As we continue to become more time poor, people are opting for online education as a way of balancing study with other commitments. The convenience of studying by distance education means you don’t have to bear the cost of relocating or commuting, and you have the ability to work full-time to support yourself while you learn.
However, studying online does require self-direction and discipline, and if you haven’t studied by this mode before it can seem daunting. But these top tips will have you studying like a pro in no time.
‘Time management’ is a term that gets thrown around a lot but it’s a skill that many of us just can’t seem to master. Having said that, managing your time effectively is vital to getting through your online course in one piece. Before you freak out, know that there are plenty of tools and tips to help you control the clock.
Know your deadlines! Take the time to look ahead and map out your study timeline, and you won’t get any nasty surprises when other students start chatting on the forum about the assignment they just submitted.
It’s essential to keep up with your readings, otherwise it will be too hard to catch up at the end. It might be tempting to put them off until you’re ‘in the reading mood’, but unfortunately that mood tends to be more like ‘last minute panic’ when you’re stuck with no time and your entire reading list before a final exam.
Make the most of what you’ve been given! Take some time to navigate the different online tools available to help you make it through the course.
There are many more habits you can get into to help you navigate your way through online study. These are just a few to get you started and, who knows, you might even develop a few tricks of your own. Be sure to give yourself a break every now and then and reward yourself when you’ve done a good job!