As online education continues to grow and become a more respectable route to achieving a degree, more and more people are flocking to the internet for their education. However online education isn’t for everyone, and before you jump headfirst into it you need to make sure that you’re fully equipped for what online learning really entails, other than not having to show up to an actual classroom or interact face to face with other students.
Forcing yourself to sit down each day to complete your assignments is not always an easy task, and it takes a good deal of discipline to actually get it all done. Because you’re not walking into a class every day the only person really keeping you accountable is you, so if you aren’t good at tasking out projects and homework assignments then this may not be the educational route for you.
In addition to having a lot of self-discipline and motivation, you have to be organized because you are in charge of the notes you take and the material you study. Sure, there may be a syllabus online and reviews you can print out, but it is largely up to you to stay on top of all of the online tests and quizzes and make sure that you’re adequately prepared to take them.
It sounds like the perfect solution: you can’t attend a physical college location because you have to work full-time, but by attending online classes you’ll be able to work and still go to school. However you have to factor in how much time it’s going to take you to study for the classes and take the tests. If you don’t have the time to dedicate to it then it will probably end up being a failed effort.
Sounds pretty obvious, right? But as obvious as it may be, if you’re taking any online courses you need to have a reliable internet connection or access to a back-up internet connection should yours suddenly go out, because no one is really going to care if your internet went on the fritz one night and that’s why you didn’t get your assignment in on time. That’s pretty much the equivalent of giving the “my dog ate my homework” excuse – it’s nothing verifiable, therefore it’s not really a good excuse.
The motivation to succeed in an environment where it’s very easy to slack off is a key component to your online education success. You have to be willing to get on the computer every day and check your assignments, make sure your submitted work went through, and find help when you’ve hit a road bump in your schooling.
Online education is a wonderful tool for many people who can’t dedicate the time to attend regular schooling or for those who work better outside of the classroom, however it isn’t for everyone. You have to possess certain skills to be able to excel in online classes, so before you sign up for them make sure you really know what you’re getting into.
This is a guest post from Laura Backes. She enjoys writing about all kinds of subjects and also topics related to internet service in my area. You can reach her at: laurabackes8 @ gmail.com.