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CAREER ADVANCEMENT / FEB. 10, 2015
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How to Learn New Skills Online

Mastering new skills can be a challenge, but it doesn’t have to be impossible. You may not even need to go to college or attend seminars thanks to all of the resources you have available to you! If you want to learn new skills, the Internet is one of the best places to look. There are lots of sites where you can take free courses, and you can master new skills if you go about it the right way.

Here is how you can learn new skills online:

1. Decide what you want to learn

Spend a moment thinking about the things you want to learn. Are you trying to acquire a new skill to help flesh out your résumé, or is this a skill that will benefit you in your everyday life? Figure out what you want to learn most, and use your desire to attain that skill to propel you to work hard.

2. Make a learning plan

How much time can you dedicate to learning every day? How about every week? Can you set aside a block of time every month for taking an online class, or do you need to find a way to fit it into your schedule? Make a learning plan, and plan to keep it going for at least six months straight. That’s about as much time as it will take for you to become reasonably versed in the new skill.

3. Find the course to study

The beauty of the internet is that there are SO many places where you can take courses. You’ll find hundreds of different courses all for free, so it shouldn’t be too hard to find the course that matches your needs. Here are a few places to look:

4. Find the right place to study

Just because you’re studying online, that doesn’t necessarily mean you should study at home. Anywhere you can find a reliable connection can be a good option, including cafés, restaurants, and a buddy’s house. The most important thing is that you can study WITHOUT distractions, including noise, kids, conversations, internet cuts, and so on. Studying requires a lot of focus, so make sure the place where you study is quiet and free of distractions.

5. Practice that skill

Don’t just learn something new, but practice it as well. If you’re learning to design websites, design your own website. If you’re learning a new language, go someplace where you’re forced to use that language. No matter what you learn, you need to put it into practice in order to see real improvement.

6. Set an End Date

Many people make the mistake of studying until they think they’ve learned enough, but that’s not going to work for you. The reason you push yourself so hard in college is due to the fact that you have a test coming up, an end to your semester, or a graduation date. That deadline or end date is what keeps you working hard, and it’s what will ensure that you make your study time really count!

Follow this advice, and you can learn any number of new skills online like a pro!

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