Top 5 study mistakes

April 27, 2016

Many people make mistakes when they study, which can have a detrimental effect on their learning and marks. Are you guilty of any of these studying mistakes? Here are 5 errors you need to 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 handing in all your assignments at the end of your course when your time limit is up. You should aim to submit your first assignment in the first month of enrolling, to 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! There is no point being confused, as this will have a negative effect on your motivation. All of our tutors are VERY happy to help! This will allow you to progress smoothly through your course. Remember they want you to succeed, as much as you do.

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 one and it will allow you to measure your progress. Make sure you organise your work and your place of study, so you do not have any distractions whilst learning.

Making your notes too complex

Just copying the writing 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, in order for you to actually understand the information. Remember your notes have to be brain friendly and easy to learn from!

Only learning from one source

Many students limit themselves to the information in their course materials. In order to get in those higher mark boundaries, you should consider further reading. Why not visit your local library for text books or visit 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!

Top 5 study mistakes
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