How many times did you start an online course in order to learn new skills and eventually dropped it after few lessons? Don’t worry about it – more than 97% of the people do.
Do you want to hear my secret formula that helped me to learn product management, data science and even marketing using online courses? Just follow the steps below.
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Start with the Goal
Any learning process needs a goal. Do you remember your 8th grade boring History/Math/Whatever class? Did you ever think why was it so boring? Let me tell you – because you didn’t understand the goal of it.
For 99% of people it is way easier to learn something when they understand why it is important and how it is going to benefit them. Therefore, when I wanted to learn marketing I didn’t search marketing courses, instead I searched for a project and eventually decided to open a blog.
Based on your next career position, define a goal, a project, that completing it will make you closer to achieving your dream job. If you need more help with finding this project, read our expertise post.
What to Avoid
Studying towards 4 degrees, at the best Universities in Israel and the USA I can tell you what the main problem with education is: it is too general.
Yes, it is that simple – when someone creates a course he or she thinks about all the knowledge that the student should learn with no consideration of the student’s background and goals.
For example, there are thousands of “programming for beginners” online courses that go through the same subjects. However, if you are a lawyer you have different skills than if you were a marketing manager. Therefore, you would need to practice certain subjects more than others, and on the other hand, you might be able to skip some of the lectures.
In other words, don’t try to learn courses from the beginning to the end, lecture by lecture. It won’t help you to achieve you goals. On the contrary, you are probably going to drop the course after the 5th lecture. Or worse – you’ll listen to all of the lectures, but won’t really acquire new skills.
How to Learn
Remember the project you defined earlier? Now, it is the time to start working towards it.
Your first task would be to breakdown your project or goal into small tasks and use any app you like to track it. Personally, I like to use Asana, Trello or Google Docs, depending on the specific project and tasks.
Then, divide these tasks into days. A good rule of thumb is to have 3-5 tasks a day. Make sure the tasks are defined in a way that each of them would take you something between 30 minutes to 2 hours. No more, no less.
Usually you will be able to define the tasks of the next 2-3 days very detailed and the later ones more vaguely – that’s OK! As you’ll progress, you will learn a lot and will be able to put more details in future tasks.
Only now, after you have somewhat of a plan, you should start picking up online courses. But, as before – don’t try to go from start to end like a book (unless you feel you really enjoy it). Look at syllabus and realize which lectures will help you achieve your daily tasks.
Trust me – for the first time you will truly learn, because you will implement everything you learn, in your project. Every example the lecturer gives, you will immediately practice in your project – what a great feeling!
Online Courses Platforms
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Nowadays, learning is not only courses and lectures, but much more. In addition to online courses there are great resources, such as podcasts, blogs and influencers.
Now that your project is on it’s way it is the time to learn who are the influencers in this field and follow their activity (posts, videos, etc). In addition, you should learn which podcasts and blogs might be relevant and start listen and read a lot. Lastly, don’t forget to connect with people in this field and consult your project with them. Need to expand your network? Click Here to learn how.
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