Studying as a student either for examination purpose or for research is often a herculean task especially when studying alone. Although it depends on the study ethics adopted by the learner, some students can read for couple of hours, while others may take an hour or less. Nevertheless, it is not how much time spent reading and studying that matters, rather it is how much of the knowledge gained in the process that matters.
Thankfully we now live in the digital age were e-learning has made solo study much easier and fun, there are countless sources available online that can effectively aide study and if utilized appropriately, a better result can be achieved.
In this article am going to share some tactics and ways we can maximize studying alone through e-learning and if done rightly, it can go a long way in equipping a student for the task ahead.
- DEFINE YOUR OBJECTIVE: First things first, a clearly defined objective can serve as a guide in the learning process. Say for instance you have three exams this week, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, how can you arrange yourself for the three courses? Obviously you cannot possibly read three courses simultaneously, but for each study period, decide which course you want to focus your attention on. One strategy that worked for me as a student is this: “I read and study each course in front of me as if there is no other course to read”! Sounds weird right? But it actually worked for me, and you too can find a method that can work, it’s all about getting the most out of our study time.
- SET YOUR GOALS: After setting up your objective, next is to state what goals you want to achieve. You can call it target or benchmark, but for you to get the most out of your study time, some of your freedom and flexibility may be relinquished in order to task yourself to meet your goals. While utilizing all the resources at your disposal, do not be carried away by topics that are not related to your goals and objectives, actually this is one of the challenges of e-learning and solo study.
- ACCESS YOURSELF: Taking quizzes, test, and examinations are not exclusive to our lecturers and teachers. We can as well access our progress using those tools. But objectively and honestly carrying out personal assessment requires much discipline and self-control, but when done rightly, it can adequately prepare us for examinations.
- BE CAREFUL WITH SOCIAL MEDIA: Yes I said so! Be careful with social media like your phone, Facebook, twitter etc. Remember in the classroom or lecture halls students are not allowed to use their phones, there is a reason for that and those reasons is good enough for you to avoid using them on your study time. Since concentration is needed to excel in studying, we must avoid all distractions.
- LET YOUR FRIENDS/COURSMATE ACCESS YOU: After studying for days in preparation for exams, we feel accomplished and self-seriousness on our part sets in. it is not over until all is over! Personally accessing your readiness is a good thing, but allowing your friends and course mates assist in testing your readiness is a better option. Let them ask you some questions and you provide the answers, that way you put yourself under exam condition at home.
These are some of the strategies I adopted in my undergraduate days, if it appeals to your study ethics you can adopt it, or you can figure out the best method that can work best for you. If this article is helpful, kindly subscribe to our mailing list for articles like this and updates on e-learning and education news.