1. Set a beginning and end time
Make sure you consider the task and allocate sufficient time to complete it. Set a start time to prevent procrastination. Also make sure you set an end time each day, so you know what you are working towards, and the end is sight. This helps to keep you focused through your study time.
2. Take regular structured breaks.
Schedule work time and break time and only break in your scheduled break times. Remember, taking a break is crucial so set an alarm so you don’t forget. Breaks help you stay focused and energised and work best if you are active. Don’t work more than a couple of hours without a break and ensure you break for at least 15 minutes. Take 30 to 45 minutes minimum for meals.
3. Reward your efforts
A great tool is to conclude every study/work allocated session by rewarding yourself. End on a positive note by rewarding yourself - go to meet up with friends, or for a run, or to watch a series.
4. Be an active participant
It is easy to become passive during online learning but studying remotely does not need to prohibit you form being fully immersed and participative through the process. Take initiative and read all the materials, share your thoughts during sessions or via mail, engage conversations and ask for help if you need it. The more you engage, the more you will understand and take away from the process.
5. Stay connected
Studying remotely does not mean you are alone and cannot engage with other students. Create study groups with fellow students to offer input and support. Connect via video as human connectivity improves your mental and emotional wellbeing and subsequently your productivity. Consider a daily check in with a fellow student to help motivate and check on each other’s progress.
6. Use the resources on offer
Most lecturers provide additional materials and explanations and learning opportunities – use and sign up for these. Don’t be afraid to reach out to your lecturer for clarity or input. Access peer tutoring programmes on areas you find yourself struggling. Stay connected with your fellow students and lecturers through the tools on offer and be sure to read all communication.
7. Get feedback
Ask for feedback on all the projects and assignments you submit. This will help you better meet your study expectations and deliverables. Engage you lecturers for input on your overall performance and ask for input and tips to improve. Remember they want you to succeed.
These tips will hopefully allow you to make the most of online learning and achieve your goals. Never forget the end goal and what started you on this journey in the first place. You can do this.