Distance learning doesn’t have to be lonely

It seems to be a common misconception that studying via distance learning is lonely and isolating. The truth is that this doesn’t have to be the case. I am sure you are all curious as to what I am getting at. Okay, let me explain myself.

Yes, distance learning can be lonely and isolating – if you make a conscious choice to isolate yourself. However, it really does not have to be that way.

Firstly, pets make excellent “study buddies”. A dog or cat is a fantastic friend to keep you company while you are studying. Best of all, you can even talk out loud and explain the study material to them.

Distance learning doesn't have to be lonely

Okay, maybe that sounds a little bit weird, but I have done it – honestly! What’s more, it wasn’t even my own pets! I studied via distance learning, and when I was feeling lonely, I would coax my housemate’s cats into sitting with me.

Let’s move on to human company. When I first started studying, I shared a house with many other people.

A few of these people were also studying – however, they were studying completely different courses at completely different learning institutions. The problem with sharing a house with other students is that it can become very noisy. This is not always conducive to studying! So, my housemates and I decided to make a plan.

We created something called “quiet time” – I kid you not. We would all sit together and study our respective subjects. For that particular duration of time, we all sat in silence and studied.

After our quiet/study time, we went back to chatting away.

As young students, we were quite the party animals. Yet, we somehow all managed to make time for our studies by creating this “study buddy” programme. If a bunch of party animals could regularly study together, there is no reason why you can’t do the same.

Another technique that I used to avoid studying in isolation was to take my books with me to different places. I liked the idea of someone “being there”, even if that just meant someone sitting in the same room as me. The public library was actually one of my favourite places to study.

When you are studying via distance learning, you sometimes need to make use of your creativity. The truth is that distance learning never has to be lonely. It can be interactive and fun. It is all up to you!

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