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Advantages of Self-Study
Our self-study class is for people who:
- are unable to attend a class during regular hours or
- are unable or unwilling to travel because of cost or time or
- cannot miss work to attend class or
- do not want to train with other people
Interactive Self-Study courses are easy to use, convenient, and effective. Interactive Self-Study training helps you:
- Bring hands-on training right to your computer
- Save travel costs and time away from the office
- Learn at your own pace and convenience
- Evaluate your progress with assignments, course-related problems to solve, and reviews.
How is the Interactive Self-Study different from Self-Study?
With a self-study course, you’re on your own. You study the textbook or training manual and any other course materials and take the exam when ready. This is a very ineffective way to learn. With an interactive self-study course, you might still study by yourself, but you’re not alone. You have an expert instructor guiding your study and evaluating your work. There is interaction throughout the course.
How do I contact my instructor?
You can contact your instructor by email. If your question(s) cannot be answered by email, the instructor will set up a phone or video conference.
IMPORTANT: Self-Study Survival Guide from the Academy of Business Training.
Self-studying is a useful tool to enhance any learning experience; young and old students reap the benefits when mastered. Self-studying can lead to new opportunities professionally.
It is disturbing that only about half of the students who start a self-study course complete it. How do you make sure you are in the 50% who do? Self-study takes a lot of discipline and can be difficult at first, but it becomes easier with time, like any endeavor. Self-study, when done correctly, is a very effective learning tool, so it can be helpful when used to learn an entirely new subject matter or improve on what you already know on your own. Here are some tips for practicing successful self-studying:
- Set realistic goals. Setting work goals for yourself, which realistically fit in with your life and other commitments, is important when creating self-study habits. You can set yourself up for success by scheduling a time each week to complete your assignment. Advise your supervisor, colleagues, and family of this schedule. Adjust your workload according to how hectic your schedule is in any given week, and give yourself a mental break between assignments to let your mind rest and assimilate what you have learned.
- Find what works for you. There are many ways to learn, and adjusting studying techniques to find what works for your brain is important. Some students find reading aloud helpful; others like taking handwritten notes rather than typing. Discover whatever works best for you, and stick with it.
- Review material the same day you learn it. After taking notes in an online course, or reading the next chapter in your textbook, review all the new material by typing up your notes, practicing your new skill, or reading over a chapter to help it resonate. While this may seem tedious, it only takes a short time. Reviewing can help with the long-term absorption of material, decreasing the need for cramming in the future.
- Study in short, frequent sessions. Instead of treating your study session like a marathon, break up your material by topic into short sessions, separated by short breaks. That way, you won’t be staring at your books or computer for too long while wearing on your focus, and your brain can absorb the material more easily. While cramming may seem like a great way to cover much material in a condensed amount of time, studying in short, frequent sessions is a more effective way to learn the subject matter.
- Prepare and maintain your study environment. It is important to create a study space for yourself when learning remotely. Setting aside a desk or table designated for self-studying or completing an online course will allow you to be mentally prepared to learn when you enter that space.
- Reach out to the instructor if you don’t understand the assignment. No one was born knowing the material in the course, including your instructor. The instructor will not talk down to you or be condescending. They are here to help you succeed and will do whatever is necessary to help you finish the course. Most questions can be answered by email, but if that doesn’t work for you, the instructor can schedule a phone consultation or a webinar to get you the needed help.
- If, after starting the course, you realize self-study is not for you, you may switch to the public class or webinar anytime at no additional charge.
Each Student Receives:
- A student manual or textbook for use during and after the class.
- Instruction from an experienced business professional (minimum of 30 years) with at least five years in a corporate senior management position (CEO, President, COO, Vice President, CFO).
- Real-life exercises to support training materials.
- Individual attention.
- Personalized Certificate of Completion.
Dear Academy of Business Training:
After completing the Train the Trainer Self-Study course, I filled out the NY State application and attached the Trainer the Trainer transcript along with a copy of the Train the Trainer table of contents.
You might be interested to know I called the NYS Department of State, Division of Licensing Services, The Bureau of Educational Standards (518-486-3803) to follow up on my application process. The Director of Education at NYS confirmed my application arrived and went over it with me to make sure everything was in place so I could get a speedy approval.
He was very impressed with your course! He said, “This looks like a very intense course and not the usual mickey mouse course that people try and push through. I don’t see any problem here and will approve it.” I told him it was very intense and I highly recommend it.
E. H. R.
New York, NY