Studying online is one of the most efficient ways you can learn today. Quality online studying courses can deliver massive amounts of information, offer you engaging multimedia and give you access to the finest faculty. Typically the pace of these courses is very flexible to make them fit into your life. So much so that it can become a problem for some users. Let’s be clear: this is not a course program problem but a user’s problem.
Our truly top priorities very rarely change: to stay alive and avoid death by ensuring we find air, water, food and shelter. Everything else falls somewhere in a very long “to-do” list. It’s no accident that, in order to take the end point of projects seriously at school and work we use the term “deadline.” Humans respond to “deadlines.” So when we have the impression that something needs to be done but it can be done at “any time” we subconsciously drop it to the bottom of our instinctive to-do list. This puts the “any time” task not just below air, water, food and shelter, but also below paying the rent, walking the dog and possibly even lower than alphabetizing your vintage CD collection. And that is how things fail to get done.
Let’s check out some strategies you can use to successfully complete important self-paced online courses. The key is to remind your brain that this one item is important and forget that it is self-paced. Here’s how to do it:
1. Choose a reasonable “deadline” to complete your entire course and stick to it.
2. Review your entire week’s activities and assign a specific time slot to the course for each of the days you intend to work on it. Keep in mind that you are more likely to do something the more regularly you do it, even if it’s for a brief while. So it’s better to work on your course 25 minutes every morning after breakfast than to expect to find 3 hours “every week” without a specific day in mind.
3. Protect the time slot like a guard dog. Do not allow excuses to creep up and sabotage your schedule.
4. Set the alarm. Set up reminders on your smart phone and computer with 15 minute advance notifications so you’ll be on time to your study session without being caught off guard.
5. Do away with distractions. For your online study time mute and put away your cell phone, be sure to close all other windows and media on your computer, quit all other programs and switch off all notifications (specially social media), and set the course window to ‘full screen.‘ This is the virtual classroom things get done in.