We talk to our friends online, shop online, work online, and play online, so whats next? Learning online of course. Recently online schools have taken a front seat for the working or busy individual. However, there may be something about Internet learning that you should know before you enroll. Learning and earning a degree via the Internet carries its own burdens and restrictions that should be considered.
First ask yourself how much time you can commit to a degree or certificate program. Can you commit a decent amount of time a week? Can you complete the assigned tasks? Are you self-motivated enough to make yourself sit down and do the work? Are you good at independent learning and working? Do you have reliable access to the Internet and a computer to do your work on?
As if these weren’t enough questions there are yet more in depth questions you should ask yourself. What kind of a program are you looking for? How much freedom do you need? Some programs require you to enroll in Internet courses that run on strict schedules in which assignments must be turned in on exact dates. One should ask themselves whether such a deadline can continually be met. Often times this can cause extra stress.
To be sure these problems can have easy solutions in our lives, and overall an online college may be easier to attend than an actual campus. However, these topics should first be addressed before any school is enrolled in. It’s wise to ask the school’s representatives or counselors about these issues and see how things can be resolved or what might be insurmountable.
Some schools actually take these issues into account and before enrolling have potential students complete a survey filing in their learning preferences and facts about how they learn best. By completing a survey of this nature schools can tell whether one will be suited to take on the task of learning online. Of course this isn’t a defining decision and a student can often still enroll, but this gives a little help to confused students who aren’t sure whether it’s right for them or not.
After all is said and done, an online school is still a school and should be treated as such. It requires a large amount of commitment and dedication. Should one choose to undertake such a task they must simply understand what is expected of them. Be sure to be informed, ask as many questions as possible, and read through all literature before committing to anything. Online learning can be a valuable experience and resource; or it can be an addition cause of stress and a waste of money. In order to make the most out of your education be sure online learning is what you want and what you can achieve. Online schools can be an excellent way to earn your education, but its not right for everyone. Is it right for you?