Planning, discipline and ensuring you have some fun along the way are among the keys to succeeding in study after a long break from the books.
You’re planning to enrol in an online education course to help fulfil your career and life goals … and now the panic has set in.
Perhaps it’s been years since you last studied and your priorities have changed because of your current job, family, social and financial circumstances. Here are some tips to help you score top marks.
- Get organised
Creating a plan and schedule that balances your life and study commitments is important when you start or resume study. It also helps you relieve stress because you know there is a way forward. Factor in essential work and social engagements and put them on your list, and then consider how study can fit around those elements. With study itself, designate a quiet space where you can get away from distractions and make sure technology requirements and course details are sorted out. Note any assessment guidelines and deadlines so there are no nasty surprises down the track.
- Set some goals
Writing down some short and long-term goals is a great way to steel your mind – and remind yourself why you want to study. These benchmarks should keep you motivated. At the same time, cut yourself some slack and understand that it may take some time to readjust to the world of study. You don’t have to be the dux of the course in everything – be positive but realistic.
- Make time for study
Although there is often flexibility with deadlines when studying online, it is important to allocate some time for study. Identify some days or times when your job/family/friends do not consume you and earmark them for learning. This will let you enjoy the learning process. Understand, too, that in the modern mobile world you can learn anytime and anywhere with laptops or tablets that allow you to research, write or complete course tasks while you are on the move.
- Do some exercise
Staying mentally fit is easier if you are physically fit. No doubt the pressures of work and family life can sometimes be overwhelming on top of study commitments, but it is essential to take some time out to stay healthy. A walk, some cycling, a swim, the gym – whatever activity you prefer, exercise will help refresh your mind and lead to better study results.
- Use your tutors
The best education providers deliver resources to help make life easier for their students. Chief among those are your tutors. They are available to respond to any questions about courses and assessments. Take advantage of their expertise.
- Reward yourself
When you finish a tough assignment, give yourself a treat. Whether it’s a night out with friends or family, or indulging at your favourite restaurant, giving yourself periodic rewards is an important way to maintain your motivation – and keep you on track for that next course!
Kick-start your studies – it’s the smart way to give your life and career a boost.
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