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Online Learning Tips for Studious Travelers

Online Learning Tips for Studious Travelers

I made a promise to myself a long time ago that when my college days ended my learning would not. I’ve kept that promise. Right now I am rereading Machiavelli’s “The Prince.” I also take the occasional online course. You may think that learning while traveling is not practical or even possible, but that isn’t true. In fact, the savvy RVer can enroll in online courses and do quite well. Whether you are enrolled in a university’s online program for academic credit or you are taking a course through a MOOC (massive open online courses), these tips will help you get the most from your learning experience.

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Choose your course wisely.
When you are choosing a course to complete while traveling, you probably want to select something that won’t eat up too much of your time or energy. For instance, if you struggle with math but you excel in English you will likely do better to take the English course and save the math course for a time when you aren’t as distracted by your RV adventures.

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Make sure you have the right tech requirements.
Internet access is obviously a necessity for online learning. When you are traveling that can be a challenge, but it is not impossible. Once you have internet access on the road you can take the course as long as your computer meets the other technical requirements. Make sure before you get started that you have all you need to participate and complete the course.

Create a good workspace.
Whether you are at home or traveling in your RV, you need a good workspace for your online learning. Set up a place that is comfortable and quiet with few distractions. Setting your computer on a table or tray can make your workstation even more conducive to learning. Make sure that your fellow travelers know that when you are at your workstation you are not to be disturbed.

Stay organized and manage your time wisely.
Organization is critical to success in any learning endeavor, but it is even more important when you are traveling or on vacation. Create a study plan and stick with it. Map out your time to do your coursework and write down the due dates for your assignments as soon as you get them. Never wait till the day before an assignment is due to start it. If you hit a snag you would wind up with a late assignment or, worse, don’t complete it at all. Don’t risk it. Start your assignments sooner rather than later.

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Free Online Learning Sites
If you are interested in taking a course or two these are some excellent sites for free online courses. Some even have certificates available for a fee. Some sites, like Harvard, have a combination of paid and free programs. Each offers different types of courses so take a look at all of them.
Open Culture
MIT Open
Code Academy
Khan Academy
Harvard Online Learning

Do the work but don’t let it consume you. If you think that there is a possibility that you can’t juggle your coursework and RVing then you may need to postpone one of them. If you’ve never taken an online course, start with a course that isn’t too difficult so you can ease into it. As you get more comfortable you can take on more challenging classes.
Have you even taken online classes while traveling? How did it work out for you?

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Stephanie A. Mayberry


Stephanie A. Mayberry

Stephanie A. Mayberry escaped the hustle and bustle of city life in Washington, D.C. where she worked as an analyst, FOIA officer, and technical writer for the U.S. federal government to pursue her first love, freelance writing, full time. She has been a writer, author, public speaker, and photographer for more than 25 years; now she, her husband, and little dog Gizmo enjoy the laid back lifestyle as RV full-timers going wherever the wind takes them. Learn more about Stephanie at

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