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  • Top tips for a healthy work-life balance when studying at home

    by Katy Thomason-Stewart | Mar 30, 2020

    At this tough time a lot of you will be studying from home, without the support of a classroom lesson to go to. So we’ve put together our top tips for home study - to keep things ticking over.

    1. Get dressed

    Without sounding like a parent, it’s important to set yourself up as if you’re going to work, or going into a classroom. It can help you get into the right mind set. Make it part of your routine. Before you settle down to do some online learning, put normal clothes on - not your PJs.

    2. Create a distinct learning space

    And that doesn’t mean a space on your sofa. No, you need a desk set up with plenty of space for your laptop or computer, notes, and a coaster for a cuppa. Research has found that students are more productive with a set workspace, and it helps you separate your home from your studying.

    3. Set study time

    Make yourself a plan. We don’t expect you to be studying every hour of the day. Give yourself set hours to study, and then some time off. Make sure you remember when the webinars and study sessions are online, but apart from that you can set your own timetable.

    4. Don’t be distracted

    It’s so easy to spot something that needs doing, but if you’ve set your study time, stick to it. Close the door on that messy room for now, get into your topic, and come back to it later.

    5. Take breaks

    As important as it is to set study time, it’s also important to set break time. Get up from your chair, away from your screen, and move around. You could do some exercise, go into the garden and breathe in some fresh air, or just look at something different. Don’t make your breaks longer than your study time though.

    6. Keep in contact with others

    Fellow students can be a real help when it comes to clarifying problems or just giving moral support. Don’t forget Kaplan is also on hand, we are here to support you, please contact us if you need anything. We have a pool of experienced tutors in our Academic Support team, who are available 7 days a week to answer your queries.

    Please go into MyKaplan and go into ‘contact my tutor’ on the top toolbar and select ‘email a tutor’ or request a call back.

    Their usual opening times are:

    Monday - Thursday: 8am - 8pm

    Friday: 8am - 5.30pm

    Saturday: 9am - 5pm

    Sunday / Bank Holidays: 9am - 1pm

    Don’t study for too long or cram too much - cramming can work but it effectively overloads short term memory resulting in you forgetting something that was only learned the day before. Little and often is the secret to effective study.

    7. Use all resources available to you

    So if you’ve been a classroom student, you’ll now be doing your studies Live Online - don’t forget there are loads of resources available via MyKaplan, as well as via the qualification websites. Make sure you have all the online materials you can get from Kaplan Publishing, and use forums to talk to other students.

    8. Question practice is key

    Although attempting questions can seem a little disheartening, especially if you get something wrong, it is one of the most effective methods of learning. The process of answering a question involves what we call ‘retrieval practice’, forcing the brain to think back over what has previously been learned. By doing this you are transferring knowledge into long term memory.

    9. Ask for help

    You’re not alone, even if it feels like it at the moment. Just because you can’t speak to someone in person, doesn’t mean that there isn’t someone available on the other side of a screen. Video chatting is brilliant so make the most of it. Your tutors will be available to help you with anything that you’re stuck with, and are there to keep you going with your studies. Don’t worry about contacting them.

    10. Stay positive

    It’s tough not to be worried at this time, but it’s important to focus on the positive. Try to only consume as much information and media as you can handle, and keep yourself busy. Although the world is an uncertain place right now, this will pass and we’ll come out on the other side of it.

    If you’re worried or stressed about learning from home, or what the coronavirus situation will mean for your studies, please do get in touch with us. We’re here to help and support you through this.

  • Top tips for a healthy work-life balance when studying at home

    by Katy Thomason-Stewart | Mar 30, 2020

    At this tough time a lot of you will be studying from home, without the support of a classroom lesson to go to. So we’ve put together our top tips for home study - to keep things ticking over.

    1. Get dressed

    Without sounding like a parent, it’s important to set yourself up as if you’re going to work, or going into a classroom. It can help you get into the right mind set. Make it part of your routine. Before you settle down to do some online learning, put normal clothes on - not your PJs.

    2. Create a distinct learning space

    And that doesn’t mean a space on your sofa. No, you need a desk set up with plenty of space for your laptop or computer, notes, and a coaster for a cuppa. Research has found that students are more productive with a set workspace, and it helps you separate your home from your studying.

