Thursday, February 5, 2015

5 Ways to become a more Effective Distance Student

Studying from a distance provides numerous advantages to students; especially for busy professionals or those with limited mobility, family responsibilities and other constraints keeping them from attending traditional face-to-face courses. However, distance students must overcome other issues and concerns. Distance education is flexible but this flexibility can negatively affect the learning process if the learner hasn’t prepared his/her mindset for an e-learning program.

Sabi University is advocating technology-enhanced education by providing e-learning and blended studies. We believe that the results of an interactive distance education can be superior to traditional education and has the potential to break boundaries, providing education to all people. However, learners comprise an important side of the education process. Their motivation, participation and follow up have important impacts on the outcome of the program or course. Regardless of the quality and resources provided through our eCampus and aside from Sabi’s capacity to design a high quality interactive program, if our students are not psychologically prepared for this mode of study, the outcome will not be impressive. So, in addition to designing technology-enhanced programs, we must train and advise our students in how to study from distance.  

During the following article, we try to advise our students on how to study from distance.

Make a schedule and stick to it

One of the biggest dangers of studying or working from a distance is procrastination. It is therefore crucial to follow a well-paced schedule with deadlines. There is room for flexibility but staying on track and keeping up with your course material is vital to succeeding. Set your own schedule for following lectures and keep pace with our week based Program Flows to stay ahead.

Take regular breaks

After each 20-minute video lecture spend ten minutes reviewing key concepts and ideas and then take a break. Researchers at a social media company recently tracked the habits of their most productive employees. They discovered that the best workers typically worked intently for around 52 minutes and then took a 17-minute break. Drink a coffee, go for a walk, read an article, just be sure to give your brain some time to relax and recover before diving into the next lecture.

Make Space

Set aside a separate space in your home for studying. You also want to make sure your friends, colleagues and family know you are off limits during your scheduled study hours.

Engage Globally

Prolonged isolation can lead to weakened productivity and motivation. Be sure to engage with the eSabi platform by reaching out to your professor and fellow students around the world. You will get a lot more out of your studies if you foster connections and discussions with fellow distance learners and teachers. You can also use online networking sites like LinkedIn and Facebook to maintain connections with Sabi students and faculty.

Recognise Accomplishments

When you’re working on your own at home, staying motivated can be difficult. One smart way to maintain momentum is to spend a moment or two acknowledging what you have been able to accomplish each day. Use your notes to reflect on that day’s events and see what you were able to check off your to-do list. The daily reminder of what you were able to finish will help create a virtuous cycle going forward.

Principles to Remember:

  • Make a schedule and stick to it
  • Stay on Pace with Sabi Program Flows
  • Focus on what you’ve accomplished at the end of each day to keep yourself motivated
  • Create a dedicated workspace and let your family know that you are unavailable during work hours
  • Reach out to fellow students and faculty to foster lasting contacts
  • Try to work all day without regular breaks
  • Isolate yourself — go the extra mile to meet up and discuss with fellow students
  • Neglect to check in regularly it’s important to make yourself ‘visible’ even if you aren’t studying in a traditional brick and mortar institution.


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