Do you make these 5 common mistakes when studying?

Your study methods can make or break your learning performance and unfortunately, most of us appear to go about this the wrong way. If you perform any of these study mistakes then you need to re-think your strategy before it’s too late! Here are 5 common study mistakes you should avoid:

Not starting soon enough

When we enrol on a course many of us think we have more study time than we actually do. But believe me; this will creep up on you in no time! You don’t want to be submitting your assignment at the end of your course when the time limit is up. You should aim to submit your first assignment in the first month of enrolling. This will give you an idea of what your tutor expects and how they mark.

Not asking your tutor for help

If you don’t understand something, ask! Being confused will have a negative effect on your motivation and ultimately make you want to give up. All of our tutors are VERY happy to help so ask them if you are not sure on everything, however silly it may sound!

Not managing your study time

As distance learning allows you to be flexible and has no strict deadlines, you should consider targets. To help with this write down in a planner or on a calendar when you wish to complete your assignments. You will then know how long to spend on each task and it will aid in measuring your progress. Make sure you organise your work and your place of study, so you do not have any distractions.

Making your notes too complex

Copying text word for word from your course materials is not going to help you learn and will just waste potential study time. These big pieces of text will never get read again and will be no use to you. You should try and summarise a page of text into 5 bullet points, this will prove you have actually understood the information. Remember your notes have to be brain friendly and easy to learn from!

Only learning from one source

Many students only use their course materials to gain new knowledge. In order to get in those higher mark boundaries, you should consider doing your own further reading. Why not visit your local library for text books or find academic websites on your chosen course subject?

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Sharnie Carter

Passionate about marketing and education. Currently studying a CIM Level 6 Diploma in Professional Marketing via distance learning. When I'm not working or studying, I'm spending time with my young son and husband or hinching!

Do you make these 5 common mistakes when studying?