Study From Home Tips
Distance learning is a wonderful way to earn a valuable qualification, and we’re proud to offer level 3, 4, and 5 courses in the travel and tourism industry that anyone in New Zealand can complete online.
For those who have earned their certificates through Study From Home, they already know the multitude of benefits of working from the comfort of your own house (only one of which is being able to work in your pajamas if you want to).
So if you’ve studied from home and realised how much you love (or simply need) the freedom of working from home as well, here’s a little more on what’s available, and what it’s like to work from home.
Remote work positions in the travel and tourism industry
Remote work is highly sought after and there are not always a lot of positions available, but they do exist, and those with qualifications are better placed to apply than those without.
For example, you may be able to find one of these work from home positions:
• Travel agent
• Customer support for a travel, tourism, or aviation business
• Guest experience manager
• Customer service agent
• Reservations agent
• Travel writer/editor
Finding remote work is often a case of keeping an eye on available positions, and making the most of resources available to you such as ITC’s dedicated employment consultants, who work to help ITC and Study From Home graduates find roles in the industry.
In some cases, you may need to gain experience in an in-person job before moving into a remote position.
What is it actually like to work from home?
Studying from home is a good introduction to working from home, but not necessarily the same.
Working from home has countless upsides. Not only do you not have to get dressed up for work, you don’t even have to spend money on work outfits.
There is no commute, meaning that you both get a little bit more time in the morning and evening, and you don’t have to deal with the stress of traffic, or the cost of transport and parking.
There are no distracting coworkers, typically less office politics, and it’s much easier to whip up lunch when you have an entire kitchen at your disposal. You can also keep an eye on kids home from school while continuing your work day, without having to take time off.
That said, there are a few things you will need to be prepared for if you’re planning on working from home:
• Distractions such as kids, pets, housework, and even hobbies
• Separating work-life from home-life
• Working without colleagues around you (although this can be a bonus for introverts!)
Working from home is extremely popular for a reason, so once you’ve adjusted to these common challenges, you’ll be ready for a career that’s as comfortable and convenient as your studies were!
Do you love the idea of distance learning, and perhaps of working from home for your job as well? Get in touch with us at Study From Home to learn more about our courses and the careers they can lead to.
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If you’re about to start studying from home, one of the best ways to prepare is to set up a productive study space before you begin.
This will be your go-to spot for all of your coursework and study, so it needs to be comfortable and offer a supportive learning environment.
Not sure where to start? Here’s how to set up a productive study space in your home.
A quiet spot
One of the hardest parts of study is keeping your focus on the task at hand, which is why it’s important to try to find a quiet area where you can study.
Ideally, this would be away from the television or living area where family members or flatmates spend time hanging out – it can be far too tempting to join in their conversations or watch whatever’s on TV instead of studying!
As you will be looking at a screen and reading for a lot of your study, you will need to have good lighting to ensure you can see well without harming your eyes.
Natural light is great, but a desk lamp or well-lit room as just as beneficial for helping you see clearly.
Keep in mind, you also don’t want to be squinting into bright light. This can happen if you’re facing a window, so consider either facing away or turning your desk and chair sideways to the window.
A good desk and chair
Your goal for a study space is to be comfortable – but not too comfortable.
You want to be able to sit down for a couple of hours at a time without getting uncomfortable enough that you have to move, but you also don’t want to feel like you’re lounging. If you are too comfy, you might struggle to focus.
Similarly, be sure to get out of your pajamas when you study! You don’t need to be in formal office attire, but the act of getting dressed can help you to get in the right mindset for study.
All we ask of our students is that they have a personal laptop or computer to work from. This is technically all you need, but you may wish to stock up on other items if it helps your study style.
This might include:
- A notepad or book
- Pens in different colours
- A ruler
- Post-It notes
Snacks and drinks
Study is hard work, and while it’s best to get up and leave your desk for actual meals, you should also have something on hand at your desk.
A full drink bottle of water is a must, and a couple of pieces of fruit will help to keep you alert. Fruits like grapes or berries are great to nibble on throughout the day.
Of course, less healthy snacks like lollies and chips are always delicious, but keep them to a minimum!
Remove any distractions from your study area to help you keep your focus where it needs to be.
This means everything from closing non-study tabs on your laptop such as Facebook or YouTube, turning your phone off or leaving it in another room, and even locking the cat out if you have to.
Even music can be a distraction, so switch it off or opt for calming background noise rather than music with lyrics.
Only use it for study
Finally – and importantly – only use your new study space to actually study.
If you start sitting there to watch Netflix, cut your nails, or chat to friends, you’ll quickly start blurring the lines between study and normal life. By only sitting there when you intend to study, you’ll help to get into the right mindset to focus on your course as soon as you sit down.
Do you have a study space ready? Are you looking to try distance learning with Study From Home? Get in touch to learn more about our courses and the qualifications you can earn from the comfort of your own home.
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Claire Huxley is ITC’s Chief Executive Officer and a worldwide traveller. Her background in international travel and tourism and her own extensive travels, paired with her marketing background, make her an incredible leader for the International Travel College.
Recently, Claire offered up some words of wisdom for graduates, and for those graduating over the coming months.
“Remember the lessons you learnt during this year – resilience is about learning from what you have been through and don’t forget you’ve come this far, you can do so much more!!! Focus on progress not perfection”
Here are her 12 essential tips for graduates:
- The 4 Ps
Be positive, principled, pro-active, and productive.
That’s a powerful combination that will appeal to any employer in any industry in the world.
- Discover yourself
Be self-aware, learn what you are good at, what you love to do, what you dislike, and discover WHY. And don’t forget to challenge yourself.
Taking your first steps into a career is a great time for self-discovery, and it will help you to decide where you’d ultimately like to end up.
- Be open to change
Don’t say NO before you know, and don’t give up.
If there’s one thing we’ve all learned over the past year, it’s that things can change rapidly. Being open to change and not giving up will help you navigate changes throughout life.
- Don’t hide from mistakes
Everyone makes mistakes, it’s how we learn. So when you do inevitably make a mistake, own up to it, remember that no one is perfect, and take it as an opportunity to learn and improve for the future.
- Keep moving forward
Any career is about moving forward and keeping up that momentum to always improve and advance. Don’t be afraid to ask for feedback to help guide you, and don’t let problems or challenges fester as they can slow you down or hold you back.
- Learn from everything
Every moment is an opportunity to learn from those around you – even if you have more experience than them!
Look for a mentor who can take you under their wing and help you continue your education even after you have graduated.
- Make connections
Stay in touch with us at Study From Home and with those in your graduating class – every one you meet is a possible future opportunity or job. Your biggest asset is your network, and you’ll be amazed how it can help you in the years to come.
- Be patient
You might not find your dream job right away, but if you keep working towards it, you will get there.
Be resilient and keep networking, and you’re sure to find success.
- Utilise your co-workers
Your co-workers once started in the same place you did – they were in your shoes as a new entrant into the industry. That’s why you can use them and learn from them, ask them questions and take their advice to help you move from being a recent graduate into an industry professional like them.
- Treat everyone with respect
Always be polite, and never stab anyone in the back.
You will likely meet people you don’t get along with during your career, but kindness is free, and respect will get you a lot further than petty feuds.
- Keep your own counsel
When you keep your own counsel, you keep your negative opinions to yourself. It basically means if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it at all.
Of course, if you have ideas to improve a service, you can discuss them with your manager, but straight out negativity is never appreciated.
- Prepare for the future
You never know what the future may hold, but you can prepare for it now. A big part of that is getting into good habits now that will carry you through your career. Be sure to develop good time management now, and you’ll use it every day for the rest of your life.
Are you ready to start studying travel and tourism and take your first step into an exciting industry? Explore our course options and get in touch today to find out more.
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The nights are getting darker and the days cooler, and today is officially the first day of winter.
Why not take those chilly nights and frozen days and get productive?
We suggest studying from home and earning a fantastic tourism and travel qualification (and potential new career) by the time summer arrives. Here’s everything you need to know!
Study From Home for an industry-recognised qualification
Study From Home is the online, distance learning option for the International Travel College of New Zealand. You get all the same great courses in travel in tourism, but you can study from the comfort of your own home from anywhere in the country.
With Study From Home, you can complete the New Zealand Certificate in Tourism at Level 3 or the New Zealand Certificate in Tourism with a strand in Aviation at Level 3 within just 20 weeks – or 40 weeks of part-time study. Or, you can even opt for the New Zealand Certificate in Travel at Level 4, and complete it within 21 weeks of full-time study.
And if you’re ready for Level 5 and looking to move up the career ladder, you can study the New Zealand Diploma in Tourism and Travel, which you would be finished by this time next year.
All of these qualifications are well respected within the industry, and will have you graduating by summer with a certification that can help to land you a role within the industry just in time for the peak season.
Why choose Study From Home?
Aside from the fantastic qualifications on offer, there are multiple reasons why Study From Home is such an excellent option when considering distance learning.
Of course, you can study from wherever you are, so you don’t need to live in – or commute to – a major city, or even deal with getting to and from college every day.
It’s an ideal option for those with work or family commitments, as you can study in your own time. For those looking to study part-time, you only need to set aside 13 hours per week for your course.
These courses are designed with different learning styles in mind, and created to be engaging and informative. This means you won’t be stuck reading pages and pages of dull coursework over the winter, but working your way through an interactive and supportive learning system.
We recently launched a trial portal, so you can try it out now!
Finally, earning a qualification with Study From Home means you’ll have our full support not just during your studies, but after as well. Our team is always on hand to respond to any questions and share their advice, and our dedicated employment consultants offer a lifetime of support for graduates in helping to connect you with a role in the industry.
Here are a couple of examples of recent feedback we have received from students:
“I’m very excited to have finished…I just want to thank you for all your support and advice….it certainly has been a journey, but a very rewarding one.”
“Thank you so much for working alongside me – it has truly been such a help”
Get productive this winter
Interested in earning a qualification in tourism by peak season this summer? Get in touch with us today to find out more about our courses, your study options, and where it all might take you.
Meet the graduate who explored New Zealand while earning a valuable travel and tourism qualificationPosted on 21/04/2021 by Hayley Clark
When you earn your travel and tourism qualification with Study From Home, you have a large amount of flexibility.
Some students work part time, some have family at home to look after, and some simply enjoy the freedom of being able to learn while sitting comfortably on the couch in their PJs! And for some, it’s an opportunity not just to learn about travel and tourism, but to experience it at the same time.
That’s what Rhiannon Cribb, a Study From Home level 3 student, did during her studies. Here’s a little more about her experience with us, including studying during a pandemic, her goals for the future, and her great advice for anyone considering the industry for themselves.
I began studying with ITC at the beginning of 2020, and although 2020 didn’t go how we all wished It went, ITC made studying through a pandemic, easy.
I decided to study travel and tourism when I began intermediate and took my first international flight across the ditch to Australia with my family. Going through the airport and boarding the plane, seeing all the flight attendants dressed and groomed so perfectly made me so excited to study travel and tourism and one day become a flight attendant.
I decided to study online with ITC because I had gained the “travel bug” and wanted to work as much as possible to save my money and take all the holidays I wanted in 2020. Although internationally It didn’t happen, I was able to explore our own country, New Zealand. This was made possible because I was studying online and could get my work done in my own time, while on holiday. Because of ITC’s option to study online, I have been able to visit so many awesome, new places, that I would never have had the time or money to do, If I didn’t decide to study online.
The travel industry has been hugely impacted due to Covid-19 and I’m so thankful that I was given the opportunity to study travel and tourism and gain more knowledge to prefer myself for my future job as a flight attendant as I knew a job as a flight attendant wasn’t possible at the time.
If you are thinking of studying travel and tourism from home but still unsure of it, do It! You will get to spend more time with family and friends (which we all know we didn’t get enough of in 2020!) and more time to do more of what you love, whether that be travel, sport or just having some alone time.
Get in touch with Study From Home, because you can start any time – even right now!
Keen to enjoy the flexibility of distance learning so you can use your spare time to explore like Rhiannon did? Study From Home is accepting enrolments right now, and you can begin your courses whenever it suits you. Get in touch to learn more today.
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We often catch up with past students and graduates. We love hearing about how they’re going in the industry, and seeing their updates as they move into dream jobs meeting people, travelling, and learning.
But not all stories are about study then work.
Recently, we spoke to recent student Jessica Collingwood, and learned about how our famed flexible learning options weren’t just convenient, but made it possible for Jessica to graduate.
Her story shows how much ITC is here to help. We don’t set restrictions like so many education providers, but rather offer flexible alternatives for study, from our multiple campuses and online learning options, to part-time and full-time courses and four-day study week.
Our students are so much more than just a filled seat in a classroom or another name on an enrolment list, and we care about what happens both during and after the learning takes place.
Jessica Collingwood’s experience with ITC and Study From Home
“I studied at ITC doing the Level 4 Tourism certificate at the end of 2019 and beginning of 2020.
Unfortunately, as I started at ITC my health turned for the worse, I was so committed to getting my certificate that I pushed myself to go to class even when I was clearly too unwell to be there. It then just got to the point where it was becoming impossible and I started missing so many classes. I was in and out of hospital a lot.
ITC were amazing and very accommodating. They suggested I change to ITC online (Study From Home). This was the best decision for me at the time. I did not want to give up.
I managed to continue studying while being unwell and I managed to finish and get my certificate. Then the pandemic hit and of course I had all those worries about getting my dream job as travel agent.
I decided it was a good time to get myself well again, spend quality time with family and explore our beautiful country.
I am now starting the process of looking for work again but I am focusing on getting some more experience behind me in jobs that will help me in the near future when the tourism industry picks up and travel agency jobs become available.
I will use this time to build on my strengths and learn new things. I know that when Covid sorts itself out and those borders open, the tourism industry will be booming and there will be so many jobs available. Over the last year New Zealand has become more recognised throughout the world during the pandemic and people are so eager to come and see our beautiful country.
If you enjoy tourism and want a career in the industry, then go for it!
To anyone wishing to take the leap into tourism; I would say use this time to study and get experience in jobs that will help you in some way or another for your future career. Let’s be ready for our tourism industry to busier than ever.”
Do you feel like distance learning could be for you? Get in touch with Study From Home to find out more about our flexible learning options and the qualifications you can earn by studying online.
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As we get back into the rhythm of education and study, it’s time to get back into good study habits as well.
Sometimes, it can feel like there simply isn’t enough time in the day, but the trick is really to make time. Set it aside and stick to it so you can stay on top of your studies and graduate this year ready to kick-start a career in travel, tourism, or aviation (or any industry!).
Here are our top tips for making time for study this year.
Spend a week counting your media time
Media, from television series and movies to podcasts, social media, and YouTube, are all fun ways to pass the time. There’s nothing wrong with enjoying watching your favourite shows or re-watching Harry Potter movies for the 100th time, but it might surprise you just how much time all of that really takes.
For one week, make note of how much time you spend watching shows, scrolling Instagram, or watching TikToks. At the end of the week, use the result to set a new goal.
For example, if you spent 30 hours consuming media this week, aim to cut that down to 15 hours next week. 15 hours is still plenty of time to relax and enjoy your favourite shows, but you will have saved 15 hours that you can spend studying instead!
Don’t try to do it all at once
You might look at your usual schedule and think that the only time you can study is on Sunday evenings.
Sunday is a great time to study, but you can’t expect to complete a full week of study within one sitting. There’s too much information to cover all in one go, and it’s more likely that you’ll feel overwhelmed and burnt out than up to date with your study.
Instead, break up your study into lots of time throughout the week. An hour or two here and there, a longer session on Sundays, and perhaps a regular time slot every weekday evening – breaking it up is a much more realistic approach and will help to ensure you don’t feel too overloaded.
Treat it like a job
When you have a job, you make sacrifices for it. You get a good night’s rest before a morning shift, you set an alarm and get up early for it, you turn down the offer of grabbing a coffee with a friend when you’re due to work (but reschedule the coffee for when you are free!).
If you think of your studies as a job, you’ll have an easier time making study a priority, rather than a last choice for how to spend your time. Once you have set your study hours, turn up on time just as you would with a job, and you’ll quickly get on top of your education.
Give yourself breaks
It might sound counterintuitive, but giving yourself regular breaks as you study can help you to get the most out of your study time.
After one hour of study, reward yourself with a quick walk, reading a chapter of your book, a YouTube video, or 15 minutes chatting with a friend. These breaks will give your brain a rest and ensure you’re refreshed and ready to go when you get back to your studies, so you can spend that time as productively as possible and get through your work faster.
If you find that you can never get much done without some kind of reward at the end – so be it.
A reward could be anything from a delicious snack to time spent gaming or even a nap. When you know there’s a reward waiting for you at the end of your study session (even if it’s a small one), that might help to give you the incentive you need to sit down and get the work done.
Feeling inspired and ready to study for the career of your dreams? Study From Home allows you to work towards an industry-recognised qualification from anywhere in New Zealand in your own time, and you can get started whenever it suits you.
Get in touch to find out more.
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Study From Home is a wonderful option for distance learning in New Zealand. We offer courses on travel, tourism, and aviation that provide the skills, knowledge, and qualifications you’ll need to work in the industry both here in New Zealand and around the world.
Our course options cover levels 3, 4, and 5, and all of them can be completed online, allowing students to sign up no matter where they are located in the country.
Naturally, if you’re considering signing up with Study From Home, you might have questions about the courses, the commitment, the work, and everything in between. That’s why we’ve collated a list of our most frequently asked questions and have answered them for you here.
Can I enrol with Study From Home if I have a full-time job?
Yes! You can choose to study part-time or full-time with Study From Home, so if you already have a full-time job, you can study with us part-time as well. You will be expected to commit to 15 hours per week of study, which you can do during the evenings and weekends whenever suits you.
Do I have to log on at a particular time?
No. SFH is completely flexible in the fact that you set your own timetable for when you want to study. It is a course that is completely tailored to the individual student around their study times.
Are all my assessments essays?
No. Study From Home incorporates many assessment styles to ensure students are tested in ways that actually relate to the jobs in the industry. There is a mixture of written assessments, roleplays both via phone and video, online quiz assessments, and group Zoom assessments.
Is there any tutor help?
Definitely. There is a team of dedicated tutors available online, via email and phone Monday to Friday. All have industry experience and can draw upon their own work and knowledge.
How many hours a week do I need to study?
Study hours are based on your type of enrolment. Study From Home offers both part time and full time study options, and hours will range from 15-25 hours a week.
What happens if I don’t have a computer?
You absolutely must have your own personal laptop or computer before you enrol. If you currently share one with the family, you will need to ensure you obtain a laptop or computer of your own. This is because you will need to use it regularly for your studies.
I am worried I will fail.
The tutor team is here to help. You won’t fail – you will be given an opportunity to gain further understanding with tutorial explanations and guidance.
I have fallen behind.
The tutors will work with you to catch you up and get you back on track.
Can I do more studies than required and set out each week?
Yes. Once you are enrolled, you will have full access to the course page so you can move through quicker than is set out in your individualised study plan if you prefer.
I can’t start yet as I am going on holiday for a week.
Awesome news you are going away! We can get you a little ahead of schedule before you go away so you don’t fall behind when you return.
I know I love travel and tourism but don’t know what job I want to do. Can I still do the course?
Definitely! Lots of people are not 100% certain of what they want to do in the industry but know that this is an industry that excites them. While on the course you will find yourself exposed to the many different jobs in the industry, which will help you decide along the way. You will also realise that your qualification means you won’t only have a qualification for one job, but for the whole industry. Your skills will be able to be transferred to other areas of the industry.
The industry is non-existent at the moment so I probably won’t get a job.
Not true. While our borders remain closed into New Zealand, New Zealand’s domestic tourism market has never been busier! ITC has two career consultants that work with you to help you gain employment in the industry. We are also very lucky to have such close relationships within the industry, so tourism providers often come to us directly looking for graduates from ITC to join their teams.
I never studied travel or tourism at school, does this mean I can’t study it now?
You most definitely can. It is not a pre-requisite to have studied it before.
On what dates do Study From Home courses start throughout the year?
Study From Home offers ‘rolling start dates’ for maximum student flexibility and convenience. This means that students can begin their course on any Monday throughout the year.
Where are you located?
Study From Home is online, but our sister company, the International Travel College of New Zealand (ITC) has locations in centres throughout the country, so you can visit a campus at any time if you wish to speak to a tutor in person. You’ll find our campus locations here.
How do I enrol?
Enrolment with Study From Home is a straight-forward process. Start by getting in touch with us to let us know you’re interested, then fill out the entry profile we send you. We’ll set up an information session where you can ask any questions and we’ll talk you through our course options and how it all works, then we’ll confirm your place. You can read more about the full Study From Home enrolment process here.
How much does Study From Home cost?
Different Study From Home courses have different fees. You can find the costs for each one by visiting our Course Overview page, then clicking the ‘Find out more’ button for each page. The costs are at the bottom right of the page under ‘course fees’.
How do I find my NSN number?
Study From Home is an affiliated Fees Free provider, which means that our courses are covered by the Fees Free initiative. To find out if you are eligible for the Fees Free initiative, you will need to enter your National Student Number (NSN) into the Fees Free website. If you are unsure about your NSN number, you can either ask your current school, or contact the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) to track it down.
If you’re ready to enrol or have any further questions for us, use the details below to get in touch.
COVID-19 has put a spotlight on the importance of flexible working – and also the privilege of job security.
Some young people are faced with an incredibly difficult decision: do I continue my studies, or do I get a job to support my family?
This is no small or easy choice, and every family dynamic is different.
One possible solution could be studying from home. This option gives students the flexibility to work part-time and study part-time: the best of both worlds?
It certainly worked for ITC Study From Home graduate Cherie Palm.
Cherie writes: “Fantastic experience studying with ITC. I had decided to study after many years of working and needed to juggle home life and work as well. The team made this first time distance study adventure a great one! My tutor Ali was amazing, so supportive and always available if I needed to ask a question. I would definitely recommend ITC and can assure new students you will always get the best from this team!”
ITC Study From Home offers four qualifications, all of which can be studied part-time (20 hours per week) from the comfort of home.
- An excellent introduction to the travel and tourism industry
- Strong focus on New Zealand destination geography
- Great introductory training for the aviation industry
- Learn about flight attending, airport security, passenger handling, and more
- Take your tourism career to the next level
- Learn about international tourism, as well as ticketing systems
- Prepare for a management career in the tourism industry
- Learn about marketing, strategic planning, finance, and more
Which qualification is right for you?
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Do you want to be as productive as possible when studying from home?
Here’s a tip: get dressed for ‘class’!
Even though you’re in the comfort of your own home, getting dressed as if you’re leaving the house can do wonders for your productivity.
Here are a few reasons why.
It’s great for your mindset
Just like getting into your PJs signals to your brain that it’s time for bed, getting dressed signals to your brain that it’s time to start your day.
Getting dressed will put you in the right frame of mind to concentrate on your studies. Save your favourite comfy clothes for when it’s time to relax.
It helps you focus
If you sit down to study in your PJs, you might always feel like there’s ‘something else to do’ (aka shower and get dressed) – which can really mess with your ability to focus.
By getting dressed and ready for the day as soon as possible, you’ll likely be able to better focus on your studies.
It’s great for video-conferencing
Ever gone to jump on a video call, only to realise your hair’s a mess and there’s food on your shirt?
Getting dressed as if you’re going to a real class will help you feel much more comfortable and confident if you need to do any video calling with your tutors or classmates.
It creates a boundary between study and home life
When you study from home, the lines between study and home life can get blurred.
Setting aside a ‘study wardrobe’ and ‘weekend wardrobe’ can be one way to create better boundaries.
What to wear when studying from home
We’re not suggesting you need to go full corporate – although if that appeals, by all means, go for it!
Clean jeans and a tee are perfectly adequate. A good rule of thumb is to wear something you’d be happy to leave the house in.
Or, if you want to have some fun, you could even rummage through your fancy dress cupboard for a day! ITC ran a ‘best dressed’ theme week during NZ’s first lockdown, which was a huge hit. Check out our Facebook page for inspiration.
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We’re excited to unveil our new and improved Virtual Orientation program.
Since you can now join Study From Home at any time, we have revamped our Virtual Orientation program to ensure you can get settled in quickly.
Before COVID-19, we hosted in-person Orientation Days in Auckland at the beginning of each new qualification.
Our new Orientation Program is now completely online. It’s designed to be completed over two days, and includes a ‘Virtual Meet’ with your tutor(s) and classmates.
Study From Home tutor Ali Sykes says the new virtual program is working really well so far.
“We’ve essentially created an online virtual classroom, giving students the opportunity to meet their tutor and build rapport with them, as well as meet other students starting at the same time,” Ali explains.
She adds that the new Virtual Program is far more time and cost efficient for students than the in-person Orientation Day.
“Although our in-person Orientation Days were a lot of fun, they did often require students to travel to Auckland, which cost time and money. Now, they can meet everyone from the comfort of their own home, which is exactly what the flexibility of Study From Home is all about.”
Ongoing community and connection
Another great thing about the new virtual Orientation Program is that once students have completed it, they are set-up to communicate with their tutors and classmates online for the duration of their course.
