Setting Up a Study Space for Online Learning [INGOGRAPHIC]

  • A home office is a great place to study. Be sure you have plenty of room for both a computer and folders or notebooks.
  • Keep your study space free of distractions as much as possible. You can let friends and family know your school schedule so they’ll know not to contact you during this time unless it’s an emergency.
  • As an online student, you’ll need an internet connection that’s fast and reliable.
  • If you have physical books, keep them all in a place that’s easy to reach from your study space.
  • Utilize natural lighting if possible. If you are studying at night, be sure you have ideal lighting conditions.
  • If you plan on studying for long periods of time, take short breaks every so often to stretch your legs and stay alert.
  • While many students like to listen to music while they study, it may not be your best option. Ambient noise can help you focus and minimize distractions.
  • Breathing fresh air can help you concentrate and avoid dozing off. If the weather is nice you can open a window. If not, houseplants can improve indoor air quality or an air purifier can do the same with the added benefit of ambient noise.

Online Study Tips: How Much Time Do I Need to Study Each Week?

Making the transition from high school to college is certainly an exciting time, but it does come with a certain amount of challenges as well. Some students may have been smart enough to get by with minimal studying in high school, but college courses dig a bit deeper and not studying likely won’t be your best option.

Developing good study habits as soon as you start college can help you out along the way. You might not know how much time you’ll need to set aside, but if you are going to school full-time you’ll want to consider it as a full-time job. It’s recommended that you study for an additional two to three hours a week for each credit hour you are taking. That means if you’re taking 12 credit hours you should be studying for an additional 24 to 36 hours per week.

A full-time job is considered 40 hours, so you might need to stay closer to the two-hour mark to make your schedule more accommodating. Now you see why students who go to school full-time and also work often have trouble making time in their days. Of course, the amount of time you need to study depends on how well you grasp the course material as well as your professor’s requirements. Check back for additional tips on how to study more effectively in the near future.

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