Now is the time to seriously consider the actual study sessions. If you have a stable, written plan, you will likely stick to it after the course begins. There is no right or wrong study plan. The right person will work with your schedule and allow you to fulfill your other responsibilities and obligations. However, don’t be afraid to try hard. If you are constantly looking for better results, you will finish the course faster and feel more satisfied at the end of the course.
Leave room for error
Something could happen mid-course, like a sick child or an unexpected deadline at work. Try to leave a little space in your schedule to accommodate these unexpected setbacks. For example, if you think you can complete the first part of the course in three days, give yourself five. Your three-day goal has been achieved, in which case you can roll onto your back, but if it takes five days, you won’t have to rearrange your study schedule for the future.
Create a study calendar
The calendar works best to maintain a regular protein. You can use the pencil during study times at work, family, and friends to make it one of your top priorities. Your schedule may not allow you to study every day. This is good. If you can only meet on weekends, add the online course to your calendar on Saturdays and Sundays. You can use the electronic or paper calendar. If you are used to one or the other, follow it, because you are used to checking other appointments and obligations.
Write detailed task lists
The to-do list can become your best friend during an e-learning adventure. They can help you study more efficiently and get things done faster. Plus, you get a check on each item upon completion. Depending on your personality, you can create extensive or highly accurate task lists. Go with your favorite style. If you want to write things step by step, do it, because you will feel more comfortable with the process. Alternatively, you can group different elements together for simplicity.
Set time limits
One way to increase your productivity and efficiency is to force yourself to study for a specific period of time. If you often feel anxious, consider a 15 minute timer. When the bell rings, get up, walk, and go back to your office for another 15 minutes. If you do this four times, you will study for an hour in total. Online study can lead to eye fatigue, so these breaks in study sessions will give you relief. Additionally, you can exert any stiffness in your muscles and clean your head before returning to the material. However, make sure you are working as long as you feel is necessary to complete your goals and check each item on your to-do list. If you need two hours of intensive study time, you can work in eight 15-minute sessions or six 20-minute sessions. Set it apart in a way that is comfortable for you.
Follow your schedule
Try not to leave yourself in trouble when studying. A life-threatening emergency is one thing, but the latest episode of “Game of Thrones” is not a valid excuse for skipping school hours. Many online courses, as mentioned above, include live events in which you participate online. Losing these things may not lead to an incomplete cycle, but you won’t get the same value from the process. Try to attend these events and turn in any work by the deadline so you don’t get left behind.