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Effective Distance Learning*

From A Guide to Student Success: Part 6

More and more people are deciding to become distance learners, and they need a game plan, too. Not attending college in a more traditional manner can make students feel isolated and not connected to their peers or professors. There are ways to address those issues, many of which have already been mentioned. But here’s a refresher:

  • Ideally, try to designate a specific area for studying. Keep it organized and clean so that when you are ready to study, your study space is prepared. If you cannot do this, make sure you are studying in a nondistracting environment that has all the “tools” (e.g., computer, paper, pen) that you need for studying.
  • Create a study community. If you are unsure how to go about it, talking to your professor is a great place to start.
  • Study groups give you the opportunity to articulate what you are learning (paraphrasing the content), which helps with deep processing.
  • Study groups allow participants to test each other on the content.
  • Because many people are deciding to take classes from home, try to keep distractions to a minimum when studying and testing. It’s easy to get distracted when laundry and other chores need to be done. Also, other family members can be a distraction, so try to communicate what you need and how long you need it to the others in your home. Communication is key when it comes to keeping the distractions at bay.

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Essentials of Psychology by Saul M. Kassin

Essentials of Psychology

Saul M. Kassin
Gregory J. Privitera
Krisstal D. Clayton


Psychology, 7e by Nairne

Psychology, Seventh Edition

James S. Nairne
Dawn M. McBride

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Essentials of Psychology by Saul M. Kassin

Essentials of Psychology

By Saul M. Kassin, Gregory J. Privitera, and Krisstal D. Clayton

Psychology, 7e by James S. Nairne

Psychology, 7e

By James S. Nairne and Dawn McBride

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