Plan your studies
Once you’ve enrolled on your course, get yourself off to a strong start by coming up with a clear plan for your studies, getting yourself organised, and putting that plan into action.
The first thing to do is buy any extra texts you need for your studies. For English Language, this is likely to be a textbook so remember to check that you’re getting the right edition. If you’re unsure, always double-check with your course provider.
If you’ve chosen English Literature, you’ll need to get yourself the novels, plays or poetry text that you’re going to be reading. Don’t worry about spending a lot of money on these either; most classics can be picked up from local charity shops or online second-hand booksellers.
Next, you should pick a good study spot. The ideal space for your online studies should be somewhere that has Wi-Fi access and is distraction-free enough that you can concentrate easily. Where you choose to set up camp is totally up to you and you can even choose to mix it up a bit - the beauty of online study is that it gives you the freedom to learn where and when you choose.
Now it’s time to create your study plan. If you start off with a clear, straightforward plan, you’re much more likely to stay on track. The great thing about studying GCSE English online as opposed to in a classroom is that you’re not restricted to a set class timetable, so you can work through the course as quickly or as slowly as you want.
Remember to be realistic about what you can achieve though. Setting yourself impossible targets is just setting yourself up for disappointment.
If you're stuck on ways to set your plan in motion, study planners are a great way to stay on top of your learning as seeing everything laid out in front of you will keep you focused and on the right track.