Tips to end 2016

Keeping yourself geared up to learn over the Christmas period can be complicated – you sit down to work with merry songs ringing through your head – which still hurts from last night – but you just have to shop on Amazon for mum’s Xmas gift. All of a sudden you’ve run out of time and are going to be late down the pub…


For a few days of the year there is often so much going on that it is difficult to capitalize on your spare time to meet important goals – even though you had promised yourself you would finish that course before it was time to sing Auld Lang Syne.


Juggling your learning with festivities can be hard, but with a little organisation you can learn a lot, feel proud of yourself for accomplishing what you set out to do, and enjoy a guilt-free Xmas!


Set a goal

First of all, you need to know what you are aiming for – do you want to complete a specific course or finish your latest project before New Year? Set yourself a goal that you know you can keep by working a little every day. Make it specific, ‘learn HTML’ is a vague goal, whilst ‘complete the first two modules of the HTML course’ is more realistic.



You are overbooked and something’s gotta give. Rather than letting your work slip, decide what you need to prioritize – spending time with your family and friends, sleeping off that heavy meal, going down the pub, watching Love Actually for the tenth time…or completing your project and finishing the course.


Timetable your work

The advantage with our paths and courses is that they are flexible and can fit around your schedule. Try making a timetable and set a specific time to work every day. Once you have done your work, you will be free to do whatever you want – whether it is more work… or enjoying a glass of Sloe Gin and a Mince Pie! You will find you actually get more freedom to enjoy yourself and relax – guilt free!


Be realistic

If you know you have a lot of engagements in a day, it is unlikely that you will manage to work for five hours (but hey, only you know!) The important thing is routine, so make sure you work a little bit every day, even if it is only 30 minutes to an hour. Because our courses can be done in your own time, it’s easy to do a bit at a time –  for example why not watch that tutorial now, then complete the questions the next time? The time you put in will make a difference, and keep you motivated.


Keep in touch!

There are half a million other learners who have signed up to our courses too – if you need a bit of motivation or some support, why not get in touch on our forums – they’re all working through the Christmas period too, and would love to hear from you!

Most importantly, have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 🙂

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