Online LearningTip of the Day

Balance Your Course Load

“So much to do, so little time”–it’s one of the many conundrums online learners face. However adult learners strive to integrate activities into their daily schedules. They want to achieve everything within the week. But similar to a mechanical motor operating, our brains want rest; otherwise, we will suffer burnout, which is not a fantastic thing since it contributes to illness. If we are doing a lot of activities, some things will have to give, such as performance and quality. In the same way, deciding on how much of a training course work load you are able to handle boils down to understanding what other life responsibilities you have going on.

To protect against a burnout from taking its toll on you it’s a fantastic idea to unwind your mind and engage in other activities. By way of example, you can browse the internet or watch YouTube videos; whether they’re educational or not is up to you. It is also possible to listen to podcasts to catch up on current events. This way you can attain some form of equilibrium in your life that you can deal with your course load.

Undergraduate online learners register for 8-week courses, which means you should expect to commit about 18 hours per week to finishing coursework, which includes reading time. And if you’re a graduate student pursuing a master’s or a specialist degree, then more time should be allotted (about 22 hours per week).

So, in case you take more than two courses concurrently? Take this:  A standard adult online learner has a 40-hour per week job; and individual responsibilities such as household and job times, which takes about 20 hours; and also sleeping and resting period, which requires another 60 hours per week. And remember, there’s only 168 hours in a week! In that situation, which does not even include commute time, an undergraduate student shouldn’t enroll in two or more classes, presuming each class is an 8-week course. And as for graduate students, it would be wise not to register for more than 1 class per 8-week class.

Many may argue they will manage coursework and are skilled at multitasking. Besides, isn’t that what employers sought later when hiring candidates? Unfortunately, multitasking is not what it is cracked up to be and is overrated. In an article written in Inc.com, neuroscientists observed that every side of the mind handles a different task when two jobs are simultaneously focused on. “This implies a two-task limit on which the human mind can handle. Taking on more tasks increases the probability of errors” (Lapowsky, 2013). Therefore, if you would like to do well in every one of your classes and not have to sacrifice quality education, it is far better to stay within the above suggested guidelines. Learning is not a sprint, but a life-long marathon.

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