Update 2018: Southern Solutions Training no longer offer online childcare courses. However, we have training centres in Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne. Explore our childcare courses here and if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with a career consultant!
Thanks to advances in technology, we’re no longer confined to classrooms and on-campus study. Online studying opens up a wave of opportunity for people wishing to further their education and career.
Working towards your childcare qualification means you want to play an integral part in the growth and development of children. We are happy to see your interest in our courses!
As you prepare to achieve your qualification in childcare, you will have the option of studying on-campus or using an online and workplace approach to learning. Below we’ve collated our top tips to remain focused and work efficiently towards your chosen childcare qualification.
Online studying tips in childcare education
Know what you like while studying childcare
This might take a couple of weeks as you discover how best you study.
- Do you like listening to music while you study, or do you lose focus as you concentrate on lyrics instead of course work?
- Do you like working at home, or does a quiet public library lead to fewer distractions?
- Do you absorb more information when you write things physically on paper, or do you prefer typing out notes?
No one can answer those questions but you! Take the time to learn what you do and don’t like while studying.
Visualise your end goal
Add a picture or quote to your workspace so you are constantly reminded of why you are working to achieve your childcare qualification! When you’re feeling unmotivated or unenthusiastic, let this visual help to reinforce your goal.
Also remember that the motivation and dedication required to complete studies online is an attractive quality to future employers. You’ve shown how you can work autonomously to achieve a great end goal.
Reward yourself and set achievable milestones
We’re not programmed to sit in the same place for hours upon hours reading pages and pages of notes. Set small, achievable milestones and reward yourself appropriately. Avoid setting long-term goals like “I will study for 15 hours this week” – it’s harder to visualise how that is split up into each day of the week.
Set smaller, bite-sized achievements. For example, on Monday, set yourself the goal that you will study from noon to 2pm. Reward yourself with an hour break to do whatever you want – watch a trashy reality show, hit the gym, or prepare dinner.
You work on Tuesdays, so perhaps you need to be more realistic and set a goal to study from 8pm-10pm, after the kids are in bed. Realistic milestones must be able to slot into your existing life, so don’t overestimate what you can achieve.
Create a dedicated workspace
Over time your brain will associate this space with study and learning. Avoid using this space for other activities, and, if possible, keep it out of the bedroom. A corner of your home can be transformed into a quiet study space complete with desk, lamp, and all necessary supplies.
A designated workspace keeps study separate from the rest of your life!
What works for you when studying childcare?
The most important thing you must remember is that what may work well for someone else mightn’t work for you!
So if you’re a night owl, don’t force yourself to get up early to study. Just because some statistics say between 10am and noon is the best time to study, doesn’t mean you should force yourself to study then when normally you feel more comfortable studying in the afternoon or evening.
It’s all about taking the time to discover what kind of studying schedule and regime works best for you.
If you require any study support as your advance towards your childcare qualifications, get in touch with our support system. We’re available via email, telephone, or Skype, and we’re here to lend you a hand. Studying should be challenging, but it should also be fun, engaging, and rewarding. Good luck!
Understanding online studying
Before you dive in and begin your course, make sure you are familiar with the basics of online study.
- Can you access the portal where assignments are submitted?
- Do you know how you can get in touch your course trainer?
- Do you know how you can contact student support?
- Are there discussion groups with other students that you can form?
Knowing these basics will help you enter the course feeling more confident and informed, which makes a great start to your study!
Keen to start working towards your childcare qualifications?
Make sure you check out all of our education and childcare courses to learn which one is right for you! And remember, student support is always just a phone call or email away. If you have any questions about our courses, please contact us today!