Most independent study programs require a lot of
reading. Since you won't be sitting through a lecture or will only be
watching it on video instructors like to supplement instruction with large
reading assignments. You must be able to comprehend and retain what you
read. To develop reading skills concentrate on what you read by taking
frequent pauses. Summarize what each paragraph said after you've read it.
Most of your assignments will be written
assignments. These assignments will be the main form of interaction between
you and your instructor. Writing skills show your instructor how well you
can collect and synthesize what you've learned into cohesive thoughts and
statements. Before beginning any writing assignment make sure you pay
careful attention to all instructions so you can make sure you're writing
about what is being asked. Take the extra effort to make your answer
thorough and well organized. Go over your assignment after you've
completed it and look at it's organization, writing style and grammar. If
you find that the assignment lacks finesse in any of these areas draft
another copy. Its worth the extra work to get a better grade.
Scheduling is often a difficult issue for independent
learning students. Set aside time regularly for study. Schedule your
time to devote at least an hour to your independent learning class. Think of
this hour as "untouchable", it cannot be done away with, it may be
moved but not eliminated.