Distance learning students need to take an active role in accessing information and learning as compared to students going to universities. Stafford Global offers Masters, Doctorate and Diploma programmes to distance learners. Those distance learners that remain engaged and pro-active in their personal learning experience get depths of learning and good grades. With this in mind, we have some useful tips for you to help you get the most out of your studies, stay motivated and on track with your courses to achieve your distance learning degree.
- CONTRIBUTE TO DISCUSSIONS
One secret to getting the most out of a online learning programme is engagement. Students who remain engaged in and contribute to discussions show that they are understanding the course and seeking further knowledge. Take an active role in your studies by stepping on to every discussion, giving informed comments. Instructors keep track of who is contributing and who is not.
- STAY ORGANIZED
Staying organized is the key to studying via this method. Keep a physical binder with sections such as assignments, research, syllabus etc. and divide it into week 1 and week 2 and so on.
- NEVER PROCRASTINATE
Work pro-actively on assignments. Start future assignments now and build on them every day.
- SET TIME TO STUDY ASIDE
To succeed in distance learning when you are juggling with family and work commitments, you need to set aside short bursts and regular time slots to spend on your course. Since you have the flexibility to study at your chosen time, make correct use of it.
- CREATE A STUDY SPACE
Have a quiet space set aside to allow you to concentrate on your task and get you in the mood. This place could be at home or even at the Stafford study Centre.
- KEEP IN TOUCH
Staying in touch with your tutor is essential to stay motivated. It can be overwhelming t show up out of the blue with a question if you haven’t been in touch for months.
- FIND OTHER STUDENTS
Getting in touch with other students in the same management course as you can be great to make friends and swap material. Social networks, college workshops and forums can be a great way to find others like you.
- AVOID STUDY OVERLOAD
When you set your study schedule, set yourself a realistic achievable target. Don’t make sessions too long, as you might lose concentration.
- GET ADEQUATE COMPUTER AND INTERNET FACILITIES
Get hold of high speed internet as that might be your best friend in your course of distance learning.
- MAKE USE OF YOUR LEARNING STYLE
If you are studying about management, you will be much more interested if you involve yourself in real life situations pertinent to your course. For example for your accounting course, practice balancing your checkbook!