How to distribute the load and schedule an online learning effectively?

Professional development usually appears in the life of a financial specialist for two reasons:

  1. Professional development usually appears in the life of a financial specialist for two reasons:
  2. When the specialist himself is actively working on the development of his career and found the ideal course for this.

If you have to study in full-time courses - your schedule will be scheduled in advance. If the choice fell on online courses - there is no need to adapt to the rhythm of an entire group or lecturer. You can independently choose when and at what pace it is more convenient to practice. Online courses are budgetary, suggesting a flexible schedule, a quality way of continuing education. But how to use this flexibility for the good, and not to the detriment of your time and energy, and successfully reach the end? This article contains recommendations for effective training in online courses, verified by more than one hundred students of our academy.

Make a schedule of classes

Online courses for financial professionals there are a great many: financial management, tax and accounting, Excel and many others. etc. Since resources are spent on such education less, a desire arises - not only for the management of the company, but also for the specialist himself - to take up several disciplines at once. I would recommend not to do so, but first try to see if such a training format, chosen specialization, teacher and presentation are suitable for you at all. We at the academy offer free trial access to the first module of any course. Here, on your own or with the help of an administrator, you 

How to build a daily training schedule? When is the best time to practice? On weekdays or on weekends? In the morning or evening? You decide this yourself, depending on your temperament, lifestyle, working conditions. A huge advantage is that the remote format “fits” into any life schedule: someone engages in the late evening, when the work is finished, all the household chores are done, the children go to bed; someone can set aside time right at work if the employer allows; some experts prefer harmful buns)) training at lunchtime

How to plan load distribution?

Before you start building your training schedule, remember that professional growth is a life-long process. A key element in the study of any subject is systematic. It is much more useful to study for half an hour every day than to sit 8 hours a day until a headache.

The second point that needs to be taken into account, and which our methodologists very often point out when communicating with a client: you came not to show knowledge, but to learn something new. Therefore, do not be discouraged at the first stages if there are incomprehensible places in the notes, if the first attempts to pass the test showed a low result. The usefulness of your studies depends not only on their quantity, but also on their quality.

If you are engaged in the realization of what you want to get - knowledge, practical skills, a good exam result, a welcome diploma, i.e. the process is going on purposefully, then in this case the progress will be much faster than you just “noted” on the portal, formally read the notes and take the tests. But if you practice regularly, and try to use the time effectively, you will see decent results. Without exaggeration, I can say that planning your time is one of the key points in scheduling classes. This is actually very simple - if you started planning classes for the future, then you are on the right track. If you do not do this, you will most likely go through a couple of modules that you already know, the new will seem too difficult for you, and you simply will not achieve any progress. First you need to determine how much time you have for classes. Then divide this period of time into parts, each of which is devoted to a separate study.

For example: If I have only two hours for classes, I divide this time into 2 parts: 1 hour for reading the abstract and 1 hour for solving problems and watching webinars; or half an hour for a compendium and a task book and a second hour for viewing a webinar on a topic.

After the first module, to which our academy has free access, that is, before the start of training, you can decide what is more convenient for you personally: first read the compendium, and then watch a webinar on this topic or vice versa, first listen to the teacher, and then consolidate by reading abstract. There is no consensus even among teachers. This you decide based on personal preferences. By practicing the separation method, you give yourself the opportunity to cover a wider range of topics that you want to know.

For example: Studying the topic “Financial Instruments” is always difficult. Many leave it "for later" or simply decide that it is unbearable. But if you say to yourself: “Next weekend I will devote to financial instruments and nothing more”, then the task becomes more clear and manageable. Assimilation of a small amount of information gives you the opportunity to take the next step, move on to the next topic.

So how do you make your class schedule?

Everything is very simple: write down your goals on a piece of paper and be specific. Instead of saying: “I need to learn the topic“ Financial Instruments ”, you need to understand that it’s not clear to you where the synopsis occurs (it cannot be, absolutely nothing is clear in the synopsis), it’s worth asking the teacher questions or better watch a webinar. With the help of tests for each module of the course, you can check how well the passed material is learned and what causes difficulties. 

Concentrate on this moment, work through them. The best advice I can give you is that you need to pay attention to what you do not know, and not what you know.

Originally published Aug 16, 2020