Distance learning offers many students the opportunity to study in their own time and at their own pace. This flexibility is relief to those who work full-time jobs and have many responsibilities.

However, there are a few mistakes that distance learning students make that can be avoided. Take a look at the three mistakes listed below, and find out how to avoid them so that you can succeed with your distance learning course.

 

1 – Not staying motivated

An appealing part of distance learning is that it can be done at your own pace, in your own time, and anywhere you choose. Because of this, it is important that you stay motivated, and not lose interest in your course because there is nobody monitoring your studies and no classes to attend. Motivation will keep you focused and will enable you to complete your course successfully.

 
Here are a few tips on how to stay motivated while completing your course:

Set goals and track your progress

Set goals for yourself that you would like to reach during your course. Keep track of the progress you make, and every time you reach a goal or exceed one, be sure to make a note of it so that you can stay motivated to reach more of your goals.

Reward yourself

A good way to stay motivated is by rewarding yourself for the goals you have reached and for good results you have achieved on assignments and tests. You can reward yourself with time off from studying, a night on the town, time off to watch a good movie – or anything else that motivates you to study.

 

2 – Not managing time effectively

<p”>Poor time management is a common mistake among distance learning students. It is hard enough to juggle work, your personal life, and family responsibilities. Adding studies to the list makes it even harder. It is therefore critical, when studying via distance learning, that you master good time management skills to avoid falling behind in your course.
 

Manage your time by doing the following:

Create a timetable

You need structure to be able to stay on top of your study requirements for your course. A good way to create structure is by creating a timetable where you schedule blocks of time for studying and working on assignments.

Ensure that you include study breaks in your timetable to give yourself rest time between your study periods. If you create a realistic timetable, and stick to it, you will be able to manage your studies and your other responsibilities.

Example of a weekly timetable

Example of a weekly timetable

 

Avoid distractions

Once you have created a timetable, you need to stick to it. Avoid getting distracted by other things and putting off doing the work scheduled to be done. When studying, keep your social media, blogs, games and other distractions away until you have completed your work. You can use the distractions as little rewards for putting in the time and completing the work you need to do.

 

3 – Not creating a good study environment

Not creating a designated study area for yourself is a big mistake many students make. Your study area should not be a noisy kitchen, your TV area, or another area where other people sit and entertain themselves. Studying in this kind of environment will lead to you being distracted and not sticking to your timetable.
 

Here is a tip on creating a good study environment:

Find a dedicated study area

A private room where you can separate yourself from the rest of the house is an ideal space to study. If you cannot dedicate a whole room, create a corner where you can set up your desk and study material. Ensure that the area is quiet, well lit, and equipped with everything you need to complete your tasks.

 
Now that you have seen some of the mistakes many distance learning students make, you can put the tips into practice so that you can avoid these mistakes and ensure that you get through your course successfully. Remember, when it comes to distance learning, managing your time effectively, staying motivated, and creating a good study environment will go a long way in making your study journey a smooth one.

 

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