For people looking to change their career, or improve their prospects of advancing within their current role, online learning is a popular choice. It is a flexible way of studying, which isn’t provided by normal bricks and mortar institutes. Luckily for you, we provide the perfect mixture of the two – blended learning. Our Assessor, Internal Quality Assurance and Education & Training Courses are all mainly delivered online (with the full support of our tutors), but you will attend a day at our headquarters for the practical elements.
Some people can find the transition to online learning difficult, as they just aren’t used to having this freedom and independence when it comes to studying. Preparation is really important here, but let’s have a look at some practical solutions that can help you with online learning.
One of the main benefits of online learning is that you can learn at your own pace. However, you do need to put some structure in place so that you actually spend time studying! You need to be clear on your learning outcomes and the objectives for each study session.
The best tip we can give you with regards to managing your time is to block out your calendar in advance. Decide what days are going to be best for you to study, and allocate time. Don’t forget to fit your studying around your social calendar too – all work and no play is no fun at all!
Spread Out The Work
There is no point in cramming all your studying into one evening. You will see the time blocked out in your calendar and lose motivation before you even begin. By breaking your studying down into more manageable chunks, you won’t feel quite so overwhelmed. Also, it has been proven that six 1-hour study sessions are more effective than one 6-hour session. Your brain simply can’t retain as much information in one go.
Taking breaks is also really important, particularly if you simply aren’t able to spread out your workload. We don’t mean spend half an hour getting stuck into a Netflix series though, go for a walk around the block to stretch your legs. After a distraction, it can take you 30 minutes to refocus, so TV really is not the best way to take a break.
Enjoy The Learning
There is no point in studying a subject that you simply aren’t interested in. You will struggle to motivate yourself and you will lose focus. You will have a much more positive learning experience if you enjoy the subject area. Whether you are learning because you want to increase your skills or update your CPD record, you should be doing it for you.
Whilst online learning is a different experience, it should not be one that is harder than traditional learning. As well as preparing properly, you should take the time to look at different training providers to see what they offer.
At Brooks & Kirk, we have been delivering vocational training for over 20 years and therefore understand how online learning may seem daunting at first. You are in safe, well-qualified, experienced hands when you study with us. Our tutors are always at the end of the phone to help support you through your course so you won’t be on your own at all. For more information on the courses we offer, why not give our friendly team a call on 01205 805 155.