How To Allocate Study Time For E-learning Courses

Online Training By Rhiannon Davies

One of the main benefits to learning online is that your studies are entirely flexible – you can drop in and out of studying whenever you need to. While this is great for helping achieve that work-life balance, how do you make sure the scales stay balanced?

Here’s a range of tips to help allocate study time for your online course, and make sure you stay motivated, productive, and on track for your goals.

1.    Set goals

Come up with a date you would like to complete your qualification by and work backwards from there to create checkpoints to keep to as you study. Make sure to factor in any practical assessments that will require you to visit a separate location, like a workplace risk assessment. You can adjust your goals as you go along to suit your learning style, spending less time on topics you feel confident with and more on the subjects you need to focus on a little more. ACT health and safety training online  includes interactive exercises after each module to help you test how well you know each subject.

2.    Figure out your habits

It can be hard for some people to motivate themselves once they are in a relaxed environment like their home. If this sounds like you, try setting aside 30 minutes once your workday has finished to study before you leave for home. You already associate your office or workspace with being productive, and it will be easier to avoid distractions like TV. If you don’t work in an office environment, try to begin studying at the same time every day – for example, setting aside time as soon as you get up. It will make it easier to turn studying in to a habit.

3.    Take breaks

Pushing yourself to study even when your brain is refusing to cooperate won’t lead to anything good, so taking a short break every twenty minutes or so to stretch, have a drink, and allow your eyes to rest from looking at a screen will actually lead to being more productive. Our IOSH Managing Safely e-learning courses are segmented into digestible modules that will allow you to better manage your workload.

4.    Put it in writing

At the end of each study session, allocate enough time to write down what you’ve learned. This will help you remember the information you’ve just studied as well as identifying the areas you feel like you need to focus on more. Based on this you can then plan ahead extra study sessions to go over these areas until you feel more confident in them. This approach also helps with our next tip…

5.    Change up your methods

Introducing variety in to the way you study can help keep you concentrate and stay interested in the subject matter. If you’re studying in a busy household, turn it to your advantage by getting them to help you study. Hand over your revision notes and get them to quiz you on what you’ve learned so far. This will make your study time more interactive and make it easier to concentrate compared to studying alone.

If you’re taking a course that has an exam for an assessment, (like the General Certificate or National Diploma courses) e-learning courses from ACT feature mock exam-style questions written in the style that you could expect in your assessment. Put aside time to answer these questions as you would in your assessment so you can get used to the style of writing, and then compare your answer to the example given.

6.    Reward yourself

Finally, you can’t (and shouldn’t) spend every spare second studying. It’s easier to achieve goals and stick to a plan when you recognise what you’ve accomplished so far. Once you’ve achieved your goal for that particular study session, stop for the day. This sense of achievement will motivate you when you next start studying, and stop you from tiring your brain out.

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