So you’ve signed up for a medical assistant online course, and now you’re biting your nails, not sure how you’re going to pass it. This article will give you some useful tips.
Just like for any other course, you need to be organized so that you can find what you’re looking for when you need it. Make sure that you can access all of the online forums and any password-protected web pages for your course before the course starts, so that any technical difficulties will not cause you to miss any real-time course content. Also, keep any course-related bookmarks in their own folder in your favorites, so that you can find them quickly.
Time management is an important skill. People who have good time management skills know how long it will take them to complete a homework assignment or to practice for a test, so they can plan their day accurately, which reduces their stress by giving them a stronger sense of being in control of their lives. If you’re completely new to the concept of time management, you should read up on it. Entire books have been written on the subject, but a quick Google search should give you more information than you can read.
An important aspect of time management is fighting procrastination. If you’re intimidated by an assignment, you may find yourself avoiding it by doing other, non-essential jobs that allow you to tell yourself that the reason you’re not working on the assignment is because you’re just “too busy”. To fight this habit, make a point of spending ten minutes a day making a serious effort (not just staring at the screen and angsting) to work on the assignment. You may find that you experience mini breakthroughs, and that instead of spending just ten minutes, you wind up spending 20 minutes or an hour before you get stuck again.
You should study approximately twice as many hours per week as you have class time. If you’re taking an online course, it’s harder to judge how many hours to study, because there is no class time. An hour a day is pretty safe to start with, and can be adjusted as needed.
Study often, and stay relaxed while you’re studying. It may be a different story for physical work, but for mental work, any anxiety you feel, especially self-inflicted, will cripple your productivity. Giving yourself ultimatums will just cause you a distracting amount of stress, and you’ll accomplish less.
When you encounter a difficult concept, instead of re-reading your course materials over and over, look for other materials online that discuss the same topic. Using online resources like Wikipedia and medical websites will allow you to approach your topic from multiple viewpoints, significantly improving your understanding of it in short order.
It should go without saying that you should hand in every single assignment, but some people have difficulty with this, not because they’re lazy, but because they are perfectionist to the point that they feel embarrassed to hand in anything that isn’t up to their too-high standards. They feel that giving sub-par work to an authority figure like a teacher will open themselves up to being judged even more harshly than if they had handed in nothing at all. While that may sometimes be true, understand that your teacher’s impression of your character is of secondary importance, even in a classroom environment. With an online course, it’s not important at all. Your teacher’s every move is being recorded electronically. They can’t afford to be anything less than professional and polite to their students, so don’t hesitate to submit your work, even if you know you could have done better.
With these tips and a good attitude, you’ll be well on your way to success in your new medical assistant online course. Good luck!