I started taking online classes nung 2013 for work. May non-credit course with the University of Maryland for business/entrepreneurship so I took it. At first, ang hirap kasi hindi pa sanay tapos I was traveling so I have to make time for the classes even if I’m tired. That ran for about a year. Yung next sana for finance kaso, had some major family stuff going so pass muna.
Late 2017 ulit ako bumalik sa online learning while I was on maternity leave. I took up advanced Chinese so I can take HSK 4 (muna). I liked the system used by the university (I enrolled in Shanghai but live in Shenzhen), may sarili silang classroom app tapos yung teacher ko magaling. It also helped she can be contacted by phone. I passed the test in 2018.
Last year naman, I decided pwede na ako mag level up to 5 or 6 so nag-apply ako for the test for HSK 5 na dapat last February 9. Because of the pandemic, cancelled yung exam. I used the refund for my current classes in another college naman pero here lang in our region. So far so good.
Like most of the posts here, you need the discipline to do the work and I also have to inform my family about my online class schedules para maayos din schedules namin sa bahay. Same din noon, with work, I have to inform my colleagues na may online classes ako at a certain time. Malungkot at first kasi sanay ako may classmates in a physical classroom setting, pero later on mas trip ko one-on-one kasi mas nakakafocus ako. Plan namin after this pandemic, meet daw kami ng class ko. Ako lang at yung teacher yung girl sa class tapos diverse nationalities so should be interesting to finally meet them.