Online education has been exploding over the past several years. The tools are available for hobbyists and professionals alike to dramatically expand on their existing skills without leaving the comfort of their own homes. These courses range in scope, scale, and quality, so here are a few tips to ensure you’re getting the most out of your courses.
Read the Requirements
Many recording engineer courses require you to have at least a modicum of experience in sound editing. Others require you to provide your own equipment. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the tools you need and the time you’ll need to commit so you can fully enjoy the information you’ll be getting from the course.
Manage Your Time
One of the biggest downsides to online education is a lack of personal accountability. Without a face-to-face relationship, many students have difficulty keeping up with deadlines and assignments. Plan your time accordingly. Because online education is so flexible you have the opportunity to slot your coursework into your day in ways that would be impossible with standard forms of education. That being said, you need to be diligent in maintaining your schedule so you don’t fall behind or even fail the course.
Build Your Portfolio
Particularly in an art course, like sound engineering, you should be considering how you want to use this training in the future. If you are hoping that it will either help you get a raise in your current job or move your hobby into a full-time position, you should keep track of your completed projects to begin, or continue, building your portfolio. Employers generally like to see a well-rounded portfolio, education settings are an excellent opportunity to kick-start that process.
Online education can be a fun and engaging experience. Make the most out of your time learning about your passion.