Mastering the art of online studies: a guide to success
Online Master / 10. August 2023
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Programme Manager at FS Sustainable World Academy
Andrea Beiter works as Programme Manager at Frankfurt School’s Sustainable World Academy and is responsible for the recruitment and admissions of the Master of Leadership in Sustainable Finance. As a training expert she has a proven track record in organising and implementing onsite and online trainings. Andrea gained MSME & financial inclusion experience through managing and implementing various financial sector development training and consulting projects worldwide, specialising in Asia. Last but not least, she is actively delivering training of trainers seminars (ToT) with special focus on building up trainer pools, coaching of new trainers and quality assurance of training delivery.


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In recent years, technology has revolutionised the way we learn. Online studies have become increasingly popular, offering flexibility and convenience. However, navigating the world of online education requires discipline, effective time management and adaptability. Let’s explore some tips and strategies to help you complete your online studies successfully.

Set clear goals and create a schedule

Before starting your online studies, it is crucial to establish clear goals. Define what you want to achieve and break down your objectives into smaller, manageable tasks. Create a study schedule that aligns with your personal and professional commitments, ensuring you allocate sufficient time for each course or module.

Assess your personal and work commitments to identify peak periods when your time and energy are most in demand. This could include times when you have important projects or deadlines at work, or when you have family events or responsibilities. By recognising these busy periods, you can proactively plan to adjust your study load accordingly.

Create a dedicated study space

To promote focus and productivity, set up a dedicated study space that is free from distractions. Ideally, this space should be quiet, well-lit and equipped with the necessary tools, such as a reliable computer, internet connection and study materials. Keep your study area organised to enhance efficiency and minimise distractions.

Develop strong time management skills

Effective time management is the key to successful online studies. Develop a routine that suits your personal preferences and learning style. Prioritise your tasks based on urgency and importance and set deadlines for assignments or exams well in advance. Use online calendars or planners to stay organised and track your progress.

At Frankfurt School, we understand the importance of staying organised and meeting deadlines to succeed in your studies. Our team of dedicated Study Advisors will provide guidance and support throughout your educational journey. They are committed to ensuring that you stay informed about upcoming deadlines, receive timely reminders and provide support in case you encounter challenges meeting those deadlines.

Actively engage in virtual discussions

One of the unique aspects of online studies is the opportunity to interact with fellow students and instructors through virtual discussions. Actively participate in discussion forums, group projects and online study groups. Engage in thoughtful discussions, ask questions and share your insights. Collaborating with peers and seeking clarification from instructors will enhance your understanding of the study material.

Practice self-motivation and discipline

Without the physical presence of a classroom and strict schedules, self-motivation and discipline are essential for success in online studies. Set realistic goals and reward yourself upon accomplishing them. Stay motivated by reminding yourself of the long-term benefits of completing your studies. Break larger tasks into smaller, manageable parts to avoid feeling overwhelmed.

Seek support and stay connected

Even though online studies offer flexibility, it’s important to stay connected with your lecturer, classmates and support staff. Reach out to your lecturer whenever you have questions or need clarification. Engage in online study groups or forums to connect with peers who are going through the same learning experience. Stay active and engaged to combat feelings of isolation.

Overcoming obstacles: when struggles arise

Struggling with online studies is not uncommon, and it doesn’t mean you’re incapable of succeeding. It’s essential to be proactive, seek support and implement strategies that work best for you.

Start by identifying the specific challenges you’re facing. Is it difficulty understanding the course material, lack of motivation, poor time management or something else? Pinpointing the root causes of your struggles will help you address them effectively. By identifying your challenges, accessing available resources and adjusting your study approach, you can overcome obstacles and achieve success in your online studies.

One last expert recommendation from Laura Stender, Senior Programme Manager and standing Study Advisor for the Master of Leadership in Sustainable Finance: “We suggest reducing workload during busy periods rather than pausing altogether. Consistency is important, but life can get overwhelming. Instead of halting studies, find balance by decreasing workload during busy times. This way, you can make progress while managing other commitments effectively.”

Online programmes at Frankfurt School’s Sustainable World Academy

The FSDF e-Campus has over 10 years of experience providing online education to practitioners worldwide, with a dedicated team of study advisors with rich experience in supporting participants and students through their studies. The e-Campus portfolio mainly offers online courses in sustainable finance and other areas such as financial inclusion, risk management and accounting.

Our Diplomas in Green Finance and Financial Inclusion offer the chance to step beyond the certified expert by combining further training in a customisable agenda. Additionally, our Master of Leadership in Sustainable Finance is conducted both completely online and part-time.

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