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Anna Maria College's Online Student Success Guide infographic

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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.

Monday & 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 readings and start organizing thoughts for your weekly discussion post.

Studies show that Monday and Tuesday are the most productive.1


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.


Set aside 30 minutes for exercise! Afterward, block two to three hours for assigned readings and start bigger assignments (typically due on Sunday).

On days where participants worked out, their scores indicated:

21% higher concentration2

41% more motivated to complete work2


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

Saturday & 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.

Rain or shine…

Study on your time

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 study time is manageable and achievable.

How does online learning stack up?

95% of online students report that their online program meets most or all of their expectations.3

Do’s and don’ts of online

Some of the primary benefits of online learning are that you can complete your weekly coursework around your work schedule and other commitments, and you can study from anywhere.

You get what you put in, 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:

Fight the technology


Neglect provided direction

Ignore Assignments

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 Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).

Anna Maria College was approved by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to participate in SARA, and became a SARA institution in 2021. At this time, only California is not a member state. For more information, click here.


  3. Wright, L., Capranos, D., Dyers, L., & Magda, A. J. (2022). Online learner experiences: The importance of cohesive design and learning communities to student satisfaction. Maitland, FL: Wiley Inc.