“The first Virtual Meet isn’t the last – once students are familiar with our online system and how it works, they can use it to connect with each other and their tutors,” says Ali.
It also means everyone is in the exact same boat.
“With in-person Orientation, there were always a few students who couldn’t travel to Auckland, and they may have felt excluded. Our new virtual program means everyone gets off to the exact same start,” adds Ali.
Study From Home: The flexible option
These changes to our Orientation Program have cemented Study From Home as a truly flexible study option for students all around New Zealand.
Whether you’re juggling study with work, family commitments, or live far away from campus, Study From Home offers you the flexibility to study at your own pace, from your own place.
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Curious about the benefits of studying from home? Here are some compelling reasons to consider distance learning.
1. Ultimate flexibility
One of the top benefits of studying from home is flexibility. Although you will have set assignments and deadlines to meet, you can study at times that suit you.
Nightowl? No worries, you can study in the evenings! Morning person? Perfect, you can study first thing. Need to fit study around childcare or part-time work? That’s an option, too.
With study from home, you can make your schedule work for you.
2. Reduced costs
Some students find they spend less money studying from home than they would if they were commuting to class every day. This is usually the case for people who live far away from campus.
You might also save money on incidental expenses you’re more likely to make when out and about, like bought lunches and coffees.
3. Available anywhere
Our Study From Home qualifications can be completed from anywhere in New Zealand – making them an ideal option for people who live rurally or far away from public transport.
The entire course is taught online, so all you need is reliable internet access and a computer or laptop.
4. Supportive tutors and classmates
When you Study From Home with ITC, you’ll receive support and guidance from dedicated tutors. They are available via email, phone, and active on Moodle – our study from home platform and forum.
Many students also find their classmates are incredibly supportive. Although you might not meet in-person, you can still support each other via phone and messaging, and by organising virtual study groups.
5. Exceptional qualifications
Finally, our Study From Home qualifications are industry leading. They are the same qualifications students complete on-campus, so you will receive the same premium training.
We have qualifications available at Level 3, Level 4, and Level 5, so whether you’re at the beginning of your tourism career or looking to upskill, we have an option for you.
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Study slumps – they happen to the best of us.
A study slump is when you may be struggling with low motivation, or finding a particular subject matter really difficult.
These slumps happen from time to time and are perfectly normal. The trick is knowing how to get out of them as quickly as possible, so you don’t fall behind.
Here are some tips for getting back on track.
1. Take a short break
Sometimes, a study slump suggests you might need to give your brain a short rest.
If you can, take a break. Step away from your study for a few hours and do something you love.
You might find a short break was all you needed to snap out of your slump and come back feeling refreshed.
2. Change your scenery
Studying from home can feel a little repetitive sometimes. Try studying from a cafe or library instead and see if that helps you feel more energised.
Even moving to a different room in your house might be enough. Could you set yourself up at the dining room table for a change?
Experiment with different study locations and see if that helps.
3. Reach out to classmates
Send a message to some of your classmates and ask for advice. Ask if they have any great tips for staying motivated when they are struggling.
Even though you’re studying from home, you’re not alone. Chances are, your classmates are feeling the same way as you. You can help to motivate each other.
4. Talk to your tutors
If you’ve tried a few of the above strategies and you’re still feeling stuck, be sure to talk to your tutors.
They are here to help you succeed and will be able to provide plenty of study tips and tricks you might not have considered.
5. Remember your end goal
Finally, go back to your ‘why’. Why are you studying from home? What is your end goal or your big dream?
Write your goal somewhere you can see it every day, so it motivates you to keep going.
Every assignment you complete brings you one step closer to your dream of graduating and working in the tourism industry.
You can do this!Posted in Inspiration and motivation, News, Student Success, Study From Home Tips | Leave a reply
Want to give your travel and tourism career a boost?
Keen to learn more about management, marketing, and leadership within the travel and tourism industry?
Want a qualification that will stand out on your CV and show future employers you’re highly motivated?
The New Zealand Diploma in Tourism and Travel Level 5 will provide you with the skills and knowledge to prepare for a career in general management within the industry – and it’s now available* via Study From Home!
This fast-paced, info-packed qualification was previously only offered on-campus, but you can now complete it from your own place, at your own pace.
“We are thrilled to be able to offer this qualification for Study From Home students,” says Michelle Chatfield, Head of Group Services.
“The flexibility of Study From Home means you can study while working out in the industry, giving you the best of both worlds – a higher qualification and work experience.”
The Diploma at a glance
Gain skills in:
- Human resource management
- Strategic planning
- Information technology
All of these topics are essential for a management career in airline, travel, and tourism, and they’re also transferable to any field.
- Course starts 29th June 2020 – enquire now to reserve your place
- Full-time is 48 weeks (33 hours per week of study)
- Part-time is 96 weeks (16.5 hours per week of study)
How is the Diploma taught?
The Diploma is blended learning – you will learn via a combination of:
- Video lessons with tutors
- PowerPoint presentations
- Workbooks, Forums, and Handouts via Moodle – our online student platform
You’ll have access to support from tutors online and over the phone or video chat (if required). The tutors delivering this course are the same tutors who teach the Level 5 Diploma on-campus.
Is this the right course for me?
The Level 5 Diploma is fast-paced and challenging, making it ideal for students who are ambitious, eager to learn, and highly motivated.
If you dream of advancing your tourism career and gaining management skills, this qualification will help you build confidence and competence. It’s an ideal stepping stone into higher-level positions within the tourism industry.
Once you’ve graduated, you’ll have access to support from our Employment Consultants, who will work closely with you to help you find work.
To find out more, don’t delay – get in touch today to learn how this Diploma can help you give your tourism career a boost.
*Course availability subject to NZQA approval.Posted in Inspiration and motivation, News, Study From Home Tips | Leave a reply
Are you contemplating studying from home with ITC, but you’re not quite sure if it’s for you?
Perhaps you’re on the fence about starting a new qualification, especially during these strange times with COVID-19.
Or maybe you’re curious about what the course will involve. You might have questions about the topics, workload, assignments, and tutors.
We’re here to help. Our team is on-hand to answer any questions you have about studying airline, travel or tourism from home.
We want to provide you with all the information you need to make an informed decision, so if you do choose to study from home with us, you can get off to the best possible start.
There are a few ways we help you learn more about studying from home with ITC.
The first step is to book an online information session with one of our course advisers. This is a completely free, no-obligation phone call designed to give you a feel for studying with us.
Once you’ve had your online information session, you’ll have a pretty clear idea of whether our courses are a good match – and hopefully you’ll be feeling excited about all the possibilities!
If you’re keen to progress things further and enrol, we’re also here to help. Our team can assist you with enrolling and also registering for services like StudyLink.
The online information session is the best and most efficient way to discover if studying from home is right for you, but we’re also available to help you via other channels.
You’re welcome to ask questions by submitting a contact form on our website, sending a question via Facebook, reaching out on Instagram, or calling us (freephone) on 0800 868 747.
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Are you struggling to stay active while studying from home during the coronavirus lockdown?
Even though you’re allowed to get outside for daily exercise, you might find you spend the rest of your day sitting still – and this could leave you feeling a bit restless and lethargic.
Taking short breaks to move your body – even if it’s just for a quick stretch – can help to re-energise you and may help you concentrate better on your studies.
Here are some ideas for staying active while studying from home.
1. Set a ‘stretch’ timer
Set an hourly reminder on your phone to stand up and stretch your body. Every few hours, try to take a longer break.
2. Try Yoga with Adriene
Yoga with Adriene is a YouTube sensation with hundreds of free online yoga videos. There are videos to suit all fitness levels, and plenty of short 10-minute routines for a quick home workout.
3. Have a living room dance party
A fun way to get your body moving and boost your energy levels. Put on your favourite music and dance.
4. Go for a quick walk around the block
It’s amazing what 15 minutes in the fresh air can do for your mood and motivation levels. You don’t have to wander far to get the benefits.
5. Cook to some tunes
Cooking is actually a great way to move your body, especially if you listen to some music while you do it. Potter around the kitchen for an hour to boost the time you spend standing up vs. sitting down.
6. Get out in the garden
If you’re lucky enough to have a garden, now is the time to sweep, rake, weed, and prune. Looking after your plants is a great way to move your body and will help you spend more time in nature, too.
Bonus tip: Stand instead of sit
If you’re still feeling like you’re not moving enough in your day, try standing up to study instead of sitting down. Create a standing desk by piling your laptop on some phone books or placing it on a safe shelf at eye-level, and you’re good to go!
Even standing up for 5 minutes out of every hour will help you feel less sedentary. A little goes a long way!
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Since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, studying from home has become the ‘new normal’ for students around New Zealand.
There are many benefits to studying from home, including increased flexibility, lower overheads (e.g. no travel costs), and the ability to study part-time – just to name a few.
It’s a fantastic way to gain a tourism qualification – which is why we’ve been successfully offering distance learning for over 15 years!
However, studying from home does require some self-motivation. And, given that we’re in the midst of a global pandemic, you might find that your motivation tanks are low right now. That’s completely normal. If you’re feeling tired or unmotivated, you’re not alone. The good news is, there are several things you can do to get yourself back on track.
Here are some ideas for staying motivated and boosting your mindset during these uncertain times.
1. Focus on your ‘why’
Think about why you chose to study from home. What motivates you? Is it the dream of an exciting career in airline, travel or tourism? Is it the goal of gaining a qualification to improve your career prospects? Is it the spark of curiosity and excitement you feel when you learn about different cultures and destinations?
Everyone’s ‘why’ will be different. Take the time to consider yours, because this will help you stay motivated. Write your ‘why’ down somewhere you will see it every day, and have faith in this brighter future.
2. Break everything into small goals
Once you’ve remembered your ‘why’, you’ll hopefully feel a surge of energy and excitement. You’ve got a dream, and a qualification will help you achieve that!
But, then you might feel a sense of overwhelm sink in – you might look ahead and see so much work to complete, and wonder where to start.
The trick is to break everything into small goals. Focus on what you can achieve in one day, one week, one month – and all of your efforts will add up to the big result.
Write a study plan and give yourself small, achievable tasks to complete each day. Once you’ve ticked them off, celebrate your efforts – reward yourself with something small yet meaningful, like a video call with your best friends or your favourite TV program.
Big goals are achieved by taking small steps consistently. You’ve got this!
3. Ask for support
Your Study From Home tutors and classmates are here to motivate you, encourage you, and support you.
Make the most of all the support on offer from the Study From Home team, and don’t be afraid to ask questions if you’re unsure about something. They are here to help!
Take the time to connect with some of your classmates, virtually. Set up WhatsApp groups or send out a few emails. You’re all in this together, and you can motivate each other at this time.
Most of all, treat yourself with self-compassion. You’re studying during a global pandemic, and that’s no small thing! You’re doing an incredible job and your future self will thank you for it. Well done, you!Posted in Inspiration and motivation, News, Study From Home Tips | Leave a reply
Newsflash: You can now enrol with Study From Home at any time!
We used to have set enrolment dates (with new courses starting around once a month), but you can now start studying at any date that suits you (provided your application is accepted).
“The coronavirus pandemic is changing the way we all work and study, and we’re adapting to make it as easy as possible for people to access our qualifications,” says ITC Marketing Manager Mel Jenkins.
“If you suddenly find yourself with time on your hands and wish to study, the last thing we want to do is tell you to wait another month to begin. Now, you can get started straight away and make the most of this opportunity to study.”
Study From Home is backed by a strong support team, with several staff on-hand to help you begin your studies.
Unlike many other distance learning platforms, we offer real support from real staff – you will have access to qualified tutors and a community of learners.
“It’s the next best thing to studying in a classroom. We’ve been running Study From Home for over 15 years, so we’re not new to distance learning – we know what works, what doesn’t, and have robust systems in place to support our students,” explains Mel.
What can you study?
We currently offer three award-winning, industry-leading qualifications.
- New Zealand Certificate in Tourism Level 3
- New Zealand Certificate in Tourism with a Strand in Aviation Level 3
- New Zealand Certificate in Aviation Level 4
Which course is right for you?
Our course advisors can help you decide which course is right for you. Book a free online information session today to explore your options and learn more about our exciting qualifications.Posted in Inspiration and motivation, Study From Home Tips | Leave a reply
There is a lot of uncertainty in the world right now, and many workplaces and education providers are closed, as we collectively try to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
But, there are still opportunities available. And, in times of uncertainty, it can help to focus on all the things that you CAN do, rather than all of the things that you can’t.
While you can’t go into a classroom or college campus to gain a qualification, you can Study From Home.
It’s business as usual for Study From Home – we’ve been delivering online courses for over fifteen years, and we’ve helped thousands of students gain airline, travel, and tourism qualifications from their own home.
We’ve very much open for business and welcoming applications from people who would love to study airline, travel or tourism.
Video: Gain award-winning qualifications from home
Watch this short and sweet video to get a great overview of studying from home, and how doing this can add meaning to your life during an uncertain time.
We’re currently enrolling for:
- New Zealand Certificate in Tourism Level 3
- New Zealand Certificate in Tourism with a Strand in Aviation Level 3
- New Zealand Certificate in Travel Level 4
All of these courses officially kicked off on March 30, but for the first time, we’re accepting late enrolments. If you’re itching to get started, we can get you up and running quickly and catching up on these courses.
We will also be offering these courses again on the 20th of April.
Get in touch today to learn more about Studying From Home with ITC.Posted in Student Success, Study From Home Tips | Leave a reply
Whether you’ve been studying from home for a while, or you suddenly find yourself doing so due to the coronavirus, we are here to help you adjust to this strange and unprecedented situation.
For many, study will provide a welcome distraction during self-isolation – it’s an opportunity to work towards your goals, stay motivated towards the future, and get excited about life after coronavirus.
However, we understand that it may be difficult to find the motivation to do anything during self-isolation, let alone study! Never fear – we are here to help.
Here are some tips to help you stay focused, motivated, and optimistic during this challenging time. We’re all in this together.
1. Fill your tank first
If you can, do something nice for yourself first thing in your day.
For example, take the time to savour your morning coffee and breakfast. Or, take a quick – socially distanced! – walk around your neighbourhood to get some fresh air and the endorphins pumping.
If you “fill your tank first”, you’re more likely to feel optimistic when you sit down to study. During self-isolation, doing things to protect your mental health and mindset should always be a top priority.
Think about what would make you feel better each day, and do those things first.
2. Follow a routine
With so much free time on your hands, it will be tempting to throw your normal routine right out the window.
No more school drop offs, commutes to work, or juggling multiple outings in one day.
While this might feel like a novelty at first, it might start to feel a little bit overwhelming if you have no structure during your day.
Try to adapt your routine to suit self-isolation. Set a daily schedule to break up your day, for example – dedicate the morning to exercise and connecting with friends (virtually of course), commit to studying throughout the middle of the day, and then end your day with household tasks or any other items on your to-do list.
Of course, this is just an example – everyone’s self-isolation routine will look different. Try out a few different routines to find what works for you.
3. Set clear boundaries with your housemates
Whether you’re self-isolating with flatmates or family members, let them know that you plan on continuing to study, and tell them what you’ll need from them to make that happen.
Hopefully, you will be able to work together to help respect each other’s goals.
If you have small children, see if you can split childcare with your partner so you both have some time to focus on individual goals or work.
4. Create a study support team
If you’re studying with ITC, you’ll have access to our tutors via email and phone. We’re here to support you with your studies just as we would if you were coming to class. Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions or would just like some support.
You can also connect virtually with your classmates. Maybe you can set up a Facebook group or WhatsApp group to check-in with each other each day.
Remember there are plenty of other students in the same boat as you. Keeping in communication will help you feel less alone.
5. Celebrate every day
Every day you sit down to study – even if it’s only for an hour – is worth a small celebration.
You’re investing in your future during one of the most challenging times in recent history! That’s a huge thing to celebrate and be proud of, even if it feels like you’re moving slowly.
In times like this, every step forward counts. Don’t get caught up in worrying about how fast you’re going – keep putting one foot in front of the other and showing up for yourself as often as you can.
You’ve got this! And we’re here to help if you need it.
Kia kaha (stay strong).Posted in News, Study From Home Tips | Leave a reply
If you were coming into a classroom to study, you’d probably have a little bag of things you’d always bring with you.
For example, a notepad to write in, a packed lunch and some snacks, a drink bottle, maybe even a laptop computer or tablet.
Have you considered creating some kind of ‘school bag’ or toolkit for Studying From Home?
Think about how long it takes you to set up your study station each day.
Do you have to go around the house in search of writing paper, a pen, and your drink bottle?
Do you spend way too long gazing into the fridge, wondering what to eat for lunch?
Are you getting up from your desk every few minutes for water refills and snacks?
It might sound simple, but packing a bag or ‘kit’ to study from home can keep everything you need in one place and help to minimise distractions.
Every night, take the time to pack your kit or set up your Study From Home space, so by the time you’re ready to study the next morning, all you need to do is sit down and get started.
You could even go one step further and pick an outfit to wear, too. Often, getting into some ‘real’ clothes (as opposed to your PJs or trackies) can put you in the right frame of mind for serious study.
If you can, try to pack your lunch the night before, too. Although you can technically make whatever meal you want when you Study From Home, taking an hour out of your day to play Master Chef in the kitchen might not be the best use of your time.
Basically, pretend you’re going into the classroom to study, even though you’re only travelling to your desk.
It’s a small mindset shift that can produce big results!
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When you Study From Home, you don’t have a teacher standing at the front of the classroom encouraging you to stay on track.
You do have a tutor available via email and phone, but sometimes it’s not quite the same – especially if you need some extra encouragement at, say, 11 pm at night!
That’s why it’s super important to reward yourself for your study efforts.
When you set yourself some study milestones for the week – for example, to finish a particular assignment or start another one – make sure you also assign a small reward for when you tick off that goal.
The challenge is, if your reward costs money, the cost can quickly add up. That’s why it’s best to choose free rewards that cost zero dollars but make you feel recharged and fantastic.
Here are five ideas for inspiration.
1. An hour of YouTube comedy
We all know how hilarious YouTube can be. We advise you to stay far away from this distraction when you need to focus on your studies. But, as a reward, it can be great.
Once you complete a study milestone, settle in for an hour of laughter and lightheartedness to celebrate a job well done.
2. A walk in nature
In today’s fast-paced world, getting out for a walk on the beach or through some beautiful native bush can feel like a luxury – especially if you’re often short on time.
Schedule a relaxing, restorative stroll for when you finish your next assignment. If the weather is nice, why not add a swim in the ocean, too.
3. An afternoon nap
Is there anything more indulgent than an afternoon nap? This one will be a big reward for those with demanding jobs or young kids!
Set aside time to enjoy a sneaky snooze as a reward for your study efforts.
4. Your favourite type of screen time
Screen time is something that can interfere with your studies if you don’t be careful, which is why many students avoid things like television and video games when they are in the middle of assignments.
But, using screen time as a reward is a great way to motivate yourself to stay focused.
Set aside some time to enjoy your favourite TV show or play a few video games once you complete your next study milestone.
5. Catch up with friends
If you’re juggling studying from home with family commitments or a part-time job, you might feel like you never see your friends.
Socialising can be hard to squeeze in, so set this as a reward. If meeting up with friends in-person is too hard, consider video calling or even just an old-fashioned phone call.
Hopefully one of these rewards speaks to you and will provide that extra motivation you need to study.
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Welcome to a new feature on the blog dedicated to the advantages of Studying From Home with ITC. Every month, we will feature one big advantage of distance learning.
Everyone knows that a 30-minute bus ride is not really 30 minutes.
There’s the time you spend getting to the bus stop, waiting at the bus stop, and of course when the bus inevitably gets delayed or stuck in traffic.
What was meant to be a simple journey can take hours out of your precious day.
The same can be said of all public transport, as well as driving your own car. Everything takes longer than you think!
And then there’s the cost of public transport, not to mention petrol and parking.
Travelling to and from a classroom can cost both time and money.
For many students, it’s absolutely worth the investment. Being in a classroom environment is a great way to learn and it’s often worth the (relatively small) expense of getting there.
However, for some students, the cost of travelling to and from class can be the difference in studying and not studying at all.
If you live far away from campus, are on a tight budget, or have other responsibilities to consider (for example, children or a part-time job), then travelling for your studies might not be a realistic option.
The solution, of course, is to consider studying from home.
Studying tourism via distance learning with ITC is a way to instantly say goodbye to all travel time!
Instead of spending time on a bus, train, in your car or walking, you can use all of that time to get ahead on your studies.
Of course, the benefits of no travel time go far beyond extra time. When you don’t have to travel between your home and classroom, you can study whenever suits you – be that 8 am in the morning or 8 pm at night.
You can also study in less traditional chunks of time. For example, you could do 30 minutes in the morning while you drink a cup of coffee, then you could do the school run (if you have kids) and come back and pick up where you left off. This kind of flexibility simply isn’t available if your schedule revolves around bus timetables and classroom opening times.
Plus, it’s really awesome to be able to study a few steps away from your fridge and pantry – and just a few steps away from your bed for those late night study sessions.
If studying without travel time sounds like an ideal option for you, get in touch today to learn more about our flexible airline, travel and tourism qualifications.Posted in Inspiration and motivation, Study From Home Tips | Leave a reply
Although studying from home is becoming more popular, not every employer is familiar with all the benefits of this flexible study option.
When applying for jobs, it’s worth highlighting the skills you learned while studying from home – these skills could set you apart from other candidates.
For example, study from home students tend to be very:
They’re also excellent at time management and thinking outside the box when it comes to solving problems.
If you identify with these traits, try to reference them on your CV and in job interviews.
Talk about how studying from home helped you to become a master at time management and motivated to succeed.
Explain how setting your own study schedule and ultimately being in charge of your own time helped you to stay organised and prioritize effectively.
Skills like this are invaluable in the tourism industry, which has high demand for ambitious, hard-working people.
The only potential gap in your study from home resume might be customer service experience.
If possible, try to get a part-time customer service job while completing your qualification. Even if you only work a few hours a week, this will help you build confidence when interacting with people face-to-face, and prove to potential employers that you have what it takes to succeed both in people-facing roles and in the back office.
The main thing to remember is to be proud of your study from home skills and shout them from the rooftops. It’s not easy completing a qualification via distance learning – it’s a huge achievement, and one that employers will want to hear all about.
When most people think of studying from home, they imagine studying in a peaceful, quiet house. Perhaps with some calm music on in the background or a cat curled up at their feet.
However, this isn’t always the case!
Many people study from home in a busy house, surrounded by family, flatmates, or friends.
If you share a house with others and find peace and quiet hard to come by, this blog is for you. Here are some tips to stay focused in a shared environment.
1. Carve out a space of your own
See if there is anywhere you can claim in the house as your own study space. This could be your bedroom, the kitchen table, a corner of the lounge.
Ideally, you’ll want somewhere that fits a desk and is away from the noise and chaos of the rest of the house.
2. Communicate with everyone in the house
Let everyone in the house know how important your studies are to you and ask for their support.
Share your study schedule so everyone knows when you have big assignments due or when you really need some peace and quiet to focus.
3. Consider noise-cancelling headphones
Young kids or loud housemates might do their best to be quiet, but ultimately struggle to give you the peaceful environment you need.
Noise-cancelling headphones can help to combat this problem. Just put on some relaxing study music and escape to your own little world.
4. Socialise during your breaks
Let your housemates know that you’re available for chit-chat during your breaks.
Try to save the social time for morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea. Gently tell them that for the rest of the time, you need to concentrate.
5. Decide who does what chores
Decide upfront who is in charge of what chores – and when – so you’re not stressing about unloading the dishwasher when you’re meant to be studying.
If possible, create a chore schedule so that everyone knows when they are responsible for cleaning, cooking and other household tasks.
6. Remember, it’s not forever
Studying in a busy house might not seem like your idea of perfection, but it’s a temporary challenge for long-term success.
Find little ways of coping with the mayhem and you’ll be one step closer to your dream: a qualification in the airline, travel and tourism industry.
We’ve all been there.
You’ve got a huge assignment looming and plenty of study to do. But you find yourself scrolling through social media, staring at the fridge, on the phone to a friend. Doing anything other than actually studying!
Procrastination. It’s a common struggle – and one that can really hold you back from being your best.
So, how can you overcome procrastination? Especially if you’re a procrastination king or queen?
Here are some study tips to help you stay on track.
1. Use a timer
Set a timer for 30 minutes and commit to focusing 100% on your studies during that time. No social media, no phone, no fridge-gazing!
You’ll be more likely to focus if you know you can take a break once the buzzer goes off. Often all you need to do to avoid procrastination is to get started. Using a timer helps you start on the right foot – and hopefully continue that way.
Once you get one 30-minute success under your belt, you just need to rinse and repeat the process. Study distraction-free for 30 minutes, take a break, then repeat the cycle. Aim for as many 30-minute study sessions as you can, and before you know it, you’ll have put in plenty of hours.
2. Work towards rewards
Instead of rewarding yourself before you start studying (hello, eating lunch at 9 am), promise yourself a treat once you complete a block of study.
