Distance Learning Study Tips

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Learning online has brought a new look to our idea of learning. Now students don’t have to be in a given place in order to pursue their studies. Online learning is very flexible.

There are a number of advantages that can be looked at including the idea of being flexible. That is, distance learning allows students to pursue studies in own pace and time. But, as it is, it can be very tricky.

In order to be successful in achieving your distance learning goals you will have to develop a sense and source of personal motivation and you will also need good study habits.

Just as successful students almost always have good study habits, so too is your online success directly tied to good studying in your distance learning program. Here are a few tips to help you get started off on the right foot.

Set goals at the beginning of the semester, and check in with yourself weekly. In a traditional classroom setting, you’ll often receive verbal or visual reminders of an assignment’s upcoming due date.

Set up a study schedule and stick to it. If you need to do two hours of study for every online hour then schedule a fixed time when you will do your studying.

Pick a time when you are least likely to be interrupted, it can be early in the morning before the rest of your family wakes up, or it can be later in the day when everyone is gone to work or school.

Don’t pick just before dinner when everyone is unwinding and catching up on their day or listening to their favorite, and very loud, music. You need the peace and quiet in order to concentrate.

When it comes to online classes, you need to have a discipline to sit down and say, “I am going to work on this,” as well as a dedication to actually follow through.

Plan your study time when everyone else is busy with their own activities. It might be when the kids are gone to sports or your husband is working late.

It might be Saturday morning while the kids watch cartoons or your wife is sleeping in. It helps if other people are busy because they won’t be able to interrupt your studying.

Another tip for successful studying in your distance learning program includes creating a space for yourself within your home where you actually enjoy spending time.

Try and protect that space by telling all of your family that this area is off limits during your study time. Make up a small sign that says “Student at Work” or even “Quiet, Please”.

You may have to tell them a few times, especially your kids, but sooner rather than later they will get it and respect your need for this study time and space.

As it is, distance learning requires a lot of discipline. Make time for studies. Learn to balance out your work and education. Enjoy its advantages but always beware of relaxing too much and/or working on the last minute with your assignments.


Teboho Polanka
Teboho is a Social Worker, Writer and Inspirational Speaker. He is in pursuit of MSc. in Managerial Psychology. Graduates are able to apply psychological principles and methods to tackle challenges in the work environment and provide effective practical solutions. Acting as industrial-organizational psychologists.