Every degree became virtual thanks to the pandemic, and though campuses around the world are either now open again or opening soon, the rise of online education has made its mark. This shift to an online learning environment is particularly useful for working professionals looking to earn a graduate degree that will help their career in very specific ways.
Though you can often save when you learn online by avoiding accommodation costs and relocation costs, there are some cons to consider. One of the biggest issues remote students face is the lack of structure. Staying productive at home can be a struggle, but with this guide you will know how to successfully stay on schedule and succeed when completing your next online degree.
Ensure the Program is Properly Adapted for an Online Environment
There are great online degrees, and there are poor online degrees. The first thing you need to do is ensure that when the college or university transitioned these graduate programs online they did it properly. One of the biggest issues with remote and distanced learning in the past, for example, was the lack of a social element and social learning. Your program needs to have included multiple ways for you to learn in order to successfully offer an online degree.
To ensure that the program is a good one you may also want to check in with recent graduates and get their opinion.
Have a Winning Morning Routine
In order to have energy throughout your day, you will want to get started on improving your morning routine. A great breakfast full of energy-boosting foods, a light workout to get your circulation going, and a shower can do wonders to help you feel energized and ready to take on the day.
Stick to Study Blocks (with Breaks)
You will want to be consistent with when you study. If you are taking on an online degree full-time, then this should start in the morning and continue through to the afternoon. Work in whatever block of time works best for you. This could be an hour, an hour-and-a-half, or even less. Between these blocks of study time you will want to take productive breaks. This means stretching, having a snack, and even going outside for some fresh air. These activities work to reset the mind and can help you stay productive and on task.
How to Use Your Day More Efficiently for Revision
When it comes to revising and going over information you have learned so you can commit it to memory, small efforts work best. Create notes that you can read and revise on your commute or when you are on public transport. Create voice notes that you can listen through while you are doing your household chores or going on a walk. By combining activities and starting from day one you can easily integrate this new knowledge. Cramming before an exam does not help you really learn the information at hand. Small, ongoing revision sessions (especially while you are physically active) can help you remember the information for a lifetime.