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How to Maximize the Benefits of Studying Online

If you are currently studying online while juggling a full-time job, and the daily stresses of life, congratulations on committing to bettering yourself through continuous education, it is no small feat, especially when you are already employed.

If you are currently studying online while juggling a full-time job, and the daily stresses of life, congratulations on committing to bettering yourself through continuous education, it is no small feat.. Now, I am sure you have heard this question before; “How do you get time to do all of it?”. While some are able to answer this question , most of us answer with a tired shrug while rubbing sleep deprived eyes. If you fall into the latter category, don’t feel insecure. The ones who can indeed answer that question either went through months of the same and only gained a rhythm after multiple courses, or they’ve become really good at hiding it.

After many long days and late nights, I have narrowed down the following tips that will hopefully help you just as much at succeeding at work, as well as achieving the results you want from online learning.

 

#1 Implement a realistic schedule, and stick to it

While this tip may seem fairly obvious, the importance of it lies in the “how”. Whether you are signed up for a course where all course material is available at once, or the material is released intermittently, a schedule is vital.

Before embarking on your course and diving in head-first, check the course’s timeline, the volume of content that you will be covering and whether you will be assessed on a specific date. Once you have an idea of what to expect, start having a look at your daily routine and when you have most free time to accommodate the course.

You may find yourself to be excited and energetic while planning your schedule, but please remember that you will not feel this way every day. Create a weekly schedule with a maximum of 4 study sessions per week on different days and don’t forget to take into account the extra time you may need for each lesson, i.e. interaction, recommended reading, practicals and more. Allowing for extra days in the week will also give you an opportunity to catch up if you missed anything. Since we all get busy with family, events, birthdays and the like, you need to allow for flexibility in your schedule and aim for a lower amount of study sessions to keep from being overwhelmed.

While it is super exciting to take the step in signing up for a course and to think about that nice certificate with your name on it, remember to pace yourself and define your schedule according to your own capabilities and lifestyle, even if it means completing the course later than you would have wanted to.

There are also many online tools at our disposal that we can use to keep track of our schedules. Make use of your online calendar, or even sign up on free project management tools such as Trello or Asana. I currently make use of Trello to track my online courses, to do lists, lessons, and assignments while being given the option to power-up all my cards with due dates, reminders, comments, checklists and so much more.

 

#2 Practise by doing

Since online learning provides us with a certain sense of freedom, do not allow this to hamper your discipline. The best practice is to treat your online course the same way you would have treated school. If your course has recommended reading, exercises, or questionnaires which will not interfere with your final grade, remember that there is a reason the course educator included it.

While we may feel that the amount of information is overwhelming, an added benefit of this is that we are able to work through this in our own time. According to The Research Institute of America, eLearning increases retention rates 25% to 60% while retention rates of face-to-face training are 8% to 10% (source). This is why you may feel that the amount of learning material is too much for the intended timeline, but we are more than capable of digesting this information as well as retaining it when it is covered in smaller increments.

After all, you have probably spent your hard earned money on the course, so why would you want to rob yourself of the full potential the course has to offer? In most cases, students are able to answer questions and pass without doing the recommended practical sections of the course, however, by doing this, you would be defeating the purpose of taking the course in the first place.

 

#3 Interact and engage

Nowadays online learning platforms are getting very close to recreating a real learning experience in the virtual world. Regardless of the college or website you are studying with, you will most likely find that they drive engagement with their students in on-site forums, social media, comment sections and even YouTube. Start viewing these mediums as your classroom and learn to engage with your educator and peers if you have any questions on the material or even if it is only to network with like-minded individuals.

Interacting with your “classmates” and lecturers will provide you with the full learning experience that the course intends to offer. When you participate in discussions on your course topic with other students, you will have a completely unique experience with the opportunity to gain various different insights, and most of the time you will find yourself learning beyond what the course content offers.

 

#4 Don’t lose sight of your goal

After doing many courses, I have found that a recurring problem I faced, especially with long-term courses, was losing sight of my goal and why I signed up in the first place.
By the time I reached week 3, my weekly study sessions started feeling like just another routine and this was normally the point where I would skimp on the recommended reading just to get it over with.

It is easy to lose sight of your goal when it takes a while to get there, but if you made the decision to study, it is likely because you are looking to improve your skills in your current job, improve your career, or even to gain new employment. Whatever your reason may be, it relates to something much more important than missing an episode of your favourite show, or having had one bad day; it is about your future and working toward something better and greater. Do not lose sight and do not slow down. When you get your certificate at the end, you need to be confident in the fact that you are actually capable and educated enough to prove what you have learned.

 

#5 Determine the value of your qualification

It is never easy to start working on a new goal especially when it is something that requires rearranging a busy schedule in order to make it happen, but the end results are worth it. Even though online education is extremely convenient and forgiving, it forces us to be accountable for what the certification’s value is.

Online education has placed a tremendous amount of power into the hands of the student by allowing us to mould how online courses are perceived by employers. To the detriment of many students as well as the e-learning industry, there are those who are able to make it through their courses without investing the time and effort that is truly necessary to be able to apply what has been learned and then have no skills to back up their certification. It is cases like these that devalue a course and its accreditation as well as the institution offering it.

