How to Catch Up in an Online Course
Online learning is a boon to many students who have obligations that go above and beyond attending class. For those who have families to raise, jobs to maintain or other activities that take up a portion of the day usually associated with a traditional classroom schedule, online courses afford a flexibility that allows coursework to be completed when convenient. However, this convenience can come with drawbacks. Because the student isn’t required to follow a specific schedule they may find themselves falling behind. This happens more regularly than many people admit, so we’ve come up with an article to deliver some tips on how to catch up in an online course.
Concentrate On One Course
This may sound a bit counterintuitive, but if you put aside all your other coursework for a bit and concentrate on the one course you’ve fallen behind in, you can allow yourself the time to get caught up. You may start falling behind in your other courses, but you’ll be able to get back to them soon enough. Once you’ve gotten your lagging course back on track you’ll be able to give each class the attention they deserve.
Make A List
Take a bit of time out and make a list of all the tasks you need to accomplish. Once you have this list you’ll be able to come up with an appropriate schedule. If you just keep this list in your mind you may find yourself downplaying the amount of work you need to get done. Once you have it on paper (or on the screen) you’ll have a tangible index on which you can work. It may also help you with this next step.
Contact The Teacher
If concentrating on the one course isn’t enough to allow you to catch up, but you have a list of what you believe needs to be done, get in touch with your teacher or instructor and let them know of the difficulties you’re having. It’s better to do this sooner rather than later as you’ll still have enough time to implement any tips they may have. You might even find they’d be open to giving you an extension. But if you don’t let them know you’ve run into trouble, there’s no way they’ll be able to help.