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Taking the step back into Education can be quite daunting, especially if you have other full-time obligations, such as work or family commitments. Throughout this blog, we will cover some of our top tips to help you to manage workload and cope with juggling life and studying.
One of the best things about completing an online course, is the flexibility and independence that you have whilst studying. You manage your own time and work at your own pace. This allows you to work around your life and fit in studying as and when you can.
There are a range of steps you can take that can enable you to manage your time and workload to fit in around any other commitments you may have in your life, as outlined below.
Set outcomes for success
Planning your outcomes will allow you to stay motivated throughout the course, giving you a clear vision of what you want to achieve. Setting goals for what you want to achieve and when, will ensure you are not feeling overwhelmed throughout the course, giving yourself manageable time limits to assist you in this.
Try setting yourself a goal for each of the assignments and this will help to make your long-term goals feel more realistic.
Plan for success
One of the most effective ways you can ensure you are using your time as efficiently as possible, is to plan. Plan your time and workload.
Planning your time is essential if you want to meet your deadline. You will have a set time limit on your course, which will be highlighted when you enrol on the course. Knowing this, will allow you to set time goals for completing each assignment, allowing you to stay on track.
Planning your workload, alongside planning your time, will enable you to keep on top of your work and efficiently plan and study for particular topics and assignments.
If you consider when you would like to complete the course and how many assignments that you need to complete, you can calculate how to spread these out evenly within your set time limit.
Create a workspace for success
It is important that your workspace reflects on what you want to achieve. You will need to create a calm and positive workspace that enables you to work at your best.
To do this, there are a few steps you can take to ensure you have a mindful workspace:
No clutter or distractions
If your workspace is messy and full of irrelevant materials, then it could become overwhelming. This goes hand in hand with removing any distractions, as this can lead to your work not being up to a usual standard. The best way to tackle these issues, is to ensure you have only the essential tools in your workspace to complete your work and not engaging with any possible distractions. This will help ensure you do not procrastinate throughout your studying.
Take a break
To ensure you do not become too overwhelmed or tired during your studying, you will need to ensure you take regular breaks, wherein you can relax and focus your attention elsewhere, e.g., eating, going for a walk etc.
Ask for help to assist in success
If you are finding that you have any issues, problems, or questions, you can contact your online tutors or the student support team at any time. They will be happy to assist you with any difficulties you may be having and give support where needed.
We are understanding of any possible issues that may arise when you are trying to complete your online studies. Your online tutor will assist you in any way that they can, be it giving you the guidance to apply for an extension if needed or by going into more depth on the content needed in your assignment.
Throughout your course, you will be supported by the college every step of the way. Our support is unlimited.
Contact our course advisors today to begin planning your future and take the leap into online learning.