For students taking advantage of workforce funds to pay for their remote education, creating an effective and supportive online learning environment can be the key to success. When your classroom is in your home, space can be a challenge.
Online learning is a modern concept that allows students to gain the education they seek using just a computer and an internet connection. Remote schooling overcomes any issues students may have with transportation or living far away from a classroom. Instead of structured class times, many online academic programs are more flexible and create options for people with busy lives.
It’s very different from the traditional learning methods. A couple of decades ago, the majority of students had to register at a brick-and-mortar classroom and find a way to get themselves behind a physical desk in front of a teacher.
Today, the online learning environment has opened the door of opportunities for many people looking to gain the skills and experience for starting a new career. To maximize your remote educational experience, follow these 5 online learning tips.
Just because you’re at home doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have a dedicated learning environment. Find a relatively quiet location within your house — preferably with a door or at least a room divider — with a table or a desk. Set up the computer and a chair that are ergonomically correct. That is, you won’t have to adopt an uncomfortable and unhealthy posture while studying.
Just because your online learning environment is flexible doesn’t mean it should be casual. To keep yourself on track with your studies, set a schedule at the beginning of every week. Plan the time for study around your work and family obligations. So, it remains a priority. Then, map out the work you want to accomplish each week. Create to-do lists and other goals for each day. So, nothing gets lost in the shuffle.
Speaking of the shuffle, stay organized. Label your notebooks, file your paperwork and keep the desktop files on your computer clearly marked and labeled. Don’t wait until things get totally out of control to tidy up. Instead, finish each study session with a few minutes of organizing.
When you’re pursuing free online learning with a certificate, it can feel lonely. But with a school like MedCerts, that’s far from true. MedCerts offers online support with a variety of student services. Take advantage of Student Success Advisors, study groups and one-on-one counseling to help meet your goals.
You do have clear goals, right? When you’re just starting on an online learning path, the end can feel far away. Work with an Admissions Advisor to plan which courses and certifications make the most sense for your chosen career path. Work with the MedCerts Career Center to create and achieve realistic and rewarding goals.
Finally, be sure to reward yourself along the way. Not everyone is improving their lives by completing online learning programs. So, celebrate each success along the way. Keep yourself motivated, and you’ll see yourself in a new career faster than you may imagine.
Julie Campos is the Vice President of Student Success and Career Services at MedCerts. She brings over 14 years of experience in Online Higher Education in both Student Support and Enrollment and started her career at the University of Phoenix, serving most of her tenure as a student-facing leader.
Julie has her Bachelors of Liberal Arts in Political Science from the University of Texas at El Paso, and her Masters in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. Her areas of expertise are student support in online higher education environments and working with nontraditional students. At MedCerts, she is focused on creating a pro-active student central support model for MedCerts students to reach their goals and has developed the MedCerts Student Support and Outreach Model, created MedCerts Student Success Advisor reports and Dashboards, as well as the Student Success Advisor Playbook. Her proactive approach to student support has been crucial in meeting MedCerts’ student’s needs, as well as completion and certification goals.
Julie has three children – a 10-year-old son and 12- and 4-year-old daughters, who keep her and her husband busy with sports. She is also an avid crafter with an entire room of her home dedicated to the hobby. In her free time, she enjoys teaching wreath making and even has a few “how-to” YouTube videos on the subject!