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How to thrive when studying online

Cox, Will; Alexander, Anoushka; West, Harry; Abzhaparova, Aida; Hill, Jennifer

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Will Cox

Anoushka Alexander

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Dr Harry West
Senior Lecturer in Geography & Environmental Management

Jenny Hill
Associate Professor in Teaching and Learning


The Covid-19 pandemic led to significant changes in higher education institutions, with a rapid pivot from on-campus to online teaching and learning. The move to predominantly online teaching resulted in a very different learning experience for many campus-based students, offering new opportunities and challenges. This Directions article is co-written by a student-staff partnership team and shares advice on how to thrive when studying online. The approaches developed to support online and blended learning during the pandemic are likely to be long-lasting, and so the top tips identified in this article have relevance to and beyond possible future disruptions to the higher education learning experience. We discuss four elements to support a successful and meaningful online learning experience: 1) Carefully managing time and balancing different tasks; 2) Staying motivated and rewarding yourself on completion of tasks; 3) Engaging and participating with online learning materials and classes, related to the effective use of online tools to study and stay in touch with peers and staff; 4) Engaging in professional development opportunities and seeking help and support when needed. Following the advice in this article will enable you to approach your studies with confidence, leading to a positive and meaningful learning experience.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 27, 2022
Online Publication Date Jun 8, 2022
Publication Date Jun 1, 2023
Deposit Date Mar 28, 2022
Publicly Available Date Jun 9, 2023
Journal Journal of Geography in Higher Education
Print ISSN 0309-8265
Electronic ISSN 1466-1845
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 47
Issue 3
Pages 502-511
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