Study tips

Study tips to help you succeed

Over the years, thousands of our students have gained new professional qualifications, so we know how to help you get the most from your distance learning experience.

Read on for handy study tips and advice from our experienced tutors.

Create a routine

When learning at a distance it can be helpful to turn studying into a habit by setting aside dedicated time each day or week. This may be challenging at first, but after a while it will start to feel perfectly natural, even effortless.

If you can, create study schedule for the coming week(s) using a chart or your regular diary. Treat each study session as if it were an important meeting - the kind of appointment you'd never dream of breaking.

If you have a busy home life you may need to negotiate with partners to allocation some undisturbed “me time”. Remember that journeys using public transport or lunch breaks can be a good time to do some reading. Print of your learning resources so you have them to hand in places where you can’t take your PC or Laptop.

Understand your learning style

People’s learning styles vary dramatically, so what works for someone else may not work for you. For example, you may be the kind of person who is more alert in the morning, in which case it makes sense to maximise that time. Similarly, if you learn better later in the day then plan the majority of your study during the evening. If you’re not sure what time will suit you best then have a think about your current daily routine. Do you leap out of bed with your mind active and engaged or does your brain tend to warm up throughout the day?

Study little and often

Research shows that it's better to study in short bursts rather than cram everything into one long session – between 30 to 40 minutes works best for most people. Take a five minute break at the end of that time, after which you'll be ready to continue. Don't stay seated during your break - stand up, stretch, walk around and get the blood flowing.

Plan to save time

When it comes to assignment writing you may need set aside longer periods of time. You will certainly find assignments easier if you create a plan and make notes of what you intend to include for each aspect of your answer. This way if you do your assignment over a period of time you won’t have to duplicate effort and time working out what you want to do

Ask for help when you need it

Although you’re learning at a distance there is absolutely no reason to struggle on alone if you get stuck. Your personal tutor is only an email a way and is always happy to have a telephone tutorial with you. You can check out the frequently asked questions and any course forum too.

Last modified: Wednesday, 13 February 2013, 3:21 PM