“The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, in hopes that winter break soon would be there…”
As an online learner, especially in an asynchronous learning environment, one of your key challenges is staying on track with coursework. While students in a traditional face-to-face class setting have a professor to verbally hold them accountable to completing reading assignments and other obligations in a timely manner, online students are independently responsible for logging in and staying on track. We, the champions of online higher education, love the asynchronous learning environment because it allows students to adapt their schedules to confidently navigate the murky waters of work-life balance—but time management can certainly be an uphill battle this time of year.
People often do a double-take when I tell them that I am an economics teacher. If I had a dime for every time I’ve heard “I hated economics in college!” then I would be able to pay someone to do my holiday shopping for me. But I digress. My favorite part of teaching economic theory is that I have the unique opportunity to explain how the textbook theory is crucially relevant to our everyday lives. Economics is the study of how we can most efficiently allocate the world’s scarce resources—when you think about it, we all have resources that are woefully scarce. Time, money, energy… there’s simply not enough of everything to accomplish all that we want in life.
So how do we get the most value out of the tools at our disposal?
This line of thinking is most certainly relevant during the holiday season. Presents. Parties. Exams. And there are also the holiday surprises that you can’t plan for, such as seasonal colds and delayed flights. As the saying goes, knowing is half the battle. Be cognizant of your scarce resources this time of year, and hold yourself accountable for planning ahead.
Looking forward to the New Year
The period of time after the holidays is when the real work begins. A new year is an opportunity to refocus on your commitment to your education. During the winter break, take the time to plan for the new year. Put these dates on your calendar now:
1. JWU: Last week of each academic term
Final exams and projects will increase your course workload.
2. JWU: Term Breaks
Aim to schedule your family obligations in such a way that these align.
3. Key dates for your employment obligations
Conferences, business trips, known project deadlines, etc.
4. Key dates for your family obligations
Seasonal trips, parties to be planned, medical procedures, etc.
By holding yourself accountable and planning ahead for as many things as you can, you'll be sure to stay on track and maintain your focus on your studies.
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