Thursday, 14 November 2013

Succeeding as an independent learner

Succeeding as an independent learner

Studying by distance learning doesn’t have to mean you’re on your own. In fact, at the National Extension College we try and do everything possible to help you succeed as an independent learner.

Back in September we told you about a new resource we had launched for all of our learners to access free of charge, all about spelling punctuation and grammar - otherwise known as SPaG. Great news; we’ve now added another resource!

All NEC learners are now able to access a new free-of-charge resource called ‘How to Succeed as an Independent Learner’. This resource helps you plan your learning and get the most out of all of the support available to you.

There’s a good chance that if you are studying with NEC, it’s because you have other responsibilities. Perhaps a full-time job, childcare responsibilities, or even other studies. Improving your independent learning skills is essential in making sure you stay on track and keep organised and motivated.

Starting with helping you to assess how you feel about learning and what your strengths and weaknesses are, the new resource gives you a step-by-step guide to learning and studying effectively. It aims to help you make good decisions about your study - like when and where it will happen - and will help you to produce a realistic learning plan. There are topics covering managing stress and improving concentration and memory as well as reflecting on what you learn and preparing for assessment and exams.

We also wanted to share some of our favourite tips from our tutors and learners on how to succeed.

‘Plan your life, remember it’s busy people who get things done. Most importantly, enjoy it!’ - Alan Stancombe, NEC Maths GCSE/IGCSE tutor

‘Keep in touch with your tutor and set yourself deadlines and targets that suit you. Distance learning can be fun to do and you will achieve and enjoy the process and experience.’ - Paul Phillips, NEC Business, Management, Book-keeping and Accounting tutor

‘I always find it useful to firstly look at your average week. Think when you have time for studying, then devise a timetable of when you can study. Try to stick to it.  If you find it doesn’t work for some reason, change it. My main tip for any student is to be flexible and find what works for YOU!” - Tracey Jones, NEC Psychology, Sociology and Child Development tutor

‘Prioritise your commitments and think about your motivation, since that’s the thing that will pull you through.’ - Susannah, NEC student
‘It doesn’t matter how old you are or how unachievable your ambitions seem, just get stuck into the study and enjoy the journey.’ - Melanie, Biology A level student
‘Break your folder down into smaller chunks, when tackling units and try to keep to a schedule.’ - Tracey, Diploma in Playwork student
So if you want to succeed at your studies, get in touch to see how we could help you. You can find out more about how our distance learning courses work, and view our full range of courses, at our website.
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