With an increasing amount of students deciding to study online and the growing availability of online subjects, technology has become a huge part of the way we learn.
Instead of having to find a classroom or make it from one lecture to the next, online study can bring its own challenges – including using technology, communicating effectively and connecting with your classmates or lecturers.
That’s why CSU’s Academic Literacy, Learning and Numeracy (ALLaN) team has put together some quick tips to help you study online. They’ll help you avoid frustration to get the most out of your studies!
- Familiarise yourself
Explore the online learning environment to familiarise yourself with all of the tools. Make notes of how to submit assignments and write down your lecturer’s contact details. Then you’ll have all the info handy when you need it.
- Learn the ropes
Most CSU students have access to the free STUDY LINK Introduction to Learning Online subject. This is an online subject that give you tips on how to use the online learning environment. You can also book a Learning Online appointment with an ALLaN adviser to discuss any questions.
- Collaborate with other students
Although you’re studying online, you still have the opportunity to learn and interact with students like yourself. You’ll often find sharing the highs (and lows) of study with other students will help. Connect electronically using subject forums or create study groups on social media. Don’t stop online either, if any other online students live near you, catch up for a study session – or even just for coffee.
- Know who to contact
Technical problems can feel like the end of the world when you’re an online student. Contact Student Central if you need help with CSU systems. If your own technology is playing up, make sure you’ve got someone who can help with that too.
- Read your lecturers’ communications
Make sure you’re up-to-date with your readings, and don’t forget to listen or watch online lectures and resources. Your lecturers use a variety of ways to communicate with you, so make sure you’re up-to-date with how and what they’re sending out.
- Contact your lecturer if you get stuck
Remember, your lecturers won’t know about your issues if you don’t tell them. This is important if you’re having problems with an assessment task – you’ll be more likely to get an extension if you’ve kept them up-to-date on your troubles.
Contact the ALLaN team if you want to improve your learning skills. You can book an individual appointment, workshop or just have a quick chat. Appointments are available by phone, Skype and in person. Some services are available seven days a week.