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How to avoid feeling isolated when you’re studying online

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Studying online is a great option for people with a busy schedule, giving you lots of flexibility to study when it suits you, but it can sometimes feel a bit lonely. Here are a few tips on how to connect with your online peers, so you can get the most out of your study experience!

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Remember that your classmates probably feel the same way. Even though studying online doesn’t have to be an isolating experience, it’s very normal for online students to worry about not making friends. Keep this in mind when reaching out to new people – they’re probably happy to have someone to talk to!

Make the most of group assignments and exercises. Group assignments can be tricky to navigate but on the plus side, they’re a great opportunity for you to meet people in your course. Introduce yourself to your group members and try to get to know them – you never know, you might end up gaining a new friend!

Organise an online study group. Many students use Facebook groups to manage group assignments and help each other out with their studies, so why not set up a similar group with your online peers? This is a good way to improve your work and to connect with people in your course in a less academic setting.

Maintain your offline social life. It’s important to make connections with your online peers but it’s just as important to maintain your personal relationships. Make sure to stay in touch with your friends and family and be sure to catch up with them during your study breaks.

Connect with your tutors. Communicating regularly and thoughtfully with your tutors and lecturers will help you to stand out from your classmates and build a useful relationship that will support you throughout your studies.

Consider studying internally for some units. Of course, this isn’t an option for all students but if you’re feeling isolated doing all of your studies online and you’re able to, consider studying just one of your units internally. This will give you the opportunity to connect with other students face-to-face.

Written by mass communications student Kelsey Tang