    3. Set study time

    Make yourself a plan. We don’t expect you to be studying every hour of the day. Give yourself set hours to study, and then some time off. Make sure you remember when the webinars and study sessions are online, but apart from that you can set your own timetable.

    4. Don’t be distracted

    It’s so easy to spot something that needs doing, but if you’ve set your study time, stick to it. Close the door on that messy room for now, get into your topic, and come back to it later.

    5. Take breaks

    As important as it is to set study time, it’s also important to set break time. Get up from your chair, away from your screen, and move around. You could do some exercise, go into the garden and breathe in some fresh air, or just look at something different. Don’t make your breaks longer than your study time though.

    6. Keep in contact with others

    Fellow students can be a real help when it comes to clarifying problems or just giving moral support. Don’t forget Kaplan is also on hand, we are here to support you, please contact us if you need anything. We have a pool of experienced tutors in our Academic Support team, who are available 7 days a week to answer your queries.

    Please go into MyKaplan and go into ‘contact my tutor’ on the top toolbar and select ‘email a tutor’ or request a call back.

    Their usual opening times are:

    Monday - Thursday: 8am - 8pm

    Friday: 8am - 5.30pm

    Saturday: 9am - 5pm

    Sunday / Bank Holidays: 9am - 1pm

    Don’t study for too long or cram too much - cramming can work but it effectively overloads short term memory resulting in you forgetting something that was only learned the day before. Little and often is the secret to effective study.

    7. Use all resources available to you

    So if you’ve been a classroom student, you’ll now be doing your studies Live Online - don’t forget there are loads of resources available via MyKaplan, as well as via the qualification websites. Make sure you have all the online materials you can get from Kaplan Publishing, and use forums to talk to other students.

    8. Question practice is key

    Although attempting questions can seem a little disheartening, especially if you get something wrong, it is one of the most effective methods of learning. The process of answering a question involves what we call ‘retrieval practice’, forcing the brain to think back over what has previously been learned. By doing this you are transferring knowledge into long term memory.

    9. Ask for help

    You’re not alone, even if it feels like it at the moment. Just because you can’t speak to someone in person, doesn’t mean that there isn’t someone available on the other side of a screen. Video chatting is brilliant so make the most of it. Your tutors will be available to help you with anything that you’re stuck with, and are there to keep you going with your studies. Don’t worry about contacting them.

    10. Stay positive

    It’s tough not to be worried at this time, but it’s important to focus on the positive. Try to only consume as much information and media as you can handle, and keep yourself busy. Although the world is an uncertain place right now, this will pass and we’ll come out on the other side of it.

    If you’re worried or stressed about learning from home, or what the coronavirus situation will mean for your studies, please do get in touch with us. We’re here to help and support you through this.

  • The remote learner - tips for self-study

    by Stuart Pedley SMith | Mar 26, 2020

    COVID-19 is forcing everyone to make changes to their everyday lives.

    For many students, the exam you’ve been working towards may have been cancelled, and you might find that your tuition provider is no longer running face to face courses.

    Although these changes mean you’ll need to do things differently, the way we learn remains the same. In fact the biggest challenge you face is wasting time.

    More ways to study

    Luckily there are more ways to study remotely than ever before. This includes: live broadcasts using Webex, Zoom (similar to our Live Online platform), pre-recorded content you can work through at your own pace (such as OnDemand) and distance learning (independent study, using paper-based materials).

    However, whichever one you choose you’ll need to adapt well to self-study.

    With this in mind here are a few tips.

    Create a learning space - when they study, most students prefer a quiet place with little distraction. This may be difficult in a busy household, but try and find a space and use the same one every day. If noise is a problem, consider a headset with low volume music playing in the background (classical, instrumental). Avoid listening to songs with lyrics, as it can break your concentration.

    Next, remove as many distractions as possible.

    This will of course mean putting your mobile phone away. Also, turn off any alerts, the noise is enough to create what is called a “dopamine bump”, a short pleasurable sensation which will make it almost impossible for you not to check your messages.

    Contrary to popular student culture, multi-tasking doesn’t work. You may feel as if you’re watching Game of Thrones and answering objective test questions at the same time. In reality you are simply swapping attention between two competing activities, which is tiring and reduces levels of concentration.

    There is a lot of evidence to show that exercise helps improve concentration and the ability to focus on specific tasks.

