Auto Repair Technician performing maintenance on a vehicle.

If you’ve been considering a career as an auto repair technician there are online courses that can help you get started on the path toward your dream job. But, how, exactly, do you study for such a hands-on career online? Knowing how to take advantage of your program and how to study online can make all the difference! Check out some of these tips to get the most out of an auto repair online course.

Learn auto repair at your own pace

When you don’t have due dates and a set schedule to attend class, it can be tempting to skip studying or put off completing an exam. When you come home from work, exhausted after a long day, it’s understandable that the last thing you’d want to do is stare at your computer or take a test, but creating a schedule and setting a goal can help you push past that. You don’t even have to study every day! Just meet your weekly goal. For example, say you work 40 hours per week and you have a family you need to take care of. You may not have a lot of extra time to study, so a reasonable goal could be passing at least one exam per week. Setting a reasonable, doable goal can help you stick to your plan. If you need to take and pass one exam per week, you can study for an hour each night. That still gives you time for work, family, and fun!

Practice auto mechanic exercises

In an auto repair technician course, you’ll study diagrams and manuals; you’ll learn the theory of assembling and repairing engines, among other skills. But what about practical application? This can be especially important if you have little previous experience working with cars. Taking advantage of any practical exercises included in your coursework, whether graded or not, will help you connect the theories you’ve read with the actual parts you’ll be working on. Most trade programs will have short, simple exercises to apply what you learned. Don’t miss out on a learning opportunity just because it may not be graded. It can help your career in the long run.

Work with instructors for extra help

When you’re stuck and can’t seem to see how the material or instructor moved from point A to point D, struggling through on your own won’t always be successful. Even if you pass the exam, you maybe be missing a piece of important information. Call or email your instructors and even ask friends who may work in the same field what their thoughts are. Talking it out with someone can help you see where you went wrong and get you back on track.

Pursue an auto mechanic career you’re passionate about

There’s a reason that you are interested in learning auto repair online. You love cars and you want to make a living by working with them. Auto repair technicians are the problem solvers that allow most people to get to work on a daily basis. This makes a career as an auto mechanic very stable even in a struggling economy. Whether you’re looking for job security or simply want to do something you’re passionate about, remembering the reasons behind why you’re learning can help you overcome discouragement and push through long hours.

It may seem like you need to give up any spare time you have to attend a traditional, brick and mortar career school to learn the trade you want to pursue. But, with dedication, attention to detail, and a passion for what you’re working on, you can study auto repair online, on your schedule.

To learn how other students study automotive repair online, connect to your classmates and instructors on the Penn Foster Student Community!