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We know that in addition to your studies, you have a number of other commitments. To avoid becoming overwhelmed or feeling out of control, it is important to have a structure to manage your responsibilities and to keep you focused on your studies.
- Think about when you will study. Think about your commitments and when you are at your best.
- Take stock of what you do and how you spend your time.
- Take a look at your planning. Do you need to put anything on hold until you complete your qualification?
We suggest you draw up a weekly study plan so that you are able to
- work through the study guides
- read and study the relevant sections of prescribed books
- incorporate additional material if necessary
- do the assignments
- prepare for the exams
Remember: For a 12-credit module, you will need to spend at least 120 hours working on the module. For a 24-credit module, you will need to spend at least 240 hours working on the module.
Unisa provides you with a number of support services that will help you on your journey. How Unisa Works
|myUnisa||Unisa’s online student platform is the university’s most important study tool. It is how you will communicate with Unisa and how Unisa will communicate with you.|
|myLife e-mail account||Registered Unisa students all get a free myLife e-mail account. Important information, notices and updates are sent exclusively to this account, so it is essential to activate it and use it regularly.|
|Social media||Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube are great channels through which to share ideas, find other students, ask questions and generally stay informed.|
|Unisa Radio||Internet-based Unisa Radio is a vibrant and informative platform of information and topics focused on our Unisa students. Its programming consists of music, informative interviews and talk shows.|
|E-tutors||Unisa has introduced e-tutoring in many undergraduate modules, thus integrating support that is potentially accessible to each student, irrespective of their geographic location. A group of about 200 students is linked to one e-tutor. Students in a group are able to interact and learn from one another.|
|Digital access centres||Through the Digital access centres, Unisa students have access to computers with internet access in rural areas throughout South Africa. These centres are private facilities equipped with computers connected to the internet. Administrators are also on hand to assist students.|
|Study groups||Being isolated and removed from your lecturers and fellow students is often one of the major challenges of distance learning. You can overcome this by joining and forming study groups with fellow students. Being part of a study group will allow you to discuss problems, link new subject matter to sections of work you have already mastered and check that your understanding of a module is the same as others’ understanding thereof.|
|Academic Literacies Services||Our Academic Literacies Services support Unisa students – from undergraduate to doctoral level – who aim to develop their literacies practices in the areas of academic language, quantitative literacy (academic numeracy), information literacy and learning literacy (study skills).|
|Tutorial classes||Tutorial classes allow students to interact, collaborate and learn from one another. Discussions are facilitated by experienced tutors, focusing on problem areas, key issues and themes. While the trend at Unisa is more towards e-tutoring, physical tutorials are still held at some centres. Check with your closest regional centre to see if tutorials are offered for your modules.|
|Recognition of prior learning (RPL)||RPL will identify and assess your skills against your specific Unisa qualification, irrespective of how and where you acquired that knowledge. If could have been obtained through informal training, on-the-job experience or life experience. It will be measured against the specific learning outcomes of the subject.|