Massage home study courses are a convenient way to learn new techniques and methods from your home or office. By studying outside of a traditional classroom, there are some things to avoid that might distract you from your ultimate goal.

Eliminating those distractions can sometimes be challenging to do, but it will only help you in the long run of your educational pursuits.

The following is a list of five tips you can use to make your home study experience more fulfilling.

  1. Manage your time wisely. By setting a schedule ahead of time, you can pace yourself in your educational endeavors. Evaluate the length of time you anticipate it will take to complete your chosen course, taking into account your life and demanding schedule. Make sure you won’t be disturbed during your study time and alert friends and family members to what you are doing, so they don’t feel you’re neglecting them.
  2. Create a study space. Carve out a space in your home, whether it be a desk or a spare room, that allows you to escape your normal life but be comfortable at the same time. The place you choose should be away from all distractions and allows you to focus on nothing but your massage home study classes. Within this zone, you should be able to keep your notebooks and other study materials. And when you’re in this zone, you should always be in a study mode.
  3. Participate in every aspect. If you’re taking a course that allows for direct interaction with course instructors or other students through e-mail or online chats, take advantage of these opportunities. This allows you to ask questions and gain a better understanding of the material you are studying. Plus, you might pick up added information that isn’t included in the given coursework.
  4. Complete the course you have chosen. If you’re not going to finish it, why start taking the course? The only person you will hurt is yourself. Refrain from hitting the fast forward button on the DVD player, or avoiding chapters in coursework you find mundane or think you already know. You just might learn something new or become more skilled at something you already learned.
  5. Reward yourself. There’s nothing wrong with setting your sites on a little gold at the end of the rainbow. By setting incremental goals throughout your home study process, you can feel better about your accomplishments by rewarding yourself with a little treat. There’s no need to get extravagant, but a little something to reward yourself for doing a good job makes the process better for you and your learning.

As always, make sure you check with your national and state licensing bodies to make sure the courses you select are acceptable for continuing education credits.

–Jeremy Maready