When you hate studying online, your course seems to last forever.
It’s a million times harder to find the motivation to keep going.

It’s a lot easier to just turn on the TV, and put off doing any reading for another day (or week).

So if you hate studying online what can you do?

There are ways to make the experience less painful. Which of these scenarios describes you?

1. You hate studying online, but you still like the subject of your course

Let’s say you’ve always wanted to learn about website design. So because you work full-time, you enrolled in an e-learning course.
But you find working through the modules without face-to-face guidance really hard.
It’s killing your love of the subject.

Try this: Switch your focus away from the learning method and onto the subject of your course.

Ask yourself: are you actually learning something useful about your topic? If so, can you put up with some irritations to learn cool new information? Is it a fair trade-off?

2. You hate studying online, but you had a good reason for enrolling

Maybe the course will prove to your boss you’re serious about professional development.
It might help you change jobs, or get promoted. It could even be a stepping stone to another course and a whole new qualification.
But in the meantime, the online learning experience is just not what you’d hoped.

Try this: Take a moment to remember why you’re learning online.
What’s your goal? What’s in this for you?

If you really want to get to the destination, can you endure a bumpy bus ride over some annoying potholes to get there?

3. You hate studying online, but you can’t make it to a campus

Maybe you just prefer traditional learning, with lectures, and face-to-face contact with other students.
But if you don’t want to move cities or give up your job, e-learning becomes your best option for further study. It comes down to what’s practical.

Try this: Think about the options that e-learning is giving you.
If you didn’t study online, what would you do?

You might not be able to study at all – that would mean fewer options for your personal or professional life.
It might even make getting a qualification or expanding your knowledge impossible!

So e-learning might not be ideal, but is it better than nothing?

If you really hate studying online, that probably won’t change overnight. But it can really help to remember why you’re doing it, and what you’ll gain.

Because the course will eventually end – and when it does, you’ll have a useful qualification or valuable new knowledge. And then, it’ll suddenly all seem worthwhile.

Author's Bio: 

Dr Liz Hardy is the owner of ElearningTrainer.com and the author of E-learning 101, the friendliest online study guide around. Dr Hardy takes a unique approach to online learning. Blending simple e-learning strategies with a little humour and pictures of friendly dogs, she presents accessible e-learning advice that works.