So you’ve enrolled in your first eLearning course and you’re wondering how to get the most out of it. Just like traditional learning, successful online students tend to be self-motivating, disciplined and organised. If you’re new to eLearning and not sure where to get started, Aurion Learning have compiled 10 top tips that will help you start your online learning journey on a good foot:
Do you think at the very outset that it will contain what you want to learn? Is it worth your investing your time in? Chances are that if you’re not sure now, it will become difficult to motivate yourself further along the line.
Most people need to set aside time on a regular basis or learning simply won’t happen. Pick a certain time each day or week that you will use to learn online and communicate this to your colleagues, friends and family. Set reminders on your phone, block the time out on your calendar, do whatever you need to do to keep this time free.
Ideally, you will do your eLearning in a quiet environment where you can concentrate and be free from interruptions. Start your session by making yourself a mug of coffee or tea and make sure you’re comfortable from the outset.
Most high quality eLearning content will include opportunities to question course instructors so take these chances whenever you can. The likelihood is that you’re not the only one with the question and the instructors are there to help you.
Take the initiative to research supplementary learning materials outside of your eLearning course, particularly if you find a certain topic of discussion interesting. The more work you put into your learning, the more you’ll get out of it.
One of the issues commonly faced by online learners is isolation. Consider taking a course together with a small group of colleagues or peers and meet up regularly to discuss learning content. You will be able to encourage each other and add enjoyment to the learning experience.
Each time you tune in to new learning content, think about and carry out its practical application in your everyday life. Good learning content should inspire action.
Connect with other learners and take part in online discussions whenever you can. Online forums are a great place to find other people with the same interests and difficulties as you.
It can be tempting to skim over online materials and pick out only the points that stand out the most. In order to let learning content sink in, try not to race through an online course. Instead, take your time and consider the meaning of the information you’re reading.
Self-motivation is an important life skill to have that is sure to reap many benefits for you across the board. Consider making a list of reasons why the effort now is worth it in the long term and turning to this list to inspire yourself when you need an extra bit of encouragement.
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