6 Bad Habits in Online Continuing Education Courses

Indulging in bad habits can be detrimental to your success in online continuing education courses. Here at Bob’s Brooks School, we want to see you succeed during and after your online continuing education course. To ensure your online continuing education courses further your career, here are some bad habits you should avoid while attending continuing education courses. 

Assuming Online Continuing Education Courses Demand Less Effort 

The past few years have driven many things to remote online platforms, including education. While in-person and online learning feels very different, it is important to expel the same amount of effort into online courses as you would with traditional learning. A dangerous presumption about online education is that the lack of traditional classroom structure equates to it being easy. Incorrectly, people think to themselves, “Oh, this isn’t a real class.” Our online continuing education courses are LREC-accredited and meet state requirements. Online education depends on the student’s personal initiative to secure success. Ultimately, your effort determines how much you get from the course.

Poor Time Management 

The flexibility to create a personalized schedule and pace is a massive benefit of online courses. As a busy professional, this can be incredibly appealing. Sadly, without the proper time management skills and an established schedule, this freedom threatens your success. Pushing off tasks is a slippery slope because even though you can set your own pace, it has to be done eventually or else you risk falling behind. By establishing a responsible schedule, you ensure that you have allotted the right amount of time for success. It is important to note that just preparing a schedule isn’t enough. It’s on you to follow through.

Ignoring Your Limits 

Being a hard worker is a valuable virtue, but only if you respect your limits. Resetting and resting your brain is a fundamental ingredient to success. If you notice yourself struggling to absorb the material, burnout has shifted your brain from active listening to passive. Instead of forcing productivity, it is better to take a break and return once you can properly apply yourself to learning. Research shows that taking breaks from five to 60 minutes can increase energy, productivity, and focus. So, have a well-deserved break when you need it. You’ve earned it! 

Distracting Environments 

Online courses have made education more accessible than ever, as you can invest in your furthering your career from the comfort of your home. However, neglecting to create a distraction-free zone for studying makes concentrating and understanding the material challenging. It is hard to resist the urge to check social media or multitask with household chores if you lack a dedicated learning environment. A good work environment is a quiet, private space with a good internet connection and an uncluttered work area for taking notes. Headphones can be a big help too! By creating a dedicated workspace, your brain can associate your workspace with focus and productivity, making it easier to stay on track.

Hesitating About Asking for Help 

The independence of online learning might deter you from asking for help when you need it. Just because you can learn all alone doesn’t mean you should. Don’t put yourself in a bubble because reaching out feels awkward. There is no reason to struggle when your instructor is eager to help you understand, should you ask. At Bob Brooks School, we are passionate about helping you achieve success in your course and career! 

Taking Short Cuts 

At the moment, a shortcut might seem like a tempting idea, but it typically hurts you in the long run. Ignoring the temptation of shortcuts depends on healthy self-discipline. For example, it may seem easy to cram the material without fully understanding or engaging with it. But applying yourself is more rewarding and useful in the long term. By fully applying yourself to your online continuing education courses, you can learn skills that can help you stand out and succeed in your field. 

Explore Your Continuing Education Options With Bob Brooks School

If you feel you understand the path to success in online continuing education courses, it’s time to enroll! Bob Brooks School offers a massive selection of continuing education courses in real estate, insurance, contracting, home inspection, title insurance, and insurance adjustment. Please explore our website to find the right fit for you, call us at 225-292-7277 or message us online. We look forward to hearing from you!


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