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5 Tips for Getting Started on eLearning Training Courses

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So you’ve decided that you want to further your career, and you know that you need to upskill to reach your goals — where do you turn next? Previously, traditional classroom training courses were one of the only options. However, eLearning is a fantastic alternative to upskilling and developing without compromising your career.

It’s flexible and accessible, and with courses on absolutely anything, you’ll find it very difficult not to find an area that will suit your goals. We’re going to map out five steps that you can take to get started with eLearning training courses, and how to make each one work for you!

1. Define Your Learning Objectives and Goals

Wanting to invest in your personal development is a brilliant personal and professional goal, and eLearning is one of the most user-friendly ways to do so. However, before you dive in and choose a course it’s important to take some time to figure out exactly what you’re hoping to gain from any training you start.

Reflect on your own career goals — where do you want to be in your next role, or even five or ten years down the line? Once you know this, take stock of your current skills and expertise. Are there any gaps in your knowledge that will stand in the way of you achieving your goals? From here, you can begin to figure out a targeted learning path that addresses your needs and puts you on your way to achieving your objectives.

2. Create a Dedicated Study Schedule

eLearning is often self-paced, allowing you to learn and grow at a speed that suits your lifestyle — that’s how we do it at Skill Dynamics for instance. While this has a lot of advantages, it does require a level of consistency and routine to work effectively.

First, consider all of your other time constraints and responsibilities. Try to schedule your study around these. Figure out when, during this free time, you’re most alert and focused and try to fit your study in there. For many, this can be first thing in the morning, but make sure your schedule suits your learning style.

We recommend breaking your study down into sizable chunks, with time set for different topics to avoid burnout on any one subject. It’s also vital to setgoals and milestones for yourself to stay engaged. Make sure you reward yourself for hitting these goals — a break from study or a small treat are two great ways to stay motivated.

3. Optimize Your Learning Environment

Where and how you learn are also crucial to success. First, let’s think about your workspace.

A good workspace needs to be quiet and organized to facilitate the best study and maximize concentration. A dedicated space would be best, such as an office or specific study area. However, if this isn’t available, a quiet corner with a clean desk and a comfortable, ergonomic chair will still work perfectly.

Avoiding distractions is also key, so maybe consider muting all notifications on any electronic device, agreeing on boundaries with other people who are also sharing the space, such as other household members or office colleagues, and consider investing in a pair of noise-canceling headphones to keep you focused on your work.

Finally, the technology you use can play a vital role in how effective your study is. Make sure you have access to high-speed internet and a device capable of running the eLearning course.

4. Engage with the Course Material Actively

The course content can only take you so far — no matter how well-designed it is. Make sure you’re engaging with the content. Take detailed notes, participate fully in any interactive or group elements offered, and try to apply the coursework to real-life scenarios from your career. All of this can help reinforce the content, enhance your critical thinking, and increase your specific knowledge.

Course forums or discussions, if offered, offer an extremely valuable way to ask questions on areas you’re unsure of or struggling with. Lean on your fellow learners and the instructors to help deepen your understanding and seek feedback where you can to further your understanding.

5. Practice Regular Self-Assessment

While you’ll no doubt be assessed as you continue your learning journey, it’s also crucial for your understanding that you carry out continuous personal assessments. These can help identify any potential areas of weakness before they become a problem, and allow you to see how well the content is sticking before you’re faced with an external test.

Quizzes, assignments, and project work can all help you gauge your understanding, find where you excel, and see where you may need to devote more study. These self-assessments may even highlight the need for some additional support for particularly difficult topics. If you find this to be the case, you can reach out to tutoring or coaching services to address these areas.

Conclusion: Embarking on Your eLearning Journey with Confidence

Advancing your career through eLearning is a fantastic opportunity. If you follow the five steps we’ve outlined, you can be confident that you’re giving yourself the very best chance to succeed. We can’t stress enough how important it is not to rush the process. Take the time to engage with the first steps outlined, where you consider your goals and plan your learning outcomes — this is so important to make sure you remain motivated and engaged throughout your course.

Once you’ve figured out your goals, why not take the next step with us? Explore our comprehensive suite of procurement and supply chain courses, share with your manager and let us guide your team through a learning journey with our years of experience in training excellence.

eLearning is a powerful tool and can be transformative for your career. Get in touch with us today and start your journey towards progressing your career.

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