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Study Skills for Distance Learning

Study skills for distance learners are very similar to those for classroom learners, you've just get lots more flexibility.

To understand more of the tools we will use when conducting distance learning, first review our STUDY STYLE page.

As a distance student you may have an extra challenge because you’re often juggling your course, plus other responsibilities such as job/work and family.

Here are some suggestions to help you improve your distance learning skills:

  • Motivation

As a distance student you’ll need to be a self-directed and a self starter type learner. To ensure that you can do this, you need to be highly motivated.
 The best way to stay sharp is to have a clear goal in mind for what you want to achieve through your education. If you are working toward a degree, your goal may be to finish your degree and change careers. It it’s a Level 3 or 4 QCF/NVQ course it may be to do with enhancing career prospects.

  • Confidence

Before you take our first distance course, make sure you have the self confidence to achieve the course.

  • Learn time management

Time-management skills are essential in distance learning. Before signing up for one of our distance learning course, ensure you have enough time to spend on the course. Each of our courses will give you a view to the time commitment needed. Once you 
know how much time you need to spend, create a schedule and stick to it.

  • Set goals

A good way to stay on top of your work is to set goals, with a date to achieve them by. The more you do earlier, the easier it will be at the end and give you room for any unexpected things in your life or work. Break large tasks down into smaller parts. For example, if you have an assignment due at the end of the course, break it down so you do part of it each week. Ensure that you accomplish the goals you set for yourself by the end of each week. When it comes time to upload the final papers, you’ll be glad you did this.

  • Mind Mapping
    • Helps with taking notes & structuring your thinking when working on e.g. assignments or reports.

CLICK HERE: Mind_mapping_study_guide TIPS

For FREE Coggle software go to Your work when using the Coggle web site is OPEN and public, unless you pay for their service.): see example above:

  • Review your course work, again and again

One great advantage of distance courses is that you are able to view and replay them all or in part as many times as you wish which will allow you to customise your notes and review more challenging information as often as you like.

  • Use all the communication tools

It’s also a good idea to contact other students taking the course, so engage in our webinars, forum & study community etc. As you make contacts on the same course you may be able to email each of the students you become friendly with and share information. The more you communicate with others, the more you’ll feel connected. You have a tutor whose job it is to support you through your course so do use them (Skype using face to face video, and e-mail and phone them if need be) they will be happy to help.

  • Report Writing

CLICK HERE: Report_Writing_study_guide

The guidelines are intended to provide useful general advice for writing reports both as part of an academic course and for work purposes.

  • Writing dissertations or assignments

CLICK HERE: Dissertation_study_guide

The guidelines provide a general introduction to planning and writing a dissertation or assignment.

  • People Skills

CLICK HERE People skills

  • Exam Techniques

CLICK HERE: Exam techniques

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