We’re really pleased that you’re taking one of our online training courses! While you may be raring to get started, we’d like to share a few tips that’ll help you gain the full benefit from your training.
These tips range from ensuring you’re set up comfortably to knowing what support you can access if you get stuck. They will help you to fully engage with your Training Terminal course and ensure that the information sticks in your mind. You can then effectively apply what you learn to your personal or professional life.
10 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Online Training Course
Whether you’re taking personal development training or a compliance-based course, we want all our learners to have a seamless online traininf course experience. Learning new information is a naturally tiring process for the brain, but we want you to fully grasp the content, avoid getting stuck, and to not feel burnt out as you progress.
This is why we’ve prepared the following top 10 tips for maximising your learning experience. Have a read and see what you can do to get the most out of your training.
- Use your preferred device.
As long as you have an internet connection, our training courses work on any device – from mobiles and tablets to laptops and desktop computers. So, even if you don’t have time to sit at a desk, you can easily do a few 30-minute sessions on a tablet when you have gaps in your day.
The other benefit to choosing your preferred device is that you’ll be comfortable using it. You won’t have to waste time or energy figuring out the features of a new one.
- Update your browser and device.
While our courses work on any modern device and browser, you should check that the one you use has received the most recent updates. Doing so ensures that there are no technical issues or barriers to progressing with the course.
Most phones, tablets, and computers update automatically or prompt you to do so. If you’re not sure whether yours has updated recently however, you can go into system settings and look for the updates option. It’ll tell you if you’re on the latest version.
- Check that your internet is stable.
In a similar vein, make sure you’ve got a stable internet connection before you begin the training. Slowdown or disruptions can be incredibly irritating and disrupt your learning experience.
The good news is, if your internet does cut out midway, our courses will save your progress. It will automatically resume from where you left off when you reload it.
- Use our live chat while learning.
If you’re not quite sure about what something means or if you get stuck on a question, we are available on live chat. While taking a course, you can easily click the button in the bottom right corner to pop open a chat with us.
- Take breaks at any time.
If you feel your concentration tapering off, it’s time to take a break. Our course modules are usually half an hour or so each, so you should naturally be able to take some pauses throughout, However, you can stop midway through a module if you feel that the information isn’t sticking anymore. Go grab a drink or a snack, or come back tomorrow feeling refreshed.
The course will remember what slide you were up to and pick up from there when you resume. No need to click through and find where you were!
- Keep your learning objectives in mind.
Remember why you’re taking the training, whether it’s for helping your business to uphold its safety measures or for developing one of your personal or professional skills. Knowing that it’s contributing to yours and others’ future is highly motivating and will encourage you to keep going.
It’ll also help you to connect it with your daily life, which leads us onto the next tip.
- Aim to apply what you’re learning to everyday life.
One of the best ways to learn is by doing. With an online course, that often means waiting until after you’ve finished the training to put your newfound knowledge into practice. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t consider past scenarios or possible future events that are relevant.
Use your imagination to consider how the things you’re learning relate to your work or personal life. For example, if you’re taking a time management course, what changes do you think you’ll make to your daily schedule? If you’re taking a fire safety course, do you now better understand the specific procedures in your workplace?
Doing this will help you to connect with the training materials more personally, which in turn makes it more memorable and digestible.
- Choose a quiet place to take the course.
Learning is easiest when you have a clear head and relaxing environment, so try to find a spot where you’ll have no interruptions or distractions. This may not always be possible of course, especially if you need to fit in some time at work for it.
If you do have to take the course in a busy environment, not to worry. All the slides have full text and audio that you can reread or relisten to as many times as you want. Even if you can’t get a pair of headphones on, all the text is exactly the same as the voiceover.
- Revisit information that you aren’t confident about.
If you get stumped by a question and have to guess, feel free to click back through the modules and review the information on previous slides. You can do this at any time and as often as you want – even after you’ve completed the course.
It’s better to know the answer to questions confidently than move through the exercises and assessment by chance. That way your knowledge is solidified and you understand it in context.
- Use our downloadables and further resources.
Many of our courses contain downloadable templates, infographics, and posters. For example, blank risk assessment templates, food hygiene temperature sheets, and personal or professional development plans. They come alongside the course for free and can be excellent tools for you to use during or beyond your training.
We also have hundreds of articles available right here on the Hospitality Hotspot for you to read, many of which also offer free downloadable materials. Whatever your training needs, we’re bound to have a helpful resource for you, so do look around if you’d like something else before, during, or after finishing your course with us.
- Add your certificate to LinkedIn.
Once you’ve completed your training, it’s time to add it to your professional profile! Using LinkedIn is a great way to display the professional side of your life to the world and show off your training qualifications to future employers or clients.
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