Set Goals. One of the advantages of taking a supported online study course is that you can work at your own pace. To keep on track, however, you should set a goal for when you hope to finish the course, and how long it will take to finish each lesson
Schedule time.To help you meet your goal, make a schedule of your study times and post it where you can see it. Try to schedule study time every day but, if that's not possible, commit to studying at least once or twice a week.
Start easy. If you're already in school, or if you haven't been a student for some time, we suggest you start with one course. You are expected to do the same amount of work as you would in the classroom, so you may want to pace yourself at first. Once you've become comfortable with this way of studying and working, you may want to take on more courses.
Be at your best. Try to schedule your studying for your best time of day- when there are fewer distractions and when you have the most energy.
Get organized. If you can, set up a permanent area in your home where you can study and use your computer without distractions. Make sure you have good lighting, a desk, or table where you can read and write, a comfortable chair, and a place where you can leave your materials and supplies.
Find a quiet place. When you study at home, finding the peace and quiet you need can sometimes be difficult. Ask your family and friends to cooperate. Have them keep the television or music low, take phone messages for you, or socialize at times when you are not studying. If that's not possible, go to the library or some other quiet place.
Take breaks. Give yourself regular breaks away from studying. Stretch, get away from your desk, or grab a snack. Plan to take a five or ten minute break every hour. Just remember to come back to your books.
Get help. One of the hardest things about correspondence study is studying on your own. If you know someone who has taken the course or who knows something about the subject, ask them questions, discuss ideas with them, or seek their advice. If you're having trouble doing an assignment or understanding a concept, don't struggle in silence. Ask your marker for more explanation on the problem area.
Prepare for your exam. If you have a final exam with your course, make sure you know your material before you schedule a date to write the exam. Re-read your textbook and course materials and review your assignments. Concentrate on those areas that you had difficulty with. Ask your marker for additional help, or have a friend ask you practice questions. Get a good night's sleep the night before.