how many online courses can you handle at once?

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by xygirl, May 8, 2006.

  1. xygirl

    xygirl New Member

    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!
  2. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    Perhaps you should take two, then if that's easy enough, take three from then on.

  3. PhD2B

    PhD2B Dazed and Confused

    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.
  4. xygirl

    xygirl New Member

    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.:)
  5. PhD2B

    PhD2B Dazed and Confused

    Assuming you are referring to graduate level courses, I would still recommend starting with two and see how it goes.
  6. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    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.

  7. PhD2B

    PhD2B Dazed and Confused

    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.
  8. JoAnnP38

    JoAnnP38 Member

    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.
  9. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    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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