Are Online Colleges Right for You?

May 3, 2011 by  
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Are Online Colleges Right for You?

So, you’ve been thinking about advancing your education so that you can gain that extra earning power that college graduates enjoy.  It is well known that college graduates have a lower risk of unemployment, enjoy better job quality, are more likely to be in high-level positions and have much greater promotion prospects because of their advanced level of education.  Perhaps you already have your bachelors and want to get your masters so that you are ready for greater opportunities that come your way.  No matter what degree level you want to pursue, you can do it all from the comfort of your home through online degree programs offered by online colleges. 



If you are considering studying for an online college degree, then you are not alone.  Online colleges and universities are becoming very popular as more and more people are realizing the benefits of online learning.  Pursuing a college degree online is an advantageous way to study as you can learn at your own pace and on your own time. But even with all the advantages of pursing an online college degree, is an online college right for you?



Pursuing an online college degree is not for everyone.  You need to have the right characteristics to study for an online college degree.  Some of the characteristics needed when pursuing an online college degree are:






  • Self-motivation & Self-discipline



  • Ability to prioritize



  • Ability to set your own goals



  • Good reading comprehension





Self-Motivation & Self-Discipline



You need to be highly self-motivated and self-disciplined and thus, be able to work without supervision.  Since you don’t have a set class times at online colleges, it will be up to you to set your own studying times.  It will help if you plan out your day and carve the same specific time each day to study.  Self-discipline is required so you resist the urge of other distractions in your home such as doing the laundry, washing the dishes or watching TV.  Self-discipline will also help you stick to your deadlines.



Ability to Prioritize



If you are choosing to pursue an online college degree, then it is probably because you have many other commitments to juggle such as work and family.  Once you have made the commitment to attend an online college, then you must keep in mind that your education is just as an important of a commitment.  With that mentioned, you should possess the ability to prioritize your schedule. 



Just because online college degree programs are flexible, this does not mean the courses are easy, nor does it mean you can procrastinate class assignments and projects.  With the many other commitments you have, it is important to prioritize your schedule, set deadlines, and as mentioned above, stick to the deadlines you set.



Ability to Set Your Own Goals



As with getting a degree through a traditional campus college, it is easy to fall off track without clear goals.  Thus it is important to set both short-term and long-term goals when you pursue an online college degree.  Some online colleges allow you to get a degree at your own pace and your pace will determine whether you get your online college degree in two years or ten years.  When you pursue an online college degree you should set reasonable short-term goals such as taking 6-8 units (or as much as you can take) per quarter or semester.  These short-term goals will help you reach your long-term goal with ease and will show the progress you are making towards achieving your long-term goal.



Good Reading Comprehension



A good level of reading comprehension is needed as online colleges teach primarily through written material written at college level.  While you may have interaction with your classmates and/or instructor, the interaction will be done primarily through e-mail, chat rooms, and message boards.



If you find it difficult to attend college courses on campus, attending an online college is a great way to earn your degree.  With online colleges and universities, you now have the opportunity to advance your education without having to push aside previous commitments.  Just keep these characteristics in mind and you can be successful in advancing your education by earning your college degree online.

Kimberly Diane Jan 19, 2009
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