Online and distance learning have become such exciting and convenient options for those looking for career advancement or a career change. Getting a certificate or enrolling in online diploma courses are now a click away, but with the rise of many Australian online courses and the flexibility they offer comes the daunting question – Can I really work and study at the same time? With these tips, you definitely can!
1. Organise study time around your working schedule.
Draw up a daily or weekly plan that is both realistic, but with enough room for flexibility. Work, generally, has a more set and stable timeframe, so vary your study times to fit in with other parts of your social and professional life. This will also help you stay refreshed and keen.
2. Have a study space.
Make sure you arrange a quiet and worthy environment for study, and spruce it up with little notes and details that will make your time there more enticing. Always keep your study materials, computer and other forms of information in the same organised spot. Being disorganised is the last thing you want after a long day in the office.
3. Be purposeful.
Remind yourself of the big picture, and why you set out to conquer this challenge. Online vocational courses require commitment. Don’t be afraid to say ‘no,’ and remind your family and friends the depth of task you are taking on – They’d understand and support you either way. The ability to prioritise and balance major tasks is an admired trait and one you should embrace and be proud of.
4. Set goals.
Identify small and long-term goals, and don’t be afraid to reward yourself. This helps you take the next step or challenge, and is a subtle but powerful means of self-motivation. Treat yourself when you finish a task – You deserve it!
5. Make friends.
With today’s technology, connecting and keeping in touch with study mates is easy. Create a Facebook group, have an email thread or organize WhatsApp or Line groups to share and brainstorm ideas and responses to assignments. And when possible, meet up with fellow students!
6. Have fun.
You can maintain diligent priorities, but still find some time for rest, relaxation and a bit of fun. Social engagements and allowing times to enjoy your other passions help you off-load the emotional strain and pressure, and help you maintain a balanced and healthy attitude to the workload.
7. Consult your Course Advisor.
No one knows and can properly guide you through your journey like your Course Advisor. Be up front from the start of the course, and don’t be reluctant to ask questions for the duration of your learning experience. They’d always be happy to help you get on track and reach your goals!