Choosing to study online is an investment in your future but there are many mistakes you can make as an online student that may prevent you getting the most out of your online degree.

Make sure you’re not one of them by avoiding these common mistakes.

  1. Not choosing a degree from an accredited institution

    As far as big mistakes go this one is pretty huge – not all degrees offered online are from accredited institutions.

    You’re going to want people to recognise and respect your qualification, which is why it’s important you earn a degree from a reputable and respected university. Be sure you’re completely happy with the credentials of your course before you enrol.

    If you choose to study with the University of Liverpool you can have confidence in our quality and standards – as confirmed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA).

    The University of Liverpool Management School is one of only 5% of business schools worldwide with AACSB Accreditation from AACSB International – the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. This accreditation covers all of the University’s campus and online management programmes.

    Other University of Liverpool accreditations include BCS for several of our online IT masters, and APHEA for our Master of Public Health.

  2. Not planning their time effectively

    Studying for an online degree is a big undertaking and you don’t want to make the mistake of not managing your workload and time successfully.

    Use a calendar or planner to schedule your time. Even if that’s just adding a note in your phone calendar. That way you’ll know in advance when your study sessions are rather than just grabbing spare time when you can.

    Find out when you work best. Some people enjoy studying late at night until the early hours of the morning. Others are early risers who take on the day armed with a cup of coffee (or two). Once you’ve figured out when you’re most effective you can use it to your advantage.

    Make time. People often have good intentions and say they’ll study ‘tomorrow’. That’s great, but the vaguer the promise you make to yourself the less likely you are to keep it. Set aside time to study for a regular period each day, for example from 6-8pm. You’re more likely to be productive if you know you have a small set study time each day.

  3. Assuming studying online will be easy

    As any online student or graduate will tell you, studying online is no walk in the park. You need to motivate yourself, be able to take advice, and constantly assess and improve your own work.

    Not only is earning the degree a challenge but so is juggling your personal and professional life alongside your studies.

    We recommend speaking to your family and the people you live with before starting your degree. They need to understand that you’ll be less available during this time and that you need to dedicate a lot of your time to studying.

  4. Getting stuck in a study rut

    Everyone learns in different ways. Some people like flash cards, some people prefer question and answer sessions, and others turn to highlighter pens. It’s all about finding what works for you.

    If you’re studying every day but nothing seems to stick, maybe you to need change your study technique.

    You might find you’re also suffering from ‘study fatigue’ – shake up your study sessions and see if it helps get you motivated. If you usually study in the evening why not try an early morning session instead? Losing momentum reading through your notes? Why not ask a friend, family member or, even better, someone from your course to help test you.

    We are naturally creatures of habit but it’s good to break free from that sometimes to help kick-start your learning.

  5. Not taking advantage of the resources available to them

    As a student studying online with the University of Liverpool you will have access to many different resources to help you study and earn your degree. These include:

    Student Support Managers - a team of personal Student Support Managers are available by email and phone to help with your non-academic questions and general study, financial and technical issues.

    Writing Centre - when you join a University of Liverpool online programme you get immediate access to the University’s online Writing Centre for personalised advice on how to improve your writing style. The goal of the Writing Centre is to empower you to produce clear, effective writing.

    University of Liverpool online library – an extensive online library available to all online students.

    Feedback from peers – your course peers are going through the same things you are so they’re a great source of support. Not only can you help each other with your work but with your study experience too. Remember, everyone is trying to balance studying with their personal and professional lives so you can all share your concerns.

Taking advantage of these useful resources will help to support you on your journey as an online student.

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