Pros and Cons of Distant Learning
Pros and Cons of Distant Learning
Steering the distance learning world can be tricky. Online students must learn to dodge the shallow promises of disreputable schools, manage their work, and use their diplomas to their advantage. As you continue your journey through the maze of virtual learning, avoid these seven common mistakes of distance learners and save yourself some hassle:
1. Choosing the wrong school. Selecting the right school is the most significant challenge distance learners face. Schools charge unsuspecting students thousands of dollars for worthless degrees, whereas credentialed, trustworthy schools are able to give their students diplomas to be proud of. It is always a hit and miss choice we make of doing distance learning however if you do the extra leg work it does pay off because of there are great online programs out there to fit everyoneís needs. Before you make your choice on a school and program, make sure it has the appropriate regional accreditation and do some research to find out what type of programs, resources and support will be provided. Also do your pros and your cons of the situation by weighing out the options.
2. Procrastinating. I strongly believe everyone has this problem myself included. Especially when attending online courses because we can always do it later as to attending a classroom each day and the assignment needs to be turned in at that time. This problem is magnified ten-fold when students have the leisure of completing classes at their own pace. Many students never finish their degree because they lack the self-discipline and motivation to sit down and get their work done on a daily basis. If you are guilty of this and like to put it off, set some definite goals for yourself and stick to them. And not only setting these goals but physically drawing something up and placing calendars, timelines, schedules of when assignments are do, place them in the common areas you are frequently in for reminders throughout the day. Many students have found it beneficial to create a deadline for receiving their degree and set smaller monthly, weekly, and daily goals that will allow them to reach that deadline.
3.Failing to connect with their peers and professors. We find this one of the hardest things for students to do because of lack of communication between the professors and students. Students are looking for answers quick and help to move forward in assignments and students are not use to that waiting time for a response. This is where students get discouraged and fail in the communication setting. And as a distance learner that is the main source and the biggest help any student could receive. Not only with the professor but chatting with peers on chat sessions and participating in discussion boards are another great source to help and could possibly answer your question. One of the most rewarding experiences in education is learning through collaboration. Forming meaningful relationships with your peers and professors can allow you to learn more, stay motivated, and have an outlet to express your own understanding of subject matter. Donít let yourself miss out on the benefits of these relationships just because your classrooms are online. Stay connected through message boards, chat rooms, email, and other virtual resources.
4. Paying too much. The sad truth is that school is pricy. Youíre probably not going to get your education for free, but make sure that the future rewards will outweigh the cost of the debt you accumulate now. You donít want to find yourself making a $30,000 teacherís salary while paying back a $100,000 student loan. (Unfortunately, this case is not all that uncommon). Whatever you choose, make sure you only take loans for what is absolutely necessary and try to save in other ways. Books and supplies can often be found at significantly lower prices (or even for free) if you know where to look and most computer and software companies offer huge discounts for currently enrolled students.
5. Not getting credit where credit is due. You donít have to start from scratch when you begin learning online. If you have credit from previous schools, make sure to have transcripts sent to your online university and have the counselors check for course equivalency. Even if equivalencies are not granted automatically, you may be able to petition to receive credit. (Just make sure you do a good job of stating your case). A few schools will allow you to receive credit for life experience, based on testing or portfolio reviews. Check with your schoolís counselors to see how you can get credit for what you already know.
6. Remaining ignorant of online resources. Thereís a lot of online material available to help out students; make sure you know where you can get the help you need. Be aware of general resources such as virtual dictionaries, research help, and online books, as well as resources that relate to your specialized subject matter. Finding these sites from the start will save you money on books and help you find success in your studies.
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