6 Tips For Studying While Travelling

6 Tips For Studying While Travelling

Whether you’re overseas on a business trip, or on the daily commute to work, travel can be an excellent time to catch up on study. Most business school students continue to work full-time during their degrees, so it’s important to use any spare time efficiently when on the road. Travel provides a unique study opportunity, often involving some much-needed peace and quiet. While it can take some adjusting to, students can be very productive when travelling if they are self-disciplined and equipped with the necessary materials. If you’d like to get more out of your travel time, consider the below tips.

1. Choose an accessible and flexible programme

If your business school programme doesn’t allow you the flexibility to easily study on the go, you’ll have difficulty using your travel time productively. Online business school students can study when and where they want thanks to online learning platforms and the accessibility this technology enables.

For AIB MBA Graduate Christopher Cowley, this style of programme was the only one that suited him due to frequent business travel. “The fact that I could work, fit the MBA into my schedule and complete it entirely by correspondence was what really worked for me,” he said. The flexible nature of the programme allows students to fit their studies around other commitments like travelling, without compromising the quality of education.

2. Prepare for key dates

Planning and preparation are absolutely essential when combining study with travel. Ensure you’re aware of any important study dates that may coincide with your travel plans, such as an assessment deadline, and plan how you will meet the deadline before you head off on your trip. If you are an AIB student and will be away from home on the date of an exam, you will not be disadvantaged as you can complete your exam online and from anywhere in the world. Simply choose the exam time slot that will best suit your plans on the day and find a quiet, distraction-free space to complete it.

3. Pack and prepare your study materials

To ensure you don’t fall behind while you’re travelling, remember to pack all the necessary study materials and resources you’ll need in your carry-on luggage. Charge up the devices you’ll use to study and pack the chargers, download the appropriate resources just in case your internet access is limited, and pack a study kit with headphones, pens, notebook, highlighter and sticky notes.

4. Plan how you will use your time

Travel is notorious for its delays, last minute changes and inconsistent timings, but every student can benefit from structure within those timings. For example, if you know that you’ll be on a plane for four hours, make a commitment to study for a set period of time, such as two hours. It’s recommended that you study soon after commencing the travel, rather than procrastinating or leaving it too late. Ideally, you should aim for a couple of hours of solid study, followed by some relaxation time towards the end of the flight. Similarly, when you reach your destination, choose a designated time to study every day and do your best to stick to it.

5. Embrace the fewer disruptions

Travel, in particular in the air, is one of the few situations where our movement is limited. There’s only a small number of people who can interrupt you and hinder your study productivity. It therefore makes for a perfect study environment, as it’s easier to concentrate thanks to the fewer disruptions. As a full-time business school student who is otherwise strapped for time, this opportunity should not be overlooked! Motivate yourself and use your travel time wisely – it might be one of the few opportunities you get to invest time into your studies on your trip.

Quick tip: If Wi-Fi is available on your flight or commute, opt to not connect and instead study with the resources you have pre-prepared. This will help with resisting the urge to check emails or social media.

6. Be a smart traveller

If you’re a regular traveller, you will know certain ways to make up lost time, such as pre-booking transport to the airport and checking in ahead of time. Being a smart traveller means being clever about your travel decisions – for example, favouring accommodation with in-room free Wi-Fi, over a hotel that has a poor internet connection. It’s also good to brush up on the local facilities that could be of use to you, such as libraries and coffee shops. Being aware of these other locations means that you’re not limited to your hotel desk if you feel the need to study elsewhere. By planning in advance, you’re doing yourself a big favour, making studying while travelling as seamless as possible.

Need more study motivation? Visit our study library for tips on studying smarter, kicking procrastination to the curb and getting the most from your postgraduate study experience.


The MBA from AIB is Australia’s largest MBA, chosen by more professionals than any other MBA degree in the country. It has been specifically designed for busy working adults, delivered 100% online through our interactive Student Learning Portal. The AIB MBA offers genuine flexibility, industry-relevant course content and the practical knowledge and skills you need to achieve your career goals.

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