In-Person Courses

Learn tips and time-management skills to keep you on track when taking in-person courses on campus.

What to expect

For an in-person class, you can expect your instructor to use Carmen as a hub for your syllabus, class announcements, course materials, and grades. Most or all teaching takes place in the classroom through a huge range of teaching methods. For a three-credit semester class, you should expect to spend an average of six hours per week preparing for and doing homework for this class.

Quick Tips

  • Keep track of your schedule and classroom locations on the go with the Ohio State: Mobile app. While you’re at it, you can complete your Daily Health Checkright in the app. 

  • Notifications are distracting, especially during class. Consider using Do Not Disturb while you’re in class to mute notifications so that you don’t get interrupted. You can also update notification settings for any apps you don’t want to be distracted by. 

  • Whether you’re taking notes as you follow along or contributing during discussions, it’s important to stay engaged during class. Consider using Notability or OneNote to take notes on your iPad or computer. 

Time blocking

Time blocking is a proven method to help you focus and accomplish the things you need to achieve in a set amount of time.

As an example, for a single three-credit in-person course, you could consider blocking off approximately two hours on each of the days you do not meet with your class to work on homework, projects, and to prepare for upcoming class sessions.

Make sure to take travel time to and from campus into consideration, as well. To save time between classes, you could use a designated drop-in space on campus to work on homework, or even take an online class. Know what you want to accomplish during breaks to keep yourself on task.

Example of time allocation for an in-person course: Scheduled class in-person twice a week and tentative blocks for homework on all other days.
Example of how a student's time may be allocated for an in-person course.