How to be successful in this course

Taking an online course can be overwhelming. How do you learn at your own pace and successfully achieve your goals? 

Here are some general tips that can help you stay focused and on track.

Set daily goals for studying 

Ask yourself what you hope to accomplish in your course each day. Setting a clear goal can help you stay motivated and beat procrastination. The goal should be specific and easy to measure, such as “I’ll watch all the videos in Module 2 and implement as much as I can”. And don’t forget to reward yourself when you make progress towards your goal! 

Create a dedicated study space 

It’s easier to recall information if you’re in the same place where you first learned it, so having a dedicated space at home to take online courses can make your learning more effective. Remove any distractions from the space and if possible, make it separate from your bed or sofa. A clear distinction between where you study and where you take breaks can help you focus.  

Schedule time to study on your calendar 

Open your calendar and choose a predictable, reliable time that you can dedicate to watching lectures and completing assignments. This helps ensure that your courses won’t become the last thing on your to-do list. 

Tip: You can add deadlines for a module to your Google calendar, Apple calendar, or another calendar app.

Keep yourself accountable 

Tell your friends about the courses you’re taking, post achievements to your social media accounts or blog.. Having a community and support network of friends and family to cheer you on makes a difference!

Actively take notes 

Taking notes can promote active thinking, boost comprehension and extend your attention span. It’s a good strategy to internalize knowledge whether you’re learning online or in the classroom. So, grab a notebook or find a digital app that works best for you and start synthesizing key points. 

Do one thing at a time 

Multitasking is less productive than focusing on a single task at a time. Researchers from Stanford University found that “People who are regularly bombarded with several streams of electronic information cannot pay attention, recall information or switch from one job to another as well as those who complete one task at a time.” Stay focused on one thing at a time. You’ll absorb more information and complete assignments with greater productivity and ease than if you were trying to do many things at once.  

Take breaks 

Resting your brain after learning is critical to high performance. If you find yourself working on a challenging problem without much progress for an hour, take a break. Walking outside, taking a shower or talking with a friend can help you to re-energize and even give you new ideas on how to tackle the project. 

Your learning journey starts now!  

While preparing for the module quiz or working on achieving your learning goals you’re encouraged to:   

  • Work through each lesson in the learning pathway. Try not to skip any activities or lessons unless you are certain that you already know this information well enough to move ahead.    

  • Take the opportunity to go back and watch a video or read all the information provided before moving on to the next lesson or module.