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Transitioning from Traditional to Online School

Published: January 20, 2015 | Updated: May 13, 2015

The field of adult education has greatly benefited from technology like the Internet. Getting an online college degree is now possible for many non-traditional students from all over the world. Taking college classes online has many benefits, but you do have to make vital adjustments in your lifestyle and learning habits in order to succeed. Below are practical tips to help you transition to online learning and still get the most of your non-traditional college experience.

Create a Realistic Schedule

No doubt you are juggling several things in your life even as you consider taking college courses online. Take a long and careful look at your current life and work responsibilities to see where you can fit your online classes realistically. You may need to give up certain activities you currently enjoy to make time for the online classes you wish to take. If you are serious about completing an online degree, making the time to do so is the first step in achieving this goal.

Once you have re-mapped your life and work responsibilities to accommodate your online courses, stick to your schedule like clockwork. It will be difficult to make time for study or research in the midst of your other commitments. Share your schedule with the people you work and live with so they will learn to respect your time and support you by leaving you alone when you need to concentrate on your online course requirements.

Dealing with Distractions

Studying online can be easily be sabotaged by the ordinary distractions that surround your daily existence. This can be especially true if you’re taking college courses online from the comfort of your home. The TV, your bed and even that last slice of apple pie in your refrigerator can tempt you and lure you away from your books. You know yourself best. Expect that there will be distractions, and find creative and practical ways to deal with them.

Support System

Be sure you have access to the support staff of your online college. This means your instructors, of course, but also the IT staff, career counselors, financial aid advisers, etc. Even if you do not meet face to face, knowing how to get in touch with your classmates is also important. Online discussions are easy enough to set up and go a long way in helping you understand, keep up with and improve upon your knowledge and grasp of your online courses.

Our online paralegal training and online medical assistant courses here at Charter College can help you advance in your career or get you started on a new professional path. Get in touch with us for more information or any questions you have about getting your online college degree. We are here to help.

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