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time management Helpful Time Management SkillsHow To Think Ahead: Paint Yourself a Picture
Paint yourself a picture of the semester. Get a big desk-blotter style calendar, and sit down with your academic calendar for the year and all of your syllabi for your courses. On the calendar, mark down all of the important dates: paper due dates, exam schedules, vacations, etc. As more assignments come in, or as due dates change, make a note of them on your calendar. This way, nothing can take you by surprise.

Making Your Deadlines: Paint A Smaller Picture
How will you get all of your work done in time? Maybe the sight of your desk-blotter calendar sends shivers down your spine and leaves you feeling overwhelmed. Combat this feeling by looking at your schedule on a weekly and daily basis as well. Though there's no question that college keeps you very busy, when you take a look at what your time commitments are, you'll also notice where blocks of free time occur, too. While some of these must go to eating, sleeping, and hanging with friends, you should also use a fair amount of them for getting your work done.

One Thing At A Time, A Little Bit At A Time
The way to manage time most effectively is to avoid getting overwhelmed. You've already done a lot in this regard by making yourself aware of impending deadlines and by identifying the free time you have to meet those deadlines. What's important for you to do when you decide to utilize your free time for work is to focus on one thing at a time. Of course, you will probably have several assignments going on at the same time, and they'll all be in various states of progress on any given day, but when you sit down to do something, focus only on that thing.

How can you do this with so many competing and conflicting deadlines? Before you sit down to work, spend some time planning how you'll get everything done. The idea of a 10 page research paper can be overwhelming, and if you sit down for two hours with the idea "I'm going to work on my 10 page research paper," there's a good chance you might not get very far. After all, what can you realistically accomplish in two hours? However, if, before you sat down for your two hour study session, you had done some planning, figured out what all the smaller steps are that you need to take in order to have a 10 page research paper on the due date, you could accomplish more than you'd imagine. Break big tasks down into small ones, and set reasonable goals for yourself. In this way, you can get a lot done in many, little, less stressful steps.

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What You Need to Know About Online Degrees: The Pros and Cons

Online Degrees can satisfy a wide range of needs for many people in diverse circumstances, but it’s not for everyone. For many adult students, the advantages of online degrees far outweigh the disadvantages and vise versa. This section discusses the pros and cons of online degrees and helps you assess what you need to know about online educational programs and if it is right for you.

Advantages of Online Degrees

1. Online Degrees are very time flexible. Happily, in most online degree programs, you do not have to be in a certain place at a certain time. You can learn and study as much as you can handle, when it is convenient for you.

2. Online Degrees are geographically flexible. With online courses, location is irrelevant. Whether you are logging in from your computer or on a business trip or hanging out with some friends, you can learn wherever a computer is present.

3. Online Courses go at your own pace. Online degrees are ideal for students who like to set their own pace and who learn best on their own. Although you are likely to have periodic deadlines, you can approach the work at a pace that suits your schedule, while meeting the courses load’s due dates.

4. Online Educations can save money. Although the tuition and fees for online degrees are usually comparable to those charged on-campus courses, you save money on commuting costs. Also, you can maintain a normal work week while attending your own classes. Money saved.

5. Online Degrees fit individual needs. You can often tailor a program to fit your particular educational or professional goals and take as many courses as you want from various programs.

6. Online Degrees provides you with a freedom of choice. Since you are not confined to schools within easy commuting distances, you can consider online degrees at any university around the world.

7. Online Degrees teaches you more than course materials. There is a huge writing aspect to online classes; therefore you can improve your computer and Internet skills, and reading and oral communication skills. Employers love these beneficial qualities.

Disadvantages to Online Degrees

1. Online Degrees require discipline and self-motivation. Online courses may require more time, self-discipline and dedication than traditional on-campus classes. Busy professionals may find that motivating one-self to do extra studying and learning surprisingly hard; therefore the dropout rates are higher for online degree programs than that for campus-based programs.

2. Online Degrees lack face-to-face interaction.  For some students there is simply not enough social contact to keep them enthusiastic and motivated to complete the online degree.

3. Online Degrees may take longer than a traditional amount of time.  Because online degrees are self-motivated, it is easier to postpone taking courses; thus increasing the time it takes to complete a program.

4. Online Degree students get poor student services. Most online degree programs offer online library access, but it does not compare to the on-campus students who have access to libraries/librarians, academic advisers, and tutoring centers.

5. Online Degrees still have the stigma of inferiority. Although employers are starting to accept online degrees, traditionally on-campus degrees are considered more valuable if you are contemplating apply for future prestigious graduate and professional programs.

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