Balancing Personal Obligations
While there are many reasons to take an online course one of the most frequent reasons students choose these courses is because of the convenience. Whether you have a full-time job, dont want to fight traffic or are raising a family balancing school and personal obligations can become a juggling act. The beauty of self-paced, online courses is that you can study around your schedule so be sure to set study time during your down time even if that means 11 p.m.
An ideal study environment is just that ideal. Some students need absolute silence while others cant seem to concentrate without noise in the background. No matter what your preference is, a well-lit place that is free from distractions is recommended. Note that youll make much better use of thirty minutes of disruption-free study than an hours worth of commotion-filled learning. If you cant escape in-home interruptions, try the library or a coffee shop. Schedule your designated study time when you can be in a distraction-free environment and your chances for success will increase and the time you need to devote to your course will decrease.
Dont be afraid to ask questions. As an online student there are several ways to get the answers you are seeking. If your course offers instructor support (and I would recommend courses that do), you can always direct inquiries to your teacher. Top-notch courses tend to provide first-class support so that students never feel lost or alone during the e-learning process.
However, online chat rooms, if provided, are another great resource for students seeking answers. Online chat rooms give students a forum to meet other students taking the same course and ask questions or discuss assignments. More than likely another student taking the course has had or will have the same question.
If you need an immediate answer do your best to find the answer yourself. Youll likely satisfy other lingering questions in the process and often times the journey to the answer teaches you more than the answer itself.