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Top 5 tips for studying during online distance learning courses


RGU CampusOnline distance learning courses give students the flexibility and opportunity to study. At Robert Gordon University Aberdeen, our courses allow you to communicate easily with tutors and fellow students, providing all the help and support needed for studying in any location across the world. 93% of our distance learning students say, 'it has been worth the investment of time'.

With this in mind, we have put together our top five tips for studying during an online distance learning course:

  1. Stick to a rough schedule – Online distance learning courses are all about giving people who may have other commitments, the flexibility and opportunity to study. However, a rough schedule should still be put in place to stay on track. For example, if you know you do not have any commitments between 7pm and 10pm, then try to study and progress your course for a few hours during this time. Giving yourself a three/four hour window means you don’t have to study for this full time solidly but a little of this time would be beneficial - online distance learning courses are all about flexibility.
  2. Create a tidy and calm work environment – By creating a separate area in your home, away from distractions such as the TV, you will benefit from a tidy and organised space. A cluttered area with books and paper strewn everywhere is not going to benefit study time or enable your mind to be focused.
  3. Outreach to other online distance students – Our virtual learning environment, Campus Moodle, allows you to communicate easily with tutors and fellow students, providing all the help and support needed for studying in any location across the world. For distance learning students, the best way to access learning materials and interact with fellow students and tutors is through this type of discussion forum.
  4. Set Goals – By setting goals you can instill structure into your online distance learning course, whether that is X number of topics completed in the month or deadlines by which you will have completed your reading list. When you hit that goal, reward yourself! A great excuse for a trip to the cinema to relax or a Starbucks hot chocolate with whipped cream and marshmallows!
  5. Take a Break – Cramming study into periods of time is not beneficial and does not allow the brain to digest key information. Take regular breaks to make a drink/snack, grab some fresh air and take a short walk to stretch your legs. A short break allows the mind to rest and re-focus.

Good luck!

To find more information about courses and how to apply see our online and distance learning pages.