For example, if you start studying at 9 am, set yourself the reward of a delicious lunch at 12 pm. If you study well in the morning, you get to treat yourself to your favourite at-home lunch. If you procrastinate, it’s just plain toast for you!
Use this reward system throughout your week so you always have little joys to look forward to. Rewards can be as simple as watching an episode of your favourite TV program at night or enjoying your favourite chocolate bar for dessert.
3. Focus on one task at a time
Procrastination is most tempting when you feel overwhelmed or exhausted. To keep your brain feeling fresh and alert, try to focus on one task at a time.
Split your to-do list into clear, separate tasks and work on them in isolation. Methodically move your way through the list and you’ll be surprised at how much you get done.
4. Follow a study schedule
A clear study schedule is one of the greatest tools against procrastination. It’s easy to procrastinate if you think you have “all the time in the world” to study. But, if you know you only have a few precious days per week, you’ll be more likely to get stuck into your studies knowing you don’t have a second to waste.
Plan your study schedule at the beginning of each week, factoring in other commitments such as family life and work. Get super honest with yourself about exactly how much time you have to focus on your assignments, then use that time wisely.
5. Plan for procrastination time
Even if you’re super organised and motivated, you’ll still procrastinate every now and then. It’s totally normal.
Allow for a little bit of ‘procrastination time’ every day. If you don’t use it, that’s great – you’ll get ahead. And if you do use it, then that’s OK too, because you planned for some downtime.
As with most things relating to study, if you approach procrastination with a plan, you’ll be less likely to get caught off guard. You’ve got this!
If you’re on the fence about whether to study tourism in 2020, the best way to learn more is by attending an Open Day or Information Session.
At Study From Home, “every day is an open day” – you’re welcome to call us at any time on 0800 868 747 to explore your options.
However, if you’re based in Auckland, you’re also welcome to visit one of our Auckland Campus Open Days to meet with staff and discover more about our teaching philosophy.
Auckland Campus Open Days
Our open days run from 9 am to 6 pm on weekdays and 9 am to 1 pm on weekends on the following dates:
- Thursday 23rd January
- Thursday 13th February
- Thursday 20th February
- Thursday 5th March
- Thursday 12th March
- Thursday 19th March
- Thursday 9th July
- Thursday 16th July
- Saturday 3rd October
- Thursday 8th October
- Thursday 22nd October
- Thursday 19th November
- Saturday 28th November
- Thursday 10th December
Our Auckland locations are below:
Level 1, The Fashion Pavilions,
Fountain Lane, Botany Town Centre, Chapel Road,
Level 4, ITC House,
9 City Road, Auckland
(just behind The Cordis Hotel)
Can’t make an Open Day?
No worries! You can also book an Information Session online for a time that suits you.
The info session is an opportunity to discuss our course options and speak with a friendly course adviser. It’s a great place to start if you want to learn more about the industry, and it’s completely free and no obligation.
Eager to learn more?
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The beginning of a new year is filled with possibilities. What will the next 12 months bring? Where will you go? What places will you see and experiences will you enjoy?
Sometimes, though, the possibilities can feel overwhelming. With so much choice can come indecision. What is the ‘right’ next step?
Of course, only you can answer that!
But, if you are thinking of studying, allow us to make a small (although slightly biased) suggestion. Tourism.
A qualification in airline, travel or tourism can open many doors – whether you dream of travelling, working in customer service, or simply expanding your horizons.
It’s a great stepping stone into many exciting careers. Our graduates are working on cruise ships and airplanes, at travel agencies and adventure tourism offices, and as travel agents and sales superstars.
If you love interacting with people, learning about the world, and helping people have incredible experiences, then tourism could be the industry for you.
And, did we mention that it’s one of the fastest growing industries in New Zealand? There’s a high demand for skilled workers – and you could be one of them after just six months of study.
So, make 2020 the year that you get your tourism dreams off to a flying start. We have courses starting in mid-February – the perfect time to knuckle down after a fun summer.
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With Christmas and the new year fast approaching, it’s time for our inaugural highlights blog.
This is when we reflect on the past 12 months and share some of our top stories from the year.
Here’s our favourite blogs from 2019.
Shelley Williams – a Study From Home graduate and the director of Clevedon Travel – won a prestigious award at the CLIAS.
One great perk about studying from home is the flexibility to work while you study.
We spoke to graduate Marise Barrett who is now working at Helloworld in New Plymouth.
Jacqueline Buksh embarked on a road trip with her family from her hometown of Christchurch. She says the road trip was all the more incredible thanks to her studies.
“The tourism industry is booming and making the decision to study with ITC gives you the relevant tools, experience, endless support, and foot in the door to making your dreams come true,” says Cheytarna Scott.
Are you inspired by 2019’s highlight reel? Book an information session today to become part of the ITC family in 2020.Posted in Inspiration and motivation, News, Student Success, Study From Home Tips | Leave a reply
Great news! Online booking is now available for Study From Home information sessions.
If you would like to speak with an ITC course adviser about your study options, you can now book a session via Calendly.
This makes it even easier to find out more about studying towards a qualification in airline, travel, and tourism.
All you need to do is follow this link, choose a date and time that suits you, and voila – you’re all booked in!
A Study From Home course adviser will call you at your preferred time and answer any questions you might have.
What’s an information session?
An information session is an appointment with a course adviser, where you will get to:
- Explore our course options
- Discuss your dream career goals
- And learn more about what makes ITC Study From Home great
“The information session is your first step towards a bright future in the airline, travel and tourism industry,” says ITC Marketing Manager Mel Jenkins.
“It’s completely free and no-obligation. The purpose of these sessions is to give you as much information as you need to make an informed decision about your future. We’re here to help you discover the right path, whatever that might be.”
Find out more about information sessions here.
Why online booking?
Online booking is the way of the future, so ITC is extremely excited to offer this option.
With online booking, you can see available appointments in real-time and book your preferred day and time within moments. No more bothering with email exchanges or phone calls.
And the best part? You can make an online booking after hours, which means you don’t need to wait until the next business day to secure your ideal appointment.
Book today to get your 2020 off to a great start
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Making the decision to study can be daunting.
It’s a big commitment and can involve a steep learning curve.
But, it could also change the entire course of your life – for the better.
A few years ago, Cheytarna Scott was procrastinating her dream of studying towards a tourism qualification.
She knew she wanted to work in the travel and tourism industry, but she wasn’t sure how to start. And, every time she went to begin, she got cold feet.
Until, finally, she took the jump – now, she wishes she started sooner.
“Don’t be scared, don’t hold back!” Cheytarna says to future students.
“Challenge yourself and you will be rewarded. The tourism industry is booming and making the decision to study with ITC gives you the relevant tools, experience, endless support, and foot in the door to making your dreams come true.”
Cheytarna now works as a travel consultant for Flight Centre and has completed both her Level 3 and Level 4 qualifications.
She was also awarded Study From Home ‘Student of the Year’ at her graduation ceremony.
If she could go back to speak to her past self, she’d have some clear advice.
“I would say, ‘you are making the right decision. Stop procrastinating’. I should have done it earlier. There is no better time than now.”
Cheytarna adds: “To be very honest, studying at ITC is one of the best decisions I’ve made and I am very proud that I did.”
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Like any study path, studying from home has its ups and downs. Sometimes, you feel on top of your workload, and other times you’re pulling all nighters and early mornings to finish assignments.
The question is, how do you bounce back after a challenging week – without falling further behind?
Here’s how to get back on top of your studies after a busy time.
Add extra hours to your study schedule for a month
Whether you stopped studying due to family commitments, illness, or work, you have to make up those hours at some point. Add a few extra hours to your study schedule for a month to get ahead. It might make for a busier month than usual, but remember – it’s just one month.
Talk to your tutors
Be honest with your tutors if you start falling behind or feeling stressed. All of our tutors have years of experience – they’ve seen it all! They will be able to give you plenty of tips for succeeding at your studies.
Talk to your friends and family
If you’ve fallen behind, you might not have as much time for friends and family until you catch up. Give them a heads up that if you’re slow to respond to text messages or can’t make a few social events, it’s because you’re concentrating on your studies. If you’re juggling studying with raising kids, you might also want to ask if your family can provide any extra support (you’ll never know unless you ask).
Avoid the multitasking trap
When you have more to do, it can be tempting to try to do everything at once – but this will only slow you down. Avoid multitasking and concentrate on ticking off one task at a time. (Remember, checking social media or emails while studying counts as multitasking). Try to chunk your time into bursts of focus (e.g. 45 minutes) and save social media and other distractions for your breaks.
Be gentle on yourself
Everyone has tough weeks every now and then, and sometimes life doesn’t go to plan. If you’re open and honest about your challenges and you take steps to get back on top of your studies, then you should be fine – even with a few setbacks along the way. Remember to talk to your tutors and, when you do sit down to study, stay focused. You’ve got this!
Thinking about studying from home? Or already studying and looking for ways to boost your productivity?
This blog post is for you. Read on for study tips to suit your personality type so you can create your ideal study from home experience.
Tips for introverts
If you’re an introvert, you probably enjoy your own company and love studying from home in your own space. Introverts gain energy from being alone and prefer small groups to large gatherings.
Given your personality type, studying from home is a great fit! However, be careful of becoming too socially isolated. Your challenge is to make time to socialise throughout your week. Whether that’s booking a few catch-ups with friends or working from your local cafe, it’s important that you spend time around other people.
Tips for extroverts
If you’re an extrovert, you might find it challenging to study from home at first. Extroverts gain energy from being around other people and thrive in social settings (such as classrooms!).
But, you can still make studying from home work for you. The key is to recreate a social experience. For example, you might make an effort to connect with a few of your classmates and check-in with them on the phone each day. Or, you might study from a shared space, such as a cafe, library, or a family member’s home.
As long as you’re aware of your extroverted tendencies, you can take steps to fill your social cup.
Tips for ambiverts
Not sure whether you’re an introvert or an extrovert? Many of us are a mix of both! And sometimes we feel different depending on what else we have on.
The best thing to do is to check in with yourself at the beginning of each week when you’re creating your study schedule. Ask yourself questions such as ‘do I need more time around other people this week?’ or ‘when was the last time I worked from a public space’?
You might need to change things up each week to keep feeling your best. Happy studying!
Studying from home with ITC offers incredible freedom and flexibility.
If you’re a night owl, you can study while the rest of the country sleeps – no questions asked.
Morning person? No problem! Class can start at 5 am on the dot if you choose.
All this autonomy is fantastic, but it’s still important to make time to socialise throughout your day – or you might find yourself craving more human connection.
Here are some fun and easy ways to connect with people even when studying from home.
1. Pick up the phone at least once a day
Call a friend, family member, classmate, or even your tutor. Check in with someone different each day to maintain social connections and fill your social tank.
2. Eat out every now and then
Venture out to a cafe or sushi bar for a bite to eat once a week or so. Just being around other people will give you a little social boost. If you can meet a friend for lunch, even better!
3. Study from a public space
Take your study notes to the local library, a cafe with free wifi, or anywhere else that will allow you to do some focused study while being around other people.
4. Add ‘social time’ to your study schedule
When planning out your study and life commitments, see if you can add one social catch-up a week to your calendar. This might be a 30-minute coffee date with a friend or a big family day every Sunday. See what you can fit in!
5. Make the most of technology
Texting, calling, FaceTime – these are all great ways to stay in touch with friends and family if you’re too busy to arrange face-to-face catch ups. While they aren’t as good as the real deal, using technology to keep in touch will give you a social boost even during your busiest times.
There are lots of negatives associated with commuting from home to work or college – the time, the cost, the reliance on public transport.
But, one good thing about commuting is that it helps you transition from home life to study mode (and vice versa).
When you Study From Home, it all blends together. Most of the time, this is awesome. But sometimes, it can make it hard to switch off.
If you find yourself thinking about your studies all the time – or you feel distracted when you’re with your family – you might find it beneficial to create some healthy transitions between studying and home life.
Here are some ideas.
Get dressed for your desk
Take the time to shower, get dressed into something presentable (no trackies!) and do your hair. The simple process of getting ready will signal to your brain that it’s time to study.
Once you’ve finished studying, do the opposite – ditch your professional clothes for your favourite around-the-house fashion.
Follow your study schedule
When you join ITC Study From Home, you’ll be prompted to create a study schedule. This is where you visually map out the hours you have available for study throughout the week.
Try to follow your study schedule as closely as possible. During allocated study hours, focus on your studies. And during downtime, let yourself relax – knowing that if you follow your study schedule tomorrow, you’ll catch up.
Pack away your study things
At the end of each study session, pack away your study gear (or throw a sheet over your desk). Out of sight, out of mind!
Make sure you switch off all your devices, too.
Write a to-do list for tomorrow
When your study session is coming to an end, spend some time writing tomorrow’s to-do list.
The act of writing a list will help you feel organised for the next day, so you can relax and enjoy your evening.
Go for a walk
After a long day of studying, you’ll probably need to clear your head. Lace up your walking shoes and pound the pavement for a stress-relieving post-study ritual.
You might also enjoy swapping out a walk for something like yoga, reading, or dancing.
Find what works for you
Separating study life from home life is one of the biggest challenges of studying from home, but ultimately – it’s a blessing. You have a huge level of influence over your day and the opportunity to create little rituals and routines that work for you.
Whether that’s finishing your study session with a walk or throwing a towel over your desk, that’s totally up to you.
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Summer in New Zealand is traditionally a time to head to the beach, relax, and put your feet up.
But what if this summer was a little different?
What if you used your downtime to pursue your dream – your dream of an exciting career in airline, travel or tourism?
Study From Home has three qualifications starting on October 21, which means you could be well underway by the time summer rolls around.
Here are five reasons to consider studying from home this summer.
1. The days are longer
With early sunrises and late sunsets, in summer it simply feels like time is on your side. You’ll have plenty of daylight hours to enjoy walks, eating outside, and soaking up the sunshine around your studies.
2. You might have more support
If you’re juggling study commitments around raising children or other family commitments, you might find you have more support in summer. Maybe people will have time off work, and therefore might be able to lend a hand every now and then.
3. Sunshine is a fantastic motivator
We all know winter can be depressing – all those bleak, rainy days! In summer, you’re more likely to feel energised uplifted. Plus, the thought of rewarding yourself with a walk along the beach is an excellent motivator to power through your assignments.
4. You’ll get a headstart on 2020
The new year will be here before you know it, and with that a whole new set of goals and ambitions. Get a headstart on your dreams by starting your studies in October. By the time January 1st hits, you’ll already be well on your way to ticking off some big resolutions.
5. You can still enjoy a holiday
Even if you start studying in October, you’ll still get a break for Christmas – the best of both worlds! You’ll spend October, November, and some of December getting up to speed with your qualification, then you can come back to your studies with fresh eyes in the new year.
Summer truly is a wonderful time to study, especially if you want to kickstart your tourism career next year.
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From social media notifications to text messages to the lure of a new Netflix series, distractions abound when you’re studying from home.
“Just one more episode.”
“Just one more scroll of Instagram.”
“Maybe I’ll sleep in today.”
These are just some of the distractions that might tempt you – and that’s without even mentioning the pantry and fridge!
The good news is, there are plenty of ways to avoid distractions and concentrate on your studies.
Here are our best tips for staying focused.
1. Use the Pomodoro method
If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you’re probably sick of hearing us mention the Pomodoro method! But we keep talking about it because it really is that good.
The Pomodoro method is when you use a timer to study in 25-minute bursts. After each 25-minute burst, you can take a five-minute break to check your phone, emails, social media, or stare at the fridge. Once you’ve completed four Pomodoros, you can take a longer break – like eat your lunch or watch some YouTube. You do you!
The most important thing is to close down all distractions during each 25-minute study session. You can catch up on everything once the timer goes off.
2. Put your phone on flight mode
If you don’t need to be contacted, put your phone on flight mode to remove all distractions. This is a great way of achieving peace and quiet from social media, phone calls, and text messages.
3. Block social media
If you need your phone to receive phone calls and text messages, but you keep getting distracted by social media, then consider removing all social apps from your smartphone during busy study times. You can always re-install them later!
Another tip is to block social media on your computer browser. There are several good apps out there – just Google ‘social media blocker’ to find one that suits you.
4. Create a study schedule
Another one of our favourite tips is to create a study schedule. When you sign up with ITC Study From Home, your tutor will explain the importance of a schedule and help you set one up that suits your lifestyle.
The beauty of a schedule is that it doesn’t leave much up to chance. You book in times for work, study, leisure, and – providing you follow it – you can fit in everything you need each week.
5. Bounce back from hard days
Even if you’re the most disciplined, organised person in the world, you will still have slow study days every now and then.
Be gentle on yourself and remind yourself that studying from home is challenging, and that you’re doing a great job! It’s OK to struggle once in a while – just make sure you communicate with your tutors and try to bounce back the next day. Try not to let bad days turn into bad weeks or months. Your tutors can offer you advice and tips around how to stay on-track.
6. Learn what works for you
Everyone is different. Experiment with different study schedules and methods to find an approach that works for you. If you’re passing your assignments and feeling positive about your studies, then you’re doing all the right things!
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One of the latest productivity buzzwords to take the internet by storm is ‘time blocking’.
Time blocking is the opposite of multitasking. It’s when you set aside a set amount of time to focus on one task only, free from other distractions.
Here are some tips for applying time blocking to study.
Create a study schedule
Before you can block out any set time for study, you need to create your study schedule.
Here’s how to create a study plan (and stick to it!)
Remove all distractions
Time blocking won’t work unless you remove all distractions and focus 100% on the task at hand.
That means turning off your phone and shutting down emails.
Use a timer
If time blocking works well, you’ll find yourself ‘in the zone’. Set a timer so you don’t go overtime and cut into time allocated for other tasks.
A timer will also stop you from checking the time every few minutes, therefore keeping you on track.
Consider the Pomodoro technique
The Pomodoro technique is when you work in 25-minute bursts followed by 5-minute breaks (and a longer break for every 4x 25-minute bursts).
You could also create your own version – for example, working in 45-minute bursts followed by 10-minute breaks.
Time block other activities
Time blocking isn’t just for study – you could also consider time blocking other activities such as family time, exercise time, or work time.
The less you multitask, the more productive you’ll be.
Use a digital calendar
Use an online calendar such as Google Calendar so you can easily colour code different blocks of time, set up recurring events, and share your schedule with family members (if needed).
Test, test, and test again
Time blocking isn’t a technique that will work perfectly overnight. You will need to test and experiment until you find a pattern that consistently works.
Try to track your progress in a notebook or the Notes app on your phone to get an idea of what works and what doesn’t.
After a few weeks, you’ll get the hang of it. Good luck!
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Do you reward yourself for a hard week’s study?
If not, it could be a good time to start. Rewarding yourself for a job well done can be great motivation for getting up and doing it all over again the next week.
Typical reward ideas include chocolate, ice cream, and all things delicious. But if you’re also trying to get a good night’s sleep and encourage better eating habits, celebrating with sugar might not be your best bet.
Here are some fun study rewards that don’t involve sugar (or any other similar vices!).
1. Go to bed early
Some people might laugh at this one – but what used to be a punishment as a kid feels like a reward as a tired, hardworking adult! Is there anything more rewarding than hopping into bed early after a long day? Even if you’re not tired, you could curl up with a book or movie.
2. Go for a walk in nature
When was the last time you went for a leisurely stroll on the beach or through a beautiful stretch of scenery? Lace up your walking shoes and head to your favourite nature spot to relax and unwind.
3. Play tourist in your backyard
If you’re looking for a big reward, treat yourself to a tourist activity in your town or city. This could be something thrilling, like a jet boat road, or something relaxing, like a dip in a hot springs! Whatever you choose, it will tick two boxes – rewarding yourself for your efforts, and teaching you more about your local tourism industry. Win-win.
4. Give yourself a day off
Feeling on top of your work and ahead of the game? Give yourself a relaxing day off to recharge, day dream, watch TV, hang out with friends and family – whatever you feel like doing to refuel your tank. Not only will you love this reward, you’ll also come back to study the next day feeling refreshed and motivated.
5. Do something fun with friends
When you’re studying, your social life can take a backseat. As your next study reward, put your friends front and centre and do something fun together. Whether that’s a movie night, dinner out, or just a good old chat on the phone, schedule that social time to fill your cup.
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If you haven’t yet heard of Marie Kondo, you’re missing out.
The Japanese decluttering expert is an internet and Netflix sensation, famous for her books ‘The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying’ and ‘Spark Joy’.
Marie Kondo believes keeping tidy, minimalist homes can do wonders for our wellbeing.
“Our goal is to help more people tidy their spaces by choosing joy, and we are committed to developing the simplest and most effective tools to help you get there,” reads her website, konmari.com.
Does your study space spark joy or feel overwhelming? Do you have a clean space to work from or is it cluttered and messy?
Having a tidy and well-organised study space could help you study better, stay focused for longer, and enjoying sitting at your desk each day.
If your study space needs a Marie Kondo makeover, here are some tips for starting the decluttering process.
- Set aside enough time. Marie advises to get all of your decluttering done in one go, rather than letting piles build up over time. She also advises removing everything you’re throwing out on the same day you’re decluttering, so it doesn’t take up space sitting in your garage. So, set aside a weekend day where you can clear out your space, decide what you want to keep, and also drop off goods to bins or charity shops.
- Create digital back-ups of important files. Don’t be too hasty to throw out your paperwork. Make sure you have digital back-ups of all important files (if you’re not sure, take a photo just in case).
- Clean while you declutter. Make the most of your decluttering spree by giving your study space a good spring clean. Vacuum behind your desk and crank out the spray and wipe.
- Create an efficient filing system. It’s amazing how quickly things can pile up. Create a system so that as you start to collect more paperwork, you’re not heading right back to where you started.
- Complete a digital declutter, too. When was the last time you backed up your computer, organised your files, and cleared your desktop of random files and distracting icons? If you have enough time, do a digital declutter, too.
When you study from home, finding a routine that works for you is paramount.
Here are some examples of great routines to inspire you to create your own.
1. The earlybird routine
A morning person, you’re usually up with the birds (sometimes earlier!). You get some of your best study done from 5 am onwards, coffee in hand. By lunchtime, you’ve already worked the equivalent of a full day – time to clock off for a nap!
2. The 9-5 routine
You treat study like a full-time job, hitting the books during traditional work hours. This routine is ideal if your partner or other people in your life work a Mon-Fri, 9-5 job, as it means you’ll have weekends and evenings off together.
3. The part-timer routine
You’re studying part-time so you can fit in study alongside a part-time job. Each week looks slightly different, so planning your days out in detail on a Sunday evening is essential. It’s hard for you to find long, uninterrupted stretches of time to study, so you do what you can, when you can, as often as you can. It’s not perfect, but it works well for you – and you get the best of both worlds.
4. The school routine
Studying while the kids are at school? You’re super productive between 10 am and 2 pm and often put in some extra hours over the weekend. If the kids are up for it, you might also do some study in the afternoons while they do their homework.
5. The night owl routine
You love staying up late. At 10 pm, when everyone else is drifting off to sleep, you come alive. You enjoy studying in the stillness of the night and get lots done between the hours of 9 pm and 2 am – peaceful in the knowledge you can sleep in the next day.
What’s your dream study routine?
Do you consider yourself more of a morning bird or night owl? Are you a part-timer or 9-5er? While you probably won’t fit into one routine, these examples will help you narrow down the routines that appeal to you. Then comes the fun part – building your own. Don’t hesitate to ask your tutors for help if you’re struggling to create the perfect study schedule for you.
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One challenge of studying from home is knowing when to clock off.
Unlike a classroom environment, there’s no firm end to your day – you have the freedom to set your own hours.
Of course, this flexibility is a huge benefit – but only if you strike the right balance between work and rest.
Here are some tips to help you set regular study hours and avoid ‘study creep’ (when study creeps into all areas of your life).
1. Create a study plan
Map out the time you will allocate to study and other commitments. Your study plan will become your guiding light, helping you to prioritise your time accordingly.
When you start studying with ITC Study From Home, your tutors will help you develop a study plan. In the meantime, read ‘How to create a study plan (and stick to it)’ for more information.
2. Set up a home office space
One of the best ways to define the start and end of your ‘study day’ is to create a dedicated space just for study.
When you walk into your study space, you’re in study mode. And when you leave, you’re off duty! Of course, this isn’t always possible, especially if you don’t have an extra room.
If you’re short on space, try draping a tablecloth over your computer and study tools when your study day is over, so you can feel a sense of detachment.
3. Track your time
Instead of studying for regular hours (e.g. from 9 am to 5 pm each day), some people find it helpful to aim to study for a certain number of hours each week (e.g. a minimum of 20 hours).
Whenever you sit down to study, track your time so you can get a good sense of how long you’ve spent studying that week. If it gets to Thursday and you’ve only clocked up four hours, you’ll know you need to put in more time over the weekend.
4. Prioritise sleep and exercise
If you can, try to get enough sleep and incorporate some gentle exercise into each day – even if it’s just a 20-minute walk around the block.
Rest and exercise will make you more productive when you do study, meaning you’ll hopefully get through the work in less time.
