Top 6 Study Tips for Online MBA Students

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Sponsored by EU Business School

An online degree offers complete flexibility and convenience. You can work it around your busy lifestyle, career and family life. But, when exam season comes around and assignment deadlines begin to loom, it may not be as easy to stay focused without the physical presence of a classroom or lecturer.

With the help of EU Business School, we’ve put together a list of study tips for online MBA students.

Read the curriculum and know what’s expected of you

Online degrees demand discipline, organization and focus, so it’s important you understand what’s expected of you from the start. Take the time to go through the curriculum and assess your upcoming workload, making a note of important dates, key textbooks and the essential materials you’ll need throughout the year.

Time management is key

With the hustle and bustle of everyday life, fitting your studies in around work or family life can sometimes seem like a challenge. Managing your time wisely is paramount for keeping on top of your work load. Establish a focused study schedule, set yourself achievable goals for each day and break everything down into more manageable tasks.

Research has shown that spending 20 minutes studying followed by a five-minute break is one of the best ways to retain important information.

Make the most of your course’s online resources

This cannot be stressed enough. Online resources are made available by your school for a reason: use them wherever and whenever you need them. If you’re unable to attend an MBA classroom in person, it’s vital you use the technology available to maintain contact and build relationships with your tutors and fellow students.

From live webinar links, to online forum discussions, business simulations to one-on-one personalized tutoring, students who study the Online MBA program at EU Business School benefit from first-class professional digital resources. Ranked 18th in the QS Distance Online MBA Rankings 2018, the Online MBA curriculum is almost identical to the on-campus MBA course.

Learn from others

Studying an online degree means you have access to a network that stretches across the globe. Although it might just be you in the room, you can still build a positive working relationship with your course lecturers, tutors and fellow students. Turn your course’s online discussion forums into a central study hub – they’re an excellent resource, and networking with one another will benefit your studies as well as boost your teamwork and leadership skills.

Online MBA students at EU Business School can meet their course colleagues and lecturers in person at on-campus weeks. Based in Geneva, Munich and Barcelona, students and university faculty have the chance to take part in events, team-building activities and cultural experiences which help strengthen academic connections and networking opportunities.

Have a good support system

If you study whilst working, whether full-time or part-time, speak to your employer about your studies. They may allow you to apply academic theory to the practical elements of your job, for you to see an immediate return on the decision to invest in your education.

Find yourself a dedicated study space

Having a large and de-cluttered workspace where you can set out everything you need to study in peace can really help you get into the right mindset. Telling your family or partner you plan to spend the next couple of hours studying can also lessen the distractions.

If you’re finding yourself stuck in a study rut, every now and again it may be a good idea to take yourself to a nearby library or coffee shop to study instead. A change of scenery can help keep you motivated.

Written by Stephanie Lukins

As the Head of Sponsored Content for TopMBA.com and TopUniversities.com, Stephanie creates and publishes a wide range of articles for universities and business schools across the world. She attended the University of Portsmouth where she earned a BA in English Language and an MA in Communication and Applied Linguistics.

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