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.
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.