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Hints and Tips for successfully passing a distance learning qualification

Distance and on-line learning is becoming an increasingly popular mode of study, learners can work towards professional and academic qualifications without having to attend a college or university.

Higher Education courses such as Foundation Degrees and BA (hons) programmes require long-term commitment and are highly rewarding. Shorter professional courses such as PRINCE2®, CIM, ILM, CIPD, CILEx and AAT offer real career progression with less time commitments.

We have developed a list of top hints and tips to help you successfully pass your distance or e-learning course.

  • Make an appointment with yourself and stick to it! – commit to a weekly timeslot whereby you work through your course.
  • Use your tutor – even if you think you don’t need any support. Your tutor should provide you with an invaluable source of knowledge, a tutorial should be informative helping you to improve your motivation to progress through your course.
  • Never lose sight of your goal! Always remember why you set out on this journey in the first place, the journey will be worth the effort.
  • Organisation and achievable targets – Break each module down into manageable bite sized chunks in order to achieve a happy work life balance.
  • Find a study space - Search for a place that is free from distractions, consider your workplace before and after hours or during lunch, a quiet room in your office or home that you can create a ‘study’ atmosphere.
  • Interact with your fellow students - use your discussion boards, Wikis and video conferences etc. – fellow learners will have fresh insights and views on areas you may be unsure of. Building up discussions and collaborations with other students and lecturers will only enhance your progress on the course.
  • Don’t leave your assignments to the last minute – as soon as you start a module read through the assignment brief and make sure you understand what is being asked of you. If in doubt . . . ask!
  • Independent research and learning – although your course will have all the essential material needed to succeeding, independent reading is an essential element of being successful on any academic programme, use your tutor and fellow students to find books and journals that will support you on your course. You don’t need to spend lots of money - second hand books are readily available over the web.
  • Enjoy Your Learning Experience!
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