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6 ways to survive your first week of study!

by Yvette Maurice

Just about to start a course? Even though it’s a busy time of year, it’s a great time to achieve. We’ve compiled a few tips to get you through! Here are 6 ways to survive your first week of study!

Don’t panic!

You’ve signed on to do a course and you’re excited about all the things you’re going to learn. Study can be daunting, particularly if it’s been a while since you “hit the books”. Remember that all Open Colleges courses are self-paced, so there’s no need to panic and feel overwhelmed. Open Colleges even has a customized learning platform called OpenSpace where you can connect with other students to get advice and support. You can also email your trainer, or book a session with the learning support team if you get really stuck.

Know your learning style

Are you a crammer? A planner? A methodical note-taker? Knowing your own study style can be a good way to make sure you get the most out of your study days. If you know that you get distracted easily, for example, then switch off all your devices and turn off the TV. Leave yourself ample time to get your readings and research done and don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it. Be honest with yourself and realistic about what you can get done in the timeframe you have available.


Plan your study

Each course that Open Colleges offers has an estimated workload which you will get in advance. This allows you to see just how long your course should take. We also give you an indication of how many hours you should study a week so as to not fall behind. The good news is, if you run into any issues or if something comes up in your life, you can pause your study without penalty, so long as you haven’t exceeded the maximum time frame. Some students whiz though their courses at breakneck speed, others like to take their time and study slowly. Whatever your style is, planning your study is essential to your success.

Have supplies of stationery

It may sound daggy, but buying a selection of nice stationery can be a great way to motivate yourself. As all Open Colleges courses are online, some students don’t ever even need to pick up a pen, while many prefer to print out their notes and learning materials. If you’re in the latter category, then make sure you kit yourself out with a selection of pens, highlighters and a notepad. If you prefer to study completely online, then make sure you update your equipment and have access to the internet.

Skill builder courses

Open Colleges offers a range of skill builder courses to give you extra help in areas you may need assistance with. Learn how to use Excel, Photoshop, Word, or how to program computers and write for corporate businesses. Often these courses take only six weeks and cost less than $150. If you want to study but need to gain some additional skills, Open Colleges can help get you started. You’ll get a couple of two hour lessons split across the six week period, and you receive a Certificate of Completion when you successfully finish your skill builder course. Check out the range of skill builder courses here.


A great attitude!

Of course, the most essential thing you need to succeed is an awesome attitude! Think positive thoughts, set realistic goals and don’t fall into the trap of competing with others. Sometimes, shifting your focus to a positive mind set can give you more motivation. Thomas Jefferson said, “Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.”

Study at Open Colleges

Haven’t decided on a course yet? Don’t worry! Open Colleges has an easy to use website with lots of information on the 100 + courses on offer in a flexible, self-paced format. Prefer to chat on the phone? Give us a call on 1300 306 595 and discuss your goals and career plans.

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