How to make your online study work for you

People often think that online studying is difficult because there is no face-to-face interaction and it requires self-discipline, but the truth is that in everything that you want to achieve, you need determination.

If you’re new to online studying, here are a few tips on how to successfully study online:

Ensure that you have a stable and reliable internet connection

If your internet connection is not reliable, chances are that you will waste your time and often become frustrated and miss out on important information.

You can find Wi-Fi connections at an internet café, coffee shops or public spaces.

Find a suitable study space

Choose a quiet space and that will allow you to study without distractions. It can be your bedroom or the kitchen, avoid the TV room because you might get distracted and lose focus.

Create a calendar of your future tasks

If you have written down important information, chances are that you will not forget about them and you are more likely to stick to your calendar for direction. There is no right or wrong study plan, as long as it can make your studies easy and more efficient. For example, if you have an assignment that is due on a specific day, write it down so you can be able to see the due dates as it approaches unlike remembering on the actual day or even the day after that you had an assignment.

Study smarter and not harder

Instead of being robotic on how to do your tasks, be thoughtful if something can be done more effectively. Focus on one task at a time and sometimes it is advised to start with an easy task rather than a difficult task which will demotivate you.

Set goals and time management

These are some of the most important and valuable traits you can possess in your studies. Setting goals and managing your time go hand in hand, that if you set your time wisely, chances are that you will reach your set goals. As much as setting a timeframe will assist you to achieve your short and long-term goals. If you are not managing your time well, there is no way you are going to reach your goals.

Determine which things are important and which ones can be dropped, and avoid distractions as much as you can. Setting goals provides direction for everyone and it would be beneficial for you too as a student on completing your tasks.

Understand how you spend your time

Know where your time is being spent effectively. If possible, write minutes and include – What did you do? How long did it take? Was it time wasted or spent wisely? At the end of the week when you take a look at it, you will know how to manage your time more effectively next time.

Take breaks between tasks

Do not rush from task to task because it will distract and demotivate you. Allow yourself to take a break between your tasks and do a mind-clearing exercise. Avoid loss of concentration, fatigue or falling asleep on your study desk. If possible, get away from the study table and take a walk or get a healthy snack.

Overall, traditional education will still exist, but online education will become more and more present in our daily lives.

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About Gloria Masia

A South African based journalist who is fascinated about storytelling. Although she is new in the industry with less than two years of industry experience, she is excited to learn more. Gloria loves to travel and learn about other cultures. She is currently a full time journalist/creative writer with CMG Marketing Communications t/a CreativeMagic Group.

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