What’s a Rich Text element?

The rich text element allows you to create and format headings, paragraphs,

blockquotes, images, and video all in one place instead of having to add and

format them individually. Just double-click and easily create content.

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How to customize formatting for each rich text

Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

  • after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.
  • after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

There are numerous reasons why someone might take online classes in addition to traditional in-person classes. This past year, thousands of students worked online while only attending in-person classes, such as labs, when absolutely necessary. But outside of pandemic times, online classes are actually quite popular. Some are taught live while others use videos, handouts, and pre-recorded lectures. 

Maybe you want to take a gen ed course online or you just couldn’t find an in-person class that fits into your schedule. No matter what the reason, you can still get a high-quality education from an online course. And yes, it is possible to take both online and in-person classes simultaneously. This hybrid option is great for students trying to manage a busy semester full of difficult classes or for those trying to balance jobs and internships with their full-time course load. 

Feeling a little nervous about managing online and in-person classes for the upcoming semester? We’ve got your back! Check out our top 910 tips on managing a heavy hybrid course load now. You’ll thank us later. 

9 Tips for Balancing a Busy Schedule This Semester

Trying to manage a busy schedule filled with online and in-person classes? Follow our survival guide to get through the semester!

Wake up. Head to calculus. Grab some food with friends. Head to the library. Log onto your online course. Stay a little to study. Walk to your Women in S.T.E.M. meeting. Get some late night grub. Head to the dorm and get some rest before going through another busy day. Just writing this out feels exhausting.

College life can be stressful. If you’re trying to juggle both online and in-person courses, this can make your life even more challenging. But we get how difficult it can be. We’ve been there. That’s why we compiled this list of expert tips for balancing a busy semester of online and in-person classes. 

1. Re-Assess Your Organization System

How do you usually stay organized? If you don’t have a proper organization system yet, now’s the perfect time to create one. 

Some people can manage their days using only a simple to-do list that they write out in a journal everyday. Others prefer writing out all of their assignments in a planner. Planners are great tools for recording and keeping track of deadlines. Most planners offer both weekly and monthly layouts that make it easy to gauge how far — or close — an upcoming assignment or exam is in your schedule.

Keeping track of multiple priorities can be challenging if you don’t have an organized system. Even with a simple notebook or planner, you might want to strategize the way in which you keep track of classes, work, clubs, and anything else you need to manage. 

Color coding different priorities and tasks is one popular method for staying organized. For instance, you could write exams in red and projects in blue. Or you could write school-related tasks in green and job-related tasks in orange. It’s your system, so make sure you find something that works for your unique needs. 

Need some extra help staying organized? A full wall organization kit is perfect for people who need an extra push to stay on top of their priorities. This organization kit includes a weekly planner, monthly calendar, cork board, and dry erase board. 

2. Set Reminders in Your Calendar

It can be easy to lose track of deadlines and other priorities in a single planner. One simple thing you can do to help yourself is to put reminders in your calendar for different tasks. 

Do you often find yourself running late to meetings? Add a 15-minute notification to give yourself a quick heads up for when you need to head out. Have an online assignment that you’ve been dragging your feet on? Bug yourself with a couple of reminders in your online calendar. Those little notifications can be a huge help in narrowing your focus on high-priority or time-sensitive tasks. 

3. Speaking of Calendars, Try Time Blocking

Do you struggle with time management? Sometimes a one-episode Netflix break can turn into a whole binge watching session. Before you know it, you’ve lost hours of time that could’ve been spent studying. 

Time blocking is a popular method for organizing your tasks into designated time slots. People typically set aside time for:

  • Classes
  • Study time
  • Breaks
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Exercise
  • Work
  • Volunteer
  • Internship
  • Deep focus time — completely unavailable 

In order to avoid confusion, make sure you color code different tasks!

As someone who is taking online courses, it can be easy to forget about them and let some work slide. By using a time blocking system, you can ensure that you are spending enough time on your online classes by carving out chunks of time dedicated solely to focusing on them.  

Upon first glance, this calendar may appear a little intimidating. But don’t psych yourself out just yet. Many people find time blocking to be extremely beneficial for their productivity levels. Looking at a visual layout of your day may even make you realize that you have more time in your schedule than you initially thought. 

4. Don’t Forget to Take Breaks

While it might be tempting to grind through your work until you are completely finished, this technique can quickly lead to burnout. In fact, taking breaks can actually increase your productivity levels

Humans have short attention spans, and their energy and motivation typically come in waves. In general, you should try to take a break every 60-90 minutes. The length may vary depending on how intense your work is. You’ll want to keep the breaks short. A 5-15 minute break is typically sufficient. Most people shorten or lengthen their breaks according to how long they spent working or studying. 

5. Find a Study Space That Suits Your Unique Needs

Some people prefer to study in complete silence. Others like having some background noise while they work. For online lectures, it’s best to find a quiet area where you can focus and participate without worrying about being interrupted. 

The library is usually the first place that comes to mind when discussing different study spots. However, other great places to study on campus include:

  • The quad
  • An empty classroom
  • Dining hall
  • On-campus coffee shops
  • Quiet rooms

Your dorm room is not always the best place to study. However, if you know you will be up late working and you don’t want to walk home in the dark, your room can work. Just make sure you don’t disturb your roommate if they’re asleep! 

6. Try to Form a Study Group

It can be difficult to get to know your classmates in an online environment. One great technique for acing your class while also making new friends is to form a study group with your peers! Just shoot a message on the class email chain or discussion board. Chances are, there’s at least a few people in your class who will be interested in joining a study group, especially if it is a difficult upper-level class!

Study groups can be extremely beneficial. College classes can be tough. Having a support group full of people who want to see you succeed can boost your confidence and motivation. If you have trouble understanding something in class, you can also lean on your study group to help you understand it. 

7. Limit Distractions During Lecture

Who hasn’t spaced out during a Zoom lecture? Online lectures aren’t always the best at keeping your attention. And Zoom fatigue is certainly a real issue. But there are several strategies you can try to keep your focus during lectures. 

First, change your screen to the Speaker’s View. It will prevent your eye from wandering to your face or another classmate’s background. Hide your phone and silence notifications on your laptop. 

Finally, remember to take notes! Traditional note taking through pen and paper is considered to be more effective than typing on a laptop. But if you feel more comfortable using your laptop, go right ahead! 

8. Sort Your Emails

Cluttered email inboxes are a pain. Keep yourself organized by creating folders for different subjects. For instance, you can create a folder for “Calculus II” with subfolders for assignments and study material. You can also create folders for finances, job applications, and other personal tasks. Some email applications like Gmail even let you color code your folders!

9. Follow a Rewards System

You’ve been working hard. It’s only fair that you reward yourself every once in a while! Giving yourself a little snack can help boost your energy and mood. 

This Snacking Remix package has the perfect combination of sweet and savory treats. Each care package includes:

  • Act II Microwave Popcorn
  • Combos Cheddar Cheese
  • Cheez-Its
  • Chex Mix Party Blend
  • Nacho Cheese Doritos
  • Hot Tamales
  • Kraft Easy Mac and Cheese
  • Lucky Charms Cereal
  • Mini Oreo Bag
  • Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup
  • Ruffles Cheddar
  • Sour Cream Chips
  • Skittles
  • EatSmart Veggie Crisps

College is a fun — but often stressful — experience. There will be times when you have to stay in to prepare for an exam or to finish an essay. But these sacrifices will be worth it when you ace that test or get a stellar grade on your paper. And before you know it, another semester will be over! Time really does fly in these four short years. 

What are your best practices for balancing online and in-person classes? Let us know!