It’s safe to say that online learning has never been more popular, but if you’re new to studying or not studied in a while, you may be wondering exactly how does online learning work. We’re going to take a look at various aspects of online learning, methods used and the courses that you can study online.
When it comes to online learning, there are three main methods of studying, you either have self studied courses that are all based online with little or no tutor interaction, blended learning which means you have both online learning and learning in a classroom or classroom environment and then you have video learning.
Depending on the courses you are studying, A-Levels or Diplomas, the best methods of study are quite flexible and can be adapted to suit the student and their needs, rather than just a set option like you would have at school or college.
So, how does online learning work? Well first things first, you have to sign up for the course you want to study. Usually, with online learning, there are no restrictions on when you can start studying a course. Once you have found your course and enrolled, you will be provided with log in details, these are what you need to access your learning portal, course materials and tutor (if your course has one).
Now you have access to your course materials, you can begin to study the course. Be sure to pay attention to the instructions given to you within the course materials, these are there to ensure you get the most out of your learning experience and pass the course successfully.
If you get stuck, or find yourself needing more help, then be sure you contact your tutor and ask them for help. Your tutors are an invaluable source of knowledge and they will be able to help and guide you through the bits of the course you are struggling with.
Throughout your course materials, you will notice there are self testing questions and assessments for you to complete, ensure you complete these as often as you can, as they will give you a benchmark for your progress and development of your learning.
As you come to the end of your course, your thoughts will start to turn to either your examinations (if doing courses such as A-Levels) or final assessments for certification. Again, be sure to check in with your tutor and make sure they are happy with your progress and understanding of the course topic.
When ready, it’s time to complete your course. So if studying a Diploma, ensure you complete your final assessment and get your ID submitted to your tutor and the college. If you’re studying A-Levels, ensure you are fully registered with your chosen examination centre and you have the times you need to attend to sit your exams.
Having completed your course, all that is left is to claim your certificate. If you’re waiting for A-Levels, then your results (and subsequently, your certificates) will be issued to your exam centre and so you need to check with them on results day. If you’ve completed your Diploma, you should know within a few days whether you have passed and your certificate will be sent through to you by the college or through your learning portal.