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Making the most out of your online degree

There are many differences between studying online and on campus, but online study comes with some great perks that may be overlooked by both new and current students. So let us lay down all the facts to ensure that you do your best to make the most out of your online course.

Plan ahead

A great benefit of the online classroom, Canvas, is that you have an entire unit’s worth of content at your fingertips. On top of this, you have all of the details of assignments for the whole teaching period readily available. This presents you with a great opportunity to plan ahead.

Start by mapping out your 12 weeks of study around your assignments, giving yourself enough time to work on each of them while maintaining your weekly studies. The flexibility of online study will also allow you to get ahead of your coursework in your spare time to prepare for busy periods in your work or home life.

Find your study sweet spot

Being able to complete all of your studies wherever and whenever you want is a great bonus that comes with an online course. However, the responsibility then falls to you to pick a time and place to study where you will be most productive. This is a great chance for you to learn more about how you work best.

Do your best to choose or build yourself a study space that fits your needs. Whether this will be a silent and undisrupted room or a busy coffee shop, try a few different places and see how you go.

The same goes for study times. Depending on your busy schedule, you may not have much leeway in when you can study. Even so, give a few early mornings, late nights and weekends a go before you land on specific times to schedule in study. Alternatively, you can mix it up each week.

Utilise your resources

Although you complete your studies physically by yourself and at your own pace, at Swinburne Online you are never alone. We have a strong support network to help you with any query you may have, as well as a wide range of helpful study resources to get you through the teaching period.

If you need help with your enrolment, academic or technical skills, be sure to contact your Student Advisors who are available 7 days per week at extended hours. Any questions regarding your unit itself can be directed to your eLearning Advisor.

And if you need help building motivation or managing your time, you can make an appointment with the Student Coaches. Be sure to also head to your Student Hub for extra resources and tips to help you succeed in your studies.

There’s no need to look at studying online as simply an alternative to studying on campus. Make the most out of your degree today and utilise the great benefits that come with the flexibility and services that online study offers.