How to Develop Good Study Habits

Developing good study habit is crucial if you want to be successful in your online education.


Good Study Habit is Key to Online Learning Success

Good Study Habit is Key to Online Learning Success


While online learning may offer you convenience, there is still no substitute to mastering the course materials, doing your home works, completing your research report, participating in the discussion blogs, and completing your assignments. Simply put: there are no substitutes to studying.

Of course, it’s important to understand that no two persons learn alike … so you have to figure out what works best for you. And how do you know what works best for you? My answer is productivity – when you earn the highest grades possible. It’s not just merely about studying. It’s about studying to excel … to earn high grades.

Some of these ideas and tips can help you to develop good study habits for online learning:

1. Study Schedule:

You must have a study schedule and plan. Studying randomly and haphazardly is not a good way to develop a good study habit. You may get confused and it’s difficult to stay focused.

2. Clear Goal:

Developing a schedule starts with having a clear goal of what you want to accomplish. Schedule then helps you to stay focused toward accomplishing your goal. Set aside regular times to go online for your lessons unless they are pre-scheduled and allow for adequate time to study and complete assignments. Stick to your routine religiously unless an emergency happens and tell everyone, especially your family and friends that you will be unavailable during this period of time.

3. Study Space:

You must have an adequate study space … one that enhances and stimulates learning. Your study space needs to be well-lit and ventilated and it also needs to be as free as possible from distractions like people, telephones, loud music and the greatest distraction of all, television. You wouldn’t let your kids do their homework in front of the big, blinking screen, so why do you think that you can learn while you are watching your favorite soap opera or reality show?

Create a place in your home for your online learning study program. You might wish to consider purchasing a desk and organizing it so that you have everything you need near at hand and all in one place. Then find a good chair with strong support for your back as you listen and learn. It should be comfortable enough to study in, but not too comfortable that you want to take a nap. That comes after you have done your work. Organize all of your supplies and material around you and you are ready to get to work.

If you don’t have adequate space in your home, consider the local library.

(See my article on how to create adequate study space for online learning for valuable tips.)

Follow the basics to create an online learning program that fits your life and your schedule and you will be well on the way to a productive and successful online learning program.