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Success guide

A week in the life of an online student.

A 7-day success guide for earning your degree online.

Work smarter not harder.

In 1914, Henry Ford implemented the 8 to 8 to 8 rule and doubled his profits. By balancing your time properly, you can fit school, work and play into your schedule.

Studies show that Monday and Tuesday are the most productive.

Monday and Tuesday

Make lunch time, study time! One hour of study time each day is an easy way to take a mental break from work and get your studies going. At night, block two hours to complete the reading and start organizing thoughts for your weekly discussion post.


Discussion posts are typically due on Wednesday. Block two to three hours after dinner to complete and proof your discussion before responding to those posted by classmates.


Studies show you are 23 percent more productive after exercise. Set aside 30 minutes for exercise! Afterward, block two to three hours for assigned readings and start bigger assignments, typically due on Sunday.


Dedicate at least two hours to studies before you head off with family, friends or other personal commitments.

Saturday and Sunday

Save time for family, friends and commitments but make sure to block three to four hours across the weekend to finish readings, assignments and review prior to submitting.

It’s raining, it’s pouring…the old man is STUDYING.

Rainy or slow weekend? Take advantage of the down time to get ahead in your work! One of the perks of taking an online program is you can often work ahead as far as you like.

By creating and sticking to a simple time-blocked schedule creating 17 hours of studying time is manageable and achievable.

Do’s and don’ts of online

A benefit of online learning is it can be done at the pace you need to maximize learning. You get what you put into it, so here are some tips to help!

Do this:

Learn the technology

Stick to your schedule

Reach out for help

Communicate and leverage professors for insight and advice, just as you would in a traditional setting.

Not this:


Ignore assignments

Neglect provided direction

Fight the technology

Brought to you by, The Online Degree Programs at Anna Maria College

Anna Maria College is a private, not for profit, Catholic liberal arts institution accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

Due to state regulations, Anna Maria College’s online programs are no longer accepting applications from residents of the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi and Wisconsin.

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