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4th August 2020

5 tips to ensure successful Online Learning:

If you want to learn online via live lessons then there are a few steps you should take to ensure that your online learning is a success:

Familiarise Yourself with the Technology First

Find out what online technology will be used to deliver the lessons. If you’ve never used the online technology before ( e.g WebExZoom or MS Teams), make sure you know how it works and have a practice with a friend/colleague before your first lesson starts. If you’ve bought a new headset, microphone, or headphones for your training, get comfortable using them before your sessions begin.

Make sure your equipment is working and that your internet connection is as good is it can be.

Find a Suitable Space

To get the most out of your Online Course, your lessons must be conducted in a quiet, well-lit, comfortable space that’s free from distractions. Try to find a private space where you won’t be disturbed and where you won’t be distracted by phone calls, noise or co-workers. If at home, avoid the kitchen as it is often the most used room in the house. Make sure all other members of the household know when you have live lessons to minimise the chance of them interrupting you.


Some people find online learning to be a little unnerving. But if you’re not able to relax, you’ll find learning anything much more challenging than it should be. So relax! Your tutor is there to help you and they will do everything they can to make you to feel at ease. Joining with your camera on is best, but if at first you are not comfortable with this then keep it off until you are ready to switch it on.

Match what you want to learn to the  course you take 

When learning online, it’s particularly vital that you establish your  learning goals in advance. Think about what it is you want to learn before you start looking for a course. 

Try to find a course that covers as many of the areas you wish to focus on as possible. Do not register for a course without having a clear idea of what the course content will be. 

Study your notes

Don’t just switch your computer off after the online lesson has ended. Go through your notes to remind yourself what you have learned and what questions you have as a result. Spend 10 minutes practising what you have learned so that you don’t forget it all straight away.  Perhaps you could ask a family member or friend to ask you some questions based on the notes you have made to help check learning. 

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