Ten life hacks for effective online learning

Ten life hacks for effective online learning

| Self-development

Where should you begin, once youhave set your sights on studying online?

Online education is always self-education. The result in this field depends strictly upon you, your goals and your perseverance. How should you choose the right courses and, most importantly, learn in such a way that it will bring maximum benefit? We have 10 life hacks for those who are seriously considering their professional and personal development.

1. Rational choice of courses

First of all, you need to decide what you would like to study and where. There are a lot of online courses on offer today, and at times it is difficult to decipher what is concealed beneath their marketing spiel. When choosing a course, follow the following guidelines:

  • Listen to the opinions of friends or people who have completed the courses that you wish to opt for, and also to the opinions of those who work in your field.
  • Evaluate the depth of knowledge that the course is offering: will it really help cultivate the skills for the job, or will it just provide basic knowledge?
  • Weigh up the price tag of the course. Don't opt for the cheapest or most expensive option. Choose courses with a rational, justifiable cost, so that after completing the course, you will see a substantial ROI.

2. Course timetable

Course timetable

After you have chosen a course, check out how the classes are conducted.

Courses can have a clear timetable, or they can consist of a cycle of videos that you can watch at any time. If these are live broadcasts, then set reminders for yourself, and try not to be late for them. If the training is structured through pre-recorded lectures, do not jump randomly from video to video - follow the established sequence.

Do not neglect homework, because completing it will help memorize what you have learnt and retain it in your mind in the long-term. Try to devote 45 minutes every day to this self-education task for a month - this is the most effective and efficient method.

3. Concentration Mode

Are you constantly distracted by social media? Android smartphones have a special feature known as Concentration Mode. It restricts the user's access to applications for a certain period of time. Activate this restriction before starting to watch a lecture, or taking a test. If you're on iOS, you can find apps with similar functionality in the Apple Store.

4. Mind maps

Mind maps

Making notes is a very important tool for any student. One of its formats is called mind maps. The diagram of these "mind maps" looks like a tree, with "branches" depicted like words, ideas, tasks, or any terms associated with the general concept. This pictorial depiction makes it easier to absorb and retain information and helps to:

  • memorize, understand, think over the logic of the illustrated material;
  • clearly explain your position to the listeners;
  • briefly and concisely present the material;
  • easier to make decisions, develop projects, create plans.

You can create a mind map by using ordinary pencils, and by also using special web based services like Bubbl.us or Coggle.

5. "Tomato" time management

If you belong to the category of people who procrastinate before getting down to work, then the Pomodoro timing system will be a big help for you. The idea is simple: set a timer for 20 minutes and devote these minutes exclusively to learning, without allowing yourself to be distracted by anything else. After that, take a 5 minute break, and then set the timer again for 20 minutes. And so on.

If you are unable to maintain concentration for 20 minutes, reduce this time to 10 minutes. Gradually increase it to 45 minutes - the optimal duration for a daily training session. Such a system will include provision for a 15 minute recess. Just imagine how much useful information you will be able to remember if you have 4 such sessions a day!

6. Bullet journal

Bullet journal

Bullet journal is a scheduling system that helps you organize any information, including plans and daily tasks. It was invented by the New York designer Ryder Carroll: as a student, he could not concentrate on any single topic for any length of time, and was looking for a way to quickly capture thoughts. This is how Ryder came up with his own system of signs for marking notes:

  • point - task to be done;
  • cross - completed task;
  • sign < - task is scheduled;
  • > sign - task has been rescheduled (you did not manage to complete it on time);
  • an asterisk - thoughts and notes that need not be built into the schedule, but which may be useful in work;
  • circle - an important event or program.

What does Bullet journal look like in practice? You write down an important thought, event or task in a notebook (in free form), and then put the corresponding icon next to it. It's that simple!

7. "Urgent or not?"

The Eisenhower Matrix is ​​another time management technique for prioritizing a to-do list for the day. The matrix consists of four squares:

  • important but not urgent;
  • important and urgent;
  • not important, but urgent;
  • not important and not urgent.

By writing each task into one or another square, you can assess its real significance and decide on the priority it deserves.

8. Mnemonics


Mnemonics is the "art of memorization" that was invented in ancient Greece. It is ideal for those situations when you need to quickly learn some formulas or rules. The principle is simple - you need to come up with personal associations or use readily available phrases from the Internet. They will serve as triggers for what you need to remember. A classic example of a well-known mnemonic phrase is "Every hunter wants to know where the pheasant is sitting." This phrase is used for remembering the order of the colors in the rainbow. You can use it not just for memorizing colors, but for anything, even the laws of physics.

9. Multichannel

Feel stuck in a certain topic and are unable to fully grasp it? Most often this happens because the current method of learning has ceased to work for you (temporarily). Try switching to other sensory channels. This means that you do not need to read only books, even if you think that reading is more convenient and effective for you than watching videos. Indeed, for a full and wide-ranging comprehension, the brain needs variety. So activating different sensory perceptions improves the memorization process. Listen to podcasts or watch webinars, in other words, do not get fixated on one particular method.

10. Stress management

Learning is always stressful, because you probably have to juggle several things at the same time: family, work, and self-education. Don't be afraid of or ignore fatigue - instead, take regular time off to re-energize yourself. This will ensure that your training will be effective in the long run, and you will not feel inclined to give it up halfway. A good night's rest, proper nutrition and exercise are the best help. There are also plenty of everyday options for dealing with stress. This can include meditation, yoga, and even just watching your favorite TV show wrapped in a comfortable blanket.

These simple yet effective life hacks will help you cope with any difficulties of online learning, cultivate a disciplined lifestyle, and even surprise an employer or acquaintance with your new skills.

Mila Smart Semeshkina and Lectera make it to the finals of the international EdTech Awards 2024

This year, there were over 60 nominations at The EdTech Awards | Future Focused For the Win. The online educational platform Lectera, led by its founder and CEO, Mila Smart Semeshkina, is among the winners.

| News

Mila Smart Semeshkina in the 100 Most Influential People in Dubai list

Mila Smart Semeshkina, CEO of the Lectera platform, was for the second time in a row included in Arabian Business’s 100 Most Influential People in Dubai ranking.

| News

According to Forbes columnist Mila Smart Semeshkina, "Startup success is a product of courage and foresight."

The founder and CEO of the Lectera platform, Mila Smart Semeshkina, told in her new article for the Forbes op-ed how to guarantee your startup a successful launch and a stable position in the market.

| News

Mila Smart Semeshkina receives the CEO of the Year at CEO Middle East Awards 2023!

On December 13, the annual Arabian Business’s CEO Middle East Awards ceremony was held in Dubai (UAE).

| News

Mila Smart Semeshkina Leads Inspiring Workshop on Personal Branding at UN Women Entrepreneurship Expo

Mila Semeshkina, CEO of Lectera and founder of the WE Convention, recently spearheaded a hands-on workshop on personal branding at the Women's Entrepreneurship Expo 2023.

| News

Mila Smart Semeshkina's article for Forbes: how business can make education accessible

In the 21st century, quality education is no longer a luxury; it should be a right. Everyone in the world, regardless of location, residence, gender, or financial status, should have the opportunity to obtain essential skills and knowledge to develop a career and realise one’s potential.

| News

Mila Smart Semeshkina is in the top 20 most inspiring female leaders in the Middle East

The Italian women's magazine Grazia has published an article about businesswomen in the Arab world.

| News

Mila Smart Semeshkina for Forbes: "Stories of accomplished female leaders can serve as beacons"

Mila Smart Semeshkina has published an author's column in Forbes.

| News