Top 5 tips for studying after a long break

Tue 1 Dec 2020

Are you thinking about studying again after a long break? Getting back into study mode doesn’t need to be a daunting prospect – it can be much easier and more rewarding than you may think.

Here are our top 5 tips for studying after a long break:

1. Set your goal

If you’re thinking about studying again, there’s probably a reason why. Is it because you’re looking to get a promotion, expand your global career opportunities, or just delve deeper into a subject area you’re passionate about?

Whatever your reasoning, you need to clearly define this goal in your mind and remain focused on achieving it throughout your studies. Having this goal clearly defined and kept in the back of your mind will give you the motivation you need to be successful in your studies – especially during times when you might be lacking momentum.

2. Get motivated

Now that you have your goal clearly defined, it’s time to get motivated to achieve your goal.

Studying is an investment of time, money and effort on your part, and you want to be sure you’re going to be able to reach your goal at the end.

Getting motivated and keeping up your motivation levels as much as possible throughout your studies will be crucial to your success.

Remember why you chose to get back to studying – whether it’s that promotion, dream job or personal ambition. Let that goal be the drive you need to stay motivated and be successful in your studies.

3. Create the right study environment

It’s important for you to feel inspired and comfortable in the environment you’ll be studying in – both for your performance and wellbeing.

What inspires you? Is it bright colours, photos, or people? Where are you most comfortable studying? In the peace and quiet of your home office, at your work desk, or outdoors among people? Or is your ideal environment a combination of any of these?

Whichever elements create an environment in which you can feel inspired and comfortable to study, be sure to create the right study environment for you.

4. Develop a schedule that works for you

One of the greatest keys to success with studying after a long break is learning to manage your time effectively. If you’re currently working and/or have other personal commitments, you’ll need to be able to fit your studies alongside these.

Coming up with a weekly schedule that clearly breaks down the hours devoted to your work and other commitments and the hours you’ll allocate to your studies will help you to prioritise and manage your time effectively so that you don’t risk burning out from juggling multiple priorities at once. It will also help to keep you accountable and on-track each week to reach your study goals.

5. Choose a flexible course

Especially if you’ll be juggling work and other commitments with your studies, you’ll need to find a course that’s flexible enough for you to comfortably manage alongside these commitments.

Without requiring commitment to rigid class schedules or set locations, online courses offer great flexibility in when and where you study. While you are guided and supported throughout your studies by your tutors and peers, online courses offer you the freedom and flexibility to study on your own terms.

With online courses, all your course materials are accessible online and your assessments can be submitted online. 

Thanks to their flexibility in how, when and where you study, online courses have become the preferred option for many professionals getting back into studying to upskill or expand their career opportunities.

Falmouth Flexible offers part-time online masters courses that are designed to help you expand your career opportunities.  

Get in touch with our team to find out everything you need to know about our courses and the application process.  


Online Learning, Undergraduate

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