Time Management Tips for ACE
Last February, I earned my M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from the American College of Education (ACE). I started the C&I program at ACE in the fall of my first year of teaching. While I was excited to begin working towards my Master’s degree, I quickly realized I needed a plan to fit my graduate work into my busy schedule. Balancing coursework, a career, a family, and a social life can be very difficult! In order for me to succeed at ACE, I had to create a schedule.
First, I made a to-do list for my course. I was able to use the list repeatedly because many of the courses followed a similar structure. My to-do list consisted of readings, lectures, discussion posts, a quiz, and an assignment.
Next, I produced a weekly schedule that contained personal deadlines for my assignments. I followed the plan below:
Sun: Read syllabus and information on professor; write first discussion post.
Mon: Start readings/lectures; start assignment; reply to a discussion post.
Tue: Continue readings/lectures; continue assignment; reply to a discussion post.
Wed: Finish readings/lectures and progress monitors; continue assignment.
Thu: Watch review; complete quiz; continue assignment.
Fri: Complete assignment and upload it to turnitin.com.
Sat: Make corrections on assignment and submit it to ACE.
I strongly suggest checking the deadlines of a course. For example, I always completed the progress monitors and discussion posts early in the week because the deadlines occurred earlier. I tried to start the assignment for the week on Monday, because assignments usually require much more time to complete. Read articles and watch lectures whenever free time is available!
Finally, I suggest completing coursework as early as possible. When working on assignments, I asked my family and friends not disturb me unless necessary. And if I ever began to lose focus or motivation, I would think of why I wanted to earn my M.Ed. from ACE – the pay increase, the leadership opportunities, and the improvement of my teaching practice!