In a previous blog, we looked at the benefits of taking ServSafe online courses. Online courses provide an opportunity to do the work when your schedule allows, you can pace yourself through the course, and they are cost-effective. However, one of the biggest benefits is actually a potential drawback as well — flexibility.
Flexibility is great until friends schedule a big party when you should be studying, your kids get sick, or you have to work late so there isn’t as much time to prepare for a final exam. Having been through several years of schooling ourselves, we understand how frustrating distractions can be, and how hard it is to say no to parties and head to the library instead.
At Nutri-Rific, we want all of our students to achieve their goals in all of their pursuits, especially when taking our ServSafe online courses. So after you sign up for one of our food safety classes or food manager classes, read through these tips and get excited for a new career in the food service industry!
6 Tips For Taking Online Courses
This is possibly the most difficult part of taking online courses, but it’s completely manageable if you plan ahead. There are certain things throughout the day, week, or month that you know you will need to prepare for and take into consideration, such as work or hanging out with friends. But other things, like binge-watching Game of Thrones, is something you have to watch out for. Work in personal time as well as structured study time.
Create a Study Space
You might imagine yourself going to a coffee shop to do schoolwork, or just laying in bed working on a project, but while these environments sound like a good idea, they may end up being less productive than you’d like. Make a space where you can truly focus and work without any distractions. If you can, set up a desk with your computer, and make sure there’s enough space to lay out all of your books and study materials.
This is another reason why going to a coffee shop isn’t the best idea when participating in ServSafe online courses — the internet might go out, you might forget your headphones, coffee will spill on your books. Stay organized with binders for certain classes, folders for different topics or lecture notes, or other items that will help you keep everything in order.
Put Goals in Writing
Before your food safety classes begin, make a list of goals that you want to achieve. These can be simple things like you want to study for at least one hour a day, or bigger goals like you want to be in the top five or 10 of your class. Be as specific as you can, include the skills you want to learn, or the topic that you want to be an expert on — whatever they are, make them realistic, but challenging.
Hold Yourself Accountable
After creating your list of goals, you can use this list to hold yourself accountable. When you create an in depth list, it can be used as a guideline for the steps you need to take. Want to be proficient in preventing cross-contamination? Create a sublist of tasks that you need to complete to get there. This list itself will keep you accountable if it’s followed.
Choose the Right Program
Even when you have set yourself up for success, if the program is hard to use or difficult to navigate, the program itself will hold you back.
Nutri-Rific Wants to See You Succeed!
- We include ServSafe textbooks, exam materials, exam proctors, and even online exams and proctors.
- If you live in a few select states, there are face-to-face events that you can attend.
- We provide mock food and health inspections.
- OSHA training.
- And more.
If you have any questions about how to join a course, what is included, or even if you want more tips on how to make ServSafe online courses successful, get in touch with Nutri-Rific today. We’re more than happy to answer your questions so that you can start your fun and rewarding career in the food service industry.