Distance Learning - What students like about it:

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Individual support

For me studying online is perfect: No overcrowded lecture halls but individual feedback to keep me focused in my studies

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Easy Access

Starting an online programmes is literally just clicks away; no need to be physically present at all!

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Raise in status

Suddenly, my boss looks at me in a different way. Even my salary increased!

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Psychological an biological factors influencing your study results

There are plenty of factors influencing your learning process either in a positive or a negative way. In addition to what is already determined by your genes, according to various sources the following biological and psychological factors play an important role.

Biological factors

  • Nutrition is essential for organs to develop (building material), but also to let it operate (fuel). On average, as much as 25% of all energy a human daily takes in with ones food goes directly to the brains. At those moments when the brain goes through major developments such as during childhood and adolescence this percentage may increase to 65%.
  • Caffeine is one of the most consumed psychoactive substances around the world. Caffeine is not bad for health, some researchers even show positive effects. Caffeine appears to reduce fatigue. And in this way also has an indirect effect on learning. Regarding cognitive function, caffeine has an effect on reaction time. Some studies also show a positive effect on long-term memory.
  • Sport is healthy, as more and more research shows. For example, sport ensures that certain substances in the body are released, which have a significant effect on the brains. These compounds support brain functions and increase the ability to learn and perform. Research has shown that elderly people who on a daily basis have a medium to heavy physical effort of at least 30 minutes have a better cognitive performance than people who do not.
  • Sleep is a biological factor that can affect the learning performance of people. In particular, too little sleep has a major impact. It leads to memory and concentration problems, people have more difficulty responding flexibly to new situations and there is a stronger response to emotionally negative stimuli.

Psychological factors

  • Learning strategy: everyone has their own preference for a strategy to learn and study. Some prefer to make a summary, others highlight or underline important text, and read the same text several times. But the preference that someone follows is not always the most effective strategy. There is a distinction between learning strategies at a superficial level, and at a deeper level. Learning through repetition is an example of learning at a superficial level. Learning at a deeper level involves, for example, the ability to determine important information and make connections between certain concepts. Learning at a deeper level has proven to be a better predictor for successful learning in the long term than on a superficial level.
  • Self-regulating capacity has a positive relationship with academic achievement. When someone has a large self-regulating capacity, he / she is well able to orient, plan, monitor and adapt his / her behaviour or learning processes and strategies during learning tasks.
  • In addition it also appears that self-directed learning has a positive correlation with academic success. Such a person is able to assess his / her own learning needs, establish personal goals, take decisions about which learning strategies to use and is able to assess the outcomes.
  • The literature shows a positive correlation between self-esteem and academic achievement, but it is not clear which way this effect works. The assumption is that the higher your self-esteem, the better you perform in school. But it is also possible that the effect works the other way around: the better you perform in school, the higher your self-esteem is as a result.
  • A factor which generally has a negative influence on the study-success rate is fear of failure.
  • Self-efficacy is a term used in education to indicate whether a person believes he or she is able to successful complete courses or certain specific tasks. Multiple studies have shown that there is a positive correlation between self-efficacy and academic performance actually achieved. Someone with as a high self-efficacy for English writing, strongly believes that he or she is well able to write an English text and as a result will get a good grade for an English writing assignment.
  • Someone with a persistence to study from an intrinsic motivation (internal drive by person self to study) will in the long term perform better than someone with persistence from an extrinsic motivation (i.e. showing behaviour because of a certain reward).

Universities in the spotlight

Facultat de Dret

Universitat de Barcelona

Barcelona, Spain

The Faculty of Law at the UB is a school with a long tradition; its origins go back to 1450 coinciding with the creation of the University of Barcelona. It guarantees more than five hundred years' experience. Its offer of postgraduate courses is extensive and consolidated and has more than a thousand students enrolled in various master’s degrees and postgraduate diplomas managed by the Postgraduate School of the Faculty.

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Catholic University of Ávila

Ávila de los Caballeros, Spain

The Catholic University of Avila (UCAVILA) is committed to providing an environment in which students can learn, develop and mature. UCAVILA is located outside the city walls, in the north. Signs directing you to the university are posted throughout the roads leading into the city.

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University of Queensland

Brisbane, Australia

Ranked among the top 100 universities in the world The University of Queensland (UQ) is one of Australia’s most highly awarded learning and research institutions. With a student population of more than 48,800 students, one in every four students is an international student. This multicultural student population allows exposure to a range of cultures and networks.

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University of Bridgeport

Bridgeport, United States

Founded in 1927, the University of Bridgeport is well known for its diversity. In a typical year, the student body consists of learners from 45 states and 80 countries. The faculty also is diverse. This unique group of people is drawn together by shared commitments: an emphasis on professional development, career readiness for the twenty-first century, a supportive and challenging learning environment, and innovation and solution-seeking. The University offers more than 125 career-oriented programs, many of which benefit from industry connections unique to the region.

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Clarkson University

New York City, United States

Welcome to Clarkson University! As the third smallest nationally ranked research university, we are the institution of choice for more than 3,000 enterprising, high-ability undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in 50+ rigorous academic programs of study. Our faculty are on the leading edge of research of international relevance. Across the institution, faculty and students develop close, mentoring relationships and make lifelong connections that guide career success.

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