If you absorb all an online course has to offer you by completing all the added exercises and studying the additional material like I mentioned above, you not only benefit yourself personally, but you also put the value back into the course and eLearning as a whole as well as what it means to have completed your course.

 

Since we are now in a digital era with so many channels that we could use to up-skill and educate ourselves, varying from free courses to premium courses, there is no reason not to take hold of these opportunities to further your career and skills.

For a further look at the facts and stats about eLearning, check out Shift eLearning’s infographic here.

5 Reasons to love the iMod Education SEO Course

In the age where more and more of our daily tasks take place online, from our finance management, project management, planning, socialising and everything in between, why not do the same with your education and skills improvement?

In the age where more and more of our daily tasks take place online, from our finance management, project management, planning, socialising and everything in between, why not do the same with your education and skills improvement? As an avid online learner having completed multiple online courses across various platforms, topics and institutions, I consider myself somewhat of a connoisseur of e-learning at this point. As the latest addition to the iMod Digital team, I undertook their exclusive SEO course at iMod Education. Wondering if the course is worth it? Here are five reasons to love iMod Education’s SEO Course.

 

#1 SEO Defined

With the countless websites out there that are dying for a place in Google’s spotlight, thousands of misinforming articles on SEO tactics, various expensive SEO and digital marketing courses, and so many tools that claim to be free as well as accurate, how do we know where to begin and who to trust? The SEO course by iMod Education took all these doubts away by backing all their material up with the fact that these methods are what the experts behind the course use on a daily basis as their very bread and butter to provide astonishing results to their clients.

The course took me on a journey to understand just what SEO is, how it fits into the world of business, and just why SEO is such a powerful and vital aspect of marketing that every company in today’s age is no longer able to ignore when planning their strategies.

 

#2 Art meets tech

By learning about the importance of SEO and what it all means, it has been impossible for me to ignore the fact that equipping myself with the knowledge and practical skills the course provides, that this would be the conception of a new creative talent for me. Although SEO has its fair share of technical skills required, in order to succeed and to see the results of what I have learned, the technicalities need to be accompanied by true out-of-the-box thinking. When I realised that there isn’t a hard and fast solution for each challenge I would face, is when the appeal of the industry truly started brewing. SEO is an art, the technical skills that you apply will be molded by your ability to think in different ways in order for you to rise higher than the thousands of others that may be optimising a site that is about the exact same thing as yours. That is where the true art of SEO is visible and this art is something that the pro’s behind iMod Education understand deeply and it is evident when looking at their work and accomplishments.

 

#3 Real skills taught for real world application

iMod Education’s SEO course provides a real and strong foundation that can actually be built upon, something I have found to be lacking in many of the other online courses I have completed. The difference in this course comes in with the exceptional resources, tools and practical tests that are added to the theoretical material which allows you to walk away from the course with the ability to actually perform SEO. It is important to remember that while this course is truly expertly crafted and compact with a great amount of knowledge shared, it is still only a foundation as the SEO industry is vast and constantly evolving. The beauty of this lies in the fact that a proper foundation is exactly what is needed in order to get to that “get up and go” moment where you start your journey in SEO by DOING and the rest is what you will learn by experience and the out-of-the-box thinking I mentioned earlier. Think of it in the same way that you would think of someone teaching a painting class; they cannot possibly teach you what to paint or what your style will look like, they merely provide you with the opportunity to learn the most important techniques to lay a foundation that you add to with experience.

 

#4 SEO made simple

When you embark on the course, read the introduction and the excerpts from each lesson, you may find yourself with a bit of a glazed look like I did when you come across the SEO jargon and technical lingo that you need to know about. Don’t fear. These guys do an amazing job at explaining what each term means, how it is applied and how it all comes together. Want to know about meta data, robot.txt files, redirects and more? Just ask me, I did the course with no prior knowledge of SEO and can confidently explain this to anyone that needs to know.

If you want to pursue a career in digital marketing and SEO or need to implement SEO strategies in your business’ marketing plan, it is normal to feel like you don’t know where to start, as with any new topic. The fear and lost feeling disappears soon after you have surfed through a few lessons and realise that the iMod team are with you all the way and that the course not only throws information your way, but helps you to understand it. Still don’t understand it? Try one of the dozens of trustworthy resources that are included in the course.

 

#5 Try and test your skills instantly

Many online courses boast with certain accreditation, thousands of students and many promises, but I am sure that many of you would agree that most of the time we are faced with multiple choice questions that can usually be answered before you actually did the lesson in question. As I went through the course, I was indeed met with multiple choice questions after each lesson, however they actually forced me to inspect, research and try things out for myself before being able to answer. The course will also encourage you to keep doing better with there being certain criteria that needs to be met in order to access your next lesson. What makes the course special, however, is the practical aspect. Throughout the course, you will be met with practical lessons where you get the chance to put what you have learned into practice and your tests are marked by the course’s creators, not machines, which allows you to see actual results from your efforts.
Whether you are looking to start a career, add to your skills list, implement SEO strategies for your business or website, iMod Digital’s expert and intimate platform, iMod Education, will provide you with what you need to take your next step. New job? More sales? Brand awareness? The sky’s the limit when you have the power of SEO in your arsenal.

 

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