Are You a Good Distance Learning Candidate?

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Just like traditional schools, some people are cut out for distance learning and some aren’t. You need to carefully assess your academic style, personality, organizational and time management skills before making the leap. If you have the right attitude, it can be a great alternative to get your degree or certification without leaving your home. There’s no need to move anywhere, no dragging commutes and you can virtually “attend class” on your own schedule.

College quote by natalie portmanHowever, if you try to force distance education and you’re not the right fit, it can lead to disaster. Procrastinators often struggle with online classes, and they need to make conscious behavior changes in order to succeed. Unorganized students, or those who have trouble managing their time, may also not be the right fit for it.

Not sure if distance learning is a good option for you? Here’s a quick checklist to see if you might be a good candidate.

What Kind of e-Learner Are You?

People are usually visual, auditory or kin-esthetic learners. However, most people have a little of all three learning styles in them. If you’re a visual or auditory learner, you might have great success with online education. If you really need to touch things, like physically working in groups or can’t imagine the subject of chemistry without a test tube in hand, then you might want to reconsider.

There are numerous tests available on the Internet that can help you figure out what type of learner you are. The good news is visual and auditory learners often flourish with virtual classes. Unlike a traditional classroom, they can re-watch videos, pause things and soak up as much auditory or visual cues as they want. You can’t do that with a professor standing at a blackboard a few feet away.

How Are Your Business Skills?

Organizational mindset, time management skills and the ability to meet deadlines are all very important with an online education. You’ve probably figured out where you stand on these issues in your career (or simply in your ability to finish your homework in high school). If these abilities are strong and you’re driven, you’re a prime candidate for distance study. If not, you can change.

These are skills some people have naturally, but others can learn. All it takes is practice and the will to succeed. If you really want to try distance learning, you can overcome the lack of poor time management. Don’t be frustrated if you don’t give yourself enough time to complete your first assignment – you’ll know for the future to schedule out more time. Remember, there's always a learning curve. However, actually doing this is up to you and depends wholly on your drive.

Do You Think e-Learning is Easier?

Online education isn’t easier than a traditional classroom, and some people even think it’s more challenging since there’s sometimes more homework to make up for non-classroom time. However, it is easier to fit into your schedule since you don’t have to commute, you can create your own schedule and you can even attend virtual classes at 3am.

However, in a digital environment it can sometimes feel as though you aren’t actually in school, or that it’s easier to blow off your assignments because you don’t have to physically report to anyone. Students need to understand that e-learning is just as serious as attending a campus class.

Don’t choose an online college because you think it’s a short cut — it’s not. Certain aspects of distance learning may even be more difficult than traditional classroom (brick and mortar), so don’t expect anything else. Like specialty trailer hitches, you can get top quality in the store (ahem, classroom) or through the web. Shop around, choose an accredited college program, and honestly ask yourself if online education is the right match for you.

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