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It can be just as rigorous and demanding as face-to-face
study and deserves to be treated with the same respect
Online study with TAFE NSW
Online is a great way to learn at your own pace. And because it's
online it also means you can study almost anywhere you choose. On the
bus or train, sitting in a café or under a tree in the park. You can
even study at the beach!
Too good to be true? Not at all. Follow these top 10 tips for online
study and success will be yours.
10. Be tech-ready. Online study requires you to have
all the necessary technology. For most people this is really just a
reliable internet connection and a device that you're comfortable
using. But some online courses have specific tech requirements such as
certain software programs. Usually this will be mentioned in the
course overview, but it's still worth double-checking yourself.
9. Admin matters. Okay, so it might be kinda boring,
but it's also kinda important. Make sure you understand all the adminy
things about your online course. This includes things like submitting
coursework, accessing discussion groups, contacting teachers,
accessing library facilities and changing enrolment details. You don't
want to fail an exam or task because you didn't submit it correctly.
8. R.E.S.P.E.C.T. Don't underestimate your online
study – it can be just as rigorous and demanding as face-to-face
study, and therefore deserves to be treated with the same respect.
Allow ample time for it. Get plenty of rest. And try to avoid skipping
the additional material the teacher has provided like ungraded tasks
and recommended videos. It's all there for a reason.
7. Focus. Noisy children, barking dogs, mid-morning
television, those chocolate bickies that just aren't going to eat
themselves. And that's not even mentioning the other distractions
under your very nose that are just a few clicks away, like checking
your Facebook status and emails. Resisting these distractions takes
some discipline, but it's like working a muscle. It gets easier the
more you do it.
6. Get social. When you enrol in a TAFE NSW Online
course, you're not alone. TAFE NSW
Online has a strong network with other students, which means you
can still connect with your teacher and fellow classmates in a virtual
classroom, even if you're sitting at home in your pyjamas. And it
doesn't stop there. You can also participate in online chats, forums,
on discussion boards and via social media and email. You'll feel more
connected and involved. And your studies will benefit from this.
5. Stay organised. Remember, studying with TAFE NSW
Online is the real deal (see tip number 8). Find effective ways to
stay on top of your work. Mark the due dates of all assignments and
tasks in your calendar, both digital and paper. TAFE NSW Online can
give you automatic alerts and notifications. Keep all of your course
work and materials together. This is also a headspace thing. An
organized environment means a calm, uncluttered mind.
4. It is written. While traditional, face-to-face
learning is mostly oral, with online study you'll be doing a lot of
typing. Be comfortable expressing yourself via the written word. And
remember, things like tone and facial expressions are lost here, so
try to write as clearly, cleanly and unambiguously as possible.
3. Seek and ye shall find. Master the art of online
research. The internet is awash with information, a lot of it
good, a lot of it dodgy. And sometimes it can be hard to tell the good
stuff from the dodgy stuff. Always check the source of an article or
piece of information you find online before you reference it.
Information from educational institutions is generally (but not
always) reliable, but use your own judgement.
2. Pace yourself. The most effective way of studying
online is in short, sharp bursts of concentration with regular breaks.
Set study goals, make it part of your daily routine rather than
something extra to be squeezed into your already hectic schedule.
Assess what your workload is and organise a schedule that still allows
time for other things – remember what all work and no play did to
Jack. It's all about effective
1. Stay motivated. Never forget why you're doing this. Your
online study will be more than just worthwhile. It can change your life.