The art of making online learning work for you

Have you enrolled in an online training that you haven’t been able to complete? If you have, then you are certainly not alone. Many of us have found that we need to force ourselves to complete the online course that we enrolled ourselves in.

The online model of learning has been a huge boon to the world. It has democratized the availability of knowledge, it has made time and distance an irrelevant factor to learning. Why then do we often find ourselves unable to complete them?

It is because, despite its colossal benefit to the world, it has a significant number of disadvantages which makes it tough for us to complete an online training. The absence of a teacher physically present to sense your grasp of the topic or to nudge you in the right direction is a huge drawback of the online model. Also, not having physical batchmates to provide the required stimulus, does not foster the intensive kind of environment required for learning. Even in courses with multiple participants, you may land up with an unenthusiastic bunch of virtual batchmates. The lack of ‘collective inquisitiveness’ reduces the engagement that an old-fashioned classroom training would have naturally provided. Again, online training is largely resorted to as add-on’s either by working professionals or students, for whom unsurprisingly it is work deliverables or their main education which takes priority. The online training automatically takes a back seat.

Given these set of constraints, it is unsurprising that we often need to force ourselves to complete the online training. But we must. And we must strive to complete it with a flourish. For only then will we be able to compete and win on a global playing field.

Fortunately, making the best out of online learning doesn’t need to be hard. Here are a few ways that will help you work towards complete an online training.

  • Write down your goals: Take a pen and paper and write down your goals for taking up the online training. Writing your goals on paper forces you to think about them and creates the optimism required for completing the course. It makes you want to put in efforts to do well. If you ever find yourself lacking time to complete the course, take a look at this paper and it will point you back on track and provide you the desire to persevere. This is an extremely useful tactic that won’t fail.
  • Motivate yourself: If that brief moment of clarity which appeared when you started something has tapered down, tackle it by self-motivating yourself. Losing interest in the online training can be a waste of your time, energy and money. Set reasonable goals and reward yourself for achieving them. Share your goals with a trusted friend or family member to bind yourself to be accountable. If it helps, use platforms like stickk which enables you to make commitment contracts in order to reach your set personal goals. Try to celebrate when you achieve interim success. It will create a sense of accomplishment and make you want to complete the course on time.
  • Avoid distractions: Keep your mobile on vibration mode. Close all other screens on your computer. Fight the urge to multi-task. Use your headphones, to make everyone aware that you are concentrating. Focus only on the training content.
  • Build a Buddy system: Hunt for people going through your training and connect with them. It helps to discuss your progress with someone going through the same training. This brings about a feeling of comradeship and belonging.

Whether you want to learn the basics of blockchain technology or become fluent in the French language, there are countless training programs available online for you to choose from. But, you will be able to learn as much as you want to, only if you have the inclination and discipline.

If you haven’t been able to get yourself to complete the online training you enrolled for, don’t fret. It is only a few rare and gifted people who are able to sit down and learn something on their own with absolute concentration. For the majority, additional effort is required to make the best of the wealth of knowledge available online. A little effort and self-discipline can go a long way in achieving success through learning online. This is the art of making online learning work for you.