The sun is out, the weather is warm, and the amusement parks and beaches are just calling your name! When you’re an online student you can take your education on vacation with you, but sometimes that’s not ideal. Handing in a paper in between rides at a theme park can be a downer, but it’s a necessity to keep up your grades. Even as an adult you need positive reinforcement during the summer months. For some reason our minds turn to mush when vacation time hits! There are a few ways to keep things interesting and upbeat while you’re enjoying the summer heat.
Some ideas to get you started on fighting the procrastination bug are:
- Create a school schedule with incentive breaks
- Sandwich assignments in between fun activities
- If you’re a pool person tack on an extra 30 minutes of pool time for every assignment you finish
- Change up the times of day you complete classwork
- Change locations for studying and writing papers
The incentive breaks can be a trip to get ice cream, some extra pool time, or a day or two away from the computer. You need to try and pepper in fun activities in between assignments. It will help to break up the monotony and will steadily encourage your motivation levels to rise. Even the time of day can make a big difference in your quality of work. Nobody really wants to waste the day away indoors when it’s so beautiful outside. So spend one or two days a week working on classwork while the sun is shining, and the rest of the time at night. You can even switch your location to a patio, or a fun outdoor venue; just remember to stay on task if you’re working on items for class!
If you turn your assignments into a chore then you’ll continue to dread doing the work. You signed up for school to better yourself in one way or another. This goes for your time off on summer vacation. Take some of your work with you, and designate the rest during your downtime.
By J. Mason
Online Learning Tips Editor