Study Skills

How to ensure your success when studying with Opportunities Workshop.

Studying Online

All our programmes include a selection of digital resources that underpin your learning.

Getting familiar with the blend of audio, video and written resources will help you make best use of everything that's available to you.

As many activities won't have a fixed start and finish time, you'll have to be organised and disciplined to make sure you're completing activities on time.

Making Notes

If you're used to working with pen and paper, you'll benefit from getting used to making digital notes.

They're easier to search than paper-based notebooks and you'll be protected from any difficulties reading handwritten notes.

Some digital formats such as PDF easily support highlighting, notes and comments, but many students find it useful to pull information together using tools such as OneNote or Evernote to organise their work.

Working with PDF documents

Our digital content often includes documents in PDF format.  This is a file type that's designed to operate in a vairety of environments rather than being limited to working in a single app.

Getting familiar with how to save, annotate and print PDF documents will help you get the best from the resources you're working with.

Adobe Acrobat Reader is our recommended software for reading PDF documents and is available as a free download.

Running mulitiple apps

Your course is likely to involve multimedia activities that utilise more than one app or website simultaneously.

Getting used to working with apps running in multiple windows or with instruction running in the background is a key part of successful digital learning.

Computer Essentials

Our programmes offer web browser and mobile app access to your learning resources.

You'll need a reasonably up-to-date machine to work with, and to run from a laptop or desktop computer rather than being able to complete all activities on a phone or tablet.

If you'd like more information on the suitability of your IT setup for your specific programme, our Course Advisors can provide a guide appropriate to your chosen programme.

Time and Place

Our programmes give you the flexibility to study where and when suits you best.

But ... you will benefit enormously from having a study schedule that gives you regular diary time allocated to your programme.

Students with a focussed, quiet workspace make stronger progress.  

If you're struggling to find this space at home, our campus locations offer plenty of open study space for you to work through your programme.

Two screens are better than one

Working with two screens is a great way to make digital multi-tasking more effective.

Many of our students favour using their tablet as a second -screen option for course books and instructions for practical exercises.

If this is the first time you've worked this way, your Learning Coach will be able to help with getting things set up correctly.

Habit Building

Making your study programme part of your regular daily routine is one of the most important things you'll need to do at the start of your programme.

Our Learning Coaches recommend identifying short windows in your diary each day so that you're able to make regular progress without each study session feeling like a big deal.

Accountability Partners

Telling others what you're doing, what you're planning to achieve and by when, is a great way of helping to build accountability.

You'll be able to work with fellow students to help each other achieve your goals.

Your Learning Coach will work with you to set the pace of your study plan and keep you on track.  If life gets in the way or you're really busy at work, they'll help you manage your plan to get back on track.