If you’re new to online learning, maintaining a balance between your professional and academic life could become a difficult thing to master in those first few weeks. The good news is that it’s significantly easier to navigate the balance with online learning than it is with on-campus study. This micro guide will hopefully help you with managing study times, get to grip with your online resources and let you know you’re not alone when you study with us.
Organising your time
The key to studying effectively is simply finding the time slot that works for you. We all have busy lives that might force us into doing tasks simply when we’re able, but it’s important for you to know which style of studying suits you. Do you work better when studying for long periods of time or in short, frequent bursts? There are positives and negatives for both styles, but for the purposes of retention, frequency is often more effective than large chunking- so a little every day (or most days of the week) tends to be beneficial. If your timetable does not permit a study session every day, it’s important to remember that online learning is portable learning. You can refresh your memory, re-visit difficult topics or stay up-to-date with discussion boards anywhere at any time- on the morning commute or even your lunch break. Our online learning courses are asynchronous, meaning there is no study timetable to adhere to; just pick a pattern that suits you.
Online learning study tools
CUC online sports an impressive range of online resource tools to assist with your studies. With all online resources being accessed via a central virtual learning environment (VLE), your online lectures, tutorials, quizzes, discussion forums, case studies and seminars are all in one place and can be accessed easily with a compatible device (preferably large-screen phones, tablets and laptops) and a network connection. Unlike on-campus lectures, all taught material will be there for you to replay, constantly available for review.
An induction module will give you an overview of studying online so you don’t go in blind. For some modules, virtual classrooms will be employed to involve you in a community session with an expert tutor on hand to guide you through a subject matter. It’s important to use all the resources on offer when studying online; the different learning formats are used to keep you engaged while our dedicated student support team will keep you on track.
At Coventry University College Online, we pride ourselves in offering top-quality student support, but that’s not to say staying motivated will be easy. Online learning is more independent than on-campus learning, yet the ease and accessibility will help you to stay positive through the challenging learning process.
- Set reminders using an e-calendar. Your student support advisor will prompt you about upcoming assessments and will address absences in activity to make sure everything is going well with your studies, but a personal calendar will allow you to organise your study hours and keep your module progress on track.
- Apply your learning. If you’re employed, apply what you’re learning about to your job role or your day-to-day activities. Management, leadership and accounting permeate every modern business and matching your vocation with your education will remind you how well you’re progressing.
- Connect with other students. Whether through discussion boards or over social media, keeping in contact with other motivated students will make you push yourself past that barrier of procrastination.
- Keep your study materials organised. With so many study materials to utilise, online books to read and assignments to plan for, it’s important to arrange a system of organisation that works best for you. Some people work better with good old fashioned paper- so printing out and filing may be the way forward. If you’re more digital in your thinking, a dedicated study folder with clean, well-kept directories will also keep you motivated as the documents you need will always be easy to find, which makes starting your study session hassle-free.
We hope these few short tips assist with your transition into online learning. When studying an online course at Coventry University College Online, you are fully supported throughout your studies by a dedicated support team. If you haven’t yet decided on earning your HNC, HND or BA (Hons) degree in management or finance with us, then why not have a more in-depth look at our courses?
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