Considering online hypnosis training and want to get the most from your online training course? Check out these tips that will help you choose the best course and optimise your learning:
Tip #1 – Know your study style
The very first thing to consider is are you able to work effectively with an online hypnosis course? Can you manage your time and your workload? Or do you need to be in a classroom setting, with someone else managing you and directing your learning (making you study)? Also, do you prefer to learn by watching something, reading about it, or participating (doing) it? If you are more of a visual learner, then consider online courses that have actual hypnosis demonstrations as well as someone explaining things to you directly ‘to camera’. If you prefer to learn by reading about it (perhaps you create your own imagery in your mind) then search for online courses that also have good course manuals or workbooks. If you learn best by doing, then make sure that you look for courses that encourage you to practice and give you the tools and the support to do this.
Tip #2 – Narrow your training course search
The very first thing to consider when searching for possible courses is to work out exactly what you want in a course. So, are you looking to learn something from the perspective of a complete beginner in that topic, or are you looking to build on existing knowledge? If you know very little (or nothing) about the topic, it can be good to do a simple 5-10 minutes internet search on the topic to get a very broad overview. This can help you check that a prospective course has common core elements that you would expect to learn. For example, a beginner-level hypnosis course (such as our Hypnotherapy 101 course or our Rapid Hypnosis 101 course) is likely to explore myths and misconceptions, safety and how to hypnotise as well as a lot of useful information to get you started doing hypnosis/hypnotherapy. If the course is too narrow or ‘niche’ you might need additional courses in order to build your basic knowledge before progressing to studying a specific area.
Perhaps you are wishing to expand on your existing knowledge. If so, it can be good to briefly consider areas where you are confident (and thus need less training) and areas where you would benefit from developing additional knowledge or skills (this is definitely a time to be honest with yourself!). Then you can use this list when exploring the content of possible courses. How do you do this? Well consider what different topics, approaches and techniques are out there. Look at what’s covered in a comprehensive practitioner level course, and assess which areas you might benefit from developing. You might even take a look at our range of online courses to see what topics are covered there, as this will help you to figure out if there are any areas that you feel less confident with.
You might also think about the depth of training that you are looking for. A simple Google search will find a vast number of online training courses, with quality ranging from incredibly bad, to amazingly good. Price is often a first ‘rough’ indicator of depth and quality of content. If you are being offered a ‘qualification’ course, especially at an ‘academic level’ (e.g. Level 2 award, Level 3 certificate, Level 4 diploma) for a low price (e.g. £9.99), it may not have the depth of content that will give you any more than you could easily find on an internet search or a single book on the topic. If you’d like to learn more about hypnosis training costs, check out this blog on the topic.
Finally, consider accessibility of the training. Will you just be watching it on one computer whilst online, or do you travel or use multiple devices and wish to download your course videos and PDFs so you can engage with them in different locations and when you don’t have internet connectivity? Most online training providers will let you know what’s possible with their training options, and it’s good to know in advance!
Tip #3 – Create a shortlist and assess for quality
When you have a list of possible courses, it can be good to whittle them down to a shortlist and then make your selection. Already you will have considered whether the content a course is offering is relevant for you and you’ll also have selected courses of your preferred online training style (see Tip #1). This is now a great time to consider the wider aspects of the training. What can you find out about the training provider? Is it an established company? Are the trainers qualified? Are the trainers recognised in their field? Are there any reviews (from real people!) that you can read? As with any product/service, going by the genuine customer reviews will often ensure that you get a positive experience. For example, many of our own students give us reviews via our Trustpilot page, which helps inform other prospective students about the course experience. It can also be good to consider the quality of the training website, social media content and promotional materials. If any of those elements are sloppy or poorly presented then it may give you an indication of what the training might be like…
Tip #4 – Plan your study time
When you have selected your online course, the very first thing to do is to have a brief look all the way through and list the sections, chapters or elements of the course. The course manual is likely to be easiest to scan through here. Make a note of any obvious tasks that you will need to carry out and any tests, activities or assignments. Create a plan of what you are going to study, where and, maybe most importantly, when. Be realistic. It’s far better to get to the end of the task and pick something additional to look at in your remaining time (or even recap – see Tip #7), than be rushed trying to get through too optimistic a task in limited time.
Tip #5 – Pay attention
Think carefully about how you absorb information best. Do you need silence? If you are travelling whilst studying, then noise cancelling headphones with neutral background sounds can be a good solution. If you need noise and are working in a quiet office, then playing a familiar television programme as background noise can also be effective. Do whatever you need to do, to be able to give your full attention to what you are studying. You will learn more by really focusing for 20 minutes, than listening for an hour whilst cooking dinner, doing the ironing and thinking about the everyday tasks you need to achieve tomorrow.
Tip #6 – Summarise as you go
Most online training courses will be divided into segments or chapters, or will have natural breaks. When you get to the end of each section, spend some time summarising what you have learned up until that point. Think about how it relates to the rest of your knowledge, understanding and skills. This helps you start to synthesise and integrate what you are learning. It is also a fabulous tool for enhancing your memory. The more you engage with your course materials the more you will remember it and the more you will develop your understanding of it.
Tip #7 – Avoid skipping sections
Many courses are designed to be undertaken sequentially and often each successive chapter or section will build on the material previously covered. Even if a chapter is on a familiar topic, take the time to engage with it carefully. Not only will it reinforce existing knowledge, but you never know what additional jewels of information you may glean!
Tip #8 – Use what you learn
As you are directing your own learning, effectively becoming co-tutor of yourself, you will benefit from encouraging yourself to engage with the course material as soon as possible and as often as possible. It is natural for some people to feel a little (or a lot) cautious about doing something new, yet the first time is only the first time once. When you do it again, you will already have been able to reflect on that first time, learn from it and develop how you work accordingly. By engaging with your course material and putting it into practice, you will quickly develop real, tangible skills, rather than just theoretical knowledge. The more you engage in actually using what you’ve learned, the stronger your skills will naturally become. Push yourself out of your comfort zone, just as a good hypnosis tutor would push you to succeed!
Tip #9 – Engage with wider resources
A common complaint that students of online courses raise is that they can feel isolated. Even with email (or phone) access to a tutor, some students may feel as though they are ‘missing out’ on the collaborative experience of actually being in a class of their peers. If you like to feel supported in your learning, look for a course provider who has an active student or learner forum (e.g. on Facebook). This can be helpful to communicate not just with people at the same point of their learning, but also those who may have already progressed further through the course. Of course, it is also a fantastic way of showing you quite how much you have learned when you are then able to help a new student with information you have developed whilst on the course. A great place to get you started is our own ‘Hypnotic Learners’ Facebook group – anyone’s welcome to join, even if you’re not a hypnosis-courses.com student yet!
Tip #10 – Reflect on what you know
When you get to the end of your online hypnosis course, spend some time reflecting on what you have learned. Think about what knowledge you have gained and how it has broadened your understanding and added to your skills. By reflecting on the knowledge and skills you’ve developed, you further reinforce your connection to that information, making it easier to recall in future. Also think about what, if anything, else you might want to learn to add to this learning you have just achieved. Finally, take some time to congratulate yourself for having made the effort and applied yourself to completing the course.
We hope you’ve enjoyed these 10 top tips to get the most from online hypnosis training, and if you have any more questions about these tips or anything else for that matter, do please get in touch, because we’re always happy to help!
– written by Dr Kate Beaven-Marks