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Student Voices: Fitria on the importance of schedule, momentum & motivation

— August 16, 2021

This story, shared by Fitria Hardono, a student at Arizona State University, is part of a series of informal interviews (conversations and/or survey responses) with online students in various stages of their academic journey. 

Question: Are you currently an online student?
Yes, all of my classes are fully online (no in-person work).

Q: What are the biggest challenges that you have faced (or are facing) as an online student?
To put it simply, time management and self-discipline. This is especially true as an overseas online learner.

Q: What strategies do you use to address these challenges?  What has worked for you?
It only worked one time (as in, in one semester), but I implemented a somewhat rigid schedule to follow everyday. Exercise, meals, study times, deadlines, everything was scheduled. I doubt it was burn-out that led to its downfall. Instead, it was taking a day off. If my streak breaks, I struggle to start it again. I can’t see it as “continuing”.

Q; Were you an online student prior to the start of the COVID-19 pandemic (March 2020)?
Yes, I took classes entirely online prior to the pandemic.

Q: Is there anything else you would like to share?
I think online classes work best when you have something else on the side, i.e. a job, to keep you motivated.

Thank you, Fitria, for sharing your experiences and strategies!

Read more Student Voices stories.

We are passionate about improving the student experience through storytelling and shared experiences. We hope the 2020-21 Student Voices Project will help our community better understand the challenges that online learners face along the way, and celebrate and share the strategies they use to address these challenges.