Each year, more and more people are choosing to take their education online rather than attend an educational institute. The reasons for this often come from money, given that it is much cheaper to study online or for logistical reasons, traveling to and from colleges or universities is very time consuming. If then, you plan to educate yourself online using something like Khan’s Academy or the Great Courses, a fantastic online educational tool set up by Thomas Rollins teaching expert and former Harvard professor, there are some skills which you’ll need that you wouldn’t if you went the traditional route.
Let’s take a look at what you need in order to study online.
It is vital that you learn to manage your time, especially if you are juggling your studies with a job or family commitment. There will be nobody there to remind you that you have to study or to check in on you when you are studying online and you need to be able to manage your time effectively. Hanging your time is not just about making sure that your work is done in time, it is also about ensuring that you are in the right frame of mind when you study and not stressed out about things elsewhere.
Studying anywhere requires a lot of self discipline but none more so than for those who are studying online. In many of the educational institutes which exist online, you will be given your materials for the whole course and then it will be up to you to make your way through them. It can be easy to think ‘I don’t feel like studying today’ but these are the times that you need to focus more on your studies, you will only be cheating yourself.
It is vital that you have somewhere that you can go which will provide you with a classroom environment. You must find somewhere which has good wifi, silence and is bright and puts you in the mood to study. This could be a local library, a room in your home or even a local coffee shop, the place is irrelevant but ensuring that you can stay there for some hours with a strong internet connection and get your studies done is absolutely vital.
You won’t be part of a classroom setting when you study online and that means that you will have nobody to make friends with and no study partners. For this reason it is important that you are active on the student forums and that you are reaching out to help people and to ask for help in return. The social side of university is something that many enjoy and without this you will need to be active yourself, in terms of making friends and alliances.
Studying online is a great way to get an education and as long as you can employ this skills, you will have made a very smart decision.