Tips for studying online

Studying from home can present some challenges to students, but with the right set-up and resources at your fingertips you’ll be flying in no time. To get you started, our Centre for Academic Success has put together a few tips to help you study effectively from home.

Student at home on laptop

1. Embrace studying online: Online learning is becoming more and more common, so this is a great chance for you to develop some skills to help you succeed.

2. Stick to a routine: Plan a daily or weekly schedule to help you manage your time while studying at home.

3. Find somewhere quiet to work: Staying in bed and studying may be tempting, but will it help you work effectively? Make sure you have somewhere peaceful to work, try and use a workspace like a desk or table if you can, and cut down on external and online distractions.

4. Develop your communication skills: You will communicate in different ways on various online formats (email, discussion boards, social media, online seminars). You will use many of these in work environments in the future, so take the opportunity to practise being professional and appropriate in formats you may not be used to.

5. Be patient: Your lecturers are working hard on developing online content for you. Please be patient with them if things don’t go right the first time.

6. Solve technical issues: Develop your initiative and resilience. Don’t give up if you hit a technical issue. For example, if a link to your reading is broken, maybe you can search for the journal article yourself by using the library search.

7. Solving problems: Contacting the correct person will help you to get any problem you have solved more quickly. Check the information provided by your lecturer.

8. Get additional support: The Centre for Academic Success has online tutorials and resources to help you. Find more.

9. Find additional resources: Check YouTube for academic presentations on your subject, and for advice on how to study and write effectively. If you have an iPad or iPhone – check iTunes U for free recordings of lectures.

10. Look after you: Most importantly, remember to be kind to yourself. Now is an anxious time, so make sure to take care of yourself and others.