Study Tips for UNISA Students
Getting a degree is hard enough as it is, but trying to complete a course while learning from a distance is especially difficult.
According to the facts by UNISA, 40 000 students graduate annually with degrees and diplomas from UNISA and the majority of students are part-time students. It is no wonder UNISA made the top 10 list of best Universities in South Africa.
Studying part-time is no joke. The pressure to meet deadlines for work and your studies can be very overwhelming. So we put together a quick list of study tips to help you.
Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do. -Pele
Study Tips for Part-time Distance Students
1. Keep in Contact with a study buddy.
With the amazing technology we have today it has become easier to get into contact with a study buddy that can always keep you up to date with what is going on.
Connect with your study partner on Whatsapp, Facebook or even this new UNISA student community. It is very important to have a study buddy to remind each other of important dates and info.
If you are stuck on a question or don’t understand something it is great to contact your buddy and figure it out together!
2. Get a quiet study environment.
Find the quietest spot you can find away from any distractions and make that your designated study spot.
You don’t want anything to break your concentration while studying.
3. Make a schedule and stick to it.
Make a list of all your important deadlines and set up a schedule for when you should study, how much you should study etc.
Sticking to your schedule is important to meet deadlines and study all your work. If you complete the things on your schedule you can reward yourself with little reward to motivate you to continue.
4. Make CD’s of your study material and listen to it on your way to work.
While you are studying say everything out loud that is important and record it. You don’t need a fancy recording device, just use your phone.
After you recorded your work you can either upload it on a CD and listen to it in your car on your way to work. If you don’t have a car just keep the recordings on your phone and listen with earphones while being transported to work.
Doing this will help you study on those days that you have absolutely no time in your schedule.
5. Separate your work life and study life.
Don’t mix these up. Your employer is not going to be happy if you study at work and your grades aren’t going to agree with you if you work when you have to study.
Use your time effectively so you can fit in enough time for both in your schedule.
6. Don’t cram your work all in one night.
Cramming is never a good idea. I know a lot of people cram the night before a test and prefer it that way, but it is advised to start studying way sooner.
Cramming masses of information in your brain over a short period of time can cause you to forget a lot of the work that you studied.
7. Ask for help if you need it.
Don’t feel embarrassed to ask for help. Ask when you need help with a question, or don’t understand something.
If you do not ask you will definitely struggle and waste a lot of time trying to figure out what is going on.
8. Go “Offline” when you study.
What I mean by “go Offline” is disconnect from all electronics or at least the internet. You can catch up later on the newest gossip or soap episode.
Put your phone on silent and get to work. If you have to use your laptop for studying, make sure you don’t visit any social media sites.
The less you have around you to procrastinate with the more you can study.
9. Don’t “just read” your work actually learn it.
There is a difference between reading your work and actually learning it.
Interact with your work:
- Make mind maps
- Read out loud
- Do old exam papers and questions
- Find creative abbreviations for sentences
- Summarize your work for you.
By using these methods you can increase your chances of remembering your work.
Seeing much, suffering much, and studying much, are the three pillars of learning. -Benjamin Disraeli
Check out these study resources to help you with your exams
- [WATCH]: Motivational Video on How to Study EFFECTIVELY
- Most Effective Tactics – How to Study the Night Before a Test.
- Study Music: Ace those exams with these 5 focus music soundtracks.
- University Study Tips-Pro’s and Con’s of Studying with a Partner.
- 6 Tips To Take Good Notes In Class.
I don’t love studying. I hate studying. I like learning. Learning is beautiful. -Natalie Portman
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