Friday, November 26, 2010

Excelling in Online Education

I place a high value on education, and am excited at the way educational opportunities have grown in recent years thanks to the increasing popularity of online schools. Now, you can go back to school for an education that includes a high school diploma, associate, bachelor, or masters degrees, and a number of certifications. This opens up countless doors and increases earning potential. Best of all, online schools provide the opportunity to pursue an education while working or taking care of a family.

A few things you can do to excel in your distance schooling include:

1) Stick to a schedule. Part of the beauty of attending school online is the ability to work on your own schedule. However, you should still create a schedule and stick to it. This is particularly helpful if you are easily sidetracked. Make a list of when your assignments are due and stick to your own deadlines if your program doesn't provide them.
2) Take advantage of support services. Most online schools have many of the same services you would find in a traditional campus school, including online tutoring, technical support, writing centers that will critique your paper, and more. These services are included in your tuition, so you might as well take advantage of them.
3) Keep your computer running smoothly. Your computer is the most important tool you have, as it is required to receive, send, and work on your assignments. Keep it running smoothly by keeping all of your systems and software updated, and install a virus protection. You can download drivers and updates for them for free on a number of different websites.

Taking charge of your online education will help you successfully complete your diploma or degree and provide new opportunities.


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