I started my first for-credit college class on January 16th, and I have to say…it’s been a bit of a struggle. It’s an online class, and though I’m used to doing everything online (I was homeschooled and I’ve been working from home online for years), this is just so different! I audited an in-person college class last semester, which I thought would give me a feel for college, but I was wrong–at least for this situation. I realize this is just a learning curve and I will figure it out eventually.
However, I was wondering if you guys could help me out with a question.
Is it typical for an online class to not have lectures? I took an online workshop a few years ago and we had a weekly lecture to read, yet this class doesn’t have lectures at all. So far, my instructor just has us read the textbook, and then complete several assignments and quizzes on subjects unrelated to the textbook readings. Currently, my grades are fine, but I can’t help but wonder how I’m supposed to continue doing well when we aren’t being taught the subject matter before turning in assignments.
For example, we are supposed to write an essay by the end of February. This week, we need to turn in our essay intros, with instructions to “review the introduction strategies in Module 1.” However, we were never taught introduction strategies. I have scoured my course syllabus and modules, but there’s nothing. Something just doesn’t seem right, and I feel like I’m missing something. I emailed her about it and she said she will get back to me, so I guess I’ll see.
I’m wondering if this kind of experience is just this particular class, or typical for online classes.
Also, peer-to-peer discussions and reviews suck. This is more of a rant/vent than anything, so feel free to skip over it, lol. I’ve always been the person that was excluded or criticized by kids in school and social groups, and for some reason, that even continues in college. I don’t understand why we can’t just be adults. “Constructive feedback” doesn’t mean to completely tear apart my entry and try to make me feel like my work is worthless.
Even though I’m only taking one class right now, it has been exhausting figuring out how to balance 11+ hour work days, class, keeping up on things around the house (such as cooking/meal planning/budgeting), working out, and taking Kona on her daily walks. Since starting school, more of my work days have ended close to midnight than not, with a wake-up call at 6:20 the next morning to start it all again.
Again, I know this is a learning curve and I’ll figure out how to balance it. In the meantime, however, I feel pretty thinly stretched! “Like butter scraped over too much bread…” (Sorry, couldn’t resist the nerdy opportunity!) Thank goodness for my husband being so supportive and helping out however he can when he’s home from work.
Kona and Zelda help me destress, though, so it’s definitely not a bad experience, and I’m so grateful to be able to work and attend college all from the comfort of my own home! 😉 I expected starting class to be a challenge, but I suppose these particular struggles are just different than I anticipated, lol.
Can any of you relate?
Also, random question that I’ve been meaning to ask all of you lovely bloggers: Are you on Snapchat? If you are, I’d LOVE to connect with you. I use it more than Instagram and I’d enjoy how “in the moment” it is. Add me @tiallarising and I’ll add you back (or comment your username and I’ll add you)! ❤
Until next time,