Tips for Being a UNISA Student

Distance learning works for many people with certain needs as much as full-time studies. What are the possible tips for someone interested in doing their studies with University of South Africa (UNISA)? Continue reading for more details.


Experts advise that before deciding to study at UNISA its important to ask yourself honest questions based on your needs and strengths. The following are some of the important questions to ask yourself:

  • Where are you now in terms of your career, studies, or personal circumstances?
  • What do you want?
  • What would you like to achieve by completing your qualification?
  • What do you have to do to get there?
  • Do you think you can complete your qualification? Remember, the biggest commitment you must make is the commitment to yourself.
  • What do you already have in place that could help you to succeed with your studies?
  • What do you need to put in place to help you succeed with your studies?
  • If study space is not readily available at home, where will you study?

Distance learning requires that you study in your own time and in your own space, but that doesn’t mean you are on your own.

Unisa provides various facilities and services to cater for its diverse student population.  Lecturers, e-tutors, counsellors, and the UNISA Library all play a part in making your qualification a reality.

Its reported that many students fall into the trap of self-managing their study timetable. This is said to be more challenging as it requires self-discipline.

The following are advised tips one can use to cope with UNISA demands:

  • Ensure that you use the most effective way to receive your study material as soon as possible, such as courier instead of a post.
  • Try by all means to avoid traps of delay or procrastination.
  • Join study groups for complicated concepts in the learning process.
  • Keep a record of relevant contacts details of the institution, fellow learners, including your lecturers.
  • Don’t wait until late do your assignments.
  • Use the UNISA website for updates than other sources.
  • Communication is the key. Don’t hesitate to communicate should you encounter challenges regarding your studies.

Studying at UNISA requires a level of independence, accountability, and responsibility. Always remember the best source of information is the institution website.

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