Tips for distance learning

Written by George, Training Advisor at BGS


Doing a full-time face-to-face course and spending 6 months in the classroom may not suit everyone’s learning style. For some people, distance learning may be the best option due to work or family commitments.

Distance learning courses let you study full or part-time, getting the same qualification as a classroom-based course, but potentially quicker. This also allows you the flexibility to hours build at the same time.

It can be a daunting prospect for some, but it should not be. Here are some tips to keep you on track so you can make the most of your distance learning course with Bristol Groundschool.


1 – Set yourself some targets A brilliant feature built into ATP digital (our computer-based training application) is a progress graph and target dates next to each lesson – this allows you to set dates for the completion of each module.

It is important for some people to have something to aim for to keep them motivated with their studies. Setting some achievable dates on the app and booking a revision week will provide you with the motivation needed to progress with your studies.


2 – Study technique – This is probably the most frequently asked question from distance learning students. This mainly comes down to personal preference or maybe a technique learned during another course.The majority follow the course the way it is structured in ATP digital taking light notes along the way to commit facts to memory.

The application tests you at the end of each lesson and section of the course to ensure your understanding – allowing you to review a certain lesson if needed.

It would be beneficial to spend a couple of weeks on the question banks once you have finished the lessons before coming to us for the revision week, so you have a good understanding on the way the questions are asked.

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3 – Variety ATP Digital structures the course in a way that you will do a few lessons on a subject, do the progress test then move onto another subject within that module. This will give you a break from sticking to one subject mixing it up, it will also allow you to progress with your studies.


4 – Breaks – This is particularly important aspect of distance learning. You need to have a rest and learn when to recognise when you are getting tired and require a break. It is helpful to go for a walk, getting some fresh air will help to clear you mind. Once you are tired your brain will not take in information and you will most likely have to revisit that part of the course.


5 – Practice The question bank is a brilliant tool for this, but you must understand the concepts prior to starting practice exams. The more practice you get the better placed you will be when it comes to the exams, you will learn the all-important exam technique.

Being able to recognise the process to answer a particular question for example what formulae to use. This will save you valuable minutes allowing you more time to answer the more difficult questions.


6 Make use of student support – You can ask questions about any module, share revision tips, and get to know your peers on the course in our private BGS students’ group (for those who study with us directly). The instructors are also members of this group, so if you’re having difficulty understanding a concept or question, ask your question here and they or other students will get back to you.


If you’re thinking of starting ATPL theory, have a look at our courses: