Have you undertaken online studies before?
Below are some ideas about what it is like to learn online and some suggestions that may be helpful to you.
Prioritising and fitting in your study time
Although we will have a fortnightly online seminar there are no other classes at particular times, so many people find it more important to plan and prioritise their study time. It can be useful to work out when in the day you are most able to concentrate, so your time is well spent.
We have broken the learning down into small steps to make it easier for you to complete your studies. You can read a step when you have a spare 10–20 minutes and mark it off as done. Sometimes we will ask you to read an article or investigate a problem this may take a little longer. But you can plan these activities around your available time.
Some online learners like to block out a regular large block of time each week. Others prefer to do shorter bursts of study each day. Find out what works best for you.
If you are combining work and study, it is important that you have the support of your family and friends. Being clear with them about how important this is to you is an important start. You may find it helpful to explain to your family that there will be times when you will have to prioritise your study and may not, for example, be able to contribute as much to shared household duties.
Sharing your learning
Learning online does not have to be a lonely experience. Our Deakin FutureLearn platform allows you to share your ideas with others. We encourage you to engage with others to assist with learning.
You can also ‘like’ posts and follow other learners. Start by following Matt. This makes it easy to find notifications from the team.
You may like to form study groups to deepen your learning experience. You can do this in Deakin Communities, accessed through DeakinSync. You can also set up a private group and share tips and experiences.
You may want to find people who live near you who you can meet up with for support, complete steps together, discuss your assessments and to deepen your learning.
Are you a mindful learner? Noticing the way you are thinking about your studies can help you understand your mind at work. For example:
- how do you think about yourself as a student? Are you supportive and understanding, as you would be with a friend?
- what kinds of self-talk do you engage in?
- what do you do when you feel the urge to procrastinate?
Mindful strategies you might like to try:
Celebrating successful study habits—Record the time you spend studying and recognising each session you complete as a success.
Goal setting—Set realistic goals that are achievable to build your confidence.
Challenging negative thoughts—Notice when negative thoughts arise and set down some alternative responses.
Changing procrastination to action—Notice when you feel the urge to procrastinate and use this as a cue to study. Many students find they actually enjoy working on assignments once they get started and wish they had started earlier.
Recognise your achievements
Achievements are more than just marks on an assessment, and may include your study strategies and engaging actively in your learning. For example:
- setting time aside for study
- prioritising your studies
- reading a challenging journal article
- posting a contribution on the discussion to help your learning or that of others.
Each time you complete one of these, recognise this as another step in your pathway to completing your course.
There are more ideas and tips about studying online in our orientation course Preparing for success that is available for all Deakin cloud students.
In the comments section, share a reflection about your experience and expectations of studying online. You may want to think about the following points to guide your reflection:
- Do you think online study is different?
- If you have studied online before, what worked for you?
- What are some of the advantages?
- What were some of the challenges? How did you overcome them?
- What tips would you give someone who has not studied online before?
Try to respond to at least one other person if you can.