That said, fitting in sleep and exercise into your study schedule can be trial and error. If you fall behind or simply have a lot on, you might have to pull a few late nights to make up for lost time.
5. Talk to your tutors
All the Study From Home tutors are experts in time management and can help you make the most of your precious hours, while still leaving enough time for family and work.
The tutors want to see you thrive, not just survive, throughout your Study From Home journey, so make the most of their expertise, tips, and knowledge.
They can help you to determine how much time you should be putting into study and how much time you can set aside for other commitments.
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Do you know one thing that can help increase your chances of finding work in the tourism industry (in addition to a tourism qualification)?
Customer service experience. The tourism industry is all about people, so employers will be looking for staff that have great people skills and feel confident interacting with travellers from all walks of life.
Here are some tips for landing your first customer service job.
1. Be open-minded
Not all customer service jobs are glamorous, but if this is your first proper job then it’s important to stay open-minded and make the most of opportunities that come your way. Now is probably not the time to be too picky.
2. Make a great first impression
Whether you make a first impression by emailing your CV or meeting the employer in person, aim to impress.
Aim to be polite, professional, and warm. If meeting in person, never underestimate the power of a warm smile and a confident handshake. If emailing, keep your tone professional and clear and make sure all your communication is free of spelling mistakes.
3. Keep your CV short and sweet
If you’re applying for one of your first jobs, your CV doesn’t need to be five pages! Aim for one page if possible, providing a quick glance of your experience or education to date. If you don’t have a lot of experience to talk about, include a blurb about your goals.
For some more CV tips and support, please reach out to our Employment Consultants.
4. Be enthusiastic
Enthusiasm goes such a long way! Employers want to hire people who are enthusiastic about their business and driven to do a great job.
Don’t be afraid to show your enthusiasm and let your ambition shine.
5. Focus on the people you’re serving
Once you get your first job, you might find some aspects boring or challenging. That’s totally normal! Every job comes with ups and downs. To stay motivated, think of the people you’re serving – be that the tired mum at the supermarket checkout or the busy businessman at the petrol station. Focus on making their day a little brighter, and you’ll feel happier as a result.
And remember: your first job won’t be your forever job. You just need a foot in the door to start your career.
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When you study from home, you’re not only in charge of your own learning – you’re also in charge of time management, administration, technology, email communication, and all of the other little things that come with remote study.
If you’re not careful, you could find yourself spending an entire ‘study day’ doing tasks like emailing your tutors, updating your laptop or smartphone, or making tweaks to your study schedule.
Before you know it, you’ve lost a whole day to ‘admin work’ that’s not actually getting you much closer to completing your assignments.
This type of work is still important, but only if you manage your time wisely.
The magic answer? Batching tasks.
When you batch similar tasks together, you’ll boost productivity and save precious time wasted on switching between jobs.
And the best part is, batching tasks is easy. All it requires is a little forward-planning and a dash of discipline – two things you’ll already be good at as a study from home student.
Here are some tips.
Identify common tasks
The first step to becoming a task-batching-master is identifying which little jobs are similar. Review all of your responsibilities and categorise them under similar titles.
For example, ‘admin’ might involve email and computer updates; ‘research’ could be for doing research work about your assignments, and ‘review’ could be for doing the final proofread over your work before you submit it to your tutors.
Set email boundaries
Many successful entrepreneurs only check emails once a day at a specific time (for example, every morning at 9 am). Then, for the rest of the day they close their inbox to focus on other tasks – in your case, actually studying.
Of course, whether or not you can ignore your email will depend on the communication with your tutor and how much support you require. If you’re considering setting boundaries around email, it’s a good idea to speak to your tutor first.
Batch tasks by hour
If it’s too hard to clear an entire day to focus on one type of task, try batching tasks by hour, instead. You’ll still get the productivity benefits of grouping certain types of tasks together, while also doing a variety of work each day.
Incorporate batching into your study schedule
By now you’ll know that your study schedule is your golden document – the weekly or fortnightly calendar which tells you exactly when you’ll fit study in around your other commitments, such as work or family.
Once you’ve batched your tasks, layer these into your study schedule. For example, make Monday a day for doing research, Wednesday a day for concentrating on your assignments, Thursday a day for revising your work, etc.
Don’t give up!
Sometimes, it won’t be possible to batch tasks. Other days, interruptions will appear out of nowhere. The trick to long-term success is to get back into the routine of task batching even after a rough day or week.
Remember: it’s what you do most of the time that counts the most. So don’t let one challenging day throw off your entire month.
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Studying From Home has a lot in common with working from home. Both involve high levels of motivation and self-discipline, as well as excellent time management skills.
Here are three things distance learning students can learn from remote workers.
1. Pick up the phone
When working or studying from home, it can be easy to rely too much on email, instant messaging or text.
Instead, carve out time in your schedule to talk to your tutors or your classmates on the phone or via video conferencing software such as Zoom.
Talking on the phone is the closest you can get to face-to-face contact. You can pick up on people’s tone-of-voice, mood, and it’s a much faster way of discussing complicated information.
Plus, it’ll help you feel connected to the world outside your home’s four walls, which is always a bonus!
2. Make sure your tech is reliable
You know what makes it almost impossible to study or work from home? A broken laptop or slow internet speed.
When you choose to study remotely, your technology is important.
While we’re not suggesting you rush out and purchase the latest and greatest laptop, at least make sure your current model is equipped to meet the course requirements.
If you’re not sure what you need, send one of our tutors an email or give us a call – we’ll be more than happy to talk you through the course requirements and help you assess whether your current technology can bear the load.
3. Find out how you study best
Everyone is different. Some people study best first thing in the morning, other people are night owls that come alive after 8 pm.
Figuring out how you study best will be a gamechanger for your productivity. Once you know your ‘best hours’, you can rearrange your schedule to suit, essentially allowing you to get more done in less time.
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Happy Half Year!
We’re just over halfway through 2019, which makes now a fantastic time to review your New Year Resolutions and set some ‘Half Year Resolutions’ for the next six months.
Here are some tips to help you make the next six months count.
1. Review your 2019 goals
Dust off your goals from January and see how you’re tracking. Have you ticked off any goals from the list? Are you yet to start some? Are there goals you no longer care about? Update your list to reflect your current mindset.
2. Make a plan
A goal without action is just a dream. Make a plan to achieve your goal by blocking off time in your calendar, arranging the required meetings, or talking to people who can help. Make it your mission to do at least one thing towards achieving your goals by the end of the week.
3. Set yourself some rewards
What will motivate you to work harder? Set yourself a reward for when you achieve your goal to inspire you to put in the effort. Put your goals and their associated rewards somewhere you see them every day so you stay focussed.
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If you’re studying from home (or thinking about doing so), here are ten quick ways to make studying easier and more enjoyable.
1. Create a study plan
One of the first things we encourage all new students to do is create a study plan. A good plan makes it easy to see exactly what needs to be done and when, so you’re never wondering where to begin.
2. Batch similar tasks
Jumping between tasks (or multitasking) is said to halve productivity. Instead, batch similar tasks together where possible. For example, allocate a day to focus on research, a day to focus on writing, a day to focus on editing, etc.
3. Dress to impress
Did you know getting dressed as if you’re leaving the house can do wonders for your mindset? Instead of studying in your favourite pajamas, try putting on your favourite outfit, instead. You’ll be amazed at how much it helps you focus.
4. Find a study buddy
Partner up with another student in your class for support, encouragement and accountability. Having someone in your network who just ‘gets it’ give you a huge motivation boost.
5. Take regular breaks
Whether it’s a walk around the block, coffee at your favourite cafe, or a quick stretch from your desk, regular breaks will help you maintain energy throughout the day.
6. Meal prep
Do you spend a lot of time thinking about food, wondering what you’ll eat for lunch and walking to the fridge and back countless times per day? Stop wasting time staring into the pantry and prepare your meals in advance, instead.
7. Listen to a study playlist
Putting on some background music can give you a great boost of energy. Here are some of our favourite playlists for studying.
8. Turn off all notifications
When you’re in study mode, turn off all social media and email notifications. Writing an assignment can take triple the time it’s mean to if your phone keeps going off.
9. Schedule in downtime
When you’re creating your study plan, don’t forget to schedule in downtime at the end of the week, such as a Friday night movie. You’ll find it easier to stay on track with your studies if you have something to look forward to.
10. Get a change of scenery every now and then
Sometimes, the best way to stay productive is by changing things up. Head to a cafe or library to study for a day and it’ll make you appreciate your home office all the more.
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If you study from home with school-aged children, you’ll know the July school holidays are just around the corner.
Here are some tips to help you prepare for the interruptions to your study schedule the school holidays will likely bring.
1. Get ahead (if possible)
With just under three weeks until the school holidays begin, try to use this time to get ahead on your studies. Can you put in some extra hours (even on the weekends) so that you can enjoy the holidays with your kids? The extra work now will be worth it once that school bell rings and you can take a two-week study break.
2. Create an amended school holiday study schedule
Your study schedule is going to look a little different during the school holidays – make sure you update it so you go into each day with a clear direction, instead of assuming you’ll be able to get the same amount of work done as when your kids are at school. Having a clear, realistic plan will help you feel less overwhelmed.
3. Talk to your kids about your study
Spend some time explaining to your kids that you might need to study a bit during the school holidays. Talking about it in the lead-up will mean it comes as less of a shock when the holidays arrive. If they are old enough, ask what they’d like to do while you study. For example, would they like that to be movie time each day or would they like to colour in alongside you?
4. Call on your village
Now is the time to see if anyone is available to help out with childcare over the school holidays. Could your kids spend some time at their grandparents or with a family friend? Could you do play-date swaps with other parents from school, where you invite their kids over to play one day and they have your kids the next?
5. Adjust your expectations
As awesome as it is to have the kids at home for two weeks, the school holidays can be tiring. Try to adjust your expectations and acknowledge that things might not run perfectly to plan – and that’s okay. If you think they will dramatically impact your studies, please talk to your tutor for advice and to discuss options.
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Many people struggle to study. Everyone learns in different ways and at a different pace, and it’s okay to find studying hard.
The important thing to remember is: you can learn how to become a better learner.
Like anything, studying is a skill. With some practice, healthy habits, and a good dose of motivation, you can improve your ability to study.
At least, that’s what a professor from Oakland University in Michigan recently spoke about in an interview with NZ publication Education Central.
According to Professor Barbara Oakley, one of the best things that can help students who struggle to study is to understand how their brain works.
Some people have a strong working memory that allows them to learn lots of things quickly, while other people can’t retain information as easily and need to employ other memory techniques to learn.
Professor Oakley says she’s saddened when she sees students give up on themselves.
“It’s just because they don’t understand how their brain works. They don’t realise that if they don’t grab it quickly, they can still learn it very well and sometimes even more deeply.”
In other words: learning quickly doesn’t make you a better learner. It’s just the way your brain is wired. Even if something takes you a long time to learn, it doesn’t mean you’re not a ‘good student’.
Professor Oakley has a few tips for people who struggle to study.
- Be creative. “If your brain isn’t naturally geared – you can be more creative!”
- Take breaks. “Even a few minutes of break can really be helpful for students.”
- Study often. “For example what happens when you learn something with your teacher but you don’t practice it for another two weeks? Well, your little synaptic janitor comes and sweeps away some of the connections! And that’s why you can’t understand when you are looking at it again.”
- Don’t give up. “Persistence is key.”
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One of the undisputed perks of studying from home is having all-day access to the fridge, pantry, and kettle.
However, is your kitchen proving to be more of a distraction than a benefit?
Studying from home can throw your entire schedule out of whack – including your meal times.
A good tip is to try to stick to a regular, consistent eating routine. Try to take regular meal breaks as if you were in class or in an office. For example, start your day with breakfast, take a lunch break, and take short breaks for morning tea and afternoon tea.
This might not sound like rocket science, but taking regular breaks to refuel is great for your brain, your energy levels, and your productivity.
Another tip is to meal plan. Knowing what you’re going to eat each day (and when) will save you valuable time staring into the fridge. It’ll also stop you from procrastinating and doing a 2-hour cook up on a study day.
Unlike when you study in a classroom or work in an office, you can’t just nip out to grab a takeaway lunch (unless you happen to live next door to some shops!). So, it’s also important to keep your fridge and pantry well-stocked with quick meals that are good for your brain.
You could also use your eating routine as an opportunity to socialise with friends and family. When you have a consistent routine, you can let family members know that you’ll be breaking for lunch at 12.30 pm every day – and that’s when they should call or visit.
Following an eating routine may seem a little strange at first, especially if you’re used to all-day snacking. But, after a few days, you’ll likely notice huge improvements in your mood and productivity levels.
As with most things about studying from home, it really comes down to creating and following a clear, achievable study plan. The study plan is at the heart of everything!
If you need help with your study plan, check out our article: How to create a study plan (and stick to it).
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The advantages of studying from home are obvious: flexibility, freedom, comfort, and of course being able to study five paces from the fridge!
But this way of studying doesn’t come without its challenges.
One of the biggest challenges of studying from home can be loneliness, especially if you don’t work a part-time job or live with family.
But never fear, this is a challenge that can be easily fixed.
Here are five ways to avoid loneliness and find ways to socialise when you study from home.
1. Make the most of ITC’s support
The ITC Study From Home team is only ever a phone call or email away. We’re not just here to help you with questions about airline, travel and tourism – we can also give you tips on studying from home in general, including advice on how to stay motivated and connected to your community. Please contact us if you need some tips on adjusting to the Study From Home lifestyle.
2. Attend the in-person workshop at the start of your course
We run an in-person workshop in Auckland at the beginning of both our Level 3 qualifications. While this workshop isn’t compulsory (we understand it’s not always possible to travel to Auckland), it is a fantastic way to meet your classmates who will likely become treasured friends throughout your course. Read this story for inspiration on how you can form close friendships while studying from home.
3. Take ‘social’ breaks
See if there are ways to make your breaks a social experience. For example, instead of eating lunch alone at home, consider treating yourself to something from a local cafe once a week or taking your lunch to a nearby park on sunny days. While you might not have any in-depth conversations while you’re out, just being out of the house will help to reduce feelings of loneliness. Another way you could make breaks social is by spending them with your family, going for a walk with a neighbour, or calling a friend. The moral of the story? Just try not to spend all of your downtime doing isolated activities, like watching television or reading.
4. Follow a study schedule
This is one piece of advice we try to drum into all our students: follow a study schedule! A schedule will clearly outline when you’ll spend time studying and when you have free time to spend with friends, family and leisure activities. Sure, you might only have a few hours of ‘fun’ a week but if it’s there on the schedule it will motivate you to enjoy this sacred time, instead of feeling like you have to study 24/7.
5. Call people
Get on the phone! It’s amazing how a 15-minute phone call can lift your mood. Even if you don’t share your physical space with classmates, you can still create your own little network by calling other people on your course or checking in with friends and family. Never underestimate the power of a short phone call. And of course, don’t forget that the Study From Home team is available during business days, too.
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Think you have to wait until 2020 to start studying towards a qualification in airline, travel or tourism
We have three qualifications starting next month, which means you could have a qualification under your belt by the end of the year (our Level 3 and Level 4 courses take around 20 weeks to complete if you study full time).
Make May the month you take action by reaching out to us to discuss your study options and secure your place on one of our upcoming June courses.
Here’s an overview of the qualifications that start next month.
New Zealand Certificate in Tourism Level 3
A fantastic introduction to the world of travel and tourism, with modules on destination geography, customer service, cabin crew training, and more. Includes one in-person workshop in Auckland at the start of the course, but then you can study from home at your own pace from anywhere in New Zealand. You can also complete the workshop via video conference if it’s too difficult to travel to Auckland.
This course takes 20 weeks to complete if you study full-time or 40 weeks if you study part-time. We have courses starting in June, July and September. Find out more today.
New Zealand Certificate in Tourism with a Strand in Aviation Level 3
Dream of working at an airport or for an airline? This is the qualification for you. This course has a strong focus on aviation, covering topics such as airport security, passenger handling, airline operations, aircraft types, and cabin crew training. The aim of this qualification is to help you feel more confident and knowledgeable when applying for jobs in the competitive airline and aviation industry.
The Level 3 with a Strand in Aviation takes 20 weeks to complete if you study full-time or 40 weeks if you study part-time. It includes an in-person workshop at the beginning, which is a great opportunity to meet your classmates. Find out more today.
New Zealand Certificate in Travel Level 4
Take your existing travel and tourism knowledge to the next level with the New Zealand Certificate in Travel Level 4. This is an ideal qualification for students who already have some experience in the sector (perhaps from work experience or from studying tourism at school) and want to build on their skills. Many of our Level 3 students also pathway into this course to get a more comprehensive education.
The course has a strong international focus and covers topics such as online fares and ticketing, reservations, Amadeus, and the cruise ship industry. It also includes a CV and Career workshop to help you prepare for job interviews and applications. Find out more today.
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Do you plan on studying over the long weekend?
When you study from home, it can be difficult to switch off and enjoy public holidays – it’s not like your ‘classroom’ is closed!
But that doesn’t mean you can’t make your long weekend special. Even if you have to do some study, there are plenty of ways you can enjoy Easter, too.
Here are our tips for studying on a public holiday.
Reduce your study hours if possible
What’s the bare minimum you need to do to stay on top of your workload? See if you can reduce your study hours slightly so you can enjoy some quality time with your friends and family.
Of course, we would never encourage falling behind – so it’s really up to you to make a sensible decision here. But if you think you can afford to take a short break, go for it! Short holidays are really beneficial to your mental health and overall wellbeing. You’ll return to your studies feeling refreshed and even stronger.
Set yourself holiday-themed rewards
A mini chocolate egg for every page you read or write? A family Easter egg hunt if your kids leave you to study in peace for a few hours? An Easter movie night if you meet your study goals? Make the most of the Easter spirit – you might just find it helps you to stay motivated and energised. And if in doubt, chocolate always helps!
Mix up your study routine
Even if you always study on a Saturday morning, it might feel harder when it’s a long weekend – you’ll probably feel a bit out of sorts. Instead of sticking to your normal study routine, mix it up a bit. This will help you feel less like a fish out of water! And it will help you accept that this weekend might feel a little different, and that’s okay.
Consider using the holiday to get ahead
If you haven’t got many plans for Easter, you could actually use this time to get ahead in your studies. The short-term pain could be worth the long-term gain of finishing your qualification slightly earlier. Plus, you can always plan another four-day weekend once you’ve completed your studies.
Cut yourself some slack
Easter is an important holiday for many people, especially those of certain faiths. If you have a busy weekend with friends and family, try not to spend the whole time stressing about your studies – public holidays only come around every once and awhile, so it’s important to enjoy them if they are meaningful to you. If you’re really anxious about meeting your deadlines, chat to your tutors – they might have some further tips to help you stay on top of your workload.
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For many people, studying from home is the dream. You can study at your own pace, in familiar surroundings, just a short stroll from the fridge – ideal! And forget the time-consuming commute to and from the classroom – you can be at your desk in moments.
That said, from time to time studying from home can feel a little dull. With only yourself for company, you might find it hard to have fun. While it’s good to take your studies seriously, it’s also nice to enjoy what you’re learning.
Here are some tips for adding more fun into your study from home routine.
1. Make the most of your online community
The first step to having fun while studying from home is to connect with your classmates and tutors. They might not be in the classroom with you, but you all share a virtual classroom! Make a point of checking in on the online forum or picking up the phone when you need help. You’ll be amazed at how friendships can blossom via distance learning. Three of our recent students – Savita, Cathy and Selina – formed an amazing bond while completing their Study From Home qualification.
2. Listen to music
The right study soundtrack can put you in a great mood – and make your home feel less quiet and lonely. That said, it’s important to choose one that won’t distract from your assignments (you don’t want to accidentally drop a Drake lyric into a paragraph about airport security!). Check out our blog Music to study by: Five Spotify playlists to try for some great ideas.
3. Make it a competition
Set yourself competitive targets throughout each day and week. For example, use a timer to keep you on track or make a commitment with one of your course-mates to complete the same amount of study each week. Make sure you reward yourself with little treats upon completion (otherwise it’s no fun!).
4. Go on work experience
See if any travel or tourism businesses in your area would be happy if you came in and did some work experience – even if just for a few hours. Work experience is a fantastic way to meet potential employers, gain skills for your CV and maybe even make some friends.
5. Be a tourist in your town
If you hit a study slump, remind yourself of why you’re studying travel and tourism by getting out and about and doing a tourist activity in your town or city. Go on a hike, visit a special monument or even hop on a tour bus. Immerse yourself in the beauty of tourism and you’ll find you can’t wait to get back to your studies and complete your qualification.
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You’ve seen the meme: ‘We all have the same amount of hours in a day as Beyonce’.
The point? It’s what you do with those hours that’s important.
To make the most of your precious time, you need to become a time management expert.
Here are three game-changing time management tips to try today, to help you channel your inner Beyonce and achieve your dreams and goals!
1. Set a time limit for each task
How often do you start an assignment without any idea how long it will take to complete? A wise person once said that “work expands to fill the time available”. Meaning that, if you give yourself all day to complete a task, it will take all day – even if the task only needed three hours.
The trick here is to try to avoid giving yourself too long to complete tasks. Be honest about how long the task should take and set a time limit to reflect that. If you think you can finish an assignment in four hours, set a timer for four hours and try your best to hit that goal. This will help you avoid any unnecessary distractions, like scrolling your phone or watching telly. Setting time limits ensures you stay focused and productive.
2. Do your most important tasks first
Have you heard of MITs? MIT stands for ‘most important task’ – and these are the tasks you should be doing first thing in the morning. The challenge? Often, your most important tasks are not the easiest tasks. For example, an MIT could be to proofread an assignment, tackle a tricky question or record a video presentation. MITs are usually a little bit daunting, which is exactly why you should do them first!
When you don’t do your MITs first, you will procrastinate them all day and spend your time doing less important tasks – like emailing people back and forth or browsing the internet. You might convince yourself that you’re studying, but unless you’re working on your MITs, you’re probably not actually getting any closer to finishing your qualification. If you start your day with your MITs, you will be amazed at how much more you get done.
3. Say no to multitasking
Multitasking is clever, right? Actually, not really! Studies show that multitasking significantly reduces your productivity. You might be doing a lot of things at once, but you’re probably doing an average job of every task. But if you focus on one task at a time, you will probably do a fantastic job – because you won’t be distracted.
In today’s world, multitasking is everywhere. Multitasking is simply having your emails open or your phone in front of you while you’re writing an assignment. If there is anything that distracts you from the task in front of you, then you are multitasking! Try to minimise all distractions and focus wholeheartedly on one task at a time (and that includes putting your phone away while you study).
Want more time management tips?
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One great perk about studying from home is the flexibility to work while you study.
However, combining study and work can be a challenge – after all, there are only so many hours in the day!
According to ITC student Casey Stare, the challenge is worth it. Casey works part-time at a hotel and studies at ITC’s Christchurch campus.
Although Casey studies in the classroom (not via distance learning), she has some excellent time management tips for on-campus and Study From Home students alike.
Below she shares her best tips for combining work and study.
Adopt an ‘attitude of gratitude’
“I will admit, it is exhausting and can be frustrating if I have homework or I just want to sleep, but it’s worth it. Ruby (my tutor) reminds me that I’m so lucky to already be working in the tourism industry and she’s correct.”
Become a time management whizz
“It is all about time management. I never used to be good at this, but now I plan almost everything. My notes on my phone are filled with things that need to be organised and once they are done, I will tick them off. If I have homework, this is my main priority.”
“Having a list of things that need to be done really helps me because then I can physically see it. I even write down things like: friends I haven’t caught up with for awhile or cleaning my car or tidying my room. Since I work and study, I feel like I never have time for these things so I try to tick them off one-by-one.”
“Being organised before work or class is a huge help. If I know I’m working, I’ll make sure my uniform is clean and that I have everything I need, so when I leave course there can be a smooth transition to work, and vice versa. If I finish work late and start studying early the next morning, I prepare my morning tea, bag, and what I’m going to wear the next day before work so there’s no stress.”
Aim to be early
“I never used to be this type of person! I was never organised! But most of the time now I’m 10 minutes early to class and 10 minutes early to work because I have taught myself about time management and the importance of being prepared.”
Keep your eyes on your end goal
“You really need to be determined and keep your eyes on the end goal. I think it’s very important to work while you study, the money is a big plus but working in the travel industry is all about customer service experience. I know after finishing this course I will be able to apply for tourism jobs and go straight into the industry because I have the customer service experience behind me.”
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Every month, we interview a Study From Home student (past or present) to provide insight on what it’s like to study travel and tourism from home with ITC.
This month, we spoke to Kylie Harris who recently completed the Certificate in Travel and Tourism with a strand in Aviation (Level 3).
Kylie has an illness that prevented her from attending in-person classes, which made ITC Study From Home the perfect fit.
Thanks to distance learning, she was able to complete her qualification from the comfort of her home in Carterton, Wairarapa.
Below, she gives us an insight into her journey so far, as well as shares some tips for students considering studying from home with ITC.
What inspired you to study travel and tourism?
