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Studying remotely – organisation of studies and self-management at home

Studying remotely can turn your daily routine upside down. This makes it all the more important to create your own structures. The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) of the University of Vienna has compiled tips to support you.

Tip #1: Make a plan

Everything starts with a plan – this also applies to studying remotely. Create a rough weekly schedule, which you can then adapt to your personal needs and subdivide into more detailed daily schedules. Do not forget to take breaks. Take enough breaks between the working phases. It is important that you stay realistic and ask yourself: What can I realistically achieve? Do not be too hard on yourself: When studying remotely, it is normal that you will need more time than usual to complete some tasks.

Consciously setting aside enough time in your daily schedule for gathering information and communicating is also helpful. During this time, you can review, structure and prioritise new notifications. In addition, you can specifically check whether there are any changes regarding your courses (e.g. changes in the exam format) and inquire about new assignments and deadlines, e.g. on Moodle and u:find.

Click this link for tips about time management.

Tip 2: Use Moodle

The learning platform Moodle supports you in studying remotely. Check it at least once every day. On Moodle, you can search for new content, repeat old learning content, study together with fellow students or contact your teachers.

You can find more information about how to use Moodle in the following article about settling in at the University of Vienna digitally.

Tip 3: Network

Arrange fixed dates for online meetings with fellow students to work on course contents together. This also helps to organise your working days. Study groups offer the possibility of discussing your individual study goals for the next few days (or until the next online meeting) with fellow students. They also have a motivating effect – sharing your own study goals with fellow students can help you stick to your planned study schedule.

Tip 4: Stay on top of things

Try to actively and continuously engage with the course contents and work on tasks. Keeping a learning journal may provide additional support. Detailed information (in German) about how to create and use learning journals can be found here (in German).

What have I achieved? Documenting your study progress can help you to reflect on your own studying and identify potential learning difficulties right away. In addition, it can help you to be proud of yourself and of what you have achieved so far.

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