Advice for distance learning

A challenge with distance learning at home is creating structure and routines that work, especially if you are studying full-time.

To study at home

Create a workplace at home

As a student, it is common to live in small spaces where it becomes especially important to consider where and how you sit when you study. In any case, try to have a place just for study. If possible, avoid sitting in bed and try to have a good posture.

If there are other people at home

If you live together with others who work or study at home, it is a good idea to sit down and talk about the “rules” or circumstances. Who should work where? Can you both work at the same time or do you need to take turns not to disturb each other? Agree, in advance, when to pause and when to study. If you live with others who do not work or study, you need to be clear about what you need to a have a functioning study setting.

When the working day is over

When the day is over, it is good to put away your computer, books, notes, etc. It may be enough to stuff them in a bag or put them on a chair that you slide under the table.

Students hanging out on a balcony.

Help your concentration and eliminate distractions

It is important to turn off things that can interfere or distract you. Identify any distractions and accept that you need to block or completely put them away during your study sessions.

  • Put away the cell phone or have it on silent or “do not disturb” mode.
  • Shut down programs on your computer that you do not need.
  • Use web tools or apps to avoid distractions. There are various blocking tools for web pages and timer apps that help you divide your work during the day.


The llibrary’s does not send literature, but it is sometimes possible to make interlibrary loans via a local library. It is possible that your course literature is available as an e-book.

Local study centres – support in your hometown

Around Sweden, there are local study centres where you, as a distance learning student, can turn to, for example, if you need access to certain technical equipment or have to sit an exam remotely. The support offered varies, so contact the relevant study centre for you for detailed information. Find your local study centre (only in Swedish).

Study strategies

To get the most out of your university education, it is important to develop good study habits.

Read more on study strategies

The course Guide to Study Strategies is an online non-credit course, where you study independently. The course offers advice on how to plan your studies, note-taking techniques and academic writing, for example.

Register for the course Guide to Study Strategies in Studium