Category: self-reliance

Prioritizing for Online Course Success

Unbeknownst to me back in my first year of undergraduate studies, success in education is not only about intelligence. There are a number of additional skills required, many if not all of them learned. These include things like time management,

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Why Proactivity Beats Procrastination in Online Courses

As college students, we’ve all had this temptation. It’s Wednesday and the teacher closes class by passing out your next homework assignment. After you let out an involuntary sigh, you look at the top of the paper and find some

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A Project Planning Approach to Online Learning

With the benefit of experience on my side, I have recently been thinking a lot about a standard process for planning and getting the most out of an online course. These are things that I myself will be thinking through

Five Reasons Why Communication Has Been Key To My Online Learning

Communication is considered “a purposeful activity of exchanging information and meaning across space and time using various technical or natural means.” I have found communication to be central to my success in online courses that I have taken over the

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Toddler vs. Deadline, Round 1: The Importance of Time Management

The following is an account of a recent ‘challenge’ to completing my coursework, narrated by myself as if in the moment. It is given to illustrate a very real challenge that some of us may face in completing a course

Organization: A Possible Feat for Even the Worst of Procrastinators

Hello all. It’s been a while, but that’s because I’m a horrible procrastinator that lets work pile up to roughly the size of a hobbit. For those of you who are not familiar with the lovely world of Tolkien, get

Overcoming Procrastination

Over the years, I have taken many online classes. I took three in high school and four so far at Carolina. However, I must admit I didn’t do well in a lot of them. This semester marks the first time

Grasping Reality: How to Set a Realistic Schedule

By Lydia Bevan I recently made a post about Gooey Chocolate Bars and the Art of Biting Off Exactly What You Can Chew. In this article I skimmed over four main tips I had for anyone approaching the daunting task

Assignment Preparation for the Head and the Heart

By Lydia Bevan One of the most daunting aspects of online schooling is the vast chunks of information for your overly-stressed mind. This, however, is surmountable if you use your resources properly. I have some simple tips I have found

Gooey Chocolate Bars and the Art of Biting Off Exactly What You Can Chew

By Lydia Bevan In honor of Halloween being yesterday, I would like to devote this post to chocolate. Hey, I’m a woman (and a ballerina, to be more exact). Chocolate is a guilty pleasure of mine but I have a feeling


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