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Posted on 09-06-18 09:19:00 PM Link | Quote
After all these years I'm finally in college at the age of 43, I enrolled here for 2D Animation. It's time that I do something with my cartoons and bring them to life, once I get to learn all the stuff I need to learn, I plan to submit my work to Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon as well as TV networks.

I'll be going to college for four years, and I'm doing it all online. So far I'm in two classes.

I wanna ask you guys about online college, have you guys ever did it? How did you focus? So far in my classes I posted in a few places in their forums.
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Posted on 09-07-18 12:40:14 AM Link | Quote
I guess it depends on what you mean by "online"; when I took some online classes 13 years ago, most stuff was still as if it was a live classroom with a schedule you had to 'check in' during, then some live talking and whatnot, then timed assignments.

Depending on how it works, I'd say just keep a separate device or account on a computer for doing online coursework, that doesn't have all of your usual distractions on it.
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Posted on 09-08-18 02:57:21 AM (last edited by Dorito at 09-08-18 02:57:43 AM) Link | Quote
Originally posted by Xkeeper
Depending on how it works, I'd say just keep a separate device or account on a computer for doing online coursework, that doesn't have all of your usual distractions on it.

going off of this, I'd dedicate time away from home if you can. if I really needed to get something done, I'd head over to a library or coffee shop and start working there.

beca use of that need I was never good at online classes--I needed that in-person push to get shit done, and I'd refuse to go home, even if it was a short walk away, so I could actually maintain some productivity.

I generally did worse in online classes. doing shit from home is just not for me, but others have it clearly figured out or are just more... able and have the discipline to do so

edit: also yo CONGRATS ON GOING TO SCHOOL holy shit! that's rad
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Posted on 09-11-18 01:37:12 AM (last edited by Xkeeper at 09-11-18 01:37:18 AM) Link | Quote
I'd argue more towards libraries than coffee shops, just because the latter can be loud and obnoxious. At least, the ones here can be. Plus, libraries are pretty chill and you get an environmental bonus, since it's just like school.
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Posted on 09-11-18 07:11:19 AM Link | Quote
Having spent a good two-ish years almost entirely at home while doing the tail end of my PhD, I can certainly give a few hints:

My biggest piece of advice is to get a dedicated work area at your home. Then only use it for work. One of the biggest problems of working entirely online and by correspondence with supervisors/educators is that there's a huuuuge amount of bleed between your work life and your home life. You'll need to put up very strong walls for that separation otherwise it ruins your downtime and you don't rest well. With this comes the need to set a routine. It becomes very tempting to just poke at your work when you feel like and you can become sloppy and complacent and you tend to sort of engross yourself in unproductive busywork for hours and call it work.

Make sure you have a dedicated day off too! I was doing absurd hours at one point (I got to 100+ a few times), but I managed to get through it because I'd always take a weekend day off at minimum. You do need the rest. I don't expect a course like yours would be quite that absurd in terms of time, but it's still worth keeping an eye on. I learnt a lot of focus related tips that worked for me, the most important thing was that when I was getting tired and distractable that I actually took a proper break and then went back to work. No point flogging yourself if you've stopped being productive, better to recover for a short while (in however works for you, I drank a lot of nice tea and played short videogame sessions).

And finally, enjoy it as much as you can! You're studying something you want to! This is a cause of celebration!
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Posted on 09-17-18 01:53:36 PM Link | Quote
Good job man, I'm in college at 16 (that's how it works in the UK), enjoying it so far. Hope you meet some good people and learn a lot on your course
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