Am I doing some of the things that can help me to be effective in my distance studies at university?
Respond yes/no to these statements to see how you are managing:
- I check my student email regularly, or have forwarded my student email (in eVision) to an email address I do check regularly.
- I have found and checked that my postal details are correct in eVision.
- I have read all the course outlines/overviews and have some idea what is expected of me in the course(s) I am enrolled in.
- I know who the course coordinator/administrator is of my course(s) (in case I need to get information or help).
- I have contact details of people to get help from in my course(s) e.g., Tutors.
- I know which textbooks/readings I need and have them/or am in the process of getting them.
- I know how to use my online learning system e.g Blackboard, Moodle or Oceanbrowser:
* I have logged in,
* I regularly check for course announcements,
* I have checked out the useful resources pages and links,
- I am attending all audio-conferences for my courses.
- I am prepared for the online discussions and I'm reading the required material before or early in the conference.
- I am actively participating in the online discussions.
- I summarise audio-conferences and/or online classes within two days of the session.
- I have done most of the required/recommended readings for my course(s).
- I am actively involved in learning by making notes and mentally processing information.
- I organise and file my notes regularly.
- I know when my assignments are due.
- I know what the Student Learning Centre (SLC) offers and how to contact them.
- I know what the Distance Library Service is and how to contact them.
- I know about other opportunities for learning (e.g. online resources, etc.).
- I have already started/or plan to contact other students in my course to work together with them on certain study tasks.
- I spend an appropriate amount of time studying, including reading, research, online discussions, and assignments. (e.g., 15 hours per week for an 18 point single semester paper; or 25 hours a week for a 30 point full year paper).
How many“yes” answers did you get, and what does it mean?
16 - 20 Safe zone
I am on track to have a successful first semester. I can try to turn all “no” answers into “yes” answers. Why stop now?
10 - 16 Needs attention
There is room for improvement with my academic habits. I can turn more “no” answers into “yes” answers. Why not start today?
0 – 10 Needs urgent attention
I need to consider some changes in the way I approach my studies. Which “no” answers can I turn into “yes” answers today?
I can tell myself that:
- It is not too late to turn “no” answers into “yes” answers
- I can optimise my study habits …
- I can ask questions …
What else can I do?
Perhaps I could consider approaching:
- My course coordinator,
- My partner, work colleagues, friends,
- Current or previous year students,
- Student Learning Centre Staff:
Phone 64 3 479 8801
- Distance Library Service
Tel 0800 347 826 (0800 DISTANT) within New Zealand
Tel 64 3 479 8940