Whenever a new class begins, I receive plenty of questions.
The gist of the questions is: This class looks enticing, but is it right for me?
Most often, my response isn’t a simple Yes or No, but a volley of questions in return intended to help the inquisitor come to a conclusion. Here’s what those questions look like.
Will you be physically at your home or studio to implement the lessons?
The lessons in Creative Content Camp can be consumed and implemented from anywhere in the world as long as there is connectivity.
On the other hand, the organizing class I previously taught required organizing a physical space. That’s a program you wouldn’t want to be away for.
If you’re going to be on vacation for one or more of the lessons, the decision whether or not to enroll in a class depends on your answers to a couple of (more) questions:
- Are you planning on doing any work during your travels? If you have built in a few hours a week to work, as I do during many of my trips, perhaps it’s doable.
- Can you make a plan – and stick to it – for your return? If you get your affairs in order so that you pick up (and catch up) where you left off, you’re likely to be more successful after the break.
Can you devote the time to the lessons and homework?
I tell students that I can share all of the wisdom I have, but it doesn’t do any good until they put it to use. Nothing makes me happier than to witness their growth throughout a course.
Can you maintain other commitments – especially the commitment you have made to your studio practice?
Can you commit a few hours to class lessons and homework or to practice a new studio skill?
Can you use the information immediately?
If it’s an online class and you aren’t prepared to do the homework, you won’t be able to take advantage of the resources provided during a live class. More to the point, most of us are no more likely to do the lessons later than we are right now.
If it’s a live class – perhaps a studio skills class – do you have time to practice what you’ve learned?
Using new information while it’s fresh helps cement the new knowledge. Otherwise, you may have to relearn it.
Are you willing to interact with others and with me or your other teachers?
Will you share and comment in a forum? In a group, you are likely to learn as much from the students as you do from the teacher – but not if you don’t interact with them.
Perhaps the most important question to answer is …
Why are you enrolling?
What do you want to get from the class?
I ask students at the beginning of my programs what their goals are. You can do this for yourself if an instructor doesn’t ask. Are you seeking:
- More subscribers and followers? How many?
- Greater confidence? How will you measure it?
- Clarity? What do you want the answers to?
Do you need this class? Did you look at the lessons and discover information that might fill some of the gaps in your knowledge?
Do you not know this already? Or are you simply not implementing what you know?
The energy of a group class and the right instructor can help you implement what you haven’t been able to do on your own. But you need to accept responsibility for consuming the information and putting it to work.
How do you know if a class is or isn’t right for you?