I really enjoyed studying tourism in school and liked the thought of being a flight attendant.
What did you enjoy most about studying from home?
The ability to control your schedule. Being sick meant I had certain times of my day that I could study, and those times were ever-changing. It was great to know I wouldn’t fall behind and I could catch up in my own time.
Did you find anything challenging about studying from home?
The hardest part was probably self-motivation, but that’s easy to get past once you get into the groove of studying.
Do you have any tips for students who are thinking about studying from home?
- Make sure to take breaks.
- Set yourself a really good timetable.
- Have time away from the computer.
ITC Study From Home is enrolling now. Get in touch today to learn how we can help you get your airline, travel and tourism career off to a flying start.
In a perfect world, you’d be able to study from home in idyllic peace and quiet, with nothing but the birds chirping in the trees for background noise.
Unfortunately, study doesn’t always work out that way. Many Study From Home students are juggling study with busy family lives, part-time work, and other demands. This means that sometimes you might find yourself needing to do some study in a noisy environment.
But all is not lost – here are five hacks for studying in noisy places.
1. Invest in noise-cancelling headphones
If you are often in noisy environments, a good pair of noise-cancelling headphones could be the best investment you’ll ever make. Not only will they help to drown out the background noise, they’ll also be worth their weight in gold next time you’re on an airplane.
2. Set expectations with family members
See if you can convince your kids to enjoy some ‘quiet time’ when you need to study. This might sound like an impossible task, but you never know unless you try! It might help to get creative. For example, you could buy them a special set of colouring books or paints that only come out when you need to study, or perhaps you could choose a TV show they could watch with headphones in for half an hour while you review your notes.
3. Choose easy tasks when you’re in a noisy environment
If you know you’re going to be in a noisy environment, write an ‘easy’ to-do list for that day. Pick tasks you’ll be able to achieve even if you’re a bit distracted, like emailing your tutors for advice or brainstorming ideas for your next assignment.
4. Listen to music
Some music is excellent for studying, such as classical music or house music (without lyrics). Put your earphones in and drown out the noise with some relaxing Bach or Beethoven! Check out our blog ‘Music to study by’ for inspiration.
5. Focus on your assignments, not the noise
When you’re in a noisy environment, it’s easy to focus on the source of the noise. Instead, see if you can use all your mental energy to focus on the task at-hand. If you achieve a deep level of concentration, you’ll find the noise will fade away into the background because you’ll be so absorbed on your assignment. It’s difficult to sustain this level of concentration for long periods of time, but it is possible if you try hard enough. Hint: it’s easier if you’re really, truly interested in the topic you’re studying.
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Every month, we interview a Study From Home student (past or present) to provide insight on what it’s like to study travel and tourism from home with ITC.
This month, we spoke to Savita Hira, an exceptional student who recently completed the Level 3 New Zealand Certificate in Tourism.
Savita’s story is a special one, as despite studying from home she made some amazing friendships on this course. Savita, Cathy Puna, and Selina Bui formed a close bond and supported each other through the ups and downs of distance learning.
“Savita, Cathy, and Selina show it’s possible to make close friends and have genuine peer support while studying from home,” says SFH Team Leader Richard Euston.
“They are a great example of how distance learning can be just as enriching as on-campus learning,” Richard adds.
Here is Savita’s story, in her own words.
SFH: Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Savita: I’m originally from India. New Zealand is my adopted country and I love to be a part of Kiwi culture.
What inspired you to Study From Home with ITC?
I work at the airport, where I meet, serve, and talk with many airline staff and am always inspired by them. I never stop dreaming about working in the tourism industry, so I began searching online for a correspondence course that would allow me to study from home without giving up my job. That’s when I found ITC and felt very excited about the possibilities.
What did you enjoy most about your course?
Every chapter I studied throughout the course caused my interest in the tourism industry to grow. For example, I learned about the rules and regulations of the airline industry and about various cultures and different meanings of gestures within those cultures. I also learned how to provide excellent customer service to passengers with special requirements, plus so much more.
And I was very lucky to have study mates, we have been supporting each other in our studies and it’s made our journey so enjoyable.
Do you have any advice for people thinking about studying at ITC?
I am already in my 50s and I used to think ‘it’s too late’ or ‘you do not have time’ with full-time work and family commitments. But I’m sure you can do it! In the end, I believe it’s worth it if it gives you the chance to achieve your dream job. You may find it difficult at the start but you can make minor sacrifices here and there and give yourself a shot.
Also, whenever you struggle to understand any topic, the tutor is just a phone call or an email away. The tutors have been very supportive right through our study and beyond.
Could you tell us more about the friends you made while studying from home?
I made two online study friends (Selina and Cathy). We had a quick chat at the end of the Orientation Day (at Botany Campus) and began chatting to each other via text messaging. Whenever we found difficulty, we used to chat by text message and have been there to encourage each other.
I feel very lucky to have study mates. I believe even after the conclusion of the course, we’ll continue to keep in touch.
Are you inspired by Savita’s story? ITC Study From Home has travel and tourism qualifications starting in February. Get in touch today to learn more.Posted in Inspiration and motivation, Student Success, Study From Home Tips | Leave a reply
Every month, we interview a Study From Home student (past or present) to provide insight on what it’s like to study from home with ITC
This month, we interviewed Joanne Walker from Te Kuiti. Joanne is a dairy farmer turned tourism student with a huge passion for travel.
Joanne has overcome many personal challenges to be where she is today, and we’re so proud of her for pursuing her tourism dreams. Her story is an inspiration to all; we hope you enjoy it.
1. What inspired you to study from home with ITC?
After giving up 20 years of dairy farming in 2015, I had to make a decision about what I would do next. I have always loved travelling and thought that re-training in this field would be perfect for me, but instead I purchased a business in town. Unfortunately this business failed due to lack of support and I ended up shutting the doors in 2017. I had to put my plans to study travel on hold again as my father had an accident, and I then had to find a part-time job that worked around his farm work, as well as providing an income to support my two children (I am a single mum). Finally, in 2018, I was able to pursue my passion and jumped at the chance to enrol at ITC.
2. What inspired you to study travel and tourism?
I just love to travel and experience new cultures and adventures. Hearing about other people’s travel adventures is great, but I get so jealous because I want to travel all the time but unfortunately finances don’t allow this. When I gave up dairy farming I had no formal training in any field (except a certificate in Hairdressing), as I had been hands on dairy farming for almost 20 years. Giving it up was a huge and scary decision as I knew finding a job with no actual qualifications at my age, as a single mum would not be the easiest thing to do. I did purchase a local business which I knew was financially risky from day one but it was a great learning curve in customer service and how wholesale/retail works so even though it didn’t work out it has a positive outcome in this regard. Always in the back of my mind though I was thinking about studying travel and tourism as a way to move forward and branch out.
3. What is your dream job?
Employment options are limited in my home town. I would like to become a travel consultant and I would eventually love to work from home…or even on the road providing a service to clients who find it hard to get into town during normal working hours. I don’t really know what my dream job would be as long as I could get the opportunity to travel and explore new activities and places with it. I would give anything a go until I found the job I knew I was perfect for.
4. What do you find most enjoyable about studying from home so far?
Flexibility and the time commitments aren’t too strenuous. I could have finished this course much, much sooner but sometimes life takes over. With work and kids and helping out on the farm when needed, the ITC Distance Learning has been a great way to get study done but not bee too pressured by time.
5. Do you have any advice for students who are thinking about studying from home?
I would say go for it and don’t over think things. Even though the time needed to complete the course looks daunting when you start, many of the Units can be finished well ahead of schedule and getting ahead early helps later on if something happens and you cannot study for a week or so. It is a great way to get a qualification while working or being a mother or both and the satisfaction at the end of it is well worth the effort put in.
Are you inspired by Joanne’s story? Discover the flexibility of studying from home yourself; we have courses starting in February 2019. Get in touch today to find out how we can help you kickstart your career in airline, travel and tourism.Posted in Inspiration and motivation, Student Success, Study From Home Tips, Tourism Spotlight | Leave a reply
With Christmas and New Year behind us, chances are you’re starting to get back into your Study From Home routine.
Or maybe you’re considering starting fresh with a new course (you can check out our 2019 qualifications here).
Wherever you’re at with your study journey, here are some tips to get back into study mode after the break.
1. Re-visit your study schedule
Your study schedule is your guiding light; it outlines the time you will spend studying around other commitments in your life such as childcare or part-time work.
Why not refresh your study schedule for the new year to make the most of the summer weather? For example, you could wake up earlier with the sunrise and do some study before the rest of the household wakes up. Or maybe you could make the most of the evening light and do a few hours after dinner (since it’s light outside, you might find you feel less tired in the evenings).
If possible, you could also add a few fun summery rewards into your schedule. Like a beach trip each Sunday if you meet your weekly study goals.
2. Reach out to your tutors and fellow students
Get in touch with your tutors and peers to wish them a Happy New Year. The simple act of speaking to people in the same boat as you will help you feel more motivated to get back to study as you won’t feel like you’re doing it alone.
If you’re in a particularly tough slump, don’t hesitate to ask your tutors for some advice – they are full of tips to help you stay motivated throughout your qualification.
3. Make your wellbeing a priority again
It’s no secret that Christmas and New Year is a time of indulgence. And that’s great! But now that you’re back into study, it’s a good idea to focus on your health and wellbeing again.
Try to prioritise getting enough sleep and eating well so you feel energised when you sit down to study.
Don’t be surprised if you feel really tired during your first few days of study. Your brain might need a few days to catch up after the break! Just keep at it and you’ll refind your flow soon.
We hope these tips help you start off 2019 in a good frame of mind.
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We all have the same number of hours in a day: it’s what you do with these hours that counts.
If you want to make the most of your time, get more done, and stay on top of your assignments, here are five productivity hacks to try.
1. Turn off notifications on your phone
You make a hot drink, sit at your desk, and just start to study, when your phone beeps. It’s a notification from Facebook. You quickly open your Facebook app to check, then you get distracted by your news feed. Before you know it, 15 minutes have passed by and all you’ve done is watched weird cat videos.
Social media is a huge time waster, but there is a simple solution: turn off all social media notifications on your phone. You’ll be amazed at the difference it makes.
If phone calls or text messages are distracting, put your phone in ‘Flight Mode’ or ‘Do Not Disturb’. This means you can still use your phone to check the time but you won’t be distracted by incoming messages or calls.
2. Check emails 3 times per day
Are you constantly distracted by your email inbox? Unless you’re waiting for a particular email from a tutor, try to limit checking your emails to three times per day. For example, once in the morning (around 9am), once at lunchtime (12pm) and again in the late afternoon (4pm). Or whatever times suit your schedule.
This means you won’t spend all day getting distracted by emails as they come in, but you will still be able to respond to important emails in a timely manner. If the content of the email is extremely urgent, someone will probably call you.
3. Use the Pomodoro technique
We’ve written about the Pomodoro technique before on this blog: it’s where you use a timer to study in 25-minute bursts. Every 25 minutes you can take a short break (say five minutes). After four Pomodoro bursts, you can take a longer break.
The golden rule of Pomodoro is during the 25-minute burst you must study intently without distractions – no social media, no email, no getting up to make a cup of tea. You can only do things like that during your breaks.
4. Take smart breaks
We all need breaks. But do your breaks from study energise you or make you feel even more exhausted? If you spend your whole study break scrolling social media, you’ll probably feel pretty average when you sit back down to study. But if you go for a walk, cook something delicious, or chat to your best friend on the phone, you’ll probably feel great.
Try to take ‘smart’ breaks throughout the day that lift you up and help you feel motivated. Make your breaks count and you’ll be far more productive in the long run.
5. Break tasks into achievable chunks
Don’t just write ‘study’ on your to-do list. Break your day into specific chunks. For example, 10am-11am: respond to emails and check in with tutors. 11am-12pm: write first draft of assignment. And so on.
This approach will help you feel as though you’re achieving things throughout the day and give you a rush of positive energy and accomplishment each time you tick a task off your to-do list. It will also help you feel less overwhelmed by your assignments and more in control.
Enjoy these productivity hacks? At ITC Study From Home, we’re all about providing a way for you to study tourism at your own pace, in your own place. Get in touch today to learn more about how we can get your airline, travel, and tourism career off to a flying start.Posted in Inspiration and motivation, News, Study From Home Tips | Leave a reply
When you study from home with ITC, you’ll learn skills for working in the airline, travel, and tourism industry. You’ll also gain essential life skills that you can apply in all areas of your life – from work to family to travel.
Here are five life skills that studying from home teaches you. (Of course, you could learn these skills in a classroom, too, but they would probably take you longer to master).
1. Time management
Studying from home requires excellent time management. You’re in charge of your own time, so it’s up to you to make the most of it. You’ll quickly learn how to overcome procrastination, minimise distractions, and stick to your study plan if you want to succeed. By the end of the qualification, you’ll be a pro at planning and managing your precious time.
As you study, you’re bound to encounter some tricky topics or small problems. Your tutors are there to answer any questions you might have during business hours – but what happens if you’re studying at 9pm at night? You’ll find your problem-solving skills start to kick in. You’ll become an expert at looking for a solution before you ask your tutor, and will be surprised at how often you can answer your own questions.
Studying from home takes a lot of initiative and self-motivation. It takes determination to choose studying over television every day! The great thing is, initiative is like a muscle. The more you use it, the stronger it gets. By the time you graduate, using your initiative will be second-nature – a skill that will make you very employable.
4. Computer literacy
Our distance learning qualifications are taught online, which means you’ll improve your computer literacy skills, as well as your online communication skills. You’ll become more confident at using online programmes and communicating with your peers professionally via email. Most tourism jobs require a high level of online professionalism, so this is a great skill to put on your CV.
It takes tenacity to study from home every day – especially when you’re surrounded by distractions like housework, television, and your comfy bed. By completing your study from home qualification, you’re showing employers that you have what it takes to stay focused on your goals and that you don’t need someone hovering over your shoulder to make sure you’re working. You’re showing them that you’re a go-getter and a self-starter.
All of these life skills will make you more employable once you start job hunting. They will also help you build confidence in yourself and your abilities. Studying from home is a wonderful opportunity to strengthen your professional skill-set and grow as a person. We’re enrolling now for 2019 courses; get in touch today to register your interest.Posted in Inspiration and motivation, Study From Home Tips |
Welcome to a new feature on the Study From Home blog: student interviews.
Every month, we interview a Study From Home student to provide insight on what it’s like to study from home with ITC.
This month, meet Cathy from Auckland who is studying towards the New Zealand Certificate in Tourism with a Strand in Aviation.
1. What inspired you to Study From Home with ITC?
The convenience of studying at your own pace, alongside family and full-time work.
2. What inspired you to study travel & tourism?
I’ve always wanted to experience what it would be like to work in the travel industry (aviation).
3. What is your dream job?
To work at the airport as a check-in agent with Air New Zealand then work my way up the career path within the industry.
4. What do you find easiest or most enjoyable about studying from home so far?
I find it really fascinating to learn about aviation. The industry is extremely interesting and I really enjoy everything I’m learning.
5. What do you find hardest about studying from home so far?
Distractions. It can be hard to focus when studying from home. You need to set aside at least three to four hours (or more) to study alone every day.
6. Do you have any advice for students who are thinking about studying from home?
- Allocate a set time to study every day. It’s really important to study for three to four hours every day.
- Try not to get distracted. Working in a quiet area is really helpful as it allows you to think clearly.
- Don’t attempt to do any quizzes or exams when you’re really tired. Choose a time when you feel fresh and clear-headed.
- Use your tutors for help.
ITC Study From Home is enrolling now for 2019. Get in touch today to learn how we can get your airline, travel and tourism career off to a flying start.
If you’re a parent to very small children, you’ll know getting your kids dressed, fed, and bathed every day is a huge accomplishment – let alone studying.
Yet, many parents choose to Study From Home, and do a marvellous job of it. Although it can be tricky at times, it’s hugely rewarding, and a great way to balance out all the washing and cooking that comes with little ones.
If you’d like to study from home towards a tourism qualification with ITC, here are some tips for making it work with minimal stress and maximum enjoyment.
1) Set realistic study goals
Being over-ambitious about what you can achieve in a day is a fast path to burnout. All you will do is feel disappointed as the sun sets each night, wondering why you didn’t tick off every item on your to-do-list. It’s not worth it!
Instead, set some realistic study goals. At ITC Study From Home, we offer part-time and full-time study options. Choose the option that best suits your schedule (and the one that gives yourself some room to eat and sleep!).
2) Study when the kids are asleep
It’s possible to study when the kids are awake and playing near you, but you’ll probably find that you’ll get interrupted every five minutes. When the kids are awake, try to tackle simple tasks like emailing your home tutor or brainstorming ideas for your next assignment. Save the big, time-consuming tasks, like writing an assignment or preparing a presentation, for when the kids are asleep.
Nap time and bed time will become your designated study sessions. Try to set it up so that you can get straight into study mode as soon as your kids’ heads hit the pillow!
3) Get support if you can
Do you know anyone who could watch your kids for a few hours a week? You’d be surprised at how much you can get done in just a few hours of quiet, uninterrupted, kid-free time. See if any friends or family members would be prepared to lend a hand. You never know until you ask.
4) Study on the weekends
It’s often easier to find people to watch the kids on the weekends. For example, your partner might be home from work and happy to spend time with them. Or family members who work Monday-Friday might be able to watch them for a few hours while you catch up on study. You will probably also need to stick to your ‘study while the kids are sleeping’ rule on the weekends, too.
5) Get out of the house every day
When you have a lot on your plate, it can be tempting to keep the whole family home in pajamas all day. But getting out of the house every day – even if it’s just for a short walk – does wonders for your mood. You’ll find the kids will probably be better behaved after some time in nature. Wear them out at the playground in the morning so they have a big nap in the afternoon!
6) Aim for quality over quantity (when it comes to both family and study)
As a studying parent, you’re never going to feel like you have a lot of time. So aim for quality time over quantity. When you spend time with your kids, try to be truly present with them. Read books, sit with them and play peek-a-boo for a hundred times in a row, just give them your undivided attention. Then, when it comes time for you to study while they play next to you, you will have peace of mind that they have had some quality time.
The same approach applies to study. When you’re studying without your kids around, make sure it’s quality study time. Don’t waste a single precious second on Facebook or Instagram!
7) Stay focused on the big picture
Studying from home with small kids requires some sacrifice. Often you will sacrifice things like watching television or going to bed really early. There’s no denying it; studying with kids is hard. But it’s not forever. It’s just a few short months of your life (or perhaps a year if you’re studying part-time). That will seem like nothing in the scheme of things – and especially once you have found a job in the tourism industry. So, keep the bigger picture in mind and remember it’s not forever. Studying from home with small kids is just a season, and you have the inner strength you need to weather any storm.Posted in Inspiration and motivation, Study From Home Tips | Leave a reply
Welcome to a new feature on the Study From Home blog: student interviews.
This is your chance to learn more about what it’s like to Study From Home from people who are currently completing a qualification (or who have recently graduated).
First up, meet Kristen from Christchurch, a second-year student who is studying towards the New Zealand Certificate in Travel Level 4.
Below, she shares her story, tells us about her fantastic job with YHA, and shares some tips for future students.
SFH: What inspired you to Study From Home with ITC?
Kristen: I had been working in the industry for a year and decided I wanted to advance my career. I came from a totally different career background, but when that didn’t work out I moved on to tourism. A friend of mine was actually studying at the time and mentioned he was studying through ITC. I decided to give it a go.
Why did you choose to study travel and tourism?
I was fresh in the industry and didn’t have much knowledge as I came from a completely different industry. I wanted to know as much as I could. My mum was also a huge part of the reason why, I wanted to share my knowledge with her like she has done about the world for me!
What is your dream job?
This time last year I would of told you working for a travel agency selling international products – but now, as cliche as it sounds I have to say it’s my current job. I work for the Youth Hostel Association New Zealand, selling products for inbound tourism. Most of the time it’s also for tourists who are in my age bracket, which makes understanding their needs easy as generally they are like-minded people. It’s amazing and I love every minute of it. Helping people who are coming to our beautiful country is the best part! It also helps that YHA is an amazing place to work.
What do you find most enjoyable about studying from home so far?
Learning at my own pace. I’ve definitely benefited from this. I struggled to keep up at school as I always found it hard in subjects that weren’t art related. So studying from home was the best option. Also being able to study when I was ready was awesome too. There are obviously time limits to when topics are due etc but it worked around my life not the other way around!
What do you find challenging about studying from home?
Self motivation. It’s hard to stay motivated sometimes especially when you work full time as well as study (like myself). It does take a lot of motivation to keep going, but it’s well and truly worth it when you get the results for working hard.
Do you have any tips for students who are thinking about studying from home?
Do it! You will not regret gaining more knowledge! Gaining industry knowledge will only help you grow as a employee and also as a person.
Inspired by Kristen’s story? Study From Home has qualifications starting on October 22 – get in touch to register your interest.Posted in Inspiration and motivation, News, Student Success, Study From Home Tips | Leave a reply
Most people choose to study in the morning when they are fresh and well-rested.
But could studying before you go to bed make you smarter?
According to an article in Lifehacker, several studies suggest that studying before you go to sleep – be it for the night or for a nap – can help your brain retain more information.
The idea is that sleep helps your brain form new connections.
“If you want to cement new knowledge in your brain, recent sleep research demonstrates that a good night’s sleep following your studies has a significant impact on your ability to retain information,” the article reads.
There is only one way to find out if this technique works for you: give it a try!
Next time you’re struggling to remember something, write it out a few times on a piece of paper right before you go to sleep. Then see how much you remember when you wake up.
This study technique will likely come as good news for people who study after work or late at night – for example, when the kids are asleep.
Sometimes when you study from home, you have to fit in study whenever you can – and that’s not always first thing in the morning when you’re feeling rested.
At least now you know that your brain can still retain important information at the end of the day.
Next time you fall into bed exhausted after a study session, just think: your brain will be doing lots of hard work forming new connections when you sleep.
Even sleep makes us smarter. Pretty cool, right?
Just don’t forget that quality of sleep is important, so try to follow these simple tips for getting a good night’s rest:
- Avoid looking at a screen at least one hour before bedtime (this includes phones, laptops, TV). If you’re studying, use a pen and paper instead.
- Avoid caffeine or sugar too late in the day. Have a soothing chamomile tea before bed.
- If you have trouble relaxing before bed, listen to some relaxation music or download a free meditation app like Headspace.
- Keep a pen and paper by your bed to write down any anxieties if your busy brain is keeping you awake. Writing down your worries can help you to relax and ‘switch off’.
- Read a few pages of a ‘boring’ book – that’s almost guaranteed to help you drift off.
For more tips on getting a good night’s sleep, read our blog 5 Tips For A Good Night’s Sleep.Posted in Inspiration and motivation, News, Study From Home Tips | Leave a reply
Ever noticed how quiet the house can seem when you’re studying from home? Just you, your thoughts, and maybe the distant hum of the fridge to keep you company.
No wonder studying can make you feel sleepy and lethargic sometimes!
A good way to stay energised is to listen to music while you study. Many people avoid the radio because it’s too distracting, but thanks to Spotify, there are plenty of study playlists to choose from to help you focus.
Here are five Spotify study playlists to try next time you’d like some background noise.
1) Deep Focus
A beautiful selection of calming yet uplifting songs to help you find your study rhythm. These songs don’t have vocals and can be best described as atmospheric rock. The music is upbeat enough to give you an energy boost but not intense enough to be distracting.
Love discovering the latest tunes but don’t want to listen to the radio because of the ads and the presenters? Try The Office Stereo, instead. Just be warned: you might find yourself dancing along as you study.
Is there anything more relaxing than listening to someone play the piano? If you’re feeling overwhelmed by your study to-do list, put on the Peaceful Piano playlist and you’ll immediately start to unwind and boost your productivity.
The name of this playlist says it all. Intense Studying is for when you really need to minimise distractions and get stuff done! Make a cup of coffee, put this playlist on in the background, and get to work.
The songs on this playlist are probably best described as chilled-out house music (with a bit of piano thrown in there). The tunes are very relaxed but have enough upbeat energy to keep you feeling fresh.
What are your favourite songs to study by? Share in the comments below.
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Did you know that pretending to be a teacher could help you ace your assignments?
Imagine you have to teach someone about the topic you’re studying. Could you explain the concept to them in a clear, concise way? If you can, that means you have a strong understanding of the topic.
This study approach is called the Feynman Technique, named after a Nobel-prize-winning physicist called Richard Feynman who was famous for being able to explain complex concepts in plain language.
The idea is that it’s only possible to explain something if you truly understand it.
Here are some other ways pretending to be a teacher can help you with your studies:
- Talking out loud helps you retain information for longer
- Talking confidently about a topic is good practice for job interviews
- Explaining concepts to a friend or family member will generate discussion and bring up ideas you hadn’t considered before
- Talking about a topic reminds you of why you’re passionate about it and find it interesting (you’ll probably find you could talk about travel for hours!)
If this study tip appeals to you, why not pair up with a classmate from your Study From Home course and take turns explaining concepts to each other over the phone or via Skype?
