by Laura Peill PLA team leader
Oh no! My correspondence course! Come midterm craziness, this could be you, staring back at the looming, daunting eyes of a correspondence course that you have successfully neglected all along so far. Or forgotten about completely. The eyes of the course that you thought would be easiest of all, because you wouldn’t even have to go to class! Now that you have found otherwise, take a few minutes to read up on these tips to helping you with taking a course through correspondence so that you can ensure better success next time:
1) If the prof doesn’t lay one out for you, make a weekly schedule that details what you need to complete each week (eg. Week 1, chapter 1, 2; Week 2, chapter 3, 4, 5 etc.). Be certain to consider deadlines for assignments, quizzes etc. to make sure you will have covered the material in time.
2) Make a second calendar with all the course due dates/deadlines on it. From here work backwards to determine when you need to start the assignment, essay etc., to be sure you can meet the deadline.
3) Set out a weekly scheduled 3 hour block (either altogether, or broken up) that will be devoted solely to that course. Think of this as equivalent to the time you would spend in class, so it should be at the same time every week and don’t skip it!
4) Differentiate between “classwork,” and “homework.” Class work is the lecture component that you would normally be doing with a prof, but are now doing on your own during a set time (see 3 above), while homework is work done in excess of this which is just like homework you do for any other course. Do each one in the specific allotted time you have given yourself and don’t skip any of it – it will catch up with you later!
With some planning ahead and working hard to stay on schedule, you will be off to the races right from the start and will just keep racing through! Happy studying!