how many online courses can you handle at once?

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  1. xygirl

    xygirl New Member

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    Hi guys,
    Can you share your experiences on the amount of online courses a person with time can handle at once?
    I'm thinking 2 or maybe 3 at once. Considering the fact that I do spend a lot of time , because I like to achieve high grades and am not pleased with just 'pass'.
    What should I do?
    Thanks for your advice, I appreciate it.
    Have a great day!
     
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    Perhaps you should take two, then if that's easy enough, take three from then on.

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    I have found two DL graduate courses per semester is too much for me. I like a little more balance between work, family, and education so I limit myself to one course per semester.

    Try two and see how it goes.
     
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    I forgot to mention I don't work, so are your advices that still valid? It really helps me knowing other peoples experiences in timing.
    Thanks again.:)
     
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    Assuming you are referring to graduate level courses, I would still recommend starting with two and see how it goes.
     
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    If you don't work and you don't have kids, take three.

    I'm working, and have a family, and am taking three courses at a time online. However, it's very difficult, and I can only manage it because my job is lenient when it comes to studying here.

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    That's impressive!

    I took two courses per semester when I earned my masters degree. I also had a lenient work schedule at the time, but I found it to be very challenging. The subject matter you are studying will probably also make a difference as to how many courses you can take at once. All of the courses I took for my masters were in operations research and math.
     
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    I also took three courses at a time when completing my undergrad. However, I find that each of my graduate courses requires about twice the work of a typical undergrad course. So, taking two graduate courses would for me be like taking four undergrad classes! I found that three undergrad courses was my limit and likewise, one graduate course is my limit. YMMV of course.
     
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    Thanks! I have to admit that it really helps that its an educational technology program, as I already have a stronger IT background than most of the other students. Interestingly, it's also been really helpful that I already have a research interest, as I'm never at a loss on what to base a project.

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