You’ll learn a lot and it’s a great opportunity to get to know your classmates (we know distance learning can feel isolating sometimes).
You could also explain travel and tourism topics to your friends, family members, or even make conversation with your local barista – who knows, they might be interested in the tourism industry? It is booming, after all!
Next time you’re struggling with a topic, just remember: pretend you’re a teacher. It will help you think about the topic in a completely different way. Good luck!
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Meet Shelley Williams: a recent Study From Home graduate and a new business owner.
Now Shelley is her own boss. Perks of her job include working from home (or by the school pool!), spending more time with her two daughters (aged 7 and 9), and even getting to travel on famil trips (this year she went to Laos). Inspiring, right?
We caught up with Shelley to find out how she started her own tourism business. Below she shares her story, including some tips for anyone keen to work in travel.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m 42 and live on a farm with my husband, my 7 and 9 year old girls, and lots of animals.
What inspired you to study from home with ITC?
When both of my girls started school, I thought it was good timing to go back to work. I realised I wanted a career that allowed me to spend time with my family. I really loved travel, but I needed a formal qualification to get into the industry. ITC offered a great Study From Home option that I could complete while the girls were at school.
What did you enjoy most about the NZ Certificate in Travel Level 4?
I liked the industry knowledge I learned. I especially enjoyed the assignments that gave my brain a workout.
Can you tell us a little bit about your career history? How did you get to where you are today?
My career history is very long! I started working at The Warehouse when I was 16, and after many years there I moved on to office-based customer service and sales jobs. By the time I went on maternity leave nine years ago, I was a PA and had been doing that for several years. While my PA role involved a lot of booking travel for my bosses, I was never in the travel industry.
Tell us about Clevedon Travel. What does your job involve?
My current job is as company director of my own travel agency, Clevedon Travel Limited. I work from home or wherever I can take my laptop (in summer this was often at the school pool). I find clients through local contacts, word of mouth, and online groups (e.g. Facebook).
Since January, when I started the company, I’ve done everything from designing my own website, to booking cruises, organising a 5* honeymoon for a Texan VIP, and I even went on my first famil trip to Laos.
What’s it like being your own boss?
It’s not for the faint-hearted. I’m lucky to have found a mentor in the industry that provides me with lots of support for free. In return, they take a percentage of the over-rides (a bonus commision negotiated with airlines on an annual basis). I’ve had plenty of times when I’ve felt stuck, but I’ve never been without help if I’ve asked for it.
Why travel and tourism?
I love being in the travel industry! The perks are amazing. I get to go to lots of events for free. For instance, last week I was at a Soulful Vietnam Showcase on Monday night (where I won 5* accommodation, a 3-course meal, and show tickets for Saigon! I’m going to give the tickets to the next client who books with me).
Last week I also attended a Buenos Aires event at the Air New Zealand Customer Experience Centre (where they had the most amazing food, wine, and live tango show), and a ship inspection of the Pacific Jewel on Wednesday (including the most fantastic 3-course lunch). There are usually free famil trips up for grabs although I haven’t been lucky yet!
All that said, industry events are not just about the food, drink, goodie bags, and prizes. They are about making contacts in the industry and learning about destinations, services, and other wholesale companies. I’ve met many experienced travel brokers through the events I’ve attended and they’ve been a great help to me.
What travel destinations are on your wish list?
I really want to take my family for a White Christmas in the next year or two. New York is magical at Christmas time, and I’d love to tag on a trip to Canada and Alaska to check out their extreme winter. I’d also love to sail on a Hurtigruten in Norway to check out the Northern Lights, and cruise everywhere on everything really!
Do you have any advice for students thinking about studying tourism with ITC Study From Home?
Do it! And do it to the best of your ability. All the resources are there for you, you just have to take advantage of them and ask for help if you need it.
Any final tips or words of wisdom for future students?
Keep learning. I never stopped when I completed my tourism qualification. I kept learning about anything and everything. There is SO much to learn in travel, I doubt I’ll ever stop learning. There are free web courses for the most popular destinations, all of the cruise lines, and even most of the airlines offer agent sites with training courses and information. The more you learn, the more of an expert you’ll become, and the better you’ll be able to help your customers.
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Are you finishing high school this year? Wondering what to do next?
Here are five reasons why studying tourism straight after high school could be a smart career move.
1. The tourism industry needs more young people
Young workers are in high demand in the tourism industry. With so many visitors coming to New Zealand, the industry needs more young people to enter the workforce and fill important frontline jobs, such as working in hotels.
In fact, the industry needs 35,000 more tourism workers by 2025 — that’s just seven years away. If you’re passionate about New Zealand, have great customer service, and love meeting people from around the world, then the tourism industry needs you!
2. You could have a tourism qualification in less than a year
Most of our tourism qualifications are around 20 weeks long (if you study full-time), meaning you could be qualified and in your first tourism job in less than a year.
Starting with a Level 3 or Level 4 tourism qualification could be a great way to get into the workforce quickly without spending three years (or more) studying. After all, you’ve just finished high school so it will be nice to have a break from study and earn some money out in the workforce.
3. Tourism has fantastic long-term career prospects
The tourism industry is New Zealand’s largest export earner, contributing over $14 billion to the economy each year. It has fantastic long-term career opportunities, including the chance to work for some of New Zealand’s biggest companies.
With so many tourism businesses around New Zealand and the world, you can look forward to a varied and exciting career.
4. You might get the opportunity to travel
If you’d love to travel, why not travel and earn money at the same time? A tourism qualification can open many doors overseas. You could consider a career as a flight attendant or work in hotels around the world.
Working for some travel agencies also gives you the opportunity to go on regular ‘Famil’ trips to other countries (so you can experience first-hand what you will be selling).
You could even end up working at Disney World in Orlando, like many of our graduates have done.
5. There are tourism jobs all throughout New Zealand
Another big attraction of studying tourism is there are tourism jobs all throughout the country, not just in major cities. With the cost of living in Auckland skyrocketing, it makes sense to join an industry that gives you some flexibility to work in regional areas.
Plus, with Study From Home, you can study tourism from anywhere in New Zealand — giving you the option to keep study costs to a minimum. Whether you’re in Kerikeri or Invercargill or anywhere in between, you can gain a tourism qualification and be ready to join the workforce in as little as 20 weeks.
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Everyone has big, ambitious, exciting goals. But what’s one thing that holds many people back from achieving their dreams? Fear.
Fear that they will fail. Fear that it won’t work out. Fear that they aren’t good enough, smart enough, motivated enough. Fear is no fun! Too often it gets in the way of people pursuing their goals.
But what if we’re just thinking about fear in the wrong way? What if we could use it as fuel to help propel us towards our dreams, instead of away from them?
Here are three thought-provoking quotes about fear to help you gain a new perspective and achieve your study goals.
“When we deny our fear, we make it stronger.” – Seth Godin
Seth Godin believes we should use fear as a compass, not a barrier. That we should fully acknowledge our fears, move towards them, understand them — and move forward anyway.
He says that fearless people don’t live a life without fear. Instead, they accept that fear is part of the package, and make smart and brave decisions. He believes that by acknowledging fear, one “permits it to exist without strengthening it”.
“Our deepest fear is not that we’re inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we’re powerful beyond measure.” – Marianne Williamson
Marianne Williamson takes the unique perspective that we’re actually afraid of letting our light shine bright. We’re afraid to be brilliant, talented and fabulous — and this fear subconsciously holds us back from stepping into our full potential.
She believes “your playing small does not serve the world”. She encourages everyone to step into their light, and that “as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same”.
“Without fear there cannot be courage.” – Christopher Paolini
We live in a society that praises bravery and courage — but these characteristics cannot exist without fear. Fear is an opportunity to be brave and courageous. You might not always succeed, but you will almost always learn valuable lessons along the way.
So, use fear as fuel to embrace courage and pursue your dreams. Working towards your goals will always feel a little scary — but that’s normal, healthy, and what makes life interesting.
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Studying from home can feel overwhelming at times — but it doesn’t have to be this way. Here are some tips for finding study-life balance even when you feel like there’s not enough hours in the day.
Talk to your tutors
First and foremost, call or email one of your tutors to let them know how you’re feeling. Tell them you’re experiencing some overwhelm and ask for tips on how to manage your workload. They have been teaching for many years and will have plenty of tips up their sleeve to help you stay on track.
Create a study schedule
At the beginning of each week, enter all of your commitments onto a weekly calendar. For example, block out time for work, sleep, childcare, and any other commitments you might have. Then, see how many leftover hours you have for study. If you’re studying from home full-time, you should have at least 40 hours a week to commit to your studies. If you’re studying from home part-time, you require at least 20 hours per week. If there’s simply not enough available study hours in your week, you might need to reassess some of your other priorities (such as work) and see if you can put these on hold until you’ve completed your qualification. Again, your tutors are the best people to advise you on this.
Find ways to blend study and fun
Do you love spending time in cafes or in nature? Why not combine study with one of your favourite activities? Set up in a cafe for the morning to review your study notes or work on assignment. Or, go for a walk if you need to make a phone call to your tutor instead of staying at home. One of the advantages of studying from home is flexibility; try to enjoy the freedom and make it work for you.
Safeguard your downtime
How often do you look forward to an evening of relaxing, only to spend three hours scrolling Instagram? The only thing worse than having little spare time is wasting any of the spare time you do have. Try to safeguard your downtime and do something you genuinely enjoy, instead of getting sucked into a social media spiral.
Try to look after your wellbeing
This tip is often easier said than done, but it’s worth keeping in mind anyway. You’re far more likely to ace your studies and maintain a positive attitude if you’re well-rested and well-fuelled. This means getting enough sleep and eating well, wherever possible. Of course, there will be weeks when you might be burning the midnight oil at both ends (that just comes with the territory of studying), but do your best to look after your health and wellbeing if you can.
If all else fails: remember study is not forever
Sometimes, study-life balance is near impossible to achieve — especially if you have young kids or a part-time job. If the thought of achieving any life balance feels like a pipe-dream, take heart: studying is not forever. It’s only for a short space of time. Once you’ve completed your qualification, you’re bound to have more spare time — and more opportunities — to explore. So, if all else fails, keep perservering in the knowledge that things will ease up once you graduate. You’ve got this!
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One of the benefits of studying from home with ITC is you can study anywhere, anytime. Technically, you could complete your assignments from a hotel or a friend’s couch or a family member’s holiday home — anywhere you have reliable internet.
But, studying on-the-go is easier said than done. If you’re moving around a lot (perhaps for work or family reasons) you’ll need to take extra steps to make sure you’re still productive with your time.
Here are five tips for studying on-the-go.
1. Follow a study schedule
A study schedule is a must-have for any distance learning student. It’s a weekly calendar outlining the times you’ll spend studying each week. Here is our guide for creating (and sticking to!) a study plan.
2. Set clear boundaries
Protect your study time by setting clear boundaries with friends and family members. Share your schedule with them so they know not to interrupt you when you’re working on assignments.
3. Create a study bag or box
Put together a kit of all your study tools, such as your laptop, notepad, and pens & pencils. Keep all of your gear in one portable bag or box, so you always have everything you need at hand.
4. Make study your priority
Studying from home offers so much flexibility, it could be tempting to try to fit in lots of other activities alongside your assignments. But it’s important to make study your priority — not travelling or visiting friends and family or anything else. You’ll have plenty of time for that once you’ve completed all your qualification. Just remember, you won’t be studying forever.
5. Stay in touch with your tutors
If you move around often, remember to keep communicating with your tutors, especially if you’re not always at your primary address. Even though most communication is done online, it’s still important to keep them updated of any changes to your personal circumstances.
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Tourism is one of New Zealand’s most important industries — a fact that most local councils take into consideration when creating their long-term plans.
According to Tourism Industry Aotearoa (TIA), most councils around New Zealand recognise the benefits of tourism when making long-term plans for their communities.
TIA analysed more than 70 city, district and regional council long-term plans to gauge how they were preparing for tourism growth.
“It was important we undertook this mammoth exercise as local councils are a significant player in the $36 billion tourism industry,” says TIA chief executive Chris Roberts in a media release.
Mr Roberts said some examples of local councils investing in tourism include “funding for cycle trails, town revitalisation, tourism related developments such as the Taranaki Crossing project, and support for events to attract visitors”.
Seeing local councils preparing for tourism growth is not just good news for the economy and for tourists planning a trip to New Zealand — it’s also good news for people considering a career in the tourism industry.
When local councils invest in tourism projects, this often creates more tourism jobs throughout New Zealand.
If you’d like to join New Zealand’s thriving tourism industry, the time to study is now.
And the good news is, you can study from anywhere in the country with ITC Study From Home.
From Cape Reinga to the Bluff, we offer tourism qualifications via distance learning. All you need is a reliable internet connection, a computer, motivation, and of course, a passion for learning about airline, travel and tourism.
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Cheytarna Scott recently completed the New Zealand Certificate in Tourism with a Strand in Aviation with ITC Study From Home — an experience she called a “learning adventure”.
“I want to send a huge thank you to ITC Study From Home for assisting me through this learning adventure,” says Cheytarna.
“I enjoyed every single minute, unit and challenge set before me, and I feel a great sense of accomplishment.”
Cheytarna is now working for Flight Centre Manakau as a Novice Consultant. Below she gives us an insight into her journey so far and shares some tips for future distance learning students.
Tell us a bit about yourself
I am 23 years old and am Cook Island Maori. I grew up in Clendon with my Nana and Papa. I’m the oldest of three and the oldest grandchild on both sides of the family, so I guess you could say I have oldest child syndrome! I’m a bubbly and outgoing character who loves to have fun and experience new things. I’m kind of an adventure junkie and am always eager to do activities that push my limits. I also appreciate art, music, and love a good book, and have a great passion for astrology.
I appreciate and live for moments that I can share with my family and partner, and I’m a true believer of making memories instead of gaining materials. I’m intrigued by the cultures and diversity of the world, which is what attracted me to the travel industry.
What inspired you to study with ITC?
The thing that attracted me the most was the Study From Home courses. I loved that I could study without having to give up work, and therefore my income. I was also impressed by ITC’s reputable academic success rate.
Attending Orientation Day, meeting the tutors, visiting campus and hearing all the success stories confirmed to me that I made the right decision.
What did you enjoy most about your course?
The assistance and support I received from all my tutors. Whenever I needed anything, they were always there and responded promptly. The website was easy to use and each unit was informative and intriguing, and the instructions were easy to understand and follow.
What is your dream job?
I do not have a specific dream job at the moment. I do, however, know that I would love to offer everybody the opportunity to travel, whatever background or social status you belong to. I want normal people like me, who have in the past thought it’s too expensive to get out and experience the world, to be able to do so. I want them to realise that with a little determination and goal-setting, it can be done.
Do you have any advice for students thinking about studying at ITC?
Remember to balance your study life with family life. Prioritise your time wisely, especially if you are studying from home. Make sure you study in a comfortable and quiet environment. Ensure you communicate with whoever you live with that you’re studying at home, so they can take that into consideration.
Any final tips or words of wisdom for future students?
Remember there is always support, always someone to ask for help. Don’t be shy to ask a “silly” question. And don’t be afraid to give yourself a pat on the back when you complete a unit. Set goals and aim to smash them!
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If you’re a regular reader of this blog – or a Study From Home student – then you’ll have heard us emphasise the importance of creating a study plan.
And here we are, writing about study plans yet again!
That’s because creating a study plan is one of the most effective ways to enhance your productivity. (If you’re still yet to create one, here is a step-by-step guide).
If you still need convincing that a study plan is worthwhile, here are three more reasons why you should give one a try.
1. Study plans encourage consistency
Consistent action is what will help you achieve your tourism qualification. So how do you show up and do the work?
According to writer James Clear, who writes about habits and decision making, the research suggests having a plan makes all the difference.
“Research has shown that you are 2x to 3x more likely to stick with your habits if you make a specific plan for when, where, and how you will perform the behaviour,” he writes in his recent article, The Scientific Argument for Mastering One Thing at a Time.
In other words: be specific about when, where and how you will study and you will be more likely to get it done.
2. Study plans remove ‘decision fatigue’
When you study from home, it’s up to you to manage your time and create a schedule. Sometimes this can feel overwhelming, leading to what is known as ‘decision fatigue’.
This is what James Clear has to stay about decision fatigue:
“Decision fatigue happens every day in your life… If you have a particularly decision-heavy day at work, then you come home feeling drained. You might want to go to the gym and workout, but your brain would rather default to the easy decision: sit on the couch. That’s decision fatigue,” writes James.
The point is to remove the decision altogether by making the action of studying automatic, so your brain doesn’t exhaust itself weighing up the pros and cons.
3. Study plans help you protect your time
Do you ever get to the end of the week and wonder: “where did all my time go?” It’s so easy to start fresh on a Monday and think that you have plenty of free time, only to get to Sunday evening and feel queasy at how little you achieved.
If you feel like this often, you might need to work on protecting your time. A study plan can help you protect the hours you dedicate to studying. If you’ve clearly marked out the hours you will study on your weekly schedule, you’ll be more likely to focus when the time comes. But if you leave your schedule wide open, it will quickly get filled with less important tasks – like watching television or spending three hours in the supermarket.
A study plan will help you regain a sense of control over your time and encourage you to protect it fiercely, so you don’t get to the end of the week wondering where all the hours went.
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When you study from home, it can be tempting to make the most of being at home to get ahead on household chores while you work on your assignments.
Hands up if you’ve ever tried to study while folding laundry, making dinner or playing with your kids?
Or perhaps you sit down to study, only to be distracted by the dirty dishes on the bench. You’re up and down like a yo-yo all throughout your study session, chipping away at chores in between writing your assignments.
At the end of the day, your house is sparkling clean — but is your study being compromised?
According to recent research, multitasking could actually be decreasing your productivity by up to 40 per cent.
The research suggests it’s better to devote all of your attention to one specific task — such as studying — instead of trying to do too many things at once.
With this in mind, here are some tips to beat your multitasking habit when you study from home.
Follow a study schedule
Create a weekly schedule and allocate specific time slots for studying, as well as slots for cleaning, childcare, and other household duties. Try to follow your study schedule closely so that you only study in the time allocated to study, only clean in the time allocated to clean, and so forth.
Out of sight, out of mind
If you find it hard to concentrate surrounded by unfolded washing and dirty dishes, try to find a place to study where you won’t be distracted. Set up a designated study space, choose the cleanest room in the house, or opt to study in a library or cafe instead.
Try the Pomodoro technique
The Pomodoro technique is when you study for 25-minute ‘bursts’ followed by a short break (no more than five minutes). During the 25-minute burst you devote your attention to one task without interruptions. The point is to wait until the 25 minutes is up until you check your phone, go to the bathroom or make a cup of tea. After four 25-minute bursts, you can take a longer break, such as lunch. This technique works well for people who are easily distracted — you may even find that you get quite competitive with yourself (in a good way!)
Practice makes perfect
If you’ve been a proud multitasker all your life, it might take some time before you feel comfortable devoting your attention to one task at a time. But, as with everything, practice makes perfect. Once you’re aware of your multitasking habit, and make an effort to change it, you’ll find focusing on one task becomes easier over time.Posted in Inspiration and motivation, News, Study From Home Tips | Leave a reply
“There are only two options: Make progress or make excuses.”
We’re not sure who came up with this quote, but it’s a goodie.
Excuses are your worst enemy when it comes to studying from home. You will find excuses not to study everywhere you look. The fridge, the television, the unfolded pile of laundry, the couch, your cat, your Netflix subscription.
If you want to pass your Study From Home qualification, you’ll need to stop making excuses not to study. If you don’t study, you probably won’t pass, and your dream job in the tourism industry will remain just that: a dream. Harsh but true!
With that in mind, here are five tips to help you stop making excuses.
1. Remember that you won’t be studying forever
In the grand scheme of your life, you only study for a very short time. When you look back in a few years, it will seem like nothing. So put your head down, work hard, and focus on getting results as soon as you can. Netflix will still be there when you graduate.
2. Spend your time wisely
We all get the same 24 hours in a day. It’s how you spend this time that’s important. We advise drawing up a study schedule and following it as best you can. The idea is a study schedule will help you stay on track and avoid common distractions (like the fridge).
3. Be prepared to fail sometimes
You might not understand every topic immediately — but that’s okay. Studying is challenging, but see every failure as an opportunity to learn. It’s better to try and fall short than to give up altogether. Your tutors will provide feedback, support, and help you learn from your stumbles.
4. Create a vision board
This might sound a bit dreamy, but trust us, it works! Create a vision board (a collage of images) about your dream job. For you, this might be some pictures of the airline you’d love to work for, or maybe it will be images of a career in adventure tourism? The point is to visualise your dream job and put your board somewhere you will see it every day. It will serve as motivation to keep studying.
5. Try the 80/20 rule
Have you heard of the 80/20 rule? Most people use the 80/20 rule when it comes to food. They choose healthy options 80 per cent of the time and treat themselves 20 per cent of the time. You can also use this approach for studying. Aim to dedicate 80 per cent of your available time to non-negotiables (like study and work), but leave 20 per cent for fun or relaxing, such as watching TV or catching up with friends. If you try to study 100 per cent of the time, you might burn out or become exhausted. You’ll be more productive if you can enjoy the process — and sometimes that means taking a night off.
We hope these tips help you overcome common excuses for not studying. Remember, your tutors are just a phone call away if you need some extra support.Posted in Inspiration and motivation, Study From Home Tips | Leave a reply
Studying from home comes with a lot of independence. You can study when you want, where you want. At home in your pajamas at 9pm? Sure! First thing in the morning at your favourite cafe? That works, too. You get the flexibility to create your own study schedule.
However, with this flexibility you may be tempted to “hide” behind your email address and never pick up the phone to talk to your tutors.
Yes, email is quick, easy, and has a lot of positives – but sometimes it’s better to make a phone call, instead.
Here are a few scenarios when you should probably pick up the phone instead of writing an email.
1) When your email is very long
If your email is longer than a few paragraphs, or is taking you ages to write, then it’s probably faster (and easier) to pick up the phone. You will probably solve the problem in half the time it would take you to write the email. This is often the case when you need help to understand coursework. Often writing down your confusion can make you even more confused! Whereas your tutors will be able to help you quickly and easily over the phone.
2) When you need motivation and/or support
Email is an excellent tool for communicating straightforward information – like assignment deadlines and coursework outlines. But when it comes to encouragement and support, a phone call is probably best. If you’re struggling to stay motivated, need a bit of a pep talk, or would just like some reassurance that you’re on the right track, a quick phone call to one of your tutors can work wonders.
3) When you’ve taken a long time to respond/you’re waiting for a response
If you realise you’re late getting back to someone via email (more than a few weeks), it’s a nice gesture to pick up the phone and apologise for taking so long to respond. Likewise, if you’re waiting for a reply and it’s taking a long time, you could give the person a courtesy call just to make sure your email arrived. Sometimes emails get lost and calling is the only way to get the conversation started again.
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We all know the saying… “You have the same amount of hours in a day as Beyonce.” But how well do you use these hours? Are you smart with your time or could you use a little help?
Here are three time management hacks to help you get the most out of your days so you can study smarter, not harder. Just think: what would Beyonce do?
1. Schedule your day
Don’t leave your days up to chance. Write a schedule for each day, including things like study hours, meal breaks, and other life commitments such as part-time work or picking the kids up from school.
Without a clear daily schedule, you might find yourself getting to 7pm each night and wondering “where did my day go?”
A schedule helps minimise ‘decision fatigue’ so you don’t spend all day wondering which task to start first. Instead, you just get up, consult your schedule and get to work – no dilly dallying required!
2. Wake up earlier
One of the perks of studying from home is that you can wake up whenever you like. But is your love of sleeping in getting in the way of your studies?
Set your alarm for an hour earlier so you can get a headstart on your day. It might be hard but it’s worth that satisfied feeling you’ll get when you’ve tackled half your to-do list by 10am. You can always relax in the evenings, instead.
3. Review your progress every Sunday
Every Sunday afternoon, spend 30 minutes reviewing the week that’s been and planning ahead for the week to come. Review your progress, check how much study you have left to complete, and plan ahead accordingly.
This will quickly become a Sunday ritual and allow you to adjust your schedule depending on the success of the previous week. Some weeks you might be super productive; others you might struggle a bit. This is normal – and thanks to your Sunday planning sessions, it should all even out in the end.
Bonus tip: Remember, your tutors are time management experts and they have loads of tips to help you get the most of your time. Make sure you chat to a tutor if you’re struggling to keep up with the workload.Posted in Inspiration and motivation, News, Study From Home Tips | Leave a reply
When you study from home, it can be tempting to rush through your coursework. With no one looking over your shoulder, who’s to judge if you speed read your notes?
Of course, one of the perks of studying from home is that you can set your own pace. But try not to be too speedy. If you rush, you could be doing your ‘future self’ a disservice.
Completing your coursework quickly might seem like a win today, but what happens when you forget everything you learned in a few months time?
Remember, the reason you’re studying is to get a good job in the tourism industry. You want to remember all the information you’re learning when you go for that important job interview.
