Did you know that roughly 20% of people might pay for a course and NEVER sign in?
That’s what happened to Jon Morrow with his Guest Blogging course. Roughly 2 out of 10 students paid $500 for his course and then flushed the money down the toilet by never showing up to it.
If you’re going to spend that kind of money, you should do everything you can to get the most value possible.
So to help you dramatically increase the value you get from an online course, here are several best practice suggestions:
1. Go Through ALL the Course Content
It never ceases to amaze me at how many people gloss over training materials they’ve bought. If a neurosurgeon only skimmed through his textbook on brain surgery, would you want him operating inside your skull?
I rest my case.
2. Do the Course Exercises
Good online courses include exercises and worksheets so you get hands-on practice. The exercises might seem simple, and you might be tempted to put them off until later – or even skip them.
But the combined results of reading all the material is compounded by doing the exercises. In fact, it’s powerfully compounded.
3. Take Course Notes
Writing out notes is a great way to reinforce learning. And writing notes often results in new ideas you hadn’t thought of.
Taking notes also enables you to build a custom implementation plan to integrate course concepts into your business.
4. Interview the Course Creator
Interviewing course creators helps you learn both how they succeeded. You’ll get personalized advice on completing the course, and you’ll also have the opportunity to promote the course as an affiliate as well.
5. Interview the Most Successful Students
The next logical step is to interview the most successful students of the course. Leverage the opportunity to find out what made them successful. Ask what they did in the course that worked, what didn’t work well and what they would do differently next time.
6. Participate in Forums
Forum participation is one of the most underused experiences. Ask any successful student, and they’ll mention the role forums played in their ability to get the most from the course. Forums are also a great place to connect with other students and share ideas.
7. Repeat the Course at Least Once
The first time you go through a course, you won’t absorb all the knowledge from the material. Taking the course a second time with a clearer picture of how the pieces fit together lets you approach it with a more powerful perspective.
8. Create a Best-Practices Guide
If you’ve done all of the above, then you should have tons of notes. In fact, you’ll have all the material you need to put together a best-practices guide for the course. Imagine offering the creator of this course a guide that he or she can share with their students!
If the guide is good, you’ll get credit, traffic and people looking your way.
9. Start a Mastermind Group
While some courses include a mastermind group, starting your own could make a big difference. It gives give you the opportunity to exchange ideas and discuss challenges with peers in the course. An extra benefit is that a mastermind group helps you remain accountable.
Signing up for a course is just the first step. It’s what you do once you’ve paid good money for it that really determines your success.
Have I missed any ideas? If you’ve taken a course, what would you do differently next time? What would you suggest as a best practice? Let me know in the comment section.
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