Fighting an Unusual Interest (Addiction?) in Online Courses

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Hi friends, hope we’re all keeping well.

Does anyone else browse an online course/subscription sometimes, have a look at what the course ‘promises’ to offer you, and then become insanely tempted to purchase it?

For example, I’ve been going through a major peak in chess interest recently, and have been casually browsing some of the online courses on Chessable.com, a site on chess improvement.

The thing is, while this isn’t the first chess website which I’ve been tempted to purchase anything from, it’s the one I’ve given the most thought on trying, since its learning principles and teaching strategies strongly resonate with me.

Basically, it teaches chess using the power of spaced repetition and active recall, the 2 concepts which have carried me through my high school exams with the help of Anki (a flashcard programme I use). ‘Active recall’ is literally just a much fancier way of saying ‘testing yourself’, while spaced repetition means you’re spacing out the intervals in which you review something, so that it has a higher chance of sticking.

Chessable is actually a chess website that USES these two concepts in their teaching methods, since every course comes with a move trainer in which you can test yourself on the course’s material (active recall). Naturally, they also have an algorithm to decide when they will test you on this material, so that you’ll work harder to try remember it and ultimately memorise it better (spaced repetition).

No other chess improvement website offers this way of teaching chess, and the free courses I’ve tried have been really good at utilising these two key learning concepts.

Which is how I’ve landed here, and have been repeatedly browsing their store for special offers on my most eyed courses.

That said, I think I’ve been doing a pretty good job in holding off these impulsive urges to spend money on my chess improvement (and everything else), so I suppose I might as well write a post on it.


🔑The Solution🔑

Every time you see something which makes you think ‘God, I need to buy that’,

WAIT 5 DAYS BEFORE YOU PURCHASE IT.

If, after the end of those 5 days you still feel like you need this course/product and that you’re snagging a massive deal, then go for it.

More often than not, however, the great power of time will help you awaken to your senses, and save you from spending money on unnecessary courses and things. I’ve saved a good deal of money using this truck, and I’m sure many of you reading this could also glean some benefit from it🙃

Naturally, there’s also going to be some courses in which a ‘Super Duper Mega Ultimate Peanuts’ sale is going on, and you only have an extremely limited amount of time to purchase the product.

My (completely unsolicited, unnecessary and unqualified) advice is to stay away from these courses/products. Usually if something is on sale, then it’ll probably also go on sale again in the future anyway. Even with the exception of those ‘once in a lifetime’ sales, you’ll still 90% of the time encounter something that was on sale before go on sale again for the same, if not better, deal.

That’s just my experience though🙃


At the end of the day, patience is what matters here. I think time has the power of helping us save and make a great deal of money given enough of it, so it’ll probably be good if we can just remain patient.

Cool, that’ll probably be it for this post. Stay safe, hopefully I’ll see you again in a different post👋🏼

7 thoughts on “Fighting an Unusual Interest (Addiction?) in Online Courses

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  1. reminds me of the quote: “A moment of Patience in a moment of Anger saves a thousand moments of Regret.”

    replace anger with impulsiveness and you describe the power of waiting before you make a decision…

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  2. I actually learnt about something similar in one of my classes about advertising and yes waiting for a few days instead of instantly buying something helps a lot in making wise purchases. In fact, companies know this and that’s why they always push sales and tell you things like you can only buy it while stock lasts. It’s not that they’ll run out but because they want you to buy what they’re selling before you rethink the purchase.

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    1. Ah that’s quite interesting. I’ve watched some videos on this topic as well, where the seller will always try set up the illusion of time running out, and that you ‘need to make a choice right her right now’ to buy something.
      It’s fascinating how human psychology works sometimes

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  3. Intriguing post! I’ve had problems like that but with material things. Actually, with literature to be honest. Physics has been the most intriguing subject for me, but I’ve had urges to buy many books about various topics because I do, at least in a sense, have an addiction to knowledge!

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