If you want to advance your career, make more money, or change careers, one of the best ways to do so is to learn something new online and get certified. Online licensing is more popular than ever, with people remotely learning new skills and new knowledge, then getting official recognition for their skill acquisition.
But how can you get the most out of your online learning and licensing?
Your Main Priorities
Your main priorities in online learning and licensing are:
· Learn and retain more. You want to learn new information as quickly and efficiently as possible. You want to absorb everything that this course has to offer and remember it in the long term.
· Spend less time. It’s also important to spend this little time as possible. You’re a busy professional, probably juggling multiple priorities; you don’t want to spend time unnecessarily, even if it’s for a license you truly need.
· Get extra benefits. Learning and getting licensed are just two benefits you might get from this practice. You’ll also have the opportunity to network with other people, expand your perspectives, and more.
So how can we achieve these?
Tips to Get the Most Out of Online Learning and Licensing
These are some of the best strategies for getting the most out of your online learning and licensing path:
- Keep your eyes on the prize. Chances are, the license or formal certification is what you’re after. For example, if you’re trying to get your real estate license, the license is the end goal. You might be interested to learn about real estate laws or how to be a good agent, but at the end of the day, the license is what you need to progress. Make sure this remains your top priority. What exactly do you need to get this license? What are the most important topics to learn?
- …but don’t game the system. At the same time, the license isn’t the only thing you’ll need to think about. If you focus exclusively on the license, while ignoring everything else that isn’t relevant to the license, you’ll end up missing out on some important information and valuable experiences. Try to absorb as much as possible, without exploiting the system.
- Consult a variety of sources. If you’re like most people, you’re getting your education and your licensing through a single resource or a single channel. For example, you might have signed up for an online learning course through a major provider; from there, you take all your classes and exams in the same spot. This is highly convenient, but if you want to learn even more, consider consulting a variety of different sources. See what other experts have to say. It’s not a strict requirement, but it can give you better perspective and more information.
- Use multiple formats and channels. Different people have different learning styles, so you probably have a preference for one type of learning over another. For example, you might prefer visual learning or hands-on learning to other forms of learning. Even if you’re ambivalent, you’ll learn in different ways based on how the information is presented to you. Because of this, it’s advisable to use multiple formats and channels for your learning experience.
- Stick to a timetable. Stick to a strict timetable, both in the macro sense and in the micro sense. In the macro sense, understand how long it’s going to take you to go through these classes and take your license exam. In the micro sense, set goals to achieve on a daily basis and a specific amount of time to spend each week in pursuit of your ultimate goals.
- Interact with peers. You may have opportunities to do this built into the class. Otherwise, seek out likeminded individuals who are going through a similar learning experience. You can study together, trade notes, and possibly offer each other opportunities in the future.
- Take thorough notes. Note taking is vital if you want to learn effectively and remember what you’ve learned. There are many viable strategies for taking notes. What’s important is that you remain focused and deliberate in your efforts.
- Get help when you need it. There are going to be chapters you don’t fully understand and lessons that don’t make a lot of sense to you. When you encounter these roadblocks, don’t be afraid to seek help. Ask your teacher or your peers for their assistance. They’ll probably be happy to lend it to you.
- Revisit, relearn, and refresh. When the experience is over, find ways to retain what you’ve learned. For most people, that means revisiting old lessons, relearning important skills, and refreshing your familiarity with your notes. Doing so on a periodic basis will keep all the information fresh in your mind and help you apply it more consistently.
- Commit to ongoing learning. In almost all topics and all disciplines, ongoing education is a necessity. The field changes. New regulations get passed. Old knowledge becomes obsolete. If you want to stay on top of these changes, and remain up to date, it’s up to you to stay informed.
There’s no one “right” approach to online learning and licensing. Instead, you’ll need to forge your own approach and figure out what works best for you.