5 Tips For Staying Organized While Taking Courses Online

Contrary to some beliefs, taking a class online isn’t an excuse to take it easy.  Earning your degree online takes as much time and dedication as being on campus somewhere.  It is extremely important for you to stay organized and on top of your course to succeed.

For anyone struggling with ideas on how to become better organized, here are some tips that may help get you on track:

Have a dedicated workspace.

This specific, organized workspace can be anywhere you choose.  It helps you get into the mindset that you are now working on school and let the family know that you are there for a purpose.  This space should be quiet and distraction-free if possible.

Have a “Plan B”

Sometimes things don’t go as planned.  You sit down to work on your courses and “life” starts to happen and you have no control.  Have a backup plan so you know what to do and don’t keep putting off finishing what you set out to do.  Have a designated place you can go.  Whether it be a library, coffee shop, or just somewhere with good WiFi, you CAN get your schoolwork done.

 Take Breaks Regularly

Managing your time effectively includes taking breaks so that you don’t become overwhelmed.  Your mind can only focus for so long before it starts wandering.  Then you’re just going through the motions and not actually being productive.  Don’t push yourself too hard.  Give yourself time to step away and take a break.

Set Reminders

Using the reminder or calendar features on your phone or computer can be another way to stay on top of what needs to be done.  If you want to have a specific lesson or test done by a certain time, this will help give you a sense of urgency and push you to make that happen.

Have A Plan

Once you’ve purchased the course, it’s easy to just say I’ll take it when I get to it and let it sit there.  You’ll never finish that way!  Map out when you want to get the course done and how you plan to achieve it.  Complete that course so that you can move onto the next one and move one step closer to completing your degree!


With proper attention to your workspace and having an effective strategy, earning your degree online can be a smooth process.  Taking courses from home can be distracting for some people.  Just remember that it’s up to you to make sure that what you want to achieve happens.

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