The flexibility offered by online study requires a more organized and effective use of your time, compared to in-class learning. Simply the fact that you are free to allocate your study time among other parameters of your daily schedule (work, family, social activities, rest), may lead to confusion and ineffectiveness. It is therefore essential that you adopt a structured approach to your various activities, including studying – not only this will notrestrict you, but will in fact increase your capacity to perform more tasks in the same available time.
In organising time, it is recommended that you:
1. Identify your regular weekly obligations, and allocate a specific day and time for each one of them.
2. Write down regular and non-repeating activities and tasks to be accomplished during each coming week. Be realistic and disciplined with your time allocation.
3. Create an hourly activity plan for each day, and preferably write it down from the previous evening, to give your mind enough time to better process, absorb and remember the information. Writing down exactly what you need to do and when to do it, not only helps you plan your time and monitor the execution of each separate task, but also commits and motivates you to work in accordance with the timetable you have set.
4. Select the optimal time period for studying: Always allocate study time in periods of higher stamina and concentration (e.g., it is recommended that you avoid repeated late-night study). In this way, you will increase your knowledge absorption rate and the efficiency of your learning.