In the first of this series of three articles on how to study from home we looked at ways to manage your time to ensure that you plan ahead and establish a regular study pattern, and at finding a good place (or places) to study. Having established a time and a place, we will now turn our attention to what happens during that study time.
To have the motivation successfully to complete your course of study, it is important that you set your own goals. Goals must be something you want to achieve for yourself. Goals can be short-term: finishing a lesson, say, or sending in your assignment on time; or long-term, such as passing your exam at the end of the course so that you can gain the qualification you need for something else. Most people find it helps to have a series of short-term goals to help them achieve their long-term goal.
So when you sign up to your course, be clear about your long-term goal – it might help to have a visual reminder of what this is – stick up a message to yourself on the door of the fridge, above your work place, as a screensaver, or on your phone, to remind you of what you are working towards.
When you do your Sunday review (see first article), set some short-term goals. These might include finishing your assignment, doing the preparation/planning/research for a piece of work, reading through a new lesson, doing lesson activities, reading around a topic, improving on your mark for an assignment. When you achieve that short-term goal, give yourself a small reward before moving on to the next goal.
When you set goals, they should be
In the last of this series of three articles on how to study at home we will look at how to make the most of your study time by establishing good study habits.
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