Have you decided that online studying is a better option for you? There’s nothing wrong with this, but it can be stressful. You have so much to juggle—and usually more than a full-time student. With that in mind, here are some tips to make online learning easier and more fulfilling.
Set Up a Realistic Schedule
Create a schedule for when you’ll study and when you’ll be doing other things. You’ll need to know roughly the amount of hours you need to study each week to make this work. You can then split the hours up evenly throughout your week, with space to make up for it if you need to do something else. Don’t put all your studying for the weekend—you’ll want to get other things done too!
Stick to Your Schedule
This can be hard if life gets in the way, but you need to stick to your schedule as much as possible. If someone asks you to work overtime at work, look at your schedule and determine whether you have an essay coming up.
If you do, it’s clear that you need to spend the time studying. If not, consider where you can move your studying block to instead.
Help Is There!
Don’t forget that just because you’re studying from home doesn’t mean you don’t have support. The colleges and universities have online student support, whether it is through forums or a number that you need to call.
You will also have access to a tutor for your modules, who you can email and call. Ask for help if you need it.
Where possible, get ahead. You will usually receive your books a week or so in advance; you may even get them months in advance. Even if your access to a tutor hasn’t started, you can at least get ahead with the reading. Make a note of all the questions you have and then send them through as soon as you get the access to the support.
Take Regular Breaks
There is nothing wrong with admitting that you need to take some time off—try to fit it into your schedule in advance.
Go to Sleep!
If you’re tired, go to sleep! Don’t try to stay up all night studying or writing that essay.
It’s not going to do you any favours and could actually make your grade worse. A power nap of just 15 minutes could really help if you really have to stay up to do a paper.
Recognise Your Emotions
You emotions will play a part in your studying. If you’re stressed, you’ll find it harder to take everything in. If you’re excited, you may find that you skip over some of the important parts. Acknowledge your emotions and recognise when they can play a part in your capabilities.