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Online courses explained: Your guide to studying online

By Ashleigh Ho

Online study is a great way to get educated and gain a qualification flexibly and conveniently. You can study at any time, and from anywhere. But what is involved in an online course? 

This article goes through the ins and outs of studying online and how these courses can help you gain relevant knowledge for your future career.  

Is online learning better than traditional classroom learning? 

Studying an online course will get you the exact same qualification as somebody who is studying in a traditional classroom setting. But there are some extra benefits. 

Studying an online course lets you learn from the comfort of your own home (or anywhere in the world with an internet connection), without compromising the quality of your education. Online study also means that you don’t have to live near an in-person institution to get a qualification, which can save you on a pesky commute time.  

At Upskilled, all courses can be studied flexibly, and you can walk away with a nationally recognised qualification. As a student, you can study at any time of day, whenever is most convenient for you. 

Are you one of those people who are most productive at 2am? Studying online will let you learn whenever you feel your brain is the most switched on. Online study also means that you don’t have to give up other activities in your daily life – you can work in a job, enjoy your hobbies, and have a social life.

What kind of support is available for online students? 

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Unlike other online education institutes, Upskilled provides support services from the moment you decide to start a course to the completion of your qualification. Our education consultants are available to chat with you about your career goals and help select a course that suits you. Our student support team are there to guide you through your studies and are the first point of contact for course and assessment enquiries.

On top of online content and learning materials available 24/7, all courses have specialised trainers. Mentoring sessions are available with trainers, meaning that students receive personalised feedback and advice. Trainers continually follow up with students, ensuring continued progression in studies.    

Top 5 tips to studying online

The online study mode is different from traditional classroom study. Here are our top tips to ensure success when studying online:

1. Create a study schedule.

When studying online, you need to make yourself accountable for your own study schedule. Choose regular times for when you'll sit down and study. This will help you manage a routine and keep up with your study load.

2. Pick a regular study space.

Sometimes it's really tempting to study under the covers on your bed. But by selecting a regular space to consistently study, you'll be able to solidify your study routine. You'll also get to know the places in your house where your brain needs to be switched ‘on’ or ‘off’. A home office, a bench in your garden or the kitchen counter are all good places to set up your study space. 

3. Use online resources.

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At Upskilled, we offer more than the usual tutorials and readings. You get access to online videos on LinkedIn Learning. Why not take the opportunity to use them? They are a great supplement to your studies. 

4. Take breaks!

Whilst online study allows you the benefit of studying whenever you want to, it's important that you're taking regular breaks. Make a tea, go for a walk, or grab a snack to eat every hour or so. This will help you focus more when learning and feel more refreshed. 

5. Know where to find support.

Online study doesn’t mean that you have to do it all alone. At Upskilled, we have support services for all of our students. But it's also important to make sure you stay in touch with your friends and talk to your family.

How to apply for online courses 

To apply for a course, head to the Upskilled courses page and search for the course that interests you the most. Our education consultants are also available to chat if you’re not sure which course is best for you. When you’re ready to apply, click on the course you want to enrol in and select ‘Enquire Now’. Once you send in an enquiry, a member from the Upskilled team will be in touch. 

Find an online course to suit your career goals

There are many benefits to online study: you can get a nationally recognised qualification, learn from home, and study whenever is convenient. At Upskilled, there are courses available in many areas such as business, information technology and community services. See what courses are available now.

Get in touch with our education consultants today to learn which course is best for you and your goals. 
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