We all have ebbs and flows in our lives. Those of us in part-time, online programs are often balancing a lot of competing demands. Sometimes something has got to give! Some considerations:
- Learn the art of the skim. Some readings will be more meaningful to you than others. Consider skimming some of it. Here is a great article from UNC about how to skim.
- Prioritize the things you will do (and not do). As adult learners, we are in control of our education. Making strategic decisions about setting some work aside might actually help us do better at what we take on.
- Remind yourself this is ok. Doing less reading for a week or two will not be enough to set you off course in the program. This is not a reflection of your worth.
- Talk to your instructors. Life happens, and instructors know that. Don’t hesitate to let your instructors know what you’re dealing with. Ask for extension when you need them. While not guaranteed, most instructors are open to considering them.