Getting down to it –
strategies for managing
your own learning
I believe that the key to successful part-time distance study and research is
to take responsibility for your own progress: nobody else can do it for you.
(Paul, part-time PhD student, Religious Studies)
Settling down to a part-time course • What to expect (and what not to expect!) from your university • Managing your own expectations: summary of key points • How to manage your own learning • Prioritizing yourself and your studies • Part-time study and home life • Strategies for managing your own learning: summary of key points • Part-time study and overseas students • Overseas, or international, students: summary of key points • Working in groups • Working in groups: summary of key points
The ability to manage your own learning is key to part-time postgraduate achievement. For part-time students, the ability to motivate yourself to prioritize your academic work, meet deadlines and position yourself as the driving force in the study process is essential. The purpose of Chapter 2 is to help provide the foundations for getting going, which will enable you to make good progress. Many part-time students find it difficult to get going, and keep going, to work independently and take responsibility for their own learning at the beginning of their programmes – often more so than they had anticipated. The first part of this chapter deals, therefore, with the reasons why part-time