How to efficiently absorb video lesson content – WAU
In our day to day, the number of distractions is extremely high and accompanies us anywhere. Just a quick scan on your smartphone or any other mobile device will deflect the focus for many minutes and even hours. With studies, it is no different. If you’ve studied for a whole day […]
In our day to day, the number of distractions is extremely high and accompanies us anywhere. Just a quick scan on your smartphone or any other mobile device will deflect the focus for many minutes and even hours.
With studies, it is no different. If you have studied for a whole day through an online platform and were discouraged to return to that video lesson that stopped in the middle because you had the feeling that you have not absorbed anything, know that you are not alone!
Although learning is a very pleasurable activity, we often fail to create a favorable dynamics so that our learnings prevail.
Therefore, we will show you some tips for you to keep the pace of studies and make the most of the virtual learning.
How to choose the ideal course
Nothing is more important than choosing the material you want to consume. With technological advances, creating online courses has become much simpler. Consequently, the variety and quantity of courses has increased significantly.
Nowadays, several courses are offered exclusively online, without the possibility of realization in person. You can find courses on almost any topic that interests you. Whether your desire is to learn to cook gluten-free dishes or to learn more about the English language and culture, you will find a suitable course.
Format courses EAD present several advantages when compared to classroom courses, starting with price. Regardless of whether it is a complete degree or a free course, digital courses are almost always cheaper than classroom courses.
Many online courses are even free, such as the Content Marketing and Content Production for the Web courses, from Websites Are Us itself.
But if the price is lower, is the quality the same? THE quality of online courses can be equivalent to or higher than in-person courses. As production costs are lower and it is possible to have a large number of students at the same time, the price of the course may be lower for each student.
Higher quality courses tend to have a higher price, but this is not a rule. Still, looking for courses well evaluated by the market before making the payment is a good idea.
For those who want to take more than one course, online course hubs that offer many options for a monthly fee can be a good idea. Websites Are Us University offers plans in this format for students interested in digital marketing. But, if the interest is in a single course, the possibilities are also practically endless.
Of course, the ideal, before starting any course, whether online or in person, paid or free, is search a lot about the course and about the institution.
Visit sites like Complain Here and check if customer complaints have been answered. Also research the authority of the company offering the course, talk to alumni and visit pages on social networks to find out what they are talking about.
Check out the program content and don’t be afraid to contact the platform that offers the lesson, if you think it is necessary. Also check the quantity and content of classes and modules and see if everything you need to know is present in the video classes offered. If not, it may be interesting to look for other possibilities of courses or look for add-ons on blogs specialized in the subject.
Online courses also allow flexible schedules. With the exception of one or the other online class that can take place live on higher hourly courses, it is possible to attend classes according to your availability.
Video lessons can be accessed from anywhere, at any time, but always be aware that your course has a deadline for delivering exercises and for ending classes.
Read the terms of conditions and services it is not common practice for Brazilians, but it is highly recommended. Only then will you know all your rights, obligations and content that you will receive for the amount invested.
Even the terms of free courses may require some kind of assignment or obligation and clearly explain what you will receive (and if you will receive anything) upon completion of the course. Some free courses, for example, do not qualify for the certificate. Stay tuned and don’t be too lazy to read the terms and instructions available on the chosen platform.
Stay tuned for details
Many people ask if there are disadvantages to online courses. The issue is a little delicate because there are some characteristics that may bother some people, but they are not necessarily disadvantages.
The physical absence of colleagues, for example, can generate some discomfort, but allows classes to be more dynamic due to the low number of interruptions.
In addition, the necessary personal discipline is greater, as the student is the one who controls all of his study hours. And if you decide to study at home, other distractions like the television or the bed can easily win over your attention.
Therefore, creating a routine with time and place of study is an option that makes it easier for your body and brain to understand that moment is one of study.
But then, how to get the most out of video lessons?
Planning is necessary
In London, we don’t have much of a planning culture. Planning may seem like a waste of time, but in fact, good planning can save you a lot of time in the near future. So, our first tip is: plan carefully and carefully.
Don’t create goals that are too easy, as you won’t be trying hard enough. However, goals must be attainable. It is also useless to create impossible goals.
Adapt the goal to you. If you’re unsure how to do it, create a goal that seems plausible, then test, evaluate and make the necessary changes.
Start by creating a daily, weekly and monthly study schedule. The weekly schedule can be a little more detailed and needs to be built every beginning of the weekly cycle of studies, as well as the monthly schedule.
With a clear goal on the subject and subject of studies for each day and time, it becomes more difficult to be distracted or lose focus on unimportant subjects.
Set aside an adequate time and space for your studies. If you always study on the same days of the week and at the same time, your brain gets used to it and it becomes more difficult to give in to temptations.
If possible, study in a place where hardly anyone will bother you. Avoid noisy rooms in the house, such as the living room or kitchen. If you have a home office, great. If your home is always cluttered and crowded, try community study rooms or even a public library. Remember to make sure about the location’s Wi-Fi availability.
Before you start, prepare your brain and body. Understand that the moment is one of study and focus on classes.
To increase motivation, a good technique is to allow yourself a small gift after hitting your daily or weekly goal, like watching an episode of a sitcom or anything else that gives you pleasure.
And after so much planning, it’s finally time to start. And now?
Still, it’s not always easy to follow your schedule, right?
For those who have difficulty concentrating on past content, the tip is to take notes. Create “blocks” or “notebooks” of notes so you don’t get lost. Today there are several free platforms, such as Evernote or Google Docs, that facilitate this process and can help a lot.
The type of note can vary from person to person: there are those who prefer to write down each word, there are those who prefer to write down only the main ideas. The fact is that the annotations help in memorizing and internalizing the contents.
Don’t hesitate to pause and rewind the videos. If you don’t understand any part, review the video lesson until the concept is clear. If you want to pause it to take notes, don’t think twice.
For those studying for long periods, take a 15-minute break every 2 hours. This decreases fatigue and increases the absorption of knowledge. If possible, stretch while resting. This activates the circulation and can avoid problems or pain that deconcentrate and slow the pace of study.
If the course or video class provides exercises to be solved, be sure to do them. Thus, you validate your learning and ensure the fixation of the content.
Finally, review! Reviewing your notes and what you have learned may seem tedious, but it will definitely make a difference when applying, in practice, what has been taught, in addition to increasing the fixation of what has been studied.
Taking courses online can be incredibly helpful, as long as you have a little discipline.
The tip is to find out what works for you, what your goals are and, mainly, what you plan to learn. So, you can follow our tips and adapt them according to your needs and possibilities.
And, if you already have the routine of studying online and know another good tip that was left out of our list? So leave a comment and tell us about your study routine and how you can get the most out of your content.
This content was written by André Jota, editor of the Learncafe free course platform.