We’re not suggesting that you study at the pace of a snail (you do want to hand in your assignments on time, after all!) but instead that you give yourself enough space in your day to study at a relaxed, steady pace. For example, you want to have enough time to proofread.
So how many hours should you study for?
If you’re studying part-time, we recommend devoting a minimum of 20 hours per week to your studies. If you’re studying full-time, you need to devote a minimum of 40 hours.
If you’re putting in a lot less than the recommended hours, you could risk failing some of your assignments and therefore taking longer than necessary to complete your qualification.
In other words, rushing now could actually slow you down.
Tips to avoid rushing
- Create a study schedule (and stick to it!)
- Seek help from family and friends with non-study related activities, such as cooking, cleaning, childcare
- Consider taking a break from part-time work or decreasing your hours while you complete your qualification
- Turn your phone on flight mode while you study to avoid social media distractions
- Cancel subscriptions to things like Netflix and Lightbox
Remember, you won’t be studying forever – you’ll be graduating before you know it. So take your time, study at a steady pace, and try not to rush through your important coursework.
Are you feeling stressed, exhausted or lacking motivation to study? Do you struggle to complete assignments and feel as though your brain is tired – more tired than you would consider normal?
If so, you might have “study burnout”. Symptoms of study burnout include intellectual exhaustion, mental fatigue, and low motivation. Of course, it’s important to rule out any other possible causes with your doctor before you conclude that study burnout is the culprit.
But if you do believe you are suffering from study burnout, here are some tips to help you get back on track.
Reassess your goals
Are you putting too much pressure on yourself? Take a moment to reassess your goals and identify areas where you could alleviate stress. For example, you could explore switching to part-time study. Or you could review your goals outside of study – like going to the gym or cooking from scratch every night – and relax about those goals while you make study your priority. There will be plenty of time to become a master chef once you’ve finished your qualification.
Seek support from friends and family
Studying can be challenging, so don’t be shy to ask for help from your friends and family. They might not be able to help you with your assignments, but they can help you with everything else, such as cooking dinner or assisting with childcare. Make the most of any offers to help out so you can focus on your studies.
Look after your health
It’s very hard to excel at coursework if you’re unwell. Try to prepare healthy, balanced meals, get regular exercise, and get enough sleep. We know – easier said than done, right? But it’s worth the effort, your mind and body will thank you for it. This doesn’t need to be time consuming, either. A short walk outside every day can do wonders for your mind, and you can stock up on healthy snacks from the supermarket.
Take regular breaks
One of the biggest causes of study burnout is a failure to take regular breaks. When was the last time you took a day off to do something you enjoy? And do you remember to take breaks when you’re studying? It’s a good idea to stop every few hours for food, some fresh air, or quick rest. Even though it seems counterproductive, taking breaks will actually help you stay on track. Just make sure you time your breaks – there’s a difference between taking 30 minutes to enjoy a healthy lunch and taking three hours to watch Netflix.
Ask your tutors for advice
It’s important to tell your tutors if you think you’re experiencing study burnout. They will have plenty of tips and advice to help you refocus and regain motivation. Sometimes all you need is a pep talk and some wise words of encouragement. So don’t be afraid to send your tutor an email or pick up the phone. They are here to help.
Would you like to Study From Home guided by supportive ITC tutors? Get in touch today to register your interest. We have courses starting in May.Posted in Inspiration and motivation, News, Study From Home Tips | Leave a reply
If you want studying from home to be enjoyable, successful, and stress-free, then it’s a good idea to follow a study routine.
What is a study routine?
Great question! Similar to a study schedule, a study routine is when you plan to study at the same time each day/week. When you have a study routine, you also follow the same steps each time you sit down to study.
Here is an example of a common study routine:
- Make coffee or tea
- Check emails/student forum
- Write to-do list
- Spend 1hr on assignment
- Take a short break
- Spend 1hr on assignment
- Check emails/student forum
- Take a meal break
- Spend 1hr on assignment
- Proofread today’s work
Why are study routines helpful?
When you create a routine, you remove ‘decision fatigue’ from your day. You know exactly what you need to do, so when you sit down at your desk you won’t feel overwhelmed with indecision.
A routine will also help you from jumping back and forth between your email inbox and your assignments throughout the day. Multitasking only slows you down! It’s better to shut down your email inbox and student forum while you work on your assignments.
How do I create a study routine?
Think about how and when you work best. Here are some questions to help you create a routine that works for you:
- Are you a morning person or night owl?
- How often do you need to take breaks for coffee/tea/food to keep your energy levels up?
- Do you prefer working in long blocks or short bursts?
- How often do you need to check your emails?
- Where do you study best? At home, at the library, in a cafe?
- What other commitments do you need to include in your routine? E.g. childcare, part-time work?
An easy way to think of your study routine is like a to-do list for your day. The purpose of your routine is to outline what you’re doing and when, so you don’t suffer from indecision – it really is that simple.
Taking a few moments to create a routine that works for you will make a huge difference to your productivity levels.
And don’t forget to include some fun things in your routine, like short coffee breaks or a yummy dinner at the end of a long day.
Good luck and let us know how you get on!Posted in Inspiration and motivation, News, Study From Home Tips | Tagged study plan, study success, study tips | Leave a reply
Ahh, long weekends – a chance to relax, unwind, spend time with family and friends, and enjoy some delicious food. Long weekends are the best!
But, when you study from home, it can be tough to motivate yourself to get back into your assignments after a break.
Are you still on holiday mode after Easter? Did you eat too much chocolate and you’re experiencing a sugar crash? Do you need a bit of extra motivation to help you refocus?
Here are five tips to get back into your studies after the Easter break.
1. Revisit your study schedule
Short weeks can wreak havoc on your study schedule. Take a look at the week ahead and see if anything needs to be shuffled around so that you can fit in enough study hours. You might need to study later in the evening or on the weekend to make up for the time off. Don’t worry, things will be back to normal soon.
2. Start with an easy task
Normally we encourage you to tackle your most challenging tasks, first – so you don’t procrastinate. But after a long weekend it’s much nicer to start with an easy task so that you can celebrate a ‘small win’, and slowly get your brain back up to speed. Start with something simple like proofreading an assignment you wrote last week or brainstorming ideas for your next module.
3. Hide your chocolate
Still working your way through a pile of Easter eggs? Hide them somewhere safe – or, even better, send them to work with a family member so that you’re not tempted to spend all day eating chocolate instead of studying. Reward yourself with a hard-earned egg at the end of the day. Use the chocolate as motivation to keep studying, not as a distraction.
4. Turn your phone on flight mode
Put your phone on flight mode to avoid social media and other distractions. Try to do this for at least an hour at a time. As with the chocolate (see tip #3), use social media as a reward for studying. For example, after you’ve spent an hour working on your assignment, you can spend ten minutes scrolling Instagram.
5. Reach out to a classmate or tutor
One of the best parts of a long weekend is exchanging stories with other people. Call, email or text one of your classmates (or your tutors) to see what they did on the long weekend. Chatting with classmates is a good reminder that you’re all in the same boat – that you’re not the only one feeling a little tired and groggy after a weekend of eating chocolate.
We hope these tips help you get back into the swing of things. Remember, your tutors are a just a phone call away if you need some extra encouragement.
Do you dream of studying airline, travel and tourism? Get in touch today to learn how ITC Study From Home can get your tourism career off to a flying start.Posted in Inspiration and motivation, Study From Home Tips | Leave a reply
One of the biggest myths about studying from home is that it’s socially isolating. We’re here to reassure you that it doesn’t have to be that way!
At ITC Study From Home, we take great care to encourage students to interact with their classmates and make lifelong friendships.
Students have ample opportunities to connect with their peers, including:
- An in-person Orientation Day in Auckland at the beginning of your qualification (attendance is optional if you are unable to travel)
- An interactive online forum where you can post questions and chat with your classmates
- A formal graduation ceremony at The Langham in Auckland – an amazing chance to celebrate with everyone
It’s also common for students to forge their own friendships and chat with classmates via phone or email. Some students even arrange Skype study dates to exchange ideas.
And, of course, the Study From Home tutors are only a phone call away.
Study From Home graduate, Jay Patrick, believes that if anything, distance learning helped to strengthen his friendships.
“Being a distance learner, I did not spend much time on campus, but because of this, the class network was stronger and more helpful,” says Jay, who is now working as a Flight Attendant for Air Nelson.
“I miss the people; the friends and connections I made, and the tutors. In fact, a colleague of mine is currently studying with ITC and LOVES it. To be fair, I’m jealous as I wish I was still there!”
Are you inspired by Jay’s experience of studying from home? You too could make great friends and get a job out in the airline, travel & tourism industry. Get in touch today to learn more about our distance learning qualifications.Posted in Inspiration and motivation, News, Study From Home Tips | Leave a reply
There are many different ways to study. From the ‘Pomodoro technique’ to ‘eating the frog’, there are several approaches to achieving your tourism qualification.
Here is a rundown of some of the most popular study techniques, so you can choose the one that suits you best.
The Pomodoro Technique
Followers of the Pomodoro Technique work in 25-minute bursts. Every 25mins, a timer goes off, signalling that you can take a quick break to stretch your legs or get a cup of coffee. After four 25-minute sessions, you can take a longer break – like lunch.
This technique only works if you stay completely focused during each 25-minute burst. That means no checking social media, answering your phone, or doing anything that will take you off-task. Save those activities for your breaks, instead.
The ‘Eat the Frog First’ Technique
Do you like eating frogs? Probably not! This technique encourages you to ‘eat the frog’ first – in other words, complete the task that you dislike the most before you move on to other, easier tasks.
The theory behind ‘eating the frog’ is that getting the hardest task out of the way first thing will set you up for a productive day. Whereas if you leave it until last, you might procrastinate all day and never get anything done.
The Accountability Technique
Are you the sort of person who struggles to motivate yourself? You might need to find a buddy or support person who can hold you accountable to your study goals.
This technique is simple: tell your support person exactly what you aim to complete that day, and force them to check-in with you to make sure you’ve done it. If you’re really struggling, hand over your phone or something equally important until you’ve completed your tasks.
Sticking to a Study Schedule
We encourage all of our students to follow a study schedule. This is when you pre-determine when you will study each week – and stick to those times.
This is an especially important technique if you’re juggling study with a part-time job or family commitments. It’s a way to carve out dedicated study time well in advance.
Would you like some more study tips and tricks? Get in touch with your course tutor for more helpful study advice.Posted in Inspiration and motivation, Study From Home Tips | Leave a reply
The latest data from the Ministry of Business and Innovation (MBIE) shows tourism spending rose in all regions during the year to January 2018.
This includes spending in Kaikoura, which is still recovering from the earthquake.
The fastest growing regions (in terms of expenditure) are as follows:
- West Coast (up 12%)
- Tasman (up 12%)
- Taranaki (up 10%)
- Southland (up 9%)
MBIE’s spokesperson, Mark Gordon, says tracking tourism spending in the regions helps the regions plan for the future.
“Tourism spending information for the regions helps inform investment and planning in the tourism industry by providing insight into where both domestic and international tourists are spending their money,” he says.
The continued growth of tourism in regional New Zealand will come as good news for those thinking about studying towards a tourism qualification.
Tourism is an excellent career choice for those who wish to be able to work all throughout New Zealand. There are jobs in the big cities and small towns and everywhere in between – and as this latest data suggests, regional tourism is only going from strength to strength.
Whether you live in Kaitaia or the Bluff, you can get a tourism qualification from ITC if you Study From Home. We offer four qualifications via distance learning which will help you get qualified in a matter of months.
Study From Home is enrolling now for March courses. Get in touch to learn more about how we can help you get qualified for the airline, travel and tourism industry.Posted in Inspiration and motivation, Study From Home Tips | Leave a reply
Ever wondered what it’s like to Study From Home with ITC? Are you curious about what kind of jobs and experiences a tourism qualification could lead to?
We recently interviewed Study From Home graduate Leaah Wilkinson to give you an insight into our courses. Below, she shares some wise words from her experience at ITC and tells us all about her exciting new role with Disney.
Tell us a bit about yourself
My name is Leeah Wilkinson. I’m 20 years old, and I’m a bubbly, outgoing person with a passion for tourism. I also love children.
What inspired you to Study From Home with ITC?
I was inspired to Study From Home because of the great courses offered at such an affordable rate. I also loved the idea of having a little bit of freedom and flexibility.
What qualification did you complete?
I completed the Level 4 New Zealand Certificate in Travel.
Congratulations on your new job! Can you give us a brief description of your role?
I’m about to work for Disney on a Disney cruise ship in the kid’s department. This involves me living on the ship and looking after all the families that come onboard for a two-week holiday.
What’s your dream job?
My dream job would be to manage and run a kid’s club on a major cruise line.
What destinations are on your travel wish list?
The world, everywhere and anywhere!
Do you have any advice for people thinking about studying from home?
It’s a great opportunity to upskill. And if you’re not ready to take the leap and move to Auckland, you can still get a tourism qualification while being close to home.
Any final tips or words of wisdom for future students?
Don’t be scared! Any opportunity is a good one. Whether it’s big or small, it’ll all help in the long run.
Are you inspired by Leeah’s story? Study From Home is enrolling now for March 2018. Get in touch today to learn more about our airline, travel and tourism qualifications.Posted in Inspiration and motivation, News, Student Success, Study From Home Tips | Leave a reply
One of the best things about studying tourism with ITC Study From Home is that you can study anywhere, anytime. And that includes your favourite cafes!
However, studying in cafes can be counter-productive – especially if you spend more time people-watching than you do working on your assignments.
But never fear, we have five tips to help you make the most of your cafe study sessions.
1. Aim for a power hour
Let’s be honest, most cafe owners don’t want you to be sitting in their cafe for five hours nursing one cold coffee. To avoid overstaying your welcome – or spending too much money on food – try to keep your cafe study sessions short and sweet.
Aim for a super productive ‘power hour’. Set aside 60 minutes to work on your assignment and then either move on or order something else off the menu to keep your cafe hosts happy.
2. Find a quiet table in the corner
Set yourself up away from the action so you can hear yourself think – and so you don’t take up a valuable table for six people.
You’ll still feel part of the action but you won’t be too distracted.
Bonus tip: try to avoid sitting right next to the coffee machine (unless you love working in loud spaces!)
3. Make sure the internet connection is fast and reliable
If you need to access the ITC Study From Home forums or Moodle site, then make sure the cafe has a reliable internet connection.
Keep an eye out for cafes with power points, too!
4. Pack a study bag
The last thing you want is to arrive at a cafe without your notes, laptop, pens or something else essential.
Make sure you pack a study bag before you go. Write a list of everything you need so you don’t forget anything important.
5. Choose somewhere local
If possible, choose a cafe that’s within 15 minutes of your front door – or less. If you spend too long getting to the cafe, you’ll cut into valuable study time.
The point of studying in cafes is to mix up your environment and be more productive. If you find that studying in cafes has the opposite effect, then it might be a good idea to stay home instead.
Would you like the flexibility and freedom to study in cafes? Study tourism with ITC Study From Home! We’re accepting applications now – contact us today to learn more.Posted in Inspiration and motivation, News, Study From Home Tips | Tagged Distance Learning, study tips | Leave a reply
Happy Valentine’s Day!
To celebrate the day of love, here are five things to love about studying from home <3
1. You can create your own schedule
You get to choose when, where, and how you study. Want to write your assignment at midnight on a Tuesday? Go ahead! Prefer to work first thing in the morning before you go to work? You can!
Studying from home offers the freedom to study at your own pace, in your own place. You’re in control of creating your study schedule. As long as you get the work done and hand in your assignments on time, you can study whenever suits you best.
2. You can save money on transport
A commute from your bed to your dining room table is pretty sweet, right? Think of all the money you could save on public transport or petrol – especially if you live far from campus.
You’ll also save a lot of time. No more waiting for the bus or getting stuck in traffic. And no more getting stuck in the rain on cold days. Studying from home is a great option if you’re on a budget – or if you’re just a homebody.
3. You can work part-time and study part-time
ITC Study From Home offers a part-time study option, where you study for 20 hours a week. This frees up enough time for you to hold down a part-time job, allowing you to make some money while you study towards your tourism qualification.
Talk about the best of both worlds!
4. You can turn up to ‘class’ in your pajamas
When you study from home, it doesn’t matter what you wear. You can study in your pajamas, your favourite track pants, or even your wedding dress (it is Valentine’s Day after all!)
Of course, we recommend studying in something comfortable. Some research also suggests that getting properly dressed also makes you more productive – even if you don’t leave the house all day.
5. You can balance study with other life commitments
Thanks to our part-time study option, you can balance study with other life commitments such as raising children or looking after other family members.
Just because you have some non-negotiable commitments doesn’t mean you have to miss out on achieving a qualification. By studying part-time, you can gain further skills while still meeting your other obligations.
Want to fall in love with studying from home? Get in touch today to find out how we can get your airline, travel and tourism career off to a flying start.Posted in Inspiration and motivation, Study From Home Tips | Leave a reply
Do you wish that you were more organised?
Let’s turn that wish into a reality!
Being organised is easier than you think. Here are three simple tips to help you be more organised, so you can study from home with less stress.
1. Create a study schedule
Organised people always have a plan. So, the first thing you need to do is create a study schedule for each week. Use a weekly calendar (digital or paper) to block out your weekly commitments, e.g. study, part-time work, and childcare.
Put your schedule on your fridge or somewhere you can see it all the time, and stick to it as best you can. That way, you won’t spend the whole week wondering “should I study now or later?”
For more tips on creating a foolproof study schedule, check out this blog post.
2. Keep your daily to-do list short
One of the most common mistakes people make is to write an unrealistic daily to-do list. A long to-do list will never get completed – and it will probably leave you feeling anxious. Remember, you only have so many hours in a day.
Try to keep your daily to-do list very short. Around three important tasks is a good number. A good idea is to divide your list into sections. Have one section for “must complete” – and pick three tasks that are essential for you to finish on that day. Then create another section for “life admin” – that can be where you jot down all the little stuff, like folding the washing or doing the dishes.
3. Write your to-do list every evening
Plan out your day the night before. This will save you a lot of time the next morning and you will be able to get stuck straight in to whatever task requires your attention.
You can take this one step further and get out your clothes for the next morning and make a packed lunch. The less you have to organise on the day, the more time you’ll have for studying.
The trick to being organised is setting honest, realistic goals for yourself about what you can achieve – and sticking to your plan!
There’s no point in lying to yourself about how much you can get done.
With a little bit of forward-planning and self-discipline, you’ll become an organised person before you know it.Posted in Inspiration and motivation, Study From Home Tips | Leave a reply
It’s January, and you know what that means – New Year’s Resolutions.
If your goal for 2018 is to study from home towards a tourism qualification, then this blog post is for you.
Here are six inspiring quotes to help you stick to your study goals in 2018.
1. “Motivation gets you going and habit gets you there.” – Zig Ziglar
You know that wonderful feeling when you’re excited to achieve your goals and you have tonnes of energy? That’s motivation – and it’s awesome – but some days motivation might disappear. That’s why you need to create productive habits, such as sitting down to study every day at 9am (no excuses). Creating a habit will keep you on track even when your motivation goes walkabout for a few days.
2. “People with goals succeed because they know where they’re going.” – Earl Nightingale
When you set a goal, you clearly tell the universe what it is you want – and when. Goal setting is an opportunity to be bold and articulate your dreams. So don’t hold back from telling yourself what you truly want. Write your goal down, say it out loud, and keep it at the forefront of your mind every day.
3. “A dream becomes a goal when action is taken towards its achievement.” – Bo Bennett
Do you dream of working in the tourism industry? Then all you need to do to turn this dream into a goal is take action – for example, by enrolling in one of our airline, travel & tourism qualifications. You could be qualified and industry-ready in as little as 20 weeks.
4. “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.” – Robert Louis
You might have to read this quote a few times to get the idea – but it’s worth the head scratching. Essentially, what Robert Louis is trying to say is ‘don’t expect success overnight’. A small amount of work each day (“the seeds you plant”) will eventually help you achieve your long-term goal.
5. “Guard your time fiercely. Be generous with it, but be intentional about it.” – David Duchemin
Studying requires a large time investment – especially when you study from home. You will need to develop ways to “guard your time fiercely” so that you’re not wasting precious hours on unimportant tasks that will not help you achieve your goal (such as binge watching Riverdale).
6. “One day, or day one. You decide.” – Unknown
Sometimes it really is this simple: is your goal far away in the future, a ‘one day dream’, or could this be day one of the rest of your life? Make today day one by taking action towards achieving your goal (see quote number three for inspiration). You’ve got this!
Study From Home is enrolling now for 2018. Get in touch today to learn how we can help you kickstart your career in New Zealand’s thriving airline, travel & tourism industry.Posted in Inspiration and motivation, News, Study From Home Tips | Leave a reply
Returning to study after the summer holiday is tough – especially when you study from home.
It can be challenging to motivate yourself to study when the sun is shining and you have no tutor to supervise you.
Thankfully, we’ve got some great tips to help you refocus.
Here are five ways to get back into study after the summer break.
1. Make your first day all about getting organised
On your first day back at your desk, focus on getting organised rather than doing actual study. Create a study schedule for the week ahead, write a to-do list, put important deadlines in your calendar, and do whatever else you need to do to feel back in control.
2. Write a list of all the reasons you’re studying
Are you feeling sad that the summer break is over? Are you dreading returning to your study notes? You need a change in perspective! Write a list of all the reasons why you’re studying towards a travel and tourism qualification – and then put this list somewhere you can see it every day. This list will motivate you to keep going and remind you of your end goal.
3. Just start!
It’s easy to procrastinate going back to study. “Just one more day off…” you’ll say. But, the more you delay studying the more likely you are to fall behind and create a stressful situation later on. Stop overthinking and just start! You’ll feel much better and you’ll probably get more done than you expect.
4.Make the most of your time off
Plan some summer fun in your time off. For example, take a picnic blanket and eat dinner on the beach or at the park with your family. Or plan a beach trip on the weekend with some friends. Reward yourself with a scoop of ice cream in the sunshine after a long week. There are plenty of ways to keep the summer spirit alive.
5. Remember: you’re not alone
Think of all the other people who are going back to work and study after the summer break. You’re not alone! Returning to “real life” after a holiday is always a challenge, but we’re all in this together.
You can also get in touch with your Study From Home tutors any time, if you require some additional motivation and support. Drop us a line and let us know how your summer break was – we’d love to hear from you.Posted in Inspiration and motivation, Study From Home Tips | Leave a reply
We’ve published some gems on the Study From Home blog this year. From study tips and inspiration to tourism news and student interviews, there are plenty of articles to help you on your Study From Home journey.
Here are some of the highlights from the Study From Home blog in 2017.
Tourism expenditure is on the rise throughout New Zealand (not just the big cities), which is great news for those who live in the regions.
The children of Waimauku have a wonderful new playground thanks to the generosity of the Waimauku Lions and supporting businesses, including ITC Study From Home.
A great blog to help you decide whether you’re better suited for studying from home or studying in the classroom.
An inspiring interview with Study From Home graduate Stacey Harris, who is now working as a Reservations Consultant for Millennium Hotels.
Read about how Study From Home graduate Rachel McIlroy landed her dream job as a travel consultant for You Travel in Eltham, Taranaki.
Several Study From Home students travelled from all over New Zealand to receive their certificates at ITC’s special graduation ceremony, held at the Langham Hotel in Auckland.
Kristina McGaffin is another Study From Home success story. Read about how she landed her dream job with Air New Zealand earlier this year.
Studying from home and working part-time can be a great way to earn money while you gain a qualification. Here are some tips on how to balance the two.
Looking for more Study From Home inspiration and tips? We’ll be back next year with more blogs, starting January 10.Posted in Inspiration and motivation, News, Student Success, Study From Home Tips | Leave a reply
Need some motivation to study? These motivational tips from ITC graduates will do the trick!
“Always keep on top of assessments” – Kristina McGaffin (Air New Zealand Lounge Host)
Kristina’s study tip is to stay up-to-date with all of your assessments. “Don’t leave/skip them till the last minute,” she says.
If you don’t keep on top of your assessments, you could risk falling behind. The longer you take to complete your qualification, the longer you will take to find a job in the industry. So do your best to stay focused.
“Don’t be shy” – Mary Jean Rivera (Passenger Services Agent for Menzies Aviation)
If you have a question, “don’t be shy”, advises Mary Jean Rivera. After all, that’s what the tutors are there for – to educate you and answer your questions along the way.
“Ask for help from your tutor if you’re not sure. They’re always willing to help you.”
“Be brave, be bold, be you!” – Arietta Pauva (Customer Service Representative for Jetstar)
There’s only one you so don’t be afraid to be yourself, says Arietta Pauva. “One thing that this field has taught me is to speak up and shine,” she says.
She also advocates “doing everything with reliability and commitment”.
“Remember why you applied” – Adrian Bunn (Delivery Care Consultant for Air New Zealand)
Whenever you’re tempted to give up, “remember why you applied”, says Adrian.
“Never think you can’t, because you can. Always try and try, again and again,” he adds.
