Understand the commitment involved with Online Education

Obtaining an online education is hard work. Most would agree that it might be more difficult than attending physical classes because students are on the honor system. At class, the instructor or professor might ask questions, and serious students will have prepared the night before. Contrarily, working from home at one's own pace may induce some to procrastinate and leave the preparation until another day. Often, people believe that online education is simpler compared to attending classes. In reality, the requirements are the same to acquire a degree or diploma, and before signing up for distance learning, students should be aware of, and understand the commitment involved with online education.

Online education takes diligence and determination. When students attend classes onsite, they are apt to make friends and find study partners. People gravitate to one another in social settings and sometimes, this provides a better learning experience. Time is spent more productively working together on difficult issues and concepts. Each person in the group, even if there are only two students, helps and coaches the others. There is a sense of community and "being in the same boat", which glues the group together to learn more effectively. For students studying at home, they might meet others over the internet, and certainly people nowadays form friendships and relationships online, but still, meeting with others in person is motivating and stimulating. Unless the online student understands the total ramifications of the commitment involved with online education, problems could exist down the road.

Likewise, when working alone at home, a total commitment to school work depends on:

the hours allocated to learning and completing homework assignments,

removing distractions from the alloted time frames,

and physically sitting down and doing the work, whether it be online tutorials, preparation for the next day's lessons, or reading and understanding the newest material in the syllabus.

Before enrolling in classes, students should sit down and map out their time constraints. Create a plan that incorporates the classes, work (employment) time, recreation time with the children, and obligations that need to be met. Be honest when blocking out time for school. Do not say that twenty hours per week is feasible when in reality there are only twelve hours of serious blocked-out periods. Trying too hard can only lead to disappoint, so be realistic and success will follow.

Unquestionably, thousands of people everyday are signing up for online courses. And the majority of those individuals graduate with their degrees or diplomas. Having an education can be a rewarding experience, but it does take a complete focus to understand the commitment involved with online education.