students opt to study online at their homes, you might even want to go the extra mile and directly send their parents an email and emphasize the importance of focus so that their household will understand and respect the time your students are exerting in e-learning.
With proper time management, success in learning can be achieved, whether your students are physically together or are just connected online. Following these tips will help your students manage their time more effectively and lead them towards accomplishing their tasks on-time and absorbing valuable lessons more effectively.