Real-world education is tough enough – you have to work hard to leave your student party by the latest 4 a.m., miss the first three lectures of the day (three lectures in one day? What is this, middle-school?) and lope into learner mode before nap time – usually that’s around mid-afternoon. Where’s the ‘me’ time in that kind of crazy schedule?
But online learning? That’s a different kettle of teacups altogether. Yes, self-development in an online environment is always a struggle when you have daily commitments, such as part- or full-time work, family, relationships.
It’s all a bit out of control, a bit chaotic, a bit stressful.
However, and as an online student, you do have control over the what, where, when and pace of your learning. There are choices available to you, and you are empowered to act on those choices, pursuing your online learning objective within the framework and goals of each course.
It is important, also, that you feel success in your online course is achievable within a reasonable timeframe and following investment of reasonable effort. Equally, your course provider must be focused on delivering high-quality course content. Most of all, your course content must be based on an understanding of who you are and what you aspire to.
As an online student, you need to feel that the course provider cares as much about your success and your learning as you do, providing regular feedback and updates such as a Monthly Learner Report, ensuring that you are getting the support that you need.
Here are four tips to navigate your way safely through the choppy waters of your online adventure:
- Read outside the course, broaden your study skills, be curious – books, articles, other relevant websites. ‘The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page’
- Share your learner journey with family and friends, giving them the opportunity to support and encourage you
- Carve out time for yourself that doesn’t include study or work. The main thing to do is relax and let your know-how do the heavy lifting
- Stay focused on your career goals to constantly reinforce your commitment to what you want to achieve
The future belongs to those who believe in the power of learning. Talent hits a target few can hit; genius hits a target no one else can see: how's that for a motivational quote?!