Understand off-campus learning

The nature of off-campus learning: reflect a little…

The advantages of learning in this mode are many – including the flexibility you have in terms of where and when you study. The other element is choice: in the main, you have enrolled in tertiary study because you want to.

You've also probably anticipated the challenges of off-campus learning: the potential isolation, for example, having to be self-reliant, and the fact that access to a relatively capable computer is important, along with reliable Internet connections.

There is also the reality for most people that studying will occur over more than three years and requires persistence.

The off-campus learning juggle

Off-campus learning can be quite challenging as you juggle family, work and study commitments. Few of us are capable of completing our assessment and study objectives without some kind of effort and time. Some people are content to deliver their assignments in a concentrated, last-minute effort, with, perhaps, a lower mark as a consequence. Some people, however, wish to reduce the stress this approach induces and strive to attain better grades and a more confident understanding for exam time.

Knowing how you work

The point here is that it is important to know yourself: what are your likely approaches to study, to juggling assignment due dates? Do you stick to your arrangements? Will a study timetable work for you? Can you try something new? It may be useful here to set aside time to work through and reflect on the you as a learner resources.