This is a guest post by Dana Jandhyala, who writes to help students study better and to coach parents so they can facilitate the success of their children.
How many times have a lot of you sat at your table and decided to study but despite your best intentions you were unable to? Every single one of you I bet.
Taking online study courses is very convenient but it is easier said than done as it requires strong motivation, self-discipline, time management skills and willpower.
Here are 11 study concentration tips that will help your children achieve online study success:
1. Set a Mindset of Motivation and Self Discipline.
Online learning can become challenging at times as both the motivation and self-discipline has to come from within.
A lot of the qualities that are required for online learning are the student’s commitment to studying and remaining motivated on their own. By simply completing online courses, you have demonstrated your will to work independently and efficiently which will give you an edge over other applicants.
2. Ensure That Your Study Environment is Comfortable.
The place that you study in has a huge impact on your ability to focus and retain knowledge so make sure it’s comfortable.
Try and block out distractions as much as possible as it will enhance your focus. A dedicated study space will help you improve your concentration.
3. Understand How Online Studying Works.
Make sure to find out more details about how online studying works before you actually start studying online.
Find out more about online study processes such as:
- Submitting your coursework
- Accessing discussion groups
- Contacting your instructors
- Accessing library facilities
- Changing enrolment details
Knowing and understanding all of this will help you study better
4. Set Realistic Study Goals.
There are a large variety of online study courses which carry different workloads. Make sure that you will be able to balance out all the courses that you have opted for.
If you are unsure about the amount of time that you can devote then you should think of signing up for one unit at a time when you initially start your course.
5. Keep Yourself Hydrated and Pay Attention to Your Nutrition.
Roughly 60% of our bodies are composed of water. Keeping yourself hydrated is very important as dehydration can make us feel distracted, tired and annoyed.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day is an age-old adage. Which is true as it will be harder to work or concentrate if you’re hungry. Eating small healthy snacks like fruits in between your meals will help keep your focus razor sharp.
6. Close Your Email Box and Chat Program.
Low productivity is usually caused by constant distractions. You can deal with these distractions by eliminating them from your mind and sight altogether through good study habits. Close your email box and chat programs to let your colleagues know that you need to focus.
7. Build a Study Plan and Follow It.
Having a study plan in place is important if you want to succeed with online learning.
Make sure to plan ahead as this will reduce the stress that you are exposed to in completing online tasks greatly. Knowing when your assignments are due will help you manage and plan your time better.
8. Create a Calendar and To-Do List.
Online learning needs a structural approach that will help you remember all your important tasks and when they are due. You can download and save your calendar in your computer and use it as a study planner.
Making a to-do list is also very helpful as it gives you a clear deadline to complete a given amount of your tasks. This is a great way for you to prioritize certain aspects of your studies as well as meeting your deadlines.
9. Ask for Help When You Need It.
It is usually ideal to look for answers to any of your queries and questions online. But don’t hesitate in contacting your instructors to resolve your queries.
Hesitating to have your queries resolved when necessary can make you fall behind in class.
Build a good relationship with your instructors and stay in regular touch with them. The open nature of online learning allows you to ask your virtual classmates for help as well as via forums, chat rooms, and social media groups.
10. Measure and Track Your Learning Success.
Reflect on what you’ve learned so far and feel proud about it. A little self-validation is necessary from time to time.
11. Take Regular and Scheduled Breaks.
Your concentration span can only last so long and you may begin to feel tired or annoyed after a while due to the sheer monotony so take regular study breaks. You can opt to divide your breaks according to your attention span such as 5-10 minute breaks after an hour of studying.
Following these online study tips will make your online learning experience fun and enjoyable.