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Your Online Study Calendar

Studying online offers you a great flexibility to do the course in your own time. That flexibility also comes with an extra level of responsibility, though. You need to make sure you set aside enough time to study and complete assignments. In the absence of a physical classroom, you will also need to go out of your way to create a distraction-free environment. 

Planning a calendar with designated study times is a must if you wish to get the most out of studying online. It’s easy to do, and you’ll find that once you have those times locked in place you will be able to set time aside or say ‘no’ to other commitments because that is simply your set time to study.

Here is Why Planning out a Study Diary Is So Important

1. You can track how many hours you are putting into study and balance it effectively with other parts of your life

2. You can have blocks in your day where you can openly turn down an invitation or other commitment because you have designated that time for study

3. You will be able to stay motivated and on-track to achieve what you have set out to learn in your course

Ways to Track Your Calendar

There are so many ways to keep a study calendar these days, from on paper to online – find what is easiest for you and stick to it. You can consider using:

  • A diary: Plan your study sessions weekly or fortnightly and block those times out to ensure you don’t overlap with other commitments.
  • Reminders: Set reminders on your phone to use with your diary or use Google calendar for both planning and alerts to when it is time to study.
  • An online study tool: Consider using an app like GoConqr, which is made specifically for planning out your study calendar. It also helps you track how much time you are spending on a particular subject or topic in your course.

Sticking to Your Goals

All this sounds great in theory, but if you don’t actually stick to your calendar then you haven’t really achieved anything by having one. Here’s what you need to do to make sure you stick to your study calendar:

1. Unless it’s an emergency, don’t constantly push aside study because a friend has asked you for coffee. If you have scheduled that time to study, then stick to that time as best as you can.

2. Your calendar should allow for some changes when needed. Make your calendar easy to adjust so that if for whatever reason you definitely can’t study on one day, then you can make it up some other time.

3. Don’t forget to add some rewards at the end of the week for keeping all your study times and using them effectively. Adding a nice treat at the end of the week will help you stay motivated to study during the times you have designated.

If you’re feeling ready to embark on an online course, consider the courses available at BBI. We offer a range of higher education options and short courses, specialising in the rich intellectual life of Catholic tradition and theology. 

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