Students need to be able to manage their time, write to an academic standard, be aware of what constitutes plagiarism, make sure they know what support services are available to them, and have fun!
It can be hard to get into a study groove, but removing distractions, getting enough sleep, self-testing, spacing out your study and creating memory aids can help students succeed.
Distance education for teacher training has its problems. Improved support can address these issues - but some of it should come from students themselves.
University students sometimes retake courses they had previously failed. How well do they perform on their second attempt?