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The typical online student differs greatly from your straight out of high school 18 to 22-year-old traditional college student. You are most likely working full-time, managing a family, and/or in certain extenuating circumstances that prohibit you from attending a traditional college.
With this in mind, we decided to write an article that provides helpful study tips for students currently enrolled in (or will soon be starting) an online program. Online programs offer great flexibility and you can study from any place you want at any time that suits you best.
Online learning has become the fastest-growing study method over the last decade and also GED prep programs have developed into highly interesting online learning resources so students who were not in the position to complete their high school curriculum can study for a GED (high school equivalency) diploma at the time that suits them best.
Online learning requires students to have well-rounded self-disciplinary skills. This is essential for not only secondary education completion courses, but also for students looking to earn a bachelor’s or master’s degree or business professionals looking to take their careers to the next level by earning, for example, an online MBA degree. Let’s look at some critical points.
- Master Time Management
In your situation, as you’re pursuing an online degree, effective time management can mean the difference between a successful college career and a stress-plagued, overworked nightmare.
Realize the nature of your undertaking – you are exerting yourself on all fronts (work, home, school, and more), and will be expected to do the best you can in each of them. Without the right time management and time allocation strategy, things can start heading south real fast.
Successful time management begins with an overview of all your commitments and figuring out the exact amount of time you will have to devote to your academics. Do this on a weekly basis. Make a study schedule, keep it flexible, and stick to it as much as possible.
The ideal way to do this would be to use a calendar. Divide your time into blocks. Try to schedule your study time when you know you will have some peace and quiet.
- Familiarize Yourself With the Course
Getting thoroughly familiar with your classes and courses can aid you substantially in making your study time as effective as possible. Course familiarity includes two things:
– The first thing to do is to read through the syllabus and curriculum outline very closely. Know what you are getting yourself into. Understand the requirements of the course, and plan your study schedules according to them.
– Browse through the course page and familiarize yourself with all the layout, the different sections, software requirements, and additional purchases or installations. Click on as many tabs as you can and find out what they are there for. Look through the links posted, the readings to download, and other class-related documents or media.
- Be organized: Keep separate folders for each class. Divide it by week and the type of assignment. You will find this to be very useful when you have to look for particular files.
- Stay away from distractions while studying: Studying on your computer offers you an abundance of opportunities to research and explore the topic in much greater detail; it also presents an equal number of opportunities to stray as far away from the topic as possible.
- Talk it out with your family: Make them understand your commitment and tell them what it is like to be in your shoes.
So there you have it. We certainly hope these tips help you. If there are any questions or comments, please do let us know. Also, check out our article on practical steps for selecting your classes. We are certain you will find it useful.