Self-discipline is even more important when you’re taking a distance learning course than when you are studying for a qualification in the traditional way. When you are attending a conventional university or college you have to turn up for lectures and seminars. Your absence from lectures may not be noticed, but when you fail to turn up for seminars your tutor may decide to get in touch with you if it is on a regular basis. This won’t happen when you’re taking a distance learning course, though, as you don’t have the same kind of interaction with tutors and lecturers.
When taking a distance learning course you need to have self-discipline because although you will be assigned a tutor, you may not even be contacted unless you make contact first. Your tutor is there to support you, but independent learning is very much a feature of distance learning. The pressure is therefore on you to read about what is expected of you and to ensure that you complete all the work that will be assessed and count towards your degree or diploma. If you don’t, then you may not realize that an assignment is due or what you have to do to achieve the best marks.
You have to be extremely committed to take a distance learning course, anyway, because, quite often, you will have to fit your studies around working full-time or raising a family. You therefore have to organize your time so that you actually get some studying done, as there are so many other things going on in your life that you can get distracted and put off doing the work that needs to be done. Self-discipline comes in handy, as you know what you have to do and how long you are able to spend reading, taking notes and writing essays. This will keep your mind focused on accomplishing all you need to.
If you lack self-discipline it won’t be long before you start to fall behind with your work and once you’ve missed one assignment or not done the reading you should’ve done you can find yourself constantly playing catch-up, as you’re having to think about next week’s reading and assignment whilst trying to complete last week’s, as well. To avoid this situation arising you need to prioritize your studies and make sure that you don’t let yourself get distracted by your job or by family. This can be easier said than done, but if working towards a qualification means a lot to you, you will no doubt be prepared to put in the effort.