Effective time management is crucial in all aspects of life, and this is particularly true for online studies. A majority of online students have to balance full-time work, family and other commitments.
The more efficient you are with your time, the easier it is for you to stay focused on the task and reach your goals.
We put together some strategies to help you gain the most out of your time.
Plan it out
While simple in concept, planning is one of the most effective ways to manage your time efficiently. Establishing a dedicated time amongst your busy schedule can help you tune out any distractions and allow you to focus on your studies.
A study planner can be invaluable in identifying what time works best for you to sit down and work through assignments or prepare for exams.
Prioritise, organise, realise
Creating a structure for your studies will help you to identify the most important or time-dependent task. Writing out a “to-do” list allows you to organise what tasks you need to complete, and determine the importance of each task.
Once you have established which task requires your attention first, it is time to prioritise them. You can do this in any way that will work best for you, e.g. you may want to prioritise them based on submission dates, or maybe you would prefer to tackle the more difficult parts first.
Finally, you can start checking each task off one by one as you complete them. There is nothing more satisfying than crossing a task off your “to-do” list.
Create your space
Location, location, location. It is all about creating your own study space, which can be just as important as any study planner or “to-do” list. Having a space set up ready for you to study can help you to maintain your motivation and provide you with a place to focus.
In this space, you can remove any distractions that might draw your attention, and keep yourself in the right mindset.
It is always important to reward yourself throughout your studies, otherwise you run the risk of burning yourself out and making it difficult to regain your concentration.
After you complete a task, give yourself a pat on the back and reward yourself with something you enjoy doing. This can be in the form of an episode of your favourite Netflix program (just try avoid binging on it) or going out for a nice dinner and a movie.
Get a good night’s sleep
Pulling all-nighters while studying can be more harmful than good – they are often not very productive. Having a good night’s sleep allows your body and mind to rest, and will leave you feeling refreshed for the next day.
Following these tips will help you improve your time management and make the most out of your studies. If you want to learn more about the courses we offer, then head over to our Courses page or speak to one of our Course Consultants.