If you’re reading this blog, it’s likely you’re new to studying by distance education. You might be thinking about studying, starting your degree, or returning from a break.
Whatever stage in the journey, studying online is an opportunity that shouldn’t be missed. It’s a chance to challenge yourself, accomplish your goals, and grow as an individual. But it can seem difficult at first.
Here are our top tips for studying by distance education…
You will find the experience changes for each unit (aka subject). Lecturers may schedule online tutorials, upload lecture videos, or expect you to participate in group work. Others may ask you to contribute to forums, submit weekly reflections or answer quizzes.
If you’re already enrolled, your Unit Profile will detail the planned activities. Regardless of the activities scheduled, there are a number of required resources that come standard:
- Access to a computer
- A reliable internet connection
- Access to word processing software
- Writing materials such as notepads and pens.
You may also have a prescribed or recommended textbook, or specific software requirements. These resources are also outlined in the Unit Profile.
2# Time management
Now that you have the right resources, you will need to manage your time, plan your workload throughout the term, and commit to a schedule.
The Unit Profile outlines the schedule for textbook readings and assessment due dates. This detail becomes available two weeks before the start of each term.
Moodle is our online learning environment. It’s here that your lecturer will post activities each week during the term. Follow your lecturers instructions and complete these weekly.
The Planning section of the CQUni Handbook includes key academic dates for the year, including enrolment deadlines, and planning resources like term and weekly planners.
Studying online is both an opportunity and a challenge. Without weekly classes to attend, and classmates to keep you on track, it all comes down to your own discipline. The great thing about this is you can adjust your schedule and pace when you need to.
And remember, you’re accountable if you slack off or fall behind.
As a milestone is accomplished, celebrate your hard work. Submitting an assessment feels scary at first, but you’ll quickly find it’s super satisfying.
Feedback will be provided for each assessment and this is an opportunity to learn and apply that learning to your next piece of work. Be sure to pay attention to this, but don’t let grades get in the way of celebrating your effort.
That’s it for now. The University has a range of support services that can help you, if you find yourself feeling lost or stressed.
Don’t hesitate to reach out to someone.