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Top 7 tips for success in distance education

Blog post   •   Aug 17, 2012 01:05 EDT

Every one of us wants to be successful in life, and education is a great foundation that will help,make that success possible. To ensure that everyone has the opportunity to become educated, universities and schools have come forward and launched various distance learning programs. Distance education programs provide students with an opportunity to continue their education from any location even if they are working full time and are looking to keep their costs low. However, some people feel that distance learning is quite tough when compared to an on-campus university or college experience. Fortunately, this is just a myth, to overcome that fear of no support or the inability to keep up with the open schedule, you need to follow these 7 tips to help guarantee success in distance education:

1. Go through the contents of your course material

Before you start studying your distance education course material, just go through its contents. This will provide you with an idea of how demanding the course actually is, and what will be required of you.  This examination let’s you choose the toughest book first so that you can allow ample time to study and prepare yourself. People who are aware and prepare tend to succeed.

2. Goal setting

Set small goals and make a list of them, it will help you to decide how many hours per week are required for a particular subject and help you schedule your study time accordingly. This will let you finish assignments on time, and reduce any stress. Scheduling time to do on-line assignments, in preparation for tests, as well as watch necessary videos, or participate in webinars will also make you feel a part of your course work and study and make studying a regular habit.

 3. Start early

It is always better to start early, especially when it comes to studies. Studying the course material from the very beginning, and keeping up with assignments and readings saves you from panicking at the last moment in preparation for exams.

4. Set deadlines

Deadlines are a great way to motivate yourself, they always remind you of the task and goal and the time left to conquer it. So set deadlines on a list to help you keep your eye on the prize and complete subjects on time.  When you meet any of these set deadlines, just mark them as complete or accomplished. This will keep you aware of your progress and help you plan accordingly as time progresses towards the end of your coursework.

5. Entertain

Students generally get bored very often while studying, and this affects their mental strength. Being able to focus and remember information is necessary for successful retention. If you find yourself losing focus, take a break - entertain yourself with a little music or television or go out for a 15-20 min walk. This will help you relax your mind, which will help enhance your concentration.

6. Reward yourself

When you accomplish any of the goals or deadlines you have set, try to reward yourself with things that you may like such as a trip to the movies, some chocolate, even something small like a new pen can help keep you motivated. Create a system that encourages you to put in more effort and do your best.

7. Time Management

Obviously most of us can’t study for excessively long periods of time. Each of us have other commitments we must take care of as well. But if you stay active and aware of your commitments and priorities, you can manage your schedule easily. Always try to avoid committing to anything such as a long trip with friends that can impact your schooling schedule. Instead, try to utilize extra time such as long weekends and holidays to finish big projects in your subjects and allow more time for test preparation.

 Nowadays, plenty of people have begun enrolling in varied distance education programs to enhance their skills, knowledge and even get promoted inmjobs. If you are also looking forward to enhancing your knowledge and skills while working at the same time, you should consider the benefits of many of the online degree programs now provided by leading colleges and universities.

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Erik Johnson likes to inform readers about the education industry. He is an avid writer and helps students by informing them about their higher career education options. Details on Phlebotomy, Sonography, Psychology, Culinary Arts and many more career alternatives are well detailed in his write-ups. Join him on Google +