Distance learning is transforming education in a way that has never been seen before. Offering more flexibility and accessibility to students and professionals, allowing them to balance their studies with their other important obligations, while also empowering them to take advantage of the digital age and excel in it.
If, however, you are new to distance learning or are struggling to adapt, in this blog we explore seven proven strategies to make the most out of your online or blended learning experience.
1. Create a Dedicated Learning Space
Designate a specific area in your home solely for studying, free from distractions. This space should be comfortable and well-organized. In fact, having a designated learning space helps condition your mind for learning. When you enter this space, it signals to your brain that it's time to focus, just like entering a classroom would. Here are a few suggestions to enhance your study area:
- Try transforming a spare room, a corner of your living room, or even a quiet cafe into your dedicated learning space.
- Try different lighting options to figure out what suits you best.
- Use storage solutions for keeping all learning materials organised and easily accessible.
- Invest in ergonomic furniture to provide a supportive study environment.
- Motivational quote cards or stickers, great to have them spread across the room.
- If you live with your family or have a roommate, establish ground rules with them so that they don’t disturb you when you need to focus. You can also put a ‘’Do not disturb’’ sign on your door or around your space when you need it.
2. Set Clear Goals and Prioritize:
Have specific daily and long-term learning goals. These goals should be clear and measurable, taking into account the time you have to study and your busy life admin. For example, a specific daily goal you can work towards might be:
"Today, I aim to complete two chapters of my online course and finish my research outline for the upcoming project."
A long-term learning goal, on the other hand, might look like:
"In the next six months, my long-term learning goal is to learn new programming language, complete three advanced online courses related to machine learning, and apply this knowledge to contribute significantly to a collaborative project at work."
Having clear goals helps to break your learning journey down into more manageable and achievable steps. It may also be helpful to try using planners or digital tools to visualize your progress. It can be encouraging to celebrate even the small steps, helping you remain optimistic about your long-term goals (i.e., achieving your qualification or training certificate).