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Getting the most out of online study

Explore some of the differences between studying online and on campus

Studying online is different to studying on campus or in a school environment.

When you study online, you'll have a lot more freedom to choose when, where and how you study. You'll need to manage your time and create your study schedule. You'll also be responsible for staying in touch with your tutors and lecturers, since you won't be seeing them face-to-face.

You'll have the freedom to work from anywhere with an internet connection and access your classes, assessments and resources from anywhere that suits you.

Similarities between studying online and on campus

There are lots of similarities between campus-based learning and studying online.

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Choosing your digital tools

You'll use digital tools to: 

  • write and complete your assignments
  • save, store and backup your work
  • access and use online course materials
  • record and revisit online resources
  • plan your studies
Build your learning environment and using digital tools for students

Supporting your studies

Digital communication and collaboration

Find out how to share your work and collaborate with others online.

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Types of study

Find out what to expect while studying and discover resources and tips to help you as a student.

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