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Karmaveer Bhaurao Patil Shikshan Sanstha's
Sahyadri Polytechnic
Approved by AICTE, DTE, Mumbai & Affiliated to MSBTE
DTE Code : D6544

How to make Self-study an effective and motivational process

Self-study is the most common method of learning and preparation amongst distance learning students, who interface with their faculty only on "requirement" basis. As distance education is becoming the chosen avenue for higher education, for students and working professionals, the onus is on effective self-study methodologies, which are performance-driven. Discipline and dedication form the cornerstone of effective self-study and, it will outline the following principles:

  • Routine study
  • As self-study is directed by self-paced learning, there is always a tendency to slacken and leave everything to the D-day. This invariably ends up in cramming in the last-minute, with no understanding of the subject/chapters under discussion. Rote learning does not apply for the modern/innovative pedagogical structure adopted by most distance education universities. So, to ensure that you come out with flying colors, follow a regular study-pattern.
  • Keep online time-tables for a regular study pattern
  • If you are working while studying, establishing a connect with studies can be done through an online study time table. Chart out weekly schedules, daily schedules, targets and deadlines for self-assessing assignments and model tests. Social networking sites such as Facebook feature apps, which help you to create and customize timetables for your need. As most of us spend time online, reminders/alerts from these applications will keep us notified of our daily tasks.
  • Create a space for collaborative learning and social networking
  • Sites such as Facebook and twitter have a vast user base spread across the globe. Through these sites, it will be easier to network with students from the same academic background or pursuing some distance learning course from the same university. Creating a knowledge network through such channels, will create a platform for collaborative study. In this platform, knowledge exchange can take place, along with doubt clarifications etc. For SMU-DE, EduNxt provides an in-university platform for the students to learn together.
  • Research online for more knowledge resources
  • The global pool of resources spells easy and anytime access. To learn more about any topic or a subject of your distance learning course, a query through yahoo or Google will give a flurry of results. The answer to your query will be in the list of results displayed in the online search. Make sure to you check the authenticity of the information source before you confirm the answer.
  • Make notes online/offline
  • Keeping notes while self-studying not only helps to keep track of what you have learnt so far, but also makes for later reference. With technology-driven interfaces you can even make notes or jot down points on your PC tablet or desktop, which ever you access more frequently. Effective self-study techniques can reach out to the global learning space, where there is as much to absorb as there is to input. As self-study patterns are becoming increasingly popular amongst students, and working professionals who opt for distance education, the scope for performance improves tremendously.

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