Study tips for distance learners

Making the choice to complete study to enhance your career prospects is a big decision. It has many benefits, but does require time, energy and motivation. When you are living in an isolated community for example in a rural location – distance online learning can be a wonderful solution but it does require some extra effort to ensure a successful end result. To help distance learners stay motivated, we have put together a list of study tips:

  1. Connect online – Building a support network is an important step to achieving your study goals. When studying online through eCampus NZ, you can connect with other students through its online forum to ask questions, gain advice and friendly contacts.
  2.  Keep in touch with your facilitator on a regular basis – eCampus NZ provides a course facilitator for every student. These facilitators are here to help, provide course advice when needed and ultimately support you to achieve your study goals. Keeping in regular contact with your facilitator will help you keep your study on track.
  3. Create a schedule – whether your life is too busy or you have too much time, a study schedule can help you to achieve your study goals. Each week schedule the study hours you need into a calendar or diary. If you live in a work/stay environment or you have a busy family life let your employer or family know your study schedule. That way they can give you the privacy you need.
  4. Create a study space – Try setting up an office or even a desk in your room to give you the space you need to knuckle down.
  5. Get a study buddy – If you can persuade a work colleague, family member or friend to get learning with you – it can make all the difference. You can keep each other motivated, discuss course material and give feedback on assignments. Don’t be afraid to ask – it might surprise you how keen others are to learn new skills and extend themselves.
  6. Gain full support of family – If you are a distance learner, getting the support of your family can be motivating and enabling. Don’t be shy about sharing your aspirations or goals. Get your family behind you!
The eCampus NZ learning platform is being closed on 29 February 2024, as part of the completion of the amalgamation into Open Polytechnic | Te Pūkenga. Therefore, access to courseware for ākonga (learners) will be available for three months post course completion or 29 February 2024, whichever happens first. If you have any questions, please contact eCampus NZ : [email protected] or call 0800 328 269.