Prepare your life
Make a personal commitment
Studying online can be challenging, especially if you are returning to study after a long break, or studying online for the first time. You might occasionally be tempted to cut corners, or stop altogether. Make a commitment to your studies, and to doing everything as well as you can. Keep in mind why you enrolled and what you want to achieve; perhaps write it down, and display it in a prominent place as an ongoing reminder.
Your studies will take a significant amount of time, and many online students say that time management is one of their biggest challenges. Make sure that you have enough time, and set aside blocks each week to dedicate to your study. Use a calendar or a study planner, and highlight important dates, especially assessment due dates. If you are working, check whether you are eligible for study leave.
Set up your support network
It helps to have a support network, typically your family and friends. Talk to the people in your life about your commitment to your studies, and ask for their support. Share your study plan with them so that they can help you stick to it. Your fellow students can also be a good source of support, so connect with them once you start studying. If you are working, check whether your employer can provide a workplace mentor.
Set up your study space
Make sure that you have a comfortable study space, either at home, at the local library, in a cafe, or wherever you work the most effectively.