How to succeed in online learning
Online learning can seem daunting at the beginning, however, as you are now aware of what to expect as well as some of the key benefits, you’re in a great position to get started.
To help you on your learning journey, we’re now going to provide you with a few tips to ensure you’re starting off on the right foot.
1) Build your routine
Nailing that routine is crucial to succeeding with your online learning plans. You’re in charge of your own studies and need to find a schedule that works for you. A few things to take into consideration include:
Prioritising your tasks
What might seem self-explanatory, this really helps to reduce feelings of overwhelm and will allow you to identify tasks that need to be completed immediately, next week or later.
We recommend first listing all your tasks and separating them into two columns, urgent and important. Once your tasks are separated, estimate how long each task will take you and then reorder based on these timings. Work through the urgent task first, completing what is most timely first and so on. Once completed, move onto important and do the same.
Using a calendar or time management system
Utilise your calendar and write down when you’re going to study. Not only will this help with accountability, but it will increase levels of satisfaction when you can tick things off as you go.
Additionally, time management systems such as the 1-3-5 rule, or the 52 /17 rule have great success rates and there’s plenty to choose from.
Planning your breaks
This means that you always have something to look forward to, which will help you stay motivated through the nitty gritty tasks. To effectively unwind on a study break, we recommend:
- Listening to music
- Going for a 15-minute brisk walk
- Refuelling your body with a meal and plenty of water
- Phoning a friend to catch-up (although do put a timer on this so you don’t get distracted)
- Practising mediation