Tips For Success On Home Study Courses

Feb 14, 2014 | 8:00 am
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homestudyThe concept of adult education has been around for decades. In the early days those who did not wish to take classes in a school setting, or didn’t have the time, would subscribe to so-called “correspondence courses,” in which most of the schooling, testing, grading, and other correspondence would take place through the mail. With the advent of the internet, adult “study at home” courses have become easier than ever to access and complete.  Studying from home certainly has its benefits, such as not having to get dressed for class, and not having to fight traffic. However, it also has its pitfalls. Here are some tips for successfully studying from home:

  1. Set a definite time and place for study. Probably the most important part of studying from home is not procrastinating. This means making sure that you have a set time in which to study, and that you stick to it. Also, be sure to select a quiet place to study, which is free of distractions. It may be necessary to talk to family to ask for peace and quiet during study hours, or even to use the lunch break at work to steal away to study.
  2. Ask for family’s support. Taking a home study course is exciting and challenging. When someone succeeds at a home study course it can truly be exciting for the whole family. This is because unlike an in-class study course, the family can actually see the effort it takes to successfully complete a home study course. Ask the family for their support during study times, and share the success with them, by celebrating, when the semester is successfully completed.
  3. Join a study group. If possible, join a study group with others who are taking the same class or course material. This can provide some much needed human interaction, and help clarify some confusing points in the material. Being part of a study group is also a great way to network and help out others.
  4. Avoid distractions. Be sure to plan your study time around chores and other distractions such as TV programs. Especially in the beginning, it is not wise to “give it all up” in order to study. What is likely to happen is that those distractions will still be there, calling. It is better to set study times during time frames when everything else is taken care of. For example, getting up early in the morning, grabbing a cup of coffee, and studying may be a good idea.

Online study has really taken off in recent years. In 2012 the number of college students taking at least one class online rose to over 6.7 million.  It seems that the era of out-of-classroom learning has truly dawned. While it is not likely that this mode of learning will soon replace the traditional classroom setting completely, it is clear that study from home programs have a bright future for those who are going back to school, or perusing higher education. But, with the benefits that home study brings, also comes responsibilities. Following the suggestions in this article will help ensure success.