One of the most challenging parts of being a mother while back in school and taking classes on-line is the scheduling. What I have found most helpful is pacing my work. With my online class, at first I read the chapters and immediately took the tests. The way the grade book numbers looked, I did great studying this way. Unfortunately, I did not fully understand the “why” behind the information when I handled it this way. Specifically with Sciences, I have seriously thought about retaking some as an audit course.
Now, I do things a bit differently when I study and feel like I am able to apply the information I have learned better because of this change. At the beginning of the week, I re-read the last test (when it is available). Then I create a new document of the instructors PowerPoint’s because often you cannot annotate on their copy so you have to make your own. I read the chapter we are covering and take notes on the instructor’s PowerPoint. In my notes, I include the page number from the textbook if I find similar information. I use to print the PowerPoint’s but I feel like I retain more from typing and I HATE using that much paper and ink. Instead, I email the file to myself! If my USB thumb drive or computer crashes I will still have my information saved.
In the middle of the week, I do the exercises or quizzes from the textbook and re-read the footnotes. I will do any lab work mid-week, when my youngest is in preschool (3 hours of silence). Lastly, I take the tests the day before they are due.
This is not needed for every class I may take online and I know it sounds like a lot of extra work, but for me it is how I retain the most information. Wrought memorization and note cards just do not work the best for me.
What works for you?
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