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5 Tips on Studying for E-learning Classes

You’ve signed up for your course, you’ve received all the materials, but you’re still having trouble studying? Follow these simple guidelines to get yourself back in to the swing of studying for your e-learning classes.

As soon as you start your course, make a studying plan. Ideally you want a minimum of two to three hours, five days a week, in which you can study uninterrupted. During this period, make sure all cell phones are turned off, any messenger programs not used explicitly for the course are shut down, and that all websites that aren’t related to the course are made off-limits. Under no circumstances should you allow yourself to procrastinate. Studying for an hour every day, or working on an essay piece-by-piece, is much more effective than putting it off and launching yourself into marathon cram sessions or essay-writing periods.

Find yourself a place where you will not be disturbed. The local public library, your bedroom (especially if the door can be locked) or even the garden shed. Some people have gone so far as to convert theirs in to full-fledged offices and retreats where they can study and work in peace, without the distractions of house and home.

Make friends with the other students on your course. They can often be as valuable a resource as the tutors themselves. Use them as sounding boards for your ideas, or as critics for your essays. In turn, listen to their ideas, their work, and their insights, and you may well find something that you’ve missed out.

Take careful note of the required reading for the course, then complement it with whatever you can find on the subject. Use the web, track down used textbooks (which often sell for a third or less of retail price, and may come with useful notes left by the previous owner) and make plenty of notes of your own. If you come across a theory or section that you don’t understand, make a note and ask your tutor about it. Be proactive about your learning, and you’ll find yourself way ahead of the curve in no time.

Lastly, make sure you get plenty of sleep during the course. Tired brains do not retain as much information as those that are fresh and well-rested. Try and get as close to eight hours of sleep per night as you can…it might sound obvious, but you’ll be surprised at how much easier studying for e-learning classes becomes when you’re fresh and rested.

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