So you’re a student with Open2Study and you’re studying online. What we already know about you therefore is that you’re self-motivated, responsible and committed to your course of study. Good for you - these are essential characteristics that will serve you well across all your endeavours.
What else do you need to do well with online studies? Making time to go through the content of your subject is pretty important and it’s a good idea to set aside 2-4 hours each week to do that. There are videos to watch, pop-quizzes to do, assessment questions to think through, and further reading resources that you may want to look at, too.
Make it social
Open2Study gives you the opportunity to participate in a highly social learning environment with other students. So unless you know that you work better on your own, why not collaborate, cooperate, communicate and make the most of your like-minded online community? By interacting with other students, you’ll be developing important skills such as critical thinking and self-reflection. Along the way, you may also make some useful contacts for the future or some new friends.
Make it questionable
No, I don’t mean make it dubious – ask questions! Turn to your classmates if you get stuck or encounter difficulties. You can use the online forums or join/form a study group with so you can bounce questions off each other. And if you prefer some guidance from a professional, don’t forget to ask your online learning facilitator who’ll be happy to give you some study tips or help with administrative issues.
It’s also useful to work out when you’re at your learning peak throughout the day. Are you a morning person who wakes up ready to go, or do you do your best thinking later in the afternoon? Schedule in your study time for when you’re most focused and productive so that you can get the best out of your study efforts. And once you’ve reached a study goal, reward yourself for the hard work and time you’ve invested.
Freddo Frog, anyone?