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Attn: Online Coding Students! Make the Most of Your Time

Attn: Online Coding Students! Make the Most of Your Time

by Angela Lehoux, BS, CDIP, CCS, CIC, CPC-I

I cannot believe how fast this year flew by. I enjoy the hustle and bustle of the holiday, but I look forward to January when I can get back into a routine. How about you?

How are your coding studies fitting into your routine? Are you finding yourself saying, “Oh man, that’s right, I still have those lessons to do,” or, “I’m sure I’ll have plenty of time.” Be careful, before you know it, just like December, the time you thought you had to do your coursework will have flown by.

To help you on your journey, I thought I’d share a few pointers I learned as I went through online school.

1) Remind yourself why you took these courses to begin with. This is very important!

2) Take Control. Block out time in your schedule for your coursework each week.

3) Covet that time – it’s your time (go back and read number 1 again). Don’t let anything stand in your way.

4) If you need help – ASK! Use the feedback button in your courses or contact your instructor directly if there is one for your course. As an instructor, I can tell you that I would much rather hear from someone who has questions or needs help than find out later that they were lost and unhappy with the course. Give me the opportunity to make the course a success for you; that is what I am here for.

5) If you can, find an accountability partner. Someone who can ask you the hard questions: “Did you do your school work?” or “How are you doing in school?” Someone you can be honest with when your answer is, “No,” or “Not so great, I could use some help.”

6) Lastly, set goals and rewards. Let’s face it, you have to give up some things in your life in order to do your online studies. Perhaps a favorite TV show or time spent with family and friends. We all know if you’re working, it most likely isn’t the job that you’re giving up. So, when you set a goal for the week and complete it, reward yourself with something fun. Get creative, you deserve it!

 

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About the Author

Angela Lehoux, BS, CDIP, CCS, CIC, CPC-I
With over 25 years of experience in inpatient, outpatient and emergency room coding, Angela is an Education Specialist, Instructor and Director of Education for Libman Education. Angela teaches Libman Education’s Medical Coder Career Program (MCCP), courses on ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS, and courses for the CCA, CCS, CIC, and COC credentials. Angela holds a bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Management, Certified Coding Specialist, Certified Documentation Improvement Practitioner from AHIMA, Certified Inpatient & Outpatient Coder and the Certified Professional Coder Instructor certifications from AAPC.

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