Tips for Online Degree and Traditional Students

By: Michael Woods

Are you an adult student in an online degree program or a working adult enrolled in a traditional campus-based bachelors or masters degree program? If so, you face a significant challenge; finding time to earn a degree while juggling your other responsibilities. Here are some tips that may help.
1. Plan a regular routine of study after taking into account all of your obligations. Never study fewer hours than you have scheduled and never skip a scheduled study session. No exceptions.
2. Prioritize your assignments. Always maintain a list of your upcoming assignments and complete the most important and the earliest due first.
3. Set up a study area with a comfortable chair, desk, a computer with Internet service, and good lighting. You'll get more done if you study in a proper environment.
4. Build study breaks into your schedule. And, walk away for a few minutes if you become frustrated or discouraged by a particularly challenging assignment (especially a long, difficult reading assignment). A quick break can do wonders.
5. Help your family and friends understand your commitment to higher education and the importance of your earning a degree. And, establish a "do not disturb" policy during your scheduled study time.
6. Be realistic about the number of courses in which you enroll. Do not overburden yourself. Students who take on too much are far more likely to drop out before meeting their educational goals.
The preceeding suggestions, a reasonable level of motivation, and a bit of self-discipline are all you need to earn a degree that can greatly enhance your career and earning power. Go for it.

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Michael Woods is a PhD candidate and a freelance writer. He counsels student who wish to enroll in an online degree program and helps them find the online college best meeting their individual needs.

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