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Time Management

Online classes are more flexible but require the same time commitment as an in-person class. You choose the time each day that works best for your schedule to complete learning activities, but you are still required to meet deadlines and class expectations each week.

Step 1: Determine how long your classes are…

A condensed 7, 5, or 3 week session requires more of your time each week than a regular 15 week session. Select the different week session tabs to see a breakdown of the weekly time commitments by total registered credits. You can find this information by locating the start and end date for your online class by searching for the class information on myBoiseState, or viewing your class schedule.

Step 2: Determine how many credits you are registered for

Step 3: Make a Plan!

Now that you know about how much time you need to spend each week on your classes, take some time to make a plan for success. Use the other resource topics on this page as your guide.

Work, school, family, life! How do I keep it all straight?

Easy. Create a master calendar for all your important dates, deadlines, and events.

In addition to taking online classes, you may also have a variety of responsibilities on your plate such as personal, work, and/or family obligations. Having all your important dates and deadlines in one place will help you to see your busy times and be better equipped to handle unexpected events as they occur. Include dates, deadlines, and events from the following three categories:


This includes your study plan, group meetings, lab times, class schedules, assignment due dates, exams, and other important deadlines for the University.


This includes personal and family events like medical appointments, birthdays, holidays, volunteer work, sporting/recreation events, and vacations.


This includes work obligations like business trips, retreats, projects, or particularly busy times where you may need to dedicate more time.

If your plate feels a little full, try and identify areas where you can scale back until school is complete.

Consider limiting volunteer work, look for ways friends and family can help with some responsibilities, and avoid unnecessary projects or tasks until your schedule calms down. Remember, in the long run, going to school is a temporary situation, you will graduate and move on to bigger and better things. In the meantime, scaling back on some obligations where you can increase your chances for a successful experience.

Your master calendar can be paper or electronic – select the option that works best for you

You can buy a student planner, download a mobile app, or even use Google Calendar!

How do I create a weekly study plan?

A study plan keeps you on track for success!

We recommend setting up a study plan to help keep you on track. This way you are more likely to spend enough time each week to be successful without dedicating too little or too much time to one course.

Not sure how to start? We’ve got you covered!

The Weekly Study Plan

The idea behind the weekly study plan is to spread your time over the entire week, while still leaving a day or two for a break from school. After all, finding a balance between school, work, and life, is critical to staying engaged, motivated, and in control during the semester.

Step One

Identify blocks of time each day to devote to each class.

Step Two

Review your course schedule to determine the class activities.

Step Three

Fill out your weekly study plan with activities and time blocks on a calendar template

Step Four

Begin working on the activities you identified.

Step Five

Repeat five day planning each week for every course.

Add your study plan to your master calendar

Once you have completed your study plan for the week, add it to your master calendar so you can see your plan next to all your other time commitments.

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