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What to Expect from Your Course Load at American Public University

Balancing your course load is vital to academic success. In addition to the time you spend in the online classroom, you’ll want to schedule additional time for reading and assignments. By…

What to Expect from Your Course Load at American Public University

EDGE Staff (APU)
Balancing your course load is vital to academic success. In addition to the time you spend in the online classroom, you’ll want to schedule additional time for reading and assignments. By understanding how many hours a week to dedicate to your studies, you can better plan and manage your course load. Good management will aid you in achieving your academic goals without feeling overwhelmed.

As you work toward your educational goals while balancing your career, you’ll need to consider the weekly expectations of your instructor, your course load, and your part-time or full-time work schedule. Here’s what you can expect while earning your degree online at American Public University (APU):

Expected Course Load at the Undergraduate Level
  • 8-10 hours of work each week for a 16-week course
  • 15-18 hours of work each week (including all reading) for an 8-week course

Expected Course Load at the Master’s Level

  • 10-15 hours of work each week for a 16-week course
  • 18-22 hours of work each week (including all reading) for an 8-week course

Time Management Is Your Best Friend
Staying on top of your coursework requires advanced planning and determination to stick to assignment due dates and scheduled study times. Remember that even though you are not in a physical classroom, you should create room in your daily schedule for your classwork, just as you would schedule any other appointment or meeting.
Understanding how you spend your time in any given day helps you better allocate dedicated time to your school tasks. Here are five tips from Indeed to help you build your time management skills:

  1. Keep a planner.
  2. Set a timer.
  3. Schedule your hours.
  4. Set short-term and long-term goals.
  5. Use your energy wisely.

Providing yourself with scheduled breaks will recharge your energy. Those breaks will also give you the extra motivation to complete your coursework.

Advice for Education Planning
Do you have a specific graduation date in mind? Start with the month and year you would like to graduate, and work backwards from there to see what kind of registration pace would be needed to meet this date. Unlike most universities that only confer degrees twice a year, we confer degrees six times a year (February, April, June, August, October and December) on the first day of these months. Not every schedule will be the same; you need to figure out what works for you. Keep in mind that your schedule and commitments may change over time, which is where flexibility in course scheduling is key.

For more information, go online to https://apupartners.com/dau.
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