Have you considered going back to study or enrolling into an online business course, but are not sure if you can succeed in online training? Don’t stress if this sounds like you! With our 6 tips to succeed in an online business course, you will have an understanding of the challenges you would expect with online training and be equipped with the tools to overcome and achieve in your online study.
1. Set A Goal
Goal setting is an important part of success; it provides motivation, focus, and a sense of personal satisfaction. Although the primary goal may be to finish the course and get the job, it is essential to remember to set short term goals also. Short term goals can keep you on track to achieving that big goal. They help create motivation and does not overwhelm.
By having short term goals, you can move towards your long-term goal at a steady pace with the added satisfaction of completing something. It can be easy to lose motivation, so setting both short and long-term goals is number 1 on your to-do list to succeed in an online business course.
Make sure your goals are SMART - specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-based:
Setting goals will help you plan, but you also need to schedule a time to sit down and do the course.
Once you enrol, buy a study planner or find one online and set aside a few hours each day or week, depending on your recommended study load. Make sure the times you set are reasonable for you and times that you can commit too. If you’re a night owl set sometime at night or if you like to wake up in the morning and get everything done early set the time in the morning.
Block this time out by trying to avoid booking appointments or seeing friends in this designated time. By committing to the schedule, it will help prevent procrastination and keep you on track to meeting those goals.
3. Find a quiet study space with limited distractions
Find an area that is free from distractions like a TV, noises, or other people. A quiet space can help your concentration, meaning you can reach that SMART goal of yours sooner. Allowing quiet time to focus can be achieved by finding somewhere in the house when the kids are asleep or when family or housemates are out of the house.
It is important to limit distractions such as social media; one text back can quickly have you headed down the deepest, darkest depths of the ‘internet blackhole’ that is YouTube. Since your completing your online course it may be hard not to check that notification, so go ‘cold turkey’ and log off all your accounts and close all unnecessary tabs or windows in your browser. - therefore reducing the temptation to check out your Facebook or those perfect funny animal videos (a favourite of ours from YouTube!).
4. Ask questions
Don’t be afraid to ask for help, that’s why you have a trainer! The difference between being proactive and asking the question as soon as you need help and waiting a couple of days before you ask may mean that you reach that SMART goal a week later. Remember, your trainer wants to help you succeed!
5. Relate real life experiences
It is often easier to answer a question if you have personal experience. The question may not directly relate to your situation. However a lot of the time there are similar elements. You will answer the questions twice as fast if you can use relatable experiences when answering questions.
6. Reward yourself
If you passed an assignment the first time or received a high mark on your quiz, in fewer attempts, treat yourself. Speaking from experience, there is nothing better than the feeling of accomplishment. It is easier to be motivated when you have something to look forward to at the finish line.
It might be surprising to you, but consider telling someone about your great work - it is a trait of basic human nature that people are proud of their ability and to impress others - and it does work to create motivation seeing acknowledgement from others.
Now that you’ve got our 6 tips to succeed in an online business course, why not consider putting them to the test and enrolling into Gold Training’s exciting new BSB30415 Certificate III in Business Administration. With this online business course, you can study entirely online and at your own pace!
Check out a demo of our online eLearning platform here.
You may be eligible for Certificate 3 Guarantee funding to subsidise the course fees too, but don’t worry if funding is not an option – Gold Training also have payment plans to pay-as-you-go, on a single monthly payment basis.