Are you considering enrolling in an online course? Or perhaps you have an ever-growing collection of unfinished courses. Or maybe you are looking to develop your skillset. Regardless of the reason, the first step is to decide if this course is right for you.
How to Determine if a Course is Right for You
Because of the Internet, it's never been easier to access such a wide selection of courses. There are thousands of courses and even more are produced daily. You can find courses on a myriad of topics from affiliate marketing to how to prepare your home for disasters to how to start your own business designing printables. And because these courses are online, you're not at the mercy of someone else's schedule and there is no need for long extensive enrollment applications.
But just because a course is available doesn't mean it's right for you. Here are a few questions to ponder before enrolling in a course:
- Are you genuinely interested in learning about the course’s topic? While it's natural to have a running list of skills you would like to hone, it's important to determine which of those some-day-to-learn-skills are closest to the next “one” thing you need to master to get you closer to a personal or business goal. While Canva courses may be all the rage if it doesn’t line up with your “one” focus perhaps it is best to consider another course.
- What's your preferred learning style? Do you like investing in the content on your own terms, or do you enjoy engaging with the course creator and other students live? No matter how well the course material is laid out, if it’s not organized in a way that suits you, it’s unlikely you'll reap the full rewards of enrollment.
- Can you afford the course at this time? Just as you can find courses covering a variety of topics, course prices have a wide range as well. However, the cost is not just monetary. It will cost you time to go through the course material. Each of us has a different about funds and time we can budge to educational pursuits. And there will be times when a course just doesn't fit.
Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Online Course Purchases
Online courses can be a great way to learn new skills, get new ideas, and find inspiration. The key is to make the most out of your purchase by following these tips
Make A Plan
After purchasing a course, the first step you need to do is make an implementation plan. It's not enough to just buy a course, you want to schedule time in your calendar to go through the course material. It is important to set up a schedule for when you do your online coursework so that you don't end up wasting time on something else or having too much time between lessons. If you are taking an online course with weekly lessons, then you might want to be sure that you download the course material and work through it at your own pace.
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Here's just some of what's included in the PLR Course Tracker Template Pack
- List of Courses You've Registered For
- Prioritized Study List
- Monthly Calendar
- Map Our Your Study Times
- Course Overview Page
- Study Sheet
- Course Task List
- Study Goals
- Weekly Study Journal
- Daily Study Journal
- Brain Dump Page
- Notes Page
- Dot Grid Page
- Graph Page
Register to join the course live and access the replays.
If you have courses across multiple platforms or mediums, it is easy to lose track of what you have actually purchased. And managing all of your course purchases can be time-consuming and cumbersome. This is why it can be helpful to use tools like Airtable and Trello to help you navigate those challenges. Both of which are free to use unless you use a premium plan.
Identify Where to Get Help
While you may be taking the class remotely at your own leisure, many courses have Facebook groups. There you can connect with the course creator and other students as well. Chances are if you have a question, others have similar questions as well.
These are just a few ways to get the most of all of the courses you have purchased throughout the years.