6 Tips for Successful Distance Learning
Distance learning has special challenges. You will probably never see or meet your tutor but that doesn’t mean we don’t want to communicate with you. Quite the reverse- we want to help you through the programme. You can ask questions through our support team and you will also have access to an online campus full of other people studying the same course allowing you to discuss queries and questions with them.
You can succeed!
Plan on it!
Follow the simple tips below, and you'll do better in your learning. They may seem pretty basic, but they'll help keep you focussed and on track.
1. SET GOALS AND MANAGE TIME
- Goal 1: "I will commit to and succeed in this course."
- * At the beginning of a new course, read through all the materials. We have broken the lessons/assignments into manageable chunks. You might not have time to do a full assignment in one night, so plan for how much you can do, then stick to it until you're done.
- Some students will find a Time Management Plan helpful;. See the Appendices for a Time Management Plan template.
- Students studying with LLA usually have very busy lives. Not only are they employed but they have busy family and social lives too. If you need advice on time management, please feel free to ask your Tutor for tips.
2. ASK QUESTIONS
- If you don't understand something, ASK. We can’t stress this enough; the only dumb question is the one you don't ask. The programmes are not about memorising facts, they are about practical answers to real life situations and it is important that you have a full understanding of each section before moving onto the next.
- We have a full Student Support team available to all students and your Tutor will give you advice and help if you need it. Remember: all you have to do is ask.
- Our Tutors have vast experience of working with students and have come across a wide range of problems, issues and unusual events Listen carefully to their advice.
3. ESTABLISH A REGULAR STUDY/LEARNING SCHEDULE
- Keep a calendar or journal with your study goals and important dates clearly marked-and look at it every day (a calendar can't help you if it's closed!)
- Determine what time is best for you to study.
- Take breaks-walk around and stretch. Drink some water or have a light snack.
- If possible, have a dedicated study place with all the supplies you might need (computer, paper, pens, calculator, etc.)
- Pace yourself. There's a reason it takes several years to graduate from traditional university. You're in this to learn, not just to get a certificate, so make sure you're learning, not just racing through the materials.
- Regular task submissions. There is total flexibility with student’s learning, and you can work into your study times periods of holiday, increased work load or other times when study may need to take a ‘back seat’ to allow for other commitments. However, it is best to submit tasks on a regular basis around these busier periods. Experience has shown that students who make regular task submissions are more likely to complete the course than those who don’t.
4. TALK ABOUT IT
- Tell people what you're doing. You're more likely to stick to a course if your co-workers know you're doing it and they might be able to give you some practical support and advice
- Ask a friend to check up on you.
- Ask someone to proofread your work before you submit it.
5. KNOW YOUR LEARNING STYLE AND USE IT
- Our courses are built around experiential learning. We all have experiences that we can think of about what a particular situation is like. Use this as a starting point for your answers.
- Look for real-world situations and examples of what you're learning about. The learning materials will give you much of what you need to answer the assignments, but the web is full of other examples – these can only add value to your studies.
- You'll be much more interested if you're involved, not just reading about a topic.
- Put things into practice as early as possible. Our programmes are based on a practical, work- based simulation – think about how our examples apply to your own situation.
6. CELEBRATE YOUR SUCCESSES
- Reward yourself with whatever works for you, along the way. Remember, you chose to do this. Be proud of your accomplishments!