List of benefits of distance learning
During this time, I and many others need to study from home. This can be challenging and really comfortable, depending on the day. After over 8 months of studying from my apartment I have been able to point out the benefits, but also the challenges that come with it. This was a great way to pinpoint what I need to work on in order to reach my full potential when I am in full charge of both my schedule and productivity.
No Bus or Commute
This is not only beneficial for financial reasons but distance learning is also good for time management. By not having to travel back and forth to the job and school, you suddenly have a lot of time for other things. Whether it is a few more winks of sleep or extra study time, this is definitely a plus of distance learning.
Learn on Your Own Schedule
When having distance learning you often have the freedom to choose their schedule. You are able to study at your own pace in a comfortable environment. Online classes give you the ability to be flexible and makes it easier to prioritize career, family, friends, hobbies, and other things.
Less Stressful Environment
Many students have reported that they feel less stressed while having distance learning. It can also be beneficial for you to complete hobbies and housework that otherwise would be procrastinated.
Time Management and Other Skills
When studying on distance, you have to manage your own time which is an essential skill in every aspect of life. Distance learning forces you to plan and structure your time which is a great way to implement time management in other aspects in your daily life. Research, written communication, leadership and technology are some other areas that you will gain experience within when studying online. For example, workplaces develop their technological processes constantly and your experiences from online education gives you the benefits and leverage in your evolving work.
Tips for distance learning
Get Prepared and Make a Plan
Since distance learning is self-paced, you have the ability to choose by yourself when you want to study, except for the scheduled seminars, assignments and exam dates. To be successful in your distance learning, you should set your timetable in order to get some structure in your study schedule.
Coordinate your study environment
In order to be able to study, you need to choose some place where it is private and free from interruptions. There are no rules here. For some, a café is the best option, while for others, the kitchen table is fine. Whatever is best for you. But try to avoid the bed or sofa, since this is easy to associate with free time and also, think about what is comfortable for your back and other body parts when sitting for several hours.
Get to Know Your Course Page
In order to be effective and productive during your distance learning, it is crucial that you get to know your course page so that you can easily understand your new study environment. Also, try to do this before the course starts, so that you can ask questions to your teacher in time, if there is something you do not really understand.
Find out Your Best Learning Style
All students have their own ways of learning most effectively. Try to find out what works best for you, whether it is visually, by listening, by reading, by writing or by doing.
Get dressed to impress
If you feel tired or unmotivated to study from home, take a shower, put on your regular work clothes that you wear at your work and sit in front of the computer. This way, you trick your brain by thinking you are in a more formal environment and need to be productive. It is a good way to get started on the days you feel like it the least.