Avoid the Common Mistakes Make by Online Students

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1. Choosing the Wrong Online University

Selecting the right online university is a challenging task for an online student. The demand for online education has increased, and many “diploma mill” schools have stepped into the market to share the profit. These “diploma mill” schools charge unsuspecting students thousands of dollars for worthless degrees. The worthless degree also called a “fake degree” does not help in your career because it is not recognized by most employers. Hence, before you enroll in an online school, 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.

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2. Lack of Self-discipline & Motivation

Online education is not suited for everyone, 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. As an online student, you need to do a lot of self-scheduling, planning, and set yourself some definite goals and stick to them. 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.

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3. Fail to Connect with Your Professors & Online Classmates

One of the most rewarding experiences in education is learning through collaboration. In every online course, you will be assigned to an online lecturer and a group of online students who are taking the same course. Staying connected with them through message boards, chat rooms, email, and other virtual resources can allow you to learn more, stay motivated, and have an outlet to express your own understanding of the subject matter. Many online students fail to stay connected consistently with their professors and their online classmates, for them attending online courses is simply getting the learning materials from the university and submitting their assignments.

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4. Not Getting Your Credit Transferred

You don’t have to start from scratch when you begin learning online. If you have credit from previous schools, make sure you have sent your transcripts to your online university and have the counselors check for course equivalency. There are online universities that will allow you to receive credit on life experience, based on testing or portfolio reviews. Check with your school’s counselors to see how you can get credit for what you already know.

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5. Ignore Other Online Resources

Studying online does not mean that you only get the learning material and information from the university’s online resources and online library. There are many course-related information and resources on the internet outside the university’s online pages available to help out students; make sure you know where you can get the help you need. Virtual libraries, directories, online books, and online research centers are places for you to look for your 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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In Summary

To get a degree online, you need to select an online degree program offered by an accredited online university that has a good reputation in the employment market. And to be a successful online student, you must learn how to manage your course work, and use your diplomas to your advantage. Avoiding the common mistakes made by many online students can save you some hassle and ensure your degree will bring you a brighter future.

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Dr. D. M. Hardy

Dr. D. M. Hardy

I have a M.Ed. in Instructional Technology, and an Ed.D. in Adult & Career Education. I enjoy spreading knowledge, because we all need to be life-long learners.