Five tips for getting the most out of online courses

ByMike V. Cooper

Sep 3, 2022

Past global pandemics and other health issues necessitated the need for other alternatives to knowledge acquisition other than the traditional methods we are all used to.

Online courses have become the new norm after the coronavirus pandemic. These online courses were available before then but have not been fully explored as they are now post-pandemic.

A large number of institutions, organizations, professionals, business owners, and government parastatals have turned to using online courses to serve as a better and more convenient way to acquire knowledge.

The shift in traditional ways of gaining knowledge and the convenience that comes with taking online courses raises questions like, are people really getting the most out of these online courses? Has the wealth of knowledge on these platforms really been maximized?

Online course are great reservoirs of knowledge that are served to us on the gold platter and should be maximized as much as possible. To help you get the most out of online courses, here’s what you should do.

1. Treat online courses like “real” courses

The fact that most of us in this part of the world are accustomed to traditional ways of going to physical classes and seminars to acquire knowledge can be a factor that can deprive us of getting the most out of online courses.

When it comes to online classes, you have to have the discipline to sit down like you do in your physical classes and say, “I’m going to work on this or read this to the end.” You must also muster enough courage and determination to carry on.

Whether you pay for the online classes or not, you need to concentrate just like you would in a physical class. You need to be determined to get the most out of your online courses no matter what it takes because some people have also taken their time to make these notes and videos available.

When you start treating your online classes the same way you treat your physical classes, you’ll get the most out of it.

2. Eliminate online distractions

A key factor that prevents individuals from getting the most out of online courses is Entertainment which are available on our mobile phones.

To get the most out of online courses, it is advisable to take them on your personal computer or laptop if you can afford it rather than on your smartphone.

Indeed, many distractions arise when you take online courses on your smartphone. From various WhatsApp chats seeking your attention to IG posts to tweets to various notifications on other social media platforms you are on.

To get the most out of your online courses, you need to eliminate all online distractions. If you can’t afford a PC right now, you can download all your courses online and make them accessible when your mobile data is off.

If you’re using your PC, it’s a good idea to turn off your mobile phone or put it on airplane mode so you can focus on your online lessons.

Eliminate distractions and I guarantee you’ll get the most out of your online courses.

3. Be true to yourself

Every individual on planet Earth knows what is best for them in terms of learning. If you want to get the most out of your online courses, you have to be true to yourself. Don’t copy others.

You must know the time and place that you assimilate more. Not everyone assimilates well in the morning or in a noisy environment.

You need to find out what works best for you if you want to get the most out of your online courses.

If you study well in the morning, stick with it, don’t copy your friend who studies better in the evening.

If you are more of a visual learner, download your lectures as videos, if you are more of a listener, convert your online lecture notes to audio.

Know this and know the peace, not everyone learns in the same way!

4. Participate actively

To get the most out of your online courses, you need to actively participate.

Participating in online courses helps you better understand the course material and also gives you the opportunity to ask your tutor questions.

If there is a discussion platform available for the course, you should make sure to log into the platform daily to check comments from your colleagues and tutors, you should give feedback and ask questions if necessary.

You should also take the time to network with your course mates as they can be of great help in helping you get the most out of your online courses.

5. Have an end in mind

When taking online courses, you must have an end in mind. What do you intend to accomplish after taking this course? How will this course improve your professionalism or productivity?

When you have an end or a goal in mind, you are able to do your best to ensure that your vision or goals for taking the online course come to fruition.

You should also hold yourself accountable or have someone to whom you can report your progress and performance in your online courses.

By being organized, proactive, and self-aware, you can get the most out of your online course.

Taking online courses comes with its own set of challenges, but with determination, hard work, and perseverance, you can and surely will get the most out of your online courses.