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5 tips for effective online study

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Did you do last week’s quiz? If so, you’ll know whether you prefer to learn Medical English in-person, or online.

The worst of the pandemic is behind us. However, many colleges and universities continue to offer online courses. Others offer blended learning. This is where some classes are in-person, while others are online.

The great advantage of online learning is that you can study from anywhere in the world. You can choose the best teachers, in the country you prefer.

If you’re a doctor or a nurse, perhaps you’re studying for the OET. Maybe you’d like a UK-based course to help you with passing the exam. These days, that’s exactly what you can get.

Being at home can be great in other ways, too. No travel costs or time to get to your college. And you can still make friends, even if they’re only in squares on a screen.

However, there are distractions at home you don’t get at university. If you’ve ever studied while also checking your emails and your social media, you’ll know what we mean.

Do you want to study online effectively, with no distractions? Then follow these simple tips. They’ll help you get the most out of your course (you’ve paid for it, after all!).

  • Put your phone on silent (or better, flight mode) and leave it out of your study room.
  • Close all your tabs except the ones you need. Sign out of your email account once you’ve logged in to your session.
  • Make notes with pen and paper, so you can keep the tutor’s screen up as you write.
  • Keep your camera on. Treat the session as if you were in a real classroom.
  • If you’re watching a pre-recorded video, behave as if it’s live. It will help you concentrate.

Here at SLC, we love meeting our learners online. Find out how you can book a one-to-one session with an experienced Medical English tutor.

Stephanie Lam
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Stephanie Lam is a writer, journalist, and English teacher. She specialises in writing fabulous words for the wellbeing and health industries.

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