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Monday, August 09, 2010

eLearning Maximization: Convenient Studying without the Distractions by Kate Cunningham

Today I have Kate Cunningham guest blogging. Please be sure to check out her unique guest post. Guest posts are always welcome, please contact me.

We all know the wonderful advantages that those who decide to take up eLearning can accrue. Whether you are enrolled in a full online degree program, you're taking advantage of some open courses that a few brick-and-mortar universities offer, or you're just surfing around, teaching yourself with the various online eLearning tools that are available throughout cyberspace, you're always connected. And being always connected means you'll inevitably encounter distractions. Here are a few ways to avoid such Net time killers like Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon, or even Wikipedia.

1. Keep your study area and your surfing around areas separate.
The mind tends to associate certain places with specific tasks. So if you both work and play in the same place, it will be difficult to keep the two separate. If you have a desk or other work station, tell yourself you will only study in those areas. Your free Net surfing time can be done on the couch or in bed or another area where you engage in recreational activities.

2. Look up some self-motivating tools that block time-frittering sites.
The Internet is rife with productivity enhancing tools. Some of the better ones are Google Chrome's extension Stay Focused and Chrome Nanny, as well as Firefox's Leech Block

3. Turn off chat sites while you study.
While it can be helpful and sometimes necessary to communicate via instant message sites with a fellow student or another friend who can help you with precisely what you are studying, remember to only stick to the necessary conversations. If you don't need to talk to anyone, then don't do it. You can create separate lists of study buddies and family/friends, and sign in only to the appropriate list at the appropriate time.

4. Take breaks.
Study breaks are absolutely instrumental to any learning endeavor, so don't kick yourself if you need a breather before returning back to the computer. The only time that breaks become an out-of-control phenomenon is when you let them. Monitor each break and make sure you don't go over the time limit. Also, be sure to really take a break when you take a break. In other words, if you spend your break time fretting about how much you have to get accomplished once you return to work, then you might as well have not taken a break at all. Free time is strictly for relaxing. You'll come back to the computer with a renewed sense of purpose and drive.
These are just a few ways to maximize your time spent eLearning. Other options that enhance productivity can work just as well--like listening to certain kinds of music--if they work specifically for you.

This guest post is contributed by Kate Cunningham, who writes on the topics of online university rankings.
She welcomes your questions and comments at her email Id: cn.kate1@gmail.com.

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Many thanks to Kate Cunningham.
Enjoy your reading!