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Top productivity hacks for the working student

Posted by Jenna Baskin on 23/05/2017
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Studying online is what you make of it. Instead of doing the bare minimum.

So you’ve decided to study online? Congratulations! To help you to take full advantage of this opportunity, take note of the following tips for working student:


Diarise each learning session

Just because studying online gives you the flexibility to learn whenever it suits you doesn’t mean that it’s any less important than the rigid schedules of traditional classroom studies.

Plan your week ahead, and pencil in time dedicated to studying, especially if you are working and studying full time. View these times as you would when meeting with a colleague or business associate - a professional priority.


Practice new skills as you learn them

Apply your newfound knowledge when and where possible. It’s much easier to grasp a concept when you’re applying it to the real world. While the practical application of skills and competencies may not be required coursework, putting the theory into practice determines the difference between a student who merely goes through the motions and one who realises their career goals.


Actively participate

Learning in a virtual classroom doesn’t mean you should be a passive bystander. Take every opportunity to interact and engage with fellow students, mentors and course work. As the saying goes, ‘The more you put in, the more you get out’, and studying online is no different.


Take advantage of added extras

Studying online is what you make of it. Instead of doing the bare minimum, make the most out of additional support and resources. There are ways to work smarter - Take part in online studying groups, read up on additional learning aids and chat to a career coach or course advisor.

To learn more about balancing an online business diploma with your existing career and commitments, have a look at our guide, ‘Fast-Track Your Career By Studying Online’.

Topics: Advanced Diploma

By Jenna Baskin

Jenna Baskin is the CEO of MCI and has over 11 years’ experience in the training and education space. She was responsible for the creation of the MCI's online consumer division, the MCI Institute, and the transition of the organisation into the digital learning landscape. This includes platform partnerships across North America, unique content development, and the introduction of virtual reality learning methodologies.