One of the major challenges facing adult students taking online education today is how to appropriately balance the many different responsibilities they are expected to meet, including school, work and personal life. This is can even be more difficult if the person in question is a mother responsible for taking good care of her children. A combination of all these responsibilities can take a toll on an individual, thus effective time management is absolutely essential. Therefore, this paper seeks to present a number of strategies that can assist students manage the challenges they face when taking online courses.
First, support from family members can help students taking online courses to manage their busy schedules. Being a parent, and especially a month is a full time job by itself. One has to ensure that the young ones are taken good care of at all time. Children with health conditions can complicate this situation. However, one can use the help family members as a relief for caring responsibility. Spouse, grandparents, and siblings can be a huge help in feeding, changing, keeping the children occupied when one is doing assignments or away from home. This can also be a weight off one’s shoulders as he or she has not have to search for a babysitter or place the children in daycare where they could become ill as many small children do.
Furthermore, taking a part time job can allow a person to manage a busy schedule effectively. A part time job means working for a few hours or days a week. For instance, one can work on Saturdays and Sundays and fill in on a few days during weekdays. This strategy can enable one to save some time for attending to other activities like taking online classes and attending to personal and family matters.
Moreover, one can prepare snacks and meals at for the following day can help students taking online courses. When one is home alone with his or her children may have limited time to prepare food, eat or drink. Apart from children, one is expected to take part in school activities, undertake comprehensive research so as to write lengthy papers, and complete assignments on time. Preparing meals at night can allow one easy access to things he or she can grab and eat one handed hence saving oneself from going hungry all day.
It is imperative to acknowledge the fact that balancing work, school and personal life is very difficult for students taking online classes. However, planning the busy schedule to work a few days, leveraging family support, and preparing meals at night for the following day, coupled with managing time effectively can help the student to manage these challenges.