Octoplus: Essential study skills for getting the most out of online learning
It’s no small wonder that online learning has become ever more popular in recent years.
There’s so much going for it – the convenience of being able to learn in-demand skills from high-quality courses, wherever you happen to be in the world, at a time and a pace that suits you and at a highly competitive price, makes online learning the best choice for many students.
And now hotel revenue managers can benefit from all these opportunities too, with the launch of Octoplus; Octopus Revenue’s new series of online revenue management courses.
We have an online course in revenue management to suit every level of expertise, from absolute beginner to experienced hotel revenue managers looking to either refresh their skills or gain formal training.
But how can you get the most out of our online training? Read on to find out a few of the essential study skills and techniques that will help you to stay focussed and motivated during your online revenue management course.
1. Have realistic expectations for what will be expected of you
There’s a common misconception among some people that online courses are an easier option than more traditional classroom-based learning. This couldn’t be further from the truth.
Online courses are a more convenient way to fit studying into your life, but the actual course content, learning objectives and student requirements of the Octoplus online revenue management courses are equal to those of our traditional face-to-face programmes.
You’ll need to be prepared to commit the same amount of time and dedication to your online learning as you would to a classroom-based course.
2. Make a schedule and stick to it
One of the greatest advantages to online learning is its flexibility – but this can also be one of the factors that some students find most difficult to manage. Procrastination is public enemy number one when it comes to online study!
To make a success of your online course, you need to plan when you’re going to be able to sit down and focus on it, otherwise you risk continually putting off and putting it off, and it will never be finished.
So make a schedule and stick to it. Check how many hours of work the course will take, work out when you’ll be able to sit down to do each section and, finally, give yourself a date when you will complete the course by. And make sure you stick to it!
3. Find a dedicated study space
There’s nothing worse than sitting down to start your course, only to be continually interrupted by co-workers, clients, friends or family members, so much so that you lose all concentration and focus.
This is why it’s so important to find yourself a quiet corner where you know you won’t be interrupted. So, let people know you’ll be unavailable for the next couple of hours, shut the door, switch off your phone, sit down with your computer and a cuppa and get down to business!
4. Save, save, save
Everyone has done it at some point – you put your heart and soul into a piece of work, get it exactly how you want it, then when you start to read it back to yourself, the power goes out, your wifi loses connection or your computer crashes. All that hard work and you’ve got zilch to show for it!
To avoid this, with some training providers you need to make sure you save your work at every single stage of the process.
Thankfully, Octoplus online revenue management courses are broken down into easy-to-digest bite-sized chunks, and your progress through each section is automatically saved as you work, meaning you won’t face this frustration with our courses.
And as 100% of the Octoplus courses are internet-based, you’ll be able to access your work on any device you choose. So even if your laptop goes bang, you’ll still be able to pick up where you left off with ease.
5. Don’t try to take short-cuts
If you’re rushing to get a piece of work finished, it’s so tempting to skim read the instructions or make snap assumptions just to get through it all quicker. But of course, this can actually end up costing you more time and effort than simply reading everything thoroughly to start with.
Your online course will take as long as it’s meant to take, so don’t rush it. Take your time and make sure you get as much out of it as you can.
At the end of the day, your studies are going to make your job easier, give your career prospects a boost, or help your business make more money. That’s got to be worth investing your time and attention in!
Follow our tips for successful online study practises and you’ll give yourself the best chance of maximising your achievement.
You can find out more about our Octoplus online revenue management courses here.