“Be patient” – Cassandra Devas (Customer Service Consultant for Fullers Group)
Achieving a qualification doesn’t happen overnight, so “be patient” and keep working towards your goals, says Cassandra Devas.
“Don’t lose hope and give up if things aren’t working. Just try your best and be patient.”
“Don’t worry about any set backs along the way” – Taryn Brown (Flight Attendant for Air New Zealand)
Everyone makes mistakes – but the trick is not to let them hold you back, says Taryn Brown.
“Aim high and you will get there. Don’t worry about the set backs and bumps along the way as they are a great learning curve.”
“Never give up” – Andrea Liu-Dantzer (Check-in Agent for Air New Zealand)
Andrea believes “it’s crucial to stay focused” and to “never give up”. She says it took her two years to reach her goal, but it was worth the wait and effort.
“If you have a goal in mind, pursue it. Chase your dream. Never give up. Focus on doing what you need to do to achieve your dream.”
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Most New Zealanders are supportive of international tourism, a recent survey by Tourism New Zealand has revealed.
According to the results, 95 per cent of Kiwis believe international tourism is good for the country as a whole, and 91 per cent believe it is good for their specific region.
Such positive public sentiment is good news for the industry. As more and more tourists flock to New Zealand, it’s important that Kiwis feel welcoming and supportive, especially in the regions where there may be some teething issues, such as pressure on local infrastructure.
Tourism New Zealand chief executive Stephen England-Hall says the agency is committed to addressing issues that are of concern to New Zealanders.
“We are committed to managing tourism growth in a way that is sustainable and acceptable to our communities,” says Mr England-Hall.
In the meantime, Kiwis seem to be in agreement that the benefits outweigh the challenges, with international tourism doing much to boost regional economies.
“The 95 per cent support for tourism overall suggests that Kiwis recognise the benefits of tourism and that it represents one of New Zealand’s biggest growth opportunities,” says Mr England-Hall.
“Tourism accounts for one in 10 jobs and one in five export dollars. In a tangible sense that translates to benefits such as more events for our regions, more cafes, restaurants and retail stores,” he adds.
With tourism on the up throughout the country, it makes an excellent career choice. Wherever you live in New Zealand, you can study towards a tourism qualification with ITC Study From Home.
We offer three qualifications via distance learning, which can be studied full-time or part-time. Get in touch today to learn about our courses for 2018 and get qualified to work in one of regional New Zealand’s biggest industries.Posted in Inspiration and motivation, News, Study From Home Tips, Tourism Spotlight | Leave a reply
Feeling a little lacklustre towards your studies? Already dreaming of Christmas and the summer holidays? Here are 15 inspiring quotes about learning to get you back on track.
“Learning is the only thing the mind never exhausts, never fears, and never regrets.” – Leonardo Da Vinci
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you will go.” – Dr Seuss
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela
“The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.” H. Jackson Brown Jr
“Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.” – John Dewey
“The future belongs to the curious. The ones who are not afraid to try it, explore it, poke at it, question it, and turn it inside out.” – Unknown
“Failure is a great teacher, and if you’re open to it, every mistake has a lesson to offer.” – Oprah
“Don’t wait until you reach your goal to be proud of yourself. Be proud of every step you take.” – Karen Salmanshon
“Everything you do now is for your future. Think about that.” – Unknown
“I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.” – Albert Einstein
“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” – Mahatma Gandhi
“Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.” – Anthony J. D’Angelo
“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.” – Henry Ford
“Learning is the beginning of wealth. Learning is the beginning of health. Learning is the beginning of spirituality. Searching and learning is where the miracle process all begins.” – Jim Rohn
“Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.” – Chinese Proverb
Tip: write your favourite quotes on post-it notes and stick them around the house. That way, you’ll be surrounded by inspiring quotes to motivate you every day.Posted in Inspiration and motivation, Study From Home Tips | Leave a reply
Do you ever feel like studying takes over your life?
Do you wish you had more time to study and enjoy your favourite hobbies, like watching TV or catching up with friends?
If so, this blog post is for you.
While studying is a huge commitment, with the right approach you can enjoy the best of both worlds. Here are our tips for balancing life and study.
When you’re studying, it’s important to have a plan – assignments don’t miraculously get done if you’re ‘winging it’. Follow these steps to create a study plan and schedule in time for your hobbies, too. For example, you might set aside every Sunday afternoon to go to the beach or catch up on TV.
According to Study From Home graduate Rachael McIlroy, the trick to making your study plan work is sticking to it.
“Set a plan for study and life and stick to it, as if your life stops you from studying it will interfere with your goals,” says Rachael.
There are times in our life when we have a lot of freedom to enjoy our hobbies – like over summer holidays. But when you’re studying, you will have less time so it’s important to be realistic about your hobbies. Now is probably not the right time to start binge watching a new television show or take up a new sport!
Instead, be realistic about how much fun you can have once you’ve studied, worked, and factored in other commitments, such as family time or household chores. You might find that you only have a few hours of free time each week, so use them wisely!
Make the most of your study breaks
Very few people can study for hours on end without some small breaks. So why not have fun on your breaks? For example, you could try out a new cafe for lunch or go for a walk around the block in the sunshine in the afternoon. Fitting in your hobbies in your study breaks might be more realistic than working towards a whole day off.
If you’re meeting up with friends in your study breaks, just make sure they know you can only take a short break – in fact, encourage them to remind you when you need to get back to your work! Friends and family can be great motivators if you let them.
Try to focus on what you enjoy about studying instead of spending the whole time wishing you were doing something else. Write down everything you’re grateful for, such as the opportunity to achieve a tourism qualification and your future career prospects.
Sometimes a shift in your mindset can make all the difference to how you approach each day – and even what you consider to be fun.
Seek support from your tutors
Your tutors are there to support and guide you as you study from home. They are only ever a phone call away! If you need some extra motivation or you’re feeling stressed, they will have some tips to help you enjoy your studies.
“Listen to the tutors, they have a wealth of knowledge,” says Rachael.
“Think positive and be realistic about your goals, and do everything you can to reach them,” she adds.
Remember: you won’t be studying forever
Studying does take an enormous amount of your time, but it’s not forever. Once you’ve finished and you start working, your evenings and weekends will be yours to enjoy once more – so you can catch up on all your TV then!
In the meantime, squeeze in your hobbies while you can and stay focused on your end goal: achieving your qualification and embarking on an exciting career in the airline, travel and tourism industry.Posted in Inspiration and motivation, Study From Home Tips | Leave a reply
Do you dream of travelling and working abroad? If so, a tourism qualification could be your ticket to see the world.
A tourism qualification will provide you with the skills and knowledge to work in the tourism industry both here in New Zealand and overseas.
And the best part? With ITC Study From Home, you can achieve your tourism qualification from the comfort of your own home – allowing you to study from anywhere in New Zealand and at your own pace.
ITC Study From Home offers three qualifications for the travel and tourism industry:
- New Zealand Certificate in Tourism Level 3
- New Zealand Certificate in Tourism with a Strand in Aviation Level 3
- New Zealand Certificate in Travel Level 4
Each of these qualifications can be studied full-time (40 hours per week) or part-time (20 hours per week). And since studying from home is so flexible, you can juggle part-time work with your studies, allowing you to save money for your overseas adventures.
Here are just some of the jobs you might qualify for after your studies:
- Flight attendant
- Customs officer
- Airport security
- Baggage assistant
- Tour guide
- Travel agent
- Reservations agent
- Customer service representative
- Adventure tourism worker (e.g. bungy jump operator)
- Cruise ship worker
All of these jobs are global jobs – meaning you could take your qualification overseas and find work all around the world. Imagine becoming an international flight attendant and travelling to new cities? Or working on a cruise ship and discovering new horizons? A qualification can help you get your foot in the door of the global tourism industry.
Study tourism: your ticket to the world.
Get in touch today to register your interest and find out how ITC Study From Home can get your global career off to a flying start.Posted in Inspiration and motivation, News, Study From Home Tips | Leave a reply
Christmas decorations may be popping up everywhere, but 2017 is far from over.
ITC Study From Home is still accepting applications for its tourism and travel qualifications starting in late October.
Here are three reasons why the end of the year is a great time to start studying. Get in quick so you don’t miss out!
You get a break over Christmas
When you start studying in October or November, there’s only a short wait until Christmas. Many students find it easier to focus on their studies knowing they will be able to enjoy a holiday soon.
The days are longer in summer
There are more daylight hours in summer, which can make you feel like you have more time in your day! Make the most of those bright early mornings and light summer evenings by getting ahead on your studies.
You don’t have to wait until 2018
The new year is still a few months away – think of all the study you could achieve in that time. If you start now, you could be halfway through your qualification come January! Don’t delay your studies, get started today so you can graduate sooner. If you know you want a career in travel and tourism, there’s no point in waiting!
The New Zealand Certificate in Tourism Level 3 and the New Zealand Certificate in Travel Level 4 start on October 23. Contact us today to register your interest.Posted in Inspiration and motivation, Study From Home Tips | Leave a reply
Working while studying is a great way to earn money, gain customer service experience, and meet new people – but it can also be challenging and time-consuming.
If you’re thinking about working and studying from home at the same time, it’s important to weigh up the pros and cons before making a decision.
Here are some advantages and disadvantages of combining work and study.
There’s no doubt about it – having a part-time job will help you stay on top of your finances and pay your bills. That said, when you study you could be eligible for a student allowance. It’s worth chatting to a Study From Home tutor about your options.
A part-time job looks excellent on your CV, and means you will graduate with some customer service experience. You may find it easier to find full-time work once you complete your qualification.
Many students report that working part-time gives them confidence, especially when it comes to interacting with customers. Even working just one day a week could help you apply the skills you learn throughout your course.
If you work while you study, you will likely find that you have very little time to do anything else! Please note that if you study full-time with ITC Study From Home, you will need to put in at least 40 hours per week of study. If you study part-time, you will need to put in at least 20 hours per week. It’s therefore advisable to study part-time if you wish to work more than 10 hours. Just bear in mind that if you study part-time, it will take you longer to complete your course.
Some students find it difficult to focus on both a part-time job and their studies, while others find it easy and enjoyable to juggle study and work. This really depends on your personality and how you learn. Be honest with yourself: will you be able to focus on both or will your studies suffer if you work?
Everyone’s lifestyle is different – and it’s important to consider yours before you make a decision. Do you have a family to support? Do you need to think about childcare? Do you live near your place of work or do you have a long commute? Do you want to finish your qualification quickly or are you happy to study part-time? Do you have the energy to work and study at the same time? Are you prepared to put in some long hours?
There are no right or wrong answers to any of these questions – it’s up to you to decide whether studying and working fits in with your lifestyle.
Whatever decision you make, the Study From Home team are on-hand to help you complete your qualification – and they may even be able to offer some advice if you’re still struggling to decide whether combining study and work is right for you. Get in touch today to discuss your options and learn more about our exciting airline, travel, and tourism courses.Posted in Inspiration and motivation, News, Study From Home Tips | Leave a reply
When you study from home, most of your communication will be online. Even though you probably communicate online with friends and family every day, it’s a slightly different ball game when it comes to your education.
Here are some tips for successful online communication throughout your studies and into your career.
Be crystal clear
Being perfectly clear about the purpose of your email is vital. When you email your tutor, the clearer you are and the more specific your question is, the less room there is for confusion.
If it helps you to organise your ideas and questions, use bullet points, italics, or bold text to make it obvious exactly what it is you’re after. This will help your tutors (and in future, your bosses and colleagues) to help you!
Use correct grammar
Spelling, grammar and syntax might not matter in a conversation with friends, but they’re important in professional online communication.
Read over every email to check for grammar and spelling before you send it, and install a website plug-in such as Grammarly to help you get it right if you’re unsure.
A rookie error in online communication is to skip straight to business and be blunt about what it is you’re emailing about. Even though you don’t mean to be brusque, the tone of the message can come across this way.
Add a quick note about hoping their day is going well, make a comment about the weather, or throw in a reference to looking forward to the weekend. These little friendly remarks will soften the tone of the email and ensure you come across the way you mean to.
Don’t make people wait for a reply
If someone emails you, make it your goal to reply as soon as you can (ideally within a day or two). Even if you only reply to tell them that you’re busy today and will take a closer look tomorrow, at least acknowledge that you’ve received their email and that you’ll get back to them as soon as you have the chance.
Online communication is an important part of any modern job, so if you can get this right when you’re studying, it’ll serve you well once you start working in the tourism industry.Posted in Inspiration and motivation, News, Study From Home Tips | Leave a reply
Aside from the fact that you can wear pajamas to every single ‘lesson’, one of the best perks of studying from home is that you can do it anywhere in New Zealand – you don’t have to live in Auckland.
Wherever you live in New Zealand, there are certainly plenty of perks of studying outside of Auckland – here are a handful of the best.
Cost of living
It’s no secret that Auckland is undergoing something of a housing crunch right now. The median weekly rent here is $530, whereas the national median is much lower at $450 per week.
Lower living costs outside of Auckland can make it that much easier to balance your finances when you’re spending at least 20 hours per week studying.
Auckland is New Zealand’s busiest and biggest city. And while the city life suits some people, it’s not for everyone.
Getting out of the hubbub of the Big Smoke usually means a more laid-back lifestyle, and one where you can get a little closer to nature each day.
Less competition for jobs
More than 1.4 million people call Auckland home – that’s roughly a third of the country’s entire population. With so many people, the competition for jobs can be fierce.
Even though there is still competition in other areas, you may find it easier to nab a job in a city with fewer people.
Unique work opportunities
In the tourism industry, geography plays a huge role in the types of jobs available. For example, you can’t work on the ski fields in Auckland! Many of New Zealand’s small towns have unique tourist attractions, such as Hobbiton in Matamata or the glow worm caves in Waitomo.
There are so many beautiful tourism destinations throughout the country, so why limit yourself to Auckland? Study From Home from your location of choice and embrace your local tourism scene. Get in touch today to secure a spot on the next Study From Home course.Posted in Inspiration and motivation, Study From Home Tips | Leave a reply
Studying from home part-time and working part-time can go hand in hand. As long as you can commit to 20 hours per week of study time, you can hold on to your part-time job and keep that money coming.
Here are a few tips on how to balance the two!
1. Be realistic about how many hours you can work
Perhaps your boss wants you to work 30 hours per week, or perhaps you’d like to work overtime to save up for a holiday. But before you commit to working a certain number of hours, sit down and figure out what’s actually reasonable. We recommend working a maximum of 20 hours per week while you study – any more and you might not have enough brainpower to complete your assignments.
If you over-commit to work, you may start missing out on basics such as sleep, time with your friends and family, regular exercise, or simply downtime. Sooner or later, you won’t be able to work or study as efficiently as you could if you had a realistic balance!
2. Ensure your job works for you
Even though a part-time job is an excellent way to gain experience and earn money, it shouldn’t compromise your studies.
For example, do your shifts run late past midnight and make you too tired to study the next day? Do you have a long commute that steals hours of driving time that could be spent studying? Is your boss flexible and understanding about you not being able to do overtime?
If your job is making studying from home too difficult, keep an eye out for one that is a better fit.
3. Plan your downtime
Normally, downtime happens for full-time students when they’re not in school, and it happens for full-time workers when they’re not on the job site. For you, you’ll need to actively plan your rest time so you don’t miss out.
Plan one day off work and study each week. Whether you get out for a hike, spend the day relaxing with friends, or just pottering around at home, your mind needs this time off to refresh and prepare for the next burst of study and work!
And one last tip: remember that you won’t be juggling part-time study with part-time work forever. It might seem hard at times and you will probably have to make some sacrifices, but it will be all worth it when you graduate with that hard-earned qualification.
Study From Home is enrolling now for courses starting in October 2017. Get in touch today to learn how we can help you get your airline, travel and tourism career off to a flying start.Posted in Inspiration and motivation, News, Study From Home Tips | Leave a reply
When Kristina McGaffin began the New Zealand Certificate in Tourism Level 3 with ITC Study From Home, she wasn’t sure what her future held.
“I did not think I would ever be where I am today, but here I am!” says Kristina, who is now working her dream job with Air New Zealand.
Kristina is a Lounge Host in the Koru Club Lounge at Wellington Airport. Her job is to greet customers and ensure they have a positive experience.
She credits ITC Study From Home with helping her land this position. She says she was inspired to study with ITC after reading about student success stories.
“The success stories were very positive and the support sounded great,” says Kristina.
She was also drawn to Study From Home so she could continue working full-time while she gained her qualification.
“I wanted to be able to study in my own time while working a full-time job. I appreciated the flexibility to study wherever and whenever I needed.”
Originally from Hawke’s Bay, Kristina is enjoying living and working in Wellington, and hopes to do some international travel in the near future. Current destinations on her wish list include Vietnam, Thailand, and Hawaii – or, as Kristina says, “anywhere there is a beach!”
She has a few words of wisdom for students considering studying from home.
“Do it. You won’t regret it! And don’t give up on what you want. Anything is possible.”
Are you inspired by Kristina’s story? Get in touch today to learn how we can help you get your airline, travel and tourism career off to a flying start.Posted in Inspiration and motivation, News, Student Success | Leave a reply
It’s inevitable that sooner or later, you’ll hit a ‘study wall’ and struggle to stay focused on your assignments.
The good news is, there are plenty of ways to overcome this mental roadblock. It’s simply a matter of finding the right one for you. Here are some ideas.
Try a new study technique
Perhaps your preferred study technique is to create flash cards and then use them to test yourself. Even if this has worked in the past, if you’re bored it might be time to try something new.
Ask your friends and family for their favourite study techniques and try using one of their ideas. Perhaps they prefer to draw mind maps, talk out loud, or watch online tutorials to help them learn. Sometimes a fresh approach can be all you need to get started again.
Study with others
Studying with others can make a big difference as you can bounce ideas off each other, help one another to understand concepts, and work together to find answers to questions that you’re both asking.
Even though you study from home, you can still study with others by using the forums to chat with other students all around New Zealand. You could even set up a virtual study group on Skype.
Schedule a chat with your tutor
It’s great to be able to ask questions online, but nothing is quite the same as a real conversation. Schedule a time to talk to your tutor on the phone and let them know you’re struggling with motivation. They will be more than happy to listen to your concerns and share their tips and tricks for success.
Come back to it
Can you afford to take a short break from your studies? If you’re up-to-date with your assignments, you might need a few days off to give your brain time to recharge. Try to spend a day or two away from your study notes and get plenty of sleep and exercise.
When you return to your studies, you might find you’re refreshed enough to tackle your next assignment with ease.
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Getting enough sleep each night will help you study from home, especially if you’re juggling study with part-time work or parenting. A proper sleep will allow you to concentrate for longer and get the most out of your study time.
That said, sometimes a good night’s sleep is easier said than done, so here are a few handy apps to help you drift off to dreamland.
With a claim to fame as the ‘World’s most scientifically advanced sleep app’, Sleep Genius was originally created to help astronauts fall asleep. The main function of the app is to train you to fall asleep with specially designed music and sounds, which then help to guide your brain through each stage of the sleep cycle for a longer, deeper sleep.
The app also offers a power nap function and a 30-minute relaxation program.
It’s recommended that you put down your phone as soon as you get into bed, as the blue light emitted from your cellphone screen suppresses melatonin, which keeps you awake.
F.lux is clever little app that recognises that many of us aren’t able to simply put down our phones right away.
When you use F.lux, it will adjust the colour of your screen to a warmer hue, so you’ll be able to catch up on social media and news from your phone before bed – without stopping your body’s natural process of shutting down for the night.
There’s nothing quite like falling asleep as rain pounds on your windows, but it’s a rare treat at best.
With Sleepmaker Rain, you can hit the play button and listen to the soothing sounds of rain ‘onto concrete’, ‘with trickling puddles’, or ‘rain against windows’. There are even options for medium and heavy downpours, so you can find the sound that best works for you.
Struggling to stay awake at your current job? Bored with your current life? Make a change and study towards a qualification in airline, travel or tourism. Apply today!Posted in Inspiration and motivation, Study From Home Tips | Leave a reply
“A negative mind will never give you a positive life.”
It’s a famous saying that’s true for practically every aspect of life, from study and work to relationships and self-confidence.
Thinking in a ‘glass-half-full’ way will help you study from home successfully, so here are a few tips for keeping a positive frame of mind.
Stay focused on your big goals
The point of study isn’t simply to pass the next test or to put a certificate on your wall, but it can be easy to lose sight of that when you’re busy or stressed.
Stay positive by reminding yourself of your big goals – the ones that you’ll achieve once you’ve graduated, such as getting a new job or securing a promotion. Focusing on your long-term goals can help to keep your spirits up.
Never forget that it’s a learning experience
It’s only natural to feel a bit stressed or overwhelmed from time-to-time when you’re studying, so try to be gentle on yourself and trust that you will figure it out in the end. After all, you wouldn’t have taken the course if you already knew everything!
Remember that studying is a learning experience and sometimes you will take some time to gain confidence.
Remind yourself of your successes
Did you do well on a particular assignment? Stick the grade on your wall in front of your desk. Did your tutor give you some positive feedback? Write it out at the top of your notepad each day to remind yourself of your strengths. Remember these positive feelings whenever you start to struggle.
Reminding yourself of your successes – large or small – can be a great way to keep a positive frame of mind when you tackle your next assignment.
Would you like to study towards a qualification for New Zealand’s airline, travel, and tourism industry? Get in touch today to learn about ITC’s Study From Home courses.Posted in Inspiration and motivation, News, Study From Home Tips | Leave a reply
New to studying from home? Here are five things every distance learning student needs to thrive in a study from home setting.
1. Reliable internet connection
Our study from home tourism qualifications are taught online, so a reliable internet connection is a must. Make sure you have enough internet data to check your emails, submit your assignments, participate in forum discussions, and make the odd video or Skype call. It’s also a good idea to have a backup plan if your internet becomes disconnected due to circumstances out of your control, such as bad weather. For example, your backup plan might be to study from the library or a friend’s house.
2. Laptop or desktop computer
You’ll also need a reliable laptop or desktop computer to work on your assignments – a tablet probably won’t quite cut it, unless it comes with an excellent keyboard and mouse. If you don’t have a computer, keep an eye on Trade Me for second-hand options, or consider borrowing one from a friend or family member for the duration of your course.
3. Cellphone or landline
Although most of your studying will be done online, it helps to pick up the phone every now and then. Your tutors are available to answer any questions you might have – be sure to give them a call whenever you encounter a challenge or are uncertain about any of the topics you’re studying. It’s also a good idea to speak to your tutors on the phone if you’re struggling to keep up with the workload. The sooner you let them know you need help, the easier they can help you find a solution.
4. A study plan
A realistic study plan is essential to your success as a study from home student. Without regular classes to attend or tutors to look over your shoulder, you need to be organised and self-motivated. A study plan helps you plan out your week and stick to a schedule so you stay productive and make the most of your study hours.
5. A study space or ‘study kit’
If possible, create a space in your home that’s dedicated to studying and set up your desk, computer, printer, and other essentials. If it’s not possible to create a home office, put together a ‘study kit’ instead – this is where you keep your laptop, study notes, and everything else you need to study in one portable box or bag, so you can set-up your study space anywhere from the kitchen table to the local cafe. The point is to make it as easy as possible for you to start studying, so you don’t waste precious time gathering your things together or looking for your computer cord.
Study From Home is enrolling now, with courses starting 21 August. Get in touch today to learn how a Study From Home qualification could get your airline, travel, and tourism career off to a flying start.Posted in Inspiration and motivation, News, Study From Home Tips | Leave a reply
Creating a study plan is a great strategy that helps you feel organised and well-prepared – but it only works if you follow it.
Family, friends, and the latest episode of your favourite TV series can all get in the way, so here are a few tips to help you stick to your study routine.
Reward yourself for all achievements
Studying can be tough and tiring, but it’ll only seem worse if there’s no end in sight. Reward each milestone you hit with a treat for yourself that matches the magnitude of the task.
For example, if you need to read a chapter of a book, place a jelly bean at the end of each page. Or, if you reach your goal of four full hours of study during the day, give yourself the night off to enjoy a movie. And if you manage a full week of productive study time, treat yourself to a day off on the weekend.
Identify and remove distractions
Start by singling out all of your biggest distractions. Your mobile phone is often the worst culprit, but other distractions include open social media windows on your laptop, a good novel sitting by your bed, and even a pile of washing that needs to be put away.
Be it something enjoyable or a task you can use to procrastinate, put it out of sight and out of mind so you can focus on your study.
Study at times that suit you best
By now, you’ll know if you’re a chirpy morning lark or a wide-eyed night owl. For some, early mornings are the most productive time of day, while others would prefer some extra time to sleep in and are better suited to working in the evenings.
Know the times that suit you best for study, and make the most of them.
Remind others that you can’t be disturbed
If you have others in your home that could disrupt your routine, post your study times on the fridge or your door (or both) so they know not to disturb you during those hours.
Study From Home is enrolling now for airline, travel and tourism courses. Get in touch today to register your interest and learn how you can study from home anywhere in New Zealand.Posted in Inspiration and motivation, Study From Home Tips | Leave a reply