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Just like an overseas holiday, a gourmet meal, or the perfect outfit, your online study experience can benefit from some prior planning. There are a few easy things you can do to set yourself up for success and ensure you get the most out of your studies.

1. Make sure you've got the right tools

As the saying goes, a man is only as good as his tools, and this is especially true when you're studying online. Before you start your course make sure you've got everything you need to make your study as easy as possible.

A reliable, high-speed internet connection and a modern laptop or computer are essential. Take the time now to set up your study space. Whether it's stacking your desk with Insta-worthy stationery or setting up a new folder structure on your computer, getting everything set up properly will get you in the right head space to nail your studies.

2. Plan out your study schedule

The great thing about studying online is that it's so flexible. But if you fail to set aside time for study, you can easily find yourself falling behind.

To create your study plan start by scheduling in everything that has a set time, such as your work hours. From there work with your own body clock to block out the times when you're going to do your best work. Some people are like roosters: early risers who like to study first thing in the morning. Others are night owls happy to pull an all-nighter to get an assignment done. Neither option is better than the other, but if you work with your natural preference you'll find your study sessions are more productive and easier to stick to.

3. Know who to ask for help

There are plenty of support services to help you throughout your study journey. Before you start studying make sure you familiarise yourself with our support services including learning support, Studiosity, and counselling so you know how to access them if you need.

If you have any questions about your course content or assessments don't be afraid to get in touch your your teacher. You'll find their contact details under the relevant course in Connect and you can contact them via phone, email, or via the discussion boards in Connect.

4. Hope for the best but prepare for the worst

Having a back-up plan in place means it's way easier to deal with things that don't go as planned. If you're already prepared for having a bad day (or a bad week) you'll be much better placed to deal with it if it does happen.

For example, if you're studying online and find that you're struggling with your study load, you may be able to drop down to one subject at a time, or even pause your enrolment all together. Knowing you can put these contingency plans into place ahead of time can make it a lot easier if you find yourself in this situation.

5. Set goals

Setting goals is a great way to keep you on track with your online studies. Your overall goal of successfully completing your studies might seem pretty obvious. But dividing that big goal into smaller, more manageable chunks can help keep your motivation levels up throughout your studies as you tick off smaller tasks that are leading you closer to your ultimate goal.

For more goal setting tips check out our blog on how to create goals you'll actually achieve.

6. Get your crew on board

Your friends and family are going to be your cheer squad when you're having a bad day and will be there to support you if you need help balancing your studies with your other commitments. By giving them prior notice and getting them pumped about your studies they'll be ready and willing to step up and help you out if you need it.

7. Discover your learning style

Everyone's learning style is different. Some people need to write things down while others do better when they can discuss it with others. There's no right or wrong way to learn but knowing what your learning style is can help you get the most out of your online learning experience.

Check out our blog coming soon! to find out what type of learning style you have.

8. Check out our blog

This isn't our first rodeo. We've been helping students succeed in their studies for more than 135 years. During that time we've learnt a thing or two about how to make your study journey as easy as possible.

Check out our blog for heaps of tips and tricks to help you get the best out of your studies. From pro tips to keep you motivated, to a beginners guide to essay writing, and even top tunes to help you study, we've got all your bases covered. 

Find out more about how you can reach your study goals with TAFE Queensland's range of online courses.

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