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Top online learning tips for postgraduate students

Top online learning tips for postgraduate students

How to get the best out of your course

Did you know that the UK’s first distance learning courses date back to the 1840s when Sir Isaac Pitman taught students his now famous shorthand by post? Today, more than six million students around the world pursue higher education fully online, enrolling to programmes like our part-time master’s courses.

If you’ve been considering earning a degree remotely yourself, we’ve pulled together our top tips for making the most of your online course:

1. Get organised

Make sure you have the right equipment and a reliable internet connection so you can access your course materials. While our online learning platform, Canvas, has a clean and easy-to-use interface, it’s always a good idea to familiarise yourself with any software being used to support your online study to minimise any confusion or stress before your course begins.

2. Create a suitable space to study

Consider where and how you’ll be most comfortable and effective when learning. Do you work best listening to music and around others, or with peace and quiet so you can concentrate? Whether you opt for the kitchen table, bedroom, or home office, try to limit distractions and interruptions during online learning sessions.

3. What’s the best time to learn?

Try to find a study time that works for you. If you’re a morning person, make time to study first thing, but if you do your best work in the evening, then set aside an hour or two after dinner or once your other obligations have been attended to.

4. Figure out how you learn best

Not everyone learns the same way. If you’re a visual learner, for example, it might be useful to print out your research notes before you review them. Learn best by listening? Schedule time to play and replay video-based content.

5. Make a schedule

Look at your timetable and set reminders to attend any online sessions you’d like to join. Devise a weekly schedule for online coursework; break up your workload and commit periods for different activities like reading, writing assignments, and discussions with your peers.

6. Use the Library resources

In addition to using The Library to complete your recommended reading, you can also turn to the platform to find out more about your industry and other course-related areas you might be interested in specialising in. You can also use our Library Training Team to learn more about researching topics, best practice for formatting assignments, and more.

7. Stay connected

Build relationships with other students by introducing yourself and taking part in online forums and group work. Share your thoughts on the course material and engage with the contributions of others – this will not only better your dynamic as a class, but enhance your understanding of the subject as well.

8. Ask questions

The best learners don’t hesitate to ask questions. By doing this you’ll avoid confusion, broaden your knowledge, and establish constructive relationships with your tutors and classmates. The more engaged you are with your course, the more rewarding the entire experience will be.

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