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After doing distance learning courses for the last 12 years (blimey, I've just realised that's how long it's been!), one thing I've learned that's crucial in my study arsenal is discipline.
Everything you do is from home, your studying, reading materials, essays, assignments, exam revision. You don't have the regular nudges from your fellow students or your tutors shuffling you along all the time. Everything's done at a distance, and it could be weeks between contact with any of your fellows.
And we all know how easily those distractions present themselves when you're trying to get anything done at home. The housework stares at you, tempting you, family and friends entice you away to the pub or to the cinema or just to watch something on the television.
It takes a lot of self discipline to say no to these things, and to spend the energy on getting some actual work done. And it can feel like a lonely place when you're at a low ebb, struggling with concepts or ideas and there's nobody immediate to talk to (but that's another post ... )
Discipline is what helps you to say no to the distractions and yes to the hard work ahead of us that we know will be worth it when we're finished.