Tuesday, January 15, 2013

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The World Wide Web has made it possible for individuals to attend college online. While this presents an array of opportunities and benefits, attending online college also poses many challenges as well. Since there is no teacher standing over you monitoring your work and progress it is up to you to ensure that you are making the grade to earn the degree!

It may sound simple, until a few weeks have passed and online school has become familiar and possibly a struggle. With these tips you can find the encouragement needed to stand strong and graduate your online school with ease.
Staying Motivated 101

- Staying motivated to study doesn't need to be a challenge. Rather than think long-term, however, think short-term. Trying to look too far ahead can leave you with a stress-filled mind, doing the exact opposite of motivating and instead frustrating you.

- Think about the exam you have next week and how rewarding it will be to earn the A you've been wanting. Keep those long-term goals (graduation) in mind, but do not focus on those alone!

- It is imperative that you stay in a regular routine. If you are usually free and able to study at 8 p.m. nightly, make 8 p.m. the time to go to school. Consistency is key to doing well when attending online school. Ensure that you tell yourself this is what needs to be done at this time. Treat it as you would treat going to work each day!

- There are plenty of distractions that come along with online college. Why, with just a click you can easily surf on over to Facebook to see what all of your friends are doing or even on to see what your favorite singer or athlete has been up to, but these distractions can harm the education you are trying to reach. When it is time for school, it is time for school. Take a 15 minute break for these things, if you need, but always ensure that you aren't impeding on school time.

- Set yourself up with somewhere quiet to work. A desk in a corner of a room or if you have a spare room then convert it to a study so you have somewhere quiet and distraction free to study. Having a designated study area will also allow you to leave and return to your studies without the need to pack materials and books away each day.

- Make the most of any support groups offered by your online college. Many will offer some form of online forum where students can interact with each other and find help and support. Some online providers also offer a personal tutor who will be assigned to you when you begin your course. They will be available to answer any questions you have, offer helpful tips and advice and help keep you motivated towards your end goal.

Your Motivation Equals Success

Staying motivated may seem difficult at times. It is easy to get distracted and allow other things to come in the way of your education, especially when there is no one there to tell you the right things to do. But, it is important that you understand that even the best of the best can find themselves in this situation if they aren't taking the time to find a bit of help along the way. Use the tips above and you will be able to attend online college with success, no matter what it is you plan to major in! Online college can work for you, if you let it!

Georgina Clatworthy has studied online and has seen the benefits online degrees can bring. Whether you are studying for a online masters in nursing or taking a certificate in IT Certification, make sure you set yourself up for the challenge of online study and ensure your motivation to achieve your qualification never waivers.

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