Time Saving Tips for Online Students
Every minute is precious when you’re studying online and who better to give advice on time-saving tips than students with a few successful study periods under their belts.
We’re lucky to have some Swinburne Online students making welcome calls to new students this week, so we thought it was a good opportunity to hear some of their words of wisdom when it comes to saving time and improving productivity.
Here’s what they had to say:
Keep it visual
Bachelor of Education (Primary) student Cassandra says having a visual overview of her tasks ahead is key.
“On a Sunday afternoon I plan out my week to find out what I need for the week ahead and divide up tasks into achievable tasks throughout the week.
"My advice to other students is print off your unit schedules at the beginning of the week – they’re really useful and give a good overview of everything that is coming up. Write everything into a planner and then tick off things as you go. It’s really motivating to see all the ticks at the end of the week!”
Julia is an on-campus student who is studying her psychology units with Swinburne Online. She says that the flexibility of online study can allow you to get to your end goal faster.
“The flexibility of online study means that you can fast-track your degree and have more control over which subjects you study and when.
Once you get your head around the online environment, it’s all really straightforward. You just need to be organised. Break everything down into achievable tasks and chip away at them one by one.”
Ask for help
Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) student Anne says that they key to a successful teaching period is open communication.
“You’re not alone when you study online. If you think you will struggle with a deadline or need some help with an assessment don’t sit there in silence.
"The Student Advisors and eLearning Advisors are very good and really accessible if you have an issue. One of the best ways you can manage your time is reaching out early – ask for clarification, or more help if you need it. It can save you time and stress in the long run, to get on top of these things.”
Take a break
Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) student Leander says that one of the best ways to save time is to actually take a break from what you’re doing.
“One of the most productive things you can do is to know when to step away from your studies. Sometimes I can stew over an answer for too long and it becomes quite unproductive. When this happens I can save so much time by just stepping away from my work.
"Getting some fresh air, thinking about something else and having a break can give you a new perspective on a tricky questions or a roadblock you’re facing.”