Online courses study support
When you study online with Monash, you’re far from alone.
Whether it’s one-on-one tutoring support or access to a dedicated support network, we have a range of options available to you to make sure you get the best out of your studies.
They’ll be ready to give you practical advice on how to study online, and tips for maximising your time and allocating effort.
We’ve also compiled a list of best-practice advice, based on years of experience offering online courses.
How to study online courses
Studying online can be a convenient way to get all the expertise an in-person Monash degree can give you.
But it can also take a bit of work to get right.
By developing new habits and planning your schedule around study, you can get the best out of your investment in your education.
9 ways to get the best from studying online
1. Create a specific studying space in your home
If possible, carve out a space in your home dedicated to study. This can be as simple as half a kitchen table, or a study room.
By doing this, you’ll help keep yourself mentally focused while studying and avoid distractions in much the same way you’re not distracted while attending an in-person class.
2. Make sure you’re set up for success
A big part of studying online, or studying in general, is making sure you have the right tools and equipment to get the most from your experience.
After all, it’s no use signing up to do an online course if you don’t have access to a computer capable of processing the information required.
3. Build a study plan/study calendar
Building a plan to tackle each week is absolutely vital to succeeding while studying online.
When planning, think about all the online lectures you need to attend and the time you need to study independently.
Also allocate time for interaction with fellow students -- this will either be via a message board or video link.
Either way, quantifying how much time you need to study is key to figuring out how to make it fit with your life.
4. Ask for help when you’re struggling
Studying online is a fantastic way of upskilling or changing career focus in a flexible way, but the key to success is identifying when you’re having trouble.
This is important if you’re studying online anyhow, but being online means those in your class have less of an opportunity to observe how you’re getting on.
That means it’s important to be vocal, and more crucially, recognise that asking for help isn’t a sign of weakness -- it’s a crucial ingredient for success.
5. Make sure you talk to other students (you’re not in this alone!)
Studying online can be a pretty lonely exercise, but when you study with Monash you’ll have plenty of support from your fellow students.
Whether it’s conferencing or messaging through a message board, your fellow students will be available to you.
Talk to them about your coursework, share tips on managing time, or just what you’re passionate about.
When you join Monash, you join a community of like-minded people
6. Create time for breaks
Combining work or family commitments with online study can be a juggling act at the best of times -- and there’s a natural tendency to want to do it all.
But, you’ll be better served making sure you carve out some time to recharge your batteries so you can attack your work, coursework, and family time with energy.
How much time you need is entirely up to you. Some people need a quick ten minutes for meditation while others may need to switch off for hours at a time.
Whatever your approach, it’s important to fold this into your time management planning.
7. Reward yourself for success
Studying can take a lot of time and energy, no matter how passionate you are about what you’re studying.
So it’s important to reward yourself for a job well done.
For example, every time you finish a chapter of reading you might reward yourself with a sugary treat.
Or, when you finish an entire unit you make some time for whatever you want.
8. Learn to say no
A big part of success when you study online is having the discipline to say no to activities that may take away time from your studies.
That may mean that you can’t go to that BBQ on the weekend because you need to hit the books, or say no to a birthday party to catch up on a lecture.
But you need to keep on track -- and part of that is knowing when to respectfully decline an invitation.
9. Communicate with people in your life
The people in your life are the biggest influences on whether you’re successful or not, so it makes sense to communicate with them.
Make sure you let them know what you’re doing, why you’re doing it, and why you may need to take a bit more time away from them as usual.
You’ll find most people are supportive of you -- they just need to know what you’re doing.