What if you could get the ultimate education without having to leave the house?
Online learning is more popular than ever before. But this kind of learning experience is very different from in-person learning, and this causes some students to fail.
How, then, can you make the most out of learning online? Keep reading to discover our top ticks and tricks!
1. Your Own Study Space
Ever notice how returning to a certain place brings old memories back to life? You can use this to your advantage while learning online.
Create a dedicated study space where you attend classes and learn. This will help you retain information better, especially if your study space is free of clutter or distractions.
2. Making Time
If you chose online education, then you are probably balancing a career and maybe a family, too. In other words, it can be tough to get any learning done!
Try to schedule time in advance for any classwork. Even if it’s just a half-hour, make sure each day has time dedicated to getting your online work done.
3. Create Your Own Goals
Online classes usually go best for those who are very self-motivated. If you’ve never been that self-motivated before, though, you can start by setting your own goals.
For example, let’s say a major assignment is due in one week. Take those seven days and give yourself small goals such as watching video modules one day, completing an outline the next day, and so on.
As a bonus, this means you’ll never feel the pressure to do all your work at the last minute.
4. Take Notes The Right Way
Sometimes, the best study tips don’t change. In this case, it’s important for you to take notes while you learn!
Some studies have shown you are likelier to remember your notes if you physically write them down instead of just typing them into your phone. But whatever your method, taking notes is the key to your success.
5. Improved Accountability
Worried about getting your online work done? You can make yourself more accountable by telling your friends and family what you are doing.
The fact that they will now regularly ask about your progress will keep you on track. And it gives you the perfect excuse to tell those closest to you about your accomplishments.
6. One Thing At a Time
This next tip is easy to hear but hard to do: when learning online, you need to focus on one thing at a time.
Don’t try to study while blasting Youtube videos, browsing Reddit, or listening to your favorite podcasts. Try to give each online assignment your undivided attention.
7. Taking Breaks As Needed
The actual act of learning takes a lot of focus and mental energy. Try to give yourself a break every hour or so in order to not get burned out.
8. Be Part of the Conversation
Online classes usually have optional discussion forums. Our recommendation: participate in these forums as much as possible! It shows the teacher your class participation while helping you to succeed and even make friends.
Long story short? Group participation will make you far likelier to succeed with your online classes.
Learning Online: What’s Next?
Now you know our top tips for learning online. But do you know what you should be studying?
The American Institute of Nondestructive Testing offers courses that can change your career and even change your life. To see what we can do for your life and career, contact us today!