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Transcript of OU

How to be a successful online learner...

and not die in the attempt!


Investigating Psychology

How do I get
started?

Use the Study Planner, the Study Guide, and the printable Study Maps to organise your time
https://learn2.open.ac.uk/mod/oucontent/view.php?id=528466&section=3.3
Combine different study strategies
Online and Collaborative activities

Audio and video material
Readings
Create your own study plan and... stick to it!
How??
Determine
when
,
where
(choose a well-lit space) and
how
you will study
Decide
how many hours
a week can you commit to studying, and
how you will distribute
them
Evaluate your study plan to see if it is working
Set reminders
of online and face to face tutorials, of assignments cut-off dates…
Use tech to
get organized
When
working to deadlines,
it is important to think in advance of life events that might have an impact on your cut-off dates
For DE100
, the cut-off date is usually on the
Tuesday
of the week after your designated TMA week.
The specific cut-off dates are listed in the Study Planner and in the
individual assignment guidance.
Look ahead and do not leave things for the last moment
Ask for
help
when you need it
Your Tutor
Other Students:
Some psychological tips for time managament
Set your own deadline for finishing your assignments, and give yourself some lead time
By setting your deadlines, you help yourself account for unexpected incursions on your time
This way you are not overwhelmed with work at any one time
How to apply the science of creating new habits?
- Choose a
happy "study hour"
: Set aside a specific hour for DE100 every day
First, start with 15 minutes and from this make it 30 and then 45 minutes (or whatever you need).

Important
: do it gradually

Associate this time with something pleasant e.g. having a cup of tea or some chocolates...
Did you know that studying just 15 minutes every night before you go to sleep can help you retain the study material?
Avoid distraction:
commit yourself to not check facebook or your phone during the happy study hour

The online learning experience is what you make of it!

Cramming at the last minute won’t help you retain knowledge or perform well in the long run
Check the 'Skills for OU Study' website for tips about planning your time
Learn how to prioritise
Differentiate between what must be done and what can wait
Make lists of what you do and do not have time for in your work and personal life:

Decide on the 1-2-3-4 order of important tasks to be done

Assess where you stand and what you need to change
Differentiate between Ideal (
should- be-done
) and necessary (
MUST-be-done
)
Don't overplan
Avoid the "nothing-done" frustration
Make your lists as simple as possible
Hang on to your lists
Consider making a "not-to-do-today" list!
WHAT MUST BE DONE
WHAT SHOULD BE DONE
HOME
WORK
OU
HOME
WORK
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Make a mental note to be flexible when the need arises
Set your own deadlines
Begin with your task number 1
(avoid doing warm-up and procrastinating)
Establish regular times when you make or take calls, check fb, reply to emails...
Do
activity 1.3
:
Getting organised
DE100
It helps you see
what you need to do
And be kind to yourself while new habits kick in!
(Essential first-things first!)
The cycle of procrastination
Resist distractions, cut down nonessential interruptions
Read and reply to e-mails, messages all at once rather than one by one
Make a pie chart for your work and study day
use the forum
If one day falls apart, roll with the punches and get a new start, don't let frustration to take over!
Be patient with yourself and reflect on the positive things you have done
Celebrate your accomplishments, remember every success (even the small ones)
(or monster)
DE100
A.M.
P.M.
Remember:
http://bit.ly/1IHAfNM
Check this out:
http://bit.ly/1G2KSEO
http://bit.ly/1UUZ3p9
References:
http://www.open.ac.uk
by psychologist Roberta Roesch
Time Management for Busy People
The Open University
While you develop your special strengths, begin with small steps
Check off every task you complete and accept you may not be able to cross off all of them
Make the most of your peak periods of energy (tackle demanding tasks when high on energy and vice versa)
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