Let’s start with the basics, what was the webinar about?
The webinar was entitled “How to Study Online”. Our aim was to help students better understand some of the different options they have for online learning, the challenges that many online students face, and, how these can be tackled.
Have you ever presented to so many people? How did you feel?
Presenting to over 1,200 students was a first for me! Like I said at the beginning of my how to study online webinar “with great challenge comes great opportunity”. This was my great opportunity to share my passion for online learning and help a large number of students to improve their online study techniques.
Just as we were about to start, I will admit to feeling really nervous. I was probably the most nervous since doing my initial mini-lecture in my interview to become a tutor over 10 years ago! However, a couple of slides into the presentation I relaxed into it and I must admit it gave me a huge rush to know that I was speaking to so many students.
How did it go? What did you hope for students to take away from the webinar?
The webinar was to try to help students build confidence and, in some cases, motivate them to start studying again.
During the webinar, we discussed the challenges we face in online study, which for most have been forced upon us with the recent COVID-19 pandemic. I asked students on the webinar what they thought their biggest challenge was in online study and the highest result was motivation. In my opinion, having a good study plan in place can help overcome a lot of the challenges faced in online study, but motivation is key.
I hope students left with some practical tips for online study and also the belief that they can succeed. Following the webinar, I got a few messages on LinkedIn telling me that they enjoyed the session. In the words of one student, “It [the webinar] made me more motivated”.
Mission accomplished and for me, this is exactly the reason why I do what I do.
It sounds like having a plan is key, what are your top tips?
Here is what I shared with the students I spoke to as to what makes a good study plan:
If we have a plan that is unrealistic with no reward points built in, or breaks to relax, then we will feel frustrated and downhearted. Consequently, this will lead to demotivation and will stop us progressing to where we want to be.
Over the coming weeks, we will be sharing some more of the detail behind these points in a series of blogs. So keep an eye on the FI Hub for the latest updates on how to study online.
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