Summer Courses…Virtually!

Many of us like to use summer to either play catch-up or get ahead of our upcoming courses map. If this sounds like something you’re interested in or something you’re currently experiencing… we’re here to offer our best tips to help you succeed in this type of learning environment!

Conquering Summer Learning…

Prepare Adequately

Remember… summer courses are often crammed into a smaller amount of time than regular semesters, so you should expect a workload that correlates to that timing. You must prepare and weigh whether or not you have enough time to dedicate to this work in addition to a professional or personal experience filling your summer. Speak with your professor or check your syllabus to see what you can expect in terms of the workload so that you can always maintain a work-life balance and enjoy yourself!

Time Management

Always carve time out of your schedule to get your work done just like you would for a normal in-person class. If you do not have set times and days that you set aside for working on the online class, you might fall behind. So, whether this is a morning or nighttime routine, time blocking (as we’ve learned!) in order to maintain accountability is a top key to success.

Limit Distractions

It’s very easy to get sidetracked when working on assignments and projects for online classes. Try to limit your social media use and web browsing when you are supposed to be getting work done. Log out of all of your accounts if you need to and make a deal with yourself to not log back in. If you get one assignment done, then you can scroll on social media for a few minutes. It’s all about balance and it can be hard to stay focused with many distractions.


Try to find a study space where you can be your best productive self. This may be a spot in the library, your desk at home, or a coffee shop. Wherever you can go to get work done without external distractions! A quiet area where you can fully think about the material you are working on is best.

An online class can have many challenges! Take into consideration all factors before deciding to take an online course. Like working remotely, online courses take determination and productivity!

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