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3 Ways to Win at Distance Learning

It’s been something of a yo-yo year, hasn’t it? With the world in a constant state of flux and many schools and universities open, and then closed – we have had to make some pretty major adjustments to our study schedule.

For many, distance learning has been the only way forward this year. While it’s a great option to have, remote learning also comes with its own set of challenges. 

How can we make the most of this study year and come out on top?

Distance Learning Tips


Nothing happens by accident. Well, many things do, but nothing worthwhile. Planning and maintaining a good schedule that works for you form the foundation of successful distance learning. 

When you know what your day and your week are going to look like ahead of time, then you can plan and prioritise your workload. It also gives you an idea of how much you have to cover and how to fit in other responsibilities around your studies.   


Maintaining self-discipline is a life-long journey, and there’s never been a better time to start than now. Distance learning means that your whole schedule is up in the air – no classes, no prescribed study time, no classmates to work alongside. Without this framework, many students battle.

There will be days when you simply don’t feel like doing the work and lack the motivation to follow your carefully crafted schedule. However, cultivating self-discipline means doing it anyway, even if you’re just going through the motions. When it comes to studying – “doing things later” is a huge trap.

Take a break

Sitting hunched in front of a computer or your books for hours on end is incredibly unhealthy for both your mind and body. 

Take regular breaks; schedule them in. Get outdoors and get a little sunshine and some fresh air. Walk about, stretch your legs, breathe deeply. 

Short, frequent breaks will help you to stay focused and clear your mind.

Yes, distance learning has some amazing advantages and has been a lifeline for most students during this academic year. Following a carefully planned schedule and developing the vital skills of self-discipline are sure to help you to thrive.