Studying at a distance is the fastest growing teaching modality in the world, because the face-to-face study is not always easily accessible to all: lessons often do not fit into people’s daily lives, either because of the difficulty of reaching the course, classes, work and personal life, etc.
Taking data like this into account, opportunities for distance learning come every day with solutions tailored to students so they can set up their own routine in a practical and productive way to have good results. Distance learning offers flexibility and because of this many people are having incredible results. But to achieve the goals, it takes organization.
1) Get organized and plan
The first thing you should do while studying distance is to know how much time you will have to devote to studying – and to respect it. Once you have that set time, set up a schedule to plan your studies, dividing it into days and times for each subject or subject. It is important that you follow this schedule in a timely manner, so you do not spend too little time on more important topics or too much time on matters of lesser relevance and complexity.
2) Create a conducive environment for studying distance
As important as what you study is where you study, as this will influence your memorization and understanding on each subject. Although each person has a different limit, it is generally preferable to choose a quiet, well-lit place where you can sit properly. Your body and your mind are grateful.
3) Do not Overload
Studying a lot is one of the fundamental factors for those who want to do well in any course, but it needs balance; do not take more than you can keep. You need a certain amount of time for each discipline, and if you embrace too much content, you will not devote right to all subjects, which can even lead to reproach or poor learning.
4) Create priority lists
If you are studying certain subjects, it is because they are all important. But of course some will have more weight than others, either because of the relevance they have in the course, or because of their ease in studying and learning them. Therefore, always prioritize what is most important for the course and also what you have the most difficulty learning.
5) Do not leave tasks and deliveries to last minute
It is very common, because we have to manage our own time, to leave things to last, especially when we choose to study at a distance. So you will need to schedule yourself to do work and study in advance. This time depends on the nature of the task, but leave nothing to the day before the delivery or the same day. If you do this, you may have to turn around the night doing some work, and the result may be lower than expected, or you may not even be able to deliver.
6) Do things on time
This item is complementary to the above: in addition to planning to do the tasks in advance, avoid giving up something. Usually second test calls are charged, and often the replacement activity is not the same as the original, making it difficult to study and hinder your schedule.
7) Avoid Distractions
When you study, be disciplined so you do not sabotage yourself with distractions: turn off your cell phone, do not access social networks, close browsers and chat, ask your family not to come and talk to you unless it’s something very important. And, in order not to be distracted by hunger and having to go to the kitchen, always leave a snack close to you.
8) Create mechanisms to motivate you to study
We know how hard it is to stay motivated, especially for those who lead a busy life and have to reconcile their studies with other aspects of everyday life. But you can use some techniques not to lose heart, how to distribute the subjects studied so as not to concentrate the easier or complex in a single day.
Try to merge disciplines that you have easily with topics that you have difficulty, or the most theoretical with the most practical. So you will feel less bored and will “rest” from one subject by exercising others. In addition, whenever you can achieve a study goal, “introduce yourself” to something, such as 5 minutes rest.
9) Do not stick to the content offered by the course
Encourage yourself to know more about the topics covered in the course, and do not just get stuck with the content offered by the menu. Complement the material viewpoint available with other sources to expand your learning, provided these sources are trusted.
10) Do not have doubts
Although the relationship between students and teachers is a little less dynamic when you decide to study from a distance, this should not be an obstacle for you to take away all your doubts. Always clarify them. It is common for courses to create discussion forums or sessions dedicated to healing questions. If you do not have this alternative, create discussion groups on social networks with your colleagues and email teachers with your questions.
11) Use new technologies to learn more
There are currently a number of online tools that bring us closer to knowledge. Some examples are podcasts, videocasts, chats, mobile applications, encyclopedias, online databases and dictionaries, forums and even social networks. Use them to communicate with teachers and other students and to find new materials and approaches on the topics studied.
12) Be independent
Distance learning courses give us more freedom to manage our study time, but also require students to have more responsibility and independence to manage their programming and to carry out their activities. You may not always be able to depend on the teacher’s reminders for a test and neither of the peers on the job, as many tasks will have to be done individually.
13) Learn to work with colleagues
Although many activities are individual, it does not mean that you will have to do everything yourself alone. Some tasks may be collective, and there’s another challenge: how to work with a remote team? Again this will require a lot of discipline and organization, but you can exchange very interesting experiences with your colleagues.
14) Beware of plagiarism
Be very careful with the material you will use in your references and never assume something that is not yours as your own. Plagiarism is a mistake in any situation, and it is increasingly easy to detect it with digital tools.
15) From time to time, pause
Studying is essential to success in a course, but you also need to recharge your energies. It takes time to rest, sleep, eat, stay with family and friends and have fun (that’s when you do not work). Respect those moments.
A good idea to rest is to follow the Pomodoro Technique. Maybe you’ve heard of it. It is a time management method that consists of periods of 25 minutes called ‘pomodoros’. Every 25 minutes of activity (in your case study), you take a short break (3 to 5 minutes). After 4 pomodoros, you take a longer break, 15 to 30 minutes. So you have some time to rest your mind and you can use the pause to “gift”, like taking a look at the cell phone and social networks.
These tips are very useful for managing the time and quality of your study, but the most important is up to you: your willpower and persistence to put your plans into practice, study from a distance, and achieve what you want.