    Don’t study for too long or cram - Cramming can work in those later stages of revision, but the problem when learning and not revising is it overloads short term memory. This can result in you forgetting something from the day before.

    Little and often is the secret to effective study. We don’t have any hard evidence as to the optimum period of study, but most believe something around one and a half hours works best. After your session make sure you have a reasonable break, 10, 20 or even 30 minutes, grab a cup of coffee or take a walk outside. It’s important to physically move.

    There is a lot of evidence to show that exercise helps improve concentration and the ability to focus on specific tasks.

    Question practice is key - Although attempting questions can seem disheartening, especially if you get something wrong, it’s one of the most effective ways to learn. The process of answering a question involves what we call ‘retrieval practice’. This is where we force the brain to think back over what has previously been learned, and therefore transferring knowledge into long term memory.

    Lists are a great way of dealing with worry, simply write down what you are worried about and turn it into an action.

    Keep in contact with others - fellow students can be a real help when it comes to clarifying problems or just giving moral support. Also don’t forget your tuition provider, they will be only too pleased to support you, with many providing forums, technical help and contact with your tutor.

    Develop a positive mindset - working alone can result in moments of self-doubt which can turn to worry and/or stress. The important point is that both of these are perfectly normal reactions to a challenging situation.

    There is a view that worry is simply the way in which the brain moves something up your list of priorities. Lists are a great way of dealing with worry, simply write down what you are worried about and turn it into an action. Remember a certain amount of stress can also be good, it’s continual long-term stress that can cause problems.

    Drink lots of water and, as mentioned above, build exercise into your daily routine. It’s a great antidote to stress and who knows, you might not only pass your next exam but end up with a six pack as well.

    This blog is written by Stuart Pedley-Smith, Kaplan’s Head of Learning.

  • Top tips for a healthy work-life balance when studying at home

    by Katy Thomason-Stewart | Mar 30, 2020

    At this tough time a lot of you will be studying from home, without the support of a classroom lesson to go to. So we’ve put together our top tips for home study - to keep things ticking over.

    1. Get dressed

    Without sounding like a parent, it’s important to set yourself up as if you’re going to work, or going into a classroom. It can help you get into the right mind set. Make it part of your routine. Before you settle down to do some online learning, put normal clothes on - not your PJs.

    2. Create a distinct learning space

    And that doesn’t mean a space on your sofa. No, you need a desk set up with plenty of space for your laptop or computer, notes, and a coaster for a cuppa. Research has found that students are more productive with a set workspace, and it helps you separate your home from your studying.

    3. Set study time

    Make yourself a plan. We don’t expect you to be studying every hour of the day. Give yourself set hours to study, and then some time off. Make sure you remember when the webinars and study sessions are online, but apart from that you can set your own timetable.

    4. Don’t be distracted

    It’s so easy to spot something that needs doing, but if you’ve set your study time, stick to it. Close the door on that messy room for now, get into your topic, and come back to it later.

    5. Take breaks

    As important as it is to set study time, it’s also important to set break time. Get up from your chair, away from your screen, and move around. You could do some exercise, go into the garden and breathe in some fresh air, or just look at something different. Don’t make your breaks longer than your study time though.

    6. Keep in contact with others

    Fellow students can be a real help when it comes to clarifying problems or just giving moral support. Don’t forget Kaplan is also on hand, we are here to support you, please contact us if you need anything. We have a pool of experienced tutors in our Academic Support team, who are available 7 days a week to answer your queries.

    Please go into MyKaplan and go into ‘contact my tutor’ on the top toolbar and select ‘email a tutor’ or request a call back.

    Their usual opening times are:

    Monday - Thursday: 8am - 8pm

    Friday: 8am - 5.30pm

    Saturday: 9am - 5pm

    Sunday / Bank Holidays: 9am - 1pm

    Don’t study for too long or cram too much - cramming can work but it effectively overloads short term memory resulting in you forgetting something that was only learned the day before. Little and often is the secret to effective study.

    7. Use all resources available to you

    So if you’ve been a classroom student, you’ll now be doing your studies Live Online - don’t forget there are loads of resources available via MyKaplan, as well as via the qualification websites. Make sure you have all the online materials you can get from Kaplan Publishing, and use forums to talk to other students.

    8. Question practice is key

    Although attempting questions can seem a little disheartening, especially if you get something wrong, it is one of the most effective methods of learning. The process of answering a question involves what we call ‘retrieval practice’, forcing the brain to think back over what has previously been learned. By doing this you are transferring knowledge into long term memory.

