Distance students seem to enjoy the best of everything. They get their education without actually having to attend classes while still being able to keep their jobs and receive a paycheck. In fact, this is one of the outstanding advantages of distance learning that makes many students make this their choice of education. In addition, distance learners also benefit from flexibility as they can study at their own pace without having to stick to class schedules.
However, amid these perks, distance learning requires a lot of discipline and motivation from students. When we’re juggling work and study, it’s very easy to lose sight of our priorities and not keep up. Additionally, distance learners do not have the benefit of having their urge to learn renewed when they interact with faculty or fellow students in class.
So how can distance learners meet this challenge? The first thing a student must have is good time management. Everyone has 24 hours and it’s up to us to make the best use of them. Make a daily or weekly schedule and take time out for your studies every day. If you have family, let them know your schedule so they know when not to be disturbed. Divide your time sensibly between work, family and studies. Discipline is of course important here, because any schedule is useless if it is not adhered to.
Self-motivation is also essential to distance learning success. One way to do this is to keep in touch with your classmates. With the Internet today, it’s often easy to stay in touch through email, instant messengers, and Internet calling. Discussing projects or tasks with your teammates will help you stay on track and hold you and your teammates accountable to one another.
Setting goals and rewarding yourself when you achieve them are great self-motivation habits. First, draw a chart of the milestones you need to reach to complete your course. Cross out each goal when you reach it and reward yourself accordingly. There is a certain satisfaction in seeing ourselves moving forward, and this becomes a motivating force for us to take on the next hurdle.
In addition, it is always important for a distance student to set up a quiet place to study, away from the distractions of home life, such as the TV, phone calls, or other family members. Organize an inaccessible study area or lock yourself in a quiet room to ensure optimal concentration. Apart from that, a good chair, a stable table and enough space are also essential elements to create a conducive environment.
Although distance learning is a great and effective learning concept, much of its effectiveness depends on the habits and determination of the individual. The full benefits of distance learning can only be gained through hard work, discipline and determination to succeed.
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