1.3 How to get started

You will no doubt be very excited to be starting this course, and we want you to be able to get going straight away. When we learn anything new, it can sometimes be a bit overwhelming. When studying online, it can sometimes be hard to get focused and into a routine. To make everything super clear and to help you get started, we will look at:

  • Navigating AestheticsED courseware
  • Suggested course flow
  • Study tips
  • Access to the link to your resource bank?

Navigating AestheticsED courseware (Jon TBC)

  • Accessing your courses, modules and lessons
    • Seeing your progression
    • Completing course quizzes
    • Troubleshooting/requesting assistance – Maybe an FAQ list will suffice here?

Tools, Equipment and Resources

Technology requirements:

  • Windows 7 or higher (recommended); MAC OS X 10.7 (Lion) or higher (recommended)
  • Internet access
  • Valid personal email address
  • Printer and paper (as required)
  • Speakers and microphone or headset
  • The latest version of Adobe Reader, Adobe Flash Player
  • Microsoft Office (Word and PowerPoint) or similar software
  • Up-to-date web browser version

Suggested course flow

Engagement with your course is an essential requirement for success in your studies. We suggest completing each module sequentially and strongly recommend that you do not skip any modules or jump ahead. It is critical that you have a solid understanding of each part of the lash enhancement process before creating gorgeous looks on real clients!

If you already have some knowledge, you might be tempted to jump straight into the skills hub, but it’s best to work through each module sequentially because there will be lots of interesting facts and information that will help you to be successful in your role. 

Study tips

For some of us, getting into a study routine can be difficult. Sometimes there just doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day, and being able to find a quiet environment where we can sit down and focus may not always be easy to do.

To be effective in your studies, it is all about time management. Because this course is self-paced, you have the flexibility to learn when you want, where you want and with whatever device you want! The best way to keep yourself on track is to develop a simple study plan to map out how you will get your study done. To do this, you need to consider:

  • When you will start your course
  • How many weeks do you want to take to complete your course (we recommend X for full-time and X for part-time)
  • The days of the week you can schedule in time for studying
  • How much time you will need to complete the assessments

How long you want to spend doing your course is completely up to you, and you can be flexible in terms of the amount of time you can commit each week. To help you, download the template below and plan out your study:

Once your study plan is complete, you then need to keep yourself on track. There are lots of ways you can do this, and it all comes down to preference, really. Being able to pre-plan your time, work responsibilities, and personal responsibilities will help to ensure you are maintaining a healthy balance between work, home life, and studies. Let’s take a closer look at time management strategies you may like to consider implementing to keep you on track.

Time management strategies Overview
Plan your work Before jumping straight into your tasks, take time to plan what you need to achieve and consider:

  • How long the task will take
  • The resources you need to complete the task
  • How you can break larger tasks into more manageable tasks

For example, when studying each module, you will need to give yourself sufficient time to learn the content and complete the progress quiz and any assessment items. It might not be practical for you to learn an entire module in one week, so be sure to allow yourself enough time.
Effective goal setting Setting goals professionally and personally can help you to stay motivated and manage your time more effectively. The SMART goal-setting method is an excellent way to ensure the goals you set are realistic and achievable. SMART goals are:

                   Specific—think about what you will need to do.
                   Measurable—can be checked and measured.
                   Attainable—can be achieved within the time frame.
                   Realistic—what you are willing and able to do.
                   Timely—needs to be done now.

When setting your goals, think about your daily, weekly, and monthly goals for your studies, at work and in your personal life.
Prioritising what is most important When we have many competing needs and demands, we must prioritise what needs to be achieved in order of most important to least important. A simple way to do this is to list all the tasks you need to achieve and then rate them from most important (1) to least important (10).
Writing to-do lists A to-do list is a list of tasks, activities, and actions you want to achieve. When improving your work/life balance, be sure to develop to-do lists that incorporate both professional and personal tasks. You can also use a colour coding system to help you sub-divide lengthy to-do lists to keep on track. For example:

  •   Orange: Top three priorities
  •   Blue: Your morning tasks
  •   Green: Your afternoon tasks
  •   Yellow: Tasks that are flexible and can be completed when you get a chance.

One of the most satisfying parts of creating and using to-do lists is being able to tick or cross out all of the tasks you have completed! To-do lists can be the best way to organise your study sessions and help you keep on top of your work and personal life.  
Scheduling in time for all that you need/want to achieve When you are scheduling your days, weeks, and months be sure to include time for breaks, rests, personal activities, and self-care. You may also want to consider using ‘time blocking’ as a scheduling technique. Rather than scheduling every minute of your day, time blocking is where you allocate blocks of time to task batches. For example, you may block out 1 hour in the mid-morning to catch up on your administrative tasks. Using this approach can help you keep focused and build in extra flexibility compared to scheduling time by the minute!
Track your time Being aware of how and when you spend your time is essential to help you achieve your goals and increase your efficiency. For example, if you track how long it takes you to complete the first learning module, you can then schedule a realistic time frame for achieving the next one. Tracking time can also help us identify if we focus on the wrong sorts of tasks, such as low-priority tasks. This then allows us to adjust our schedules and to-do lists to focus on what is really important.
Using technology There are excellent applications, software, and online tools that we can use to keep ourselves organised and balanced, both personally and professionally. Examples of technology you may want to research further include, but are not limited to:

  • Calendar applications
  • Time tracking tools
  • Project management tools
  • Task automation tools
  • Time analysis tools
  • To-do-lists

As you work through each module, you should take plenty of notes to help you remember everything you are learning so that you can easily refer back to them when you need to. In addition to this, throughout this course, there will be downloadable documents, PDFs and other resources that you will access. You might like to keep copies of these so you can create similar documents for your own business! To get yourself organised, we suggest you set up a folder for each of the modules. We recommend you have a folder for ‘learning’ and a folder for ‘assessment’ within each module folder. This will help to keep your documents in order. If you would like to learn more about ways you can get yourself organised, access the resources below:

Getting yourself organised

Study Skills – Managing your time

15 Tips To Manage Your Time Better

Time Management Strategies To End Procrastination

Getting Organised for Study

How to be more organised in 9 easy steps

How you choose to get yourself organised and complete your course is entirely up to you – the first step is getting started! Of course, if you have any questions, get in touch with one of our team members, and they will be more than happy to help. There are no silly questions, and you should never struggle in silence.

Access to the link to your resource bank and quiz?