    9. Ask for help

    You’re not alone, even if it feels like it at the moment. Just because you can’t speak to someone in person, doesn’t mean that there isn’t someone available on the other side of a screen. Video chatting is brilliant so make the most of it. Your tutors will be available to help you with anything that you’re stuck with, and are there to keep you going with your studies. Don’t worry about contacting them.

    10. Stay positive

    It’s tough not to be worried at this time, but it’s important to focus on the positive. Try to only consume as much information and media as you can handle, and keep yourself busy. Although the world is an uncertain place right now, this will pass and we’ll come out on the other side of it.

    If you’re worried or stressed about learning from home, or what the coronavirus situation will mean for your studies, please do get in touch with us. We’re here to help and support you through this.

  • Top tips for a healthy work-life balance when studying at home

    by Katy Thomason-Stewart | Mar 30, 2020

    At this tough time a lot of you will be studying from home, without the support of a classroom lesson to go to. So we’ve put together our top tips for home study - to keep things ticking over.

    1. Get dressed

    Without sounding like a parent, it’s important to set yourself up as if you’re going to work, or going into a classroom. It can help you get into the right mind set. Make it part of your routine. Before you settle down to do some online learning, put normal clothes on - not your PJs.

    2. Create a distinct learning space

    And that doesn’t mean a space on your sofa. No, you need a desk set up with plenty of space for your laptop or computer, notes, and a coaster for a cuppa. Research has found that students are more productive with a set workspace, and it helps you separate your home from your studying.

    3. Set study time

    Make yourself a plan. We don’t expect you to be studying every hour of the day. Give yourself set hours to study, and then some time off. Make sure you remember when the webinars and study sessions are online, but apart from that you can set your own timetable.

    4. Don’t be distracted

    It’s so easy to spot something that needs doing, but if you’ve set your study time, stick to it. Close the door on that messy room for now, get into your topic, and come back to it later.

    5. Take breaks

    As important as it is to set study time, it’s also important to set break time. Get up from your chair, away from your screen, and move around. You could do some exercise, go into the garden and breathe in some fresh air, or just look at something different. Don’t make your breaks longer than your study time though.

    6. Keep in contact with others

    Fellow students can be a real help when it comes to clarifying problems or just giving moral support. Don’t forget Kaplan is also on hand, we are here to support you, please contact us if you need anything. We have a pool of experienced tutors in our Academic Support team, who are available 7 days a week to answer your queries.

    Please go into MyKaplan and go into ‘contact my tutor’ on the top toolbar and select ‘email a tutor’ or request a call back.

    Their usual opening times are:

    Monday - Thursday: 8am - 8pm

    Friday: 8am - 5.30pm

    Saturday: 9am - 5pm

    Sunday / Bank Holidays: 9am - 1pm

    Don’t study for too long or cram too much - cramming can work but it effectively overloads short term memory resulting in you forgetting something that was only learned the day before. Little and often is the secret to effective study.

    7. Use all resources available to you

    So if you’ve been a classroom student, you’ll now be doing your studies Live Online - don’t forget there are loads of resources available via MyKaplan, as well as via the qualification websites. Make sure you have all the online materials you can get from Kaplan Publishing, and use forums to talk to other students.

    8. Question practice is key

    Although attempting questions can seem a little disheartening, especially if you get something wrong, it is one of the most effective methods of learning. The process of answering a question involves what we call ‘retrieval practice’, forcing the brain to think back over what has previously been learned. By doing this you are transferring knowledge into long term memory.

    9. Ask for help

    You’re not alone, even if it feels like it at the moment. Just because you can’t speak to someone in person, doesn’t mean that there isn’t someone available on the other side of a screen. Video chatting is brilliant so make the most of it. Your tutors will be available to help you with anything that you’re stuck with, and are there to keep you going with your studies. Don’t worry about contacting them.

    10. Stay positive

    It’s tough not to be worried at this time, but it’s important to focus on the positive. Try to only consume as much information and media as you can handle, and keep yourself busy. Although the world is an uncertain place right now, this will pass and we’ll come out on the other side of it.

    If you’re worried or stressed about learning from home, or what the coronavirus situation will mean for your studies, please do get in touch with us. We’re here to help and support you through this.

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