Sparkles & Stretchmarks: A UK Parenting & Pregnancy Blog: What you need to know to make the most out of online education

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

What you need to know to make the most out of online education

Online learning offers a convenient way to educate yourself while still being able to maintain the flexibility of your daily schedule. However, it’s important to be aware of what it takes to ensure your learning experience is fulfilling and worthwhile. Let’s take a look at what you need to know to make the most out of online education.


Know your goals


Before you start your online course, it’s important to establish what it is that you’re looking to achieve. There is a course out there for just about any subject and skill, so identifying your objectives early on will help you choose the right one. If you’re looking to achieve qualifications such as GCSEs or A Level’s, an institution such as Oxford Open Learning might be suitable, or if you want to obtain a degree or diploma, you will need to seek out a university body that offers online learning. There are many options available, so take the time to choose a qualification and course that works best for you.


Know how to be organised


Those attending traditional courses in person will usually have a consistent schedule with assignment instructions given out during class. However, as an online learner, you’ll be expected to effectively manage your own time, adhere to deadlines and say on top of your course material without verbal direction. It’s important to adopt an organised, positive attitude to remain in control of your work. It may help to have a space in your home dedicated to your studies. Your work area should be clean, tidy and quiet so you can fully concentrate on your schooling without the temptation to procrastinate. Another top tip is to ensure you have reliable internet access - don’t let a technology glitch affect your ability to study.


Know when to ask for help


While online learning gives you independence and enables you to learn from afar, the distance between you and your teachers may make you hesitant to ask for help. Your resistance may cause you to fall significantly behind with your studies which could have a massive impact on your confidence and self esteem. It’s important to seek assistance when you need it and it might help to build good relationships with your tutors. Most online learning courses are accompanied by flexible teaching support, so avoid misunderstandings and ask for direction, support and guidance if you need it. Your tutors will only have your best interests at heart in wanting you to get as much out of your education as possible.

By taking these points into consideration, you’ll be well on your way to gaining all that you can from your online learning course.

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