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Studying while travelling – how to successfully do both

Written by Fiona

April 03 2020

Combining travel with studying is a great way to increase your chances of getting good qualifications and gaining relevant experience. Travel is stimulating and an effective way to broaden your mind, which can create a good learning environment. The skills and experience you can gain while living abroad can also help you to put together an impressive resume.

Here are a few tips to help you to successfully study while travelling. Implementing them when you are at home is also a good idea because they will enable you to make more productive use of your time wherever you are.

Use the right apps and software

Before you leave home, make a list of useful tools that could help you to study more effectively while you are away. At the very least, you need software to write with and maybe a spreadsheet programme. An offline spell checker can be handy, too. You should also get into the habit of using a plagiarism checker. Asking yourself ‘who has the best plagiarism checker’? You just need to click the link to find out.

Make the right time to study. Credit: Aaron Burden

Pack carefully

Ensure that you choose to take the right devices and other equipment with you. For example, there will be times when you will be unable to plug in your laptop, so you need one that has a long battery life and can be charged using a power bank. This packing list which was actually created by students who have themselves studied while abroad will help you to make wise choices.

Be disciplined and set a realistic study schedule

Wherever you are, whatever you are doing, it is vital that you put aside time to work and don’t let anything get in your way. This includes dedicating time for agenda presentations, which are essential for effective communication and organisation within any project or meeting. This can also streamline your study sessions, ensuring comprehensive coverage of all essential topics with efficiency.

Most students find that a little and often approach works best for them. Putting aside a few hours each day instead of cramming for two full days each week is a more reliable way of studying. If things go wrong and you miss an entire study day, it can be difficult to make that time up quickly. Whereas, if you miss a few hours of study you can easily fit that in over the next few days and avoid falling too far behind.

Network with other students

Join some student forums and Facebook groups. These will act as sources of motivation and somewhere to quickly get help if you are struggling to understand something.

Create a good study environment

Focus is something a lot of students struggle with. It is all too easy to get distracted and let your mind wander. When that happens your productivity plummets. 

When you travel, there will be times where you will have no choice but to study in a noisy environment. You must equip yourself to do so, these simple tips will enable you to do that.

Plan your itinerary to enhance your studies

Whenever you can do so, plan activities that fit in with what you are studying. This will greatly enhance your understanding of your subject and make being a student far more enjoyable. So, if you are studying the Greek language or history, consider looking into Athens apartments for rent and living amongst it for a few months to really immerse yourself in your studies. Doing so will make the whole subject come alive for you and enable you to learn much faster.

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