In taking online courses: when is too much too much?

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If you made an account on any online-learning platform available, you’re in for an adventure. There are just so many things to learn and online-learning platforms opened doors for education like never before.

And because there are so many courses available (both free and paid), you just want to take everything that interests you. So you did. You bookmarked one course after another, enrolled yourself into two courses at a time (maybe even three).

Then the next thing you know, you can’t keep up with all your enrolled courses anymore. So when is too much too much? If you’re never finishing anything at all, maybe you’re having too much already.

If you find yourself in this situation, maybe it’s time to ask yourself: “Why am I taking this course? Where will I use the knowledge I’ll be learning from this?” If you are clear with these things, then you are adding value to yourself by taking such course. But if you are just taking them and not sure how they will benefit you or your career, then you better not take them (or better yet, it’s time to un-enroll). Why? It’ll be just a waste of your time.

If you do not need to learn such information right now, maybe you can spend your time somewhere else, doing something that will help you level up in your career, business, or personal relationships.

Don’t bite off more than you can chew.

Only enroll in online classes you’re sure you’d finish, courses that will benefit you in the long run. Also, ask yourself this question: “Will this help me become better in my career, business, and/or relationships?” If the answer is NO, do not enroll. That simple.

Just complete a course one at a time. It’s better to end well with something than starting anything but never accomplishing any.

Additional resource: Who’s Benefiting from MOOCs, and Why


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