With the available of education online, you have more than one option to complete a degree. You may choose to complete your college via traditional way where you have to attend the degree program in a brick-and-mortal college; or you can opt to pursue the degree online. Both options have the advantages and disadvantages. But, the advantages of education via online option may not benefit you if it is not the best option for you. So, you have to decide the education option that best fits for you regardless of the current trend of getting a degree online. Below are the 3 tips that you can use to decide the best way to pursue a degree:
1. List down the advantages and the benefits for each option
You will need two papers, or two spreadsheets for doing the assessment of the advantages and benefits for both education formats. Divide each paper/spreadsheet into two columns and label one column with “Advantages” and another column as “Benefits”. You can easily find the advantages of getting an education online from many online resources. List them down on a paper or spreadsheet. With the same process, find out the advantages of traditional education option and do the same by listing them down on another spreadsheet. Then, write the benefit of each advantage for education online and offline. The best education option should be the one with the most advantages that benefit you.
2. What is your prefer learning style?
There are many factors that make a success online student. In fact, online learning style and offline learning format have big differences. Students need to be able to adapt to online learning style if they want to successful in education online. You have to make sure you are one of the successful online students, else traditional education will be a better option for you. First, search from the internet on how to be successful online students. List down the factors to success in earning a degree online. You will find factors such as self-motivation, the ability of learning by reading instead of hearing to the lectures are among the factors of a successful online student. Are you able to adapt to these types of learning styles and be self-motivated to progress through the online degree program? Assess these factors sincerely and answer these questions honestly. If you have passed the self-assessment and ready to be an online student, then you are ready to pursue an education online.
3. Will you be a successful online student?
Many students have a misleading mindset about online education. They think everyone can success in online learning. In fact, the yearly online education reports have shown many students who have tried to earn a degree online failed to complete the courses. There are a few key factors to ensure a successful online students. You need to have the characteristics of a successful online students. Self-motivation, effectively time management and the ability to read and understand the learning materials in text format are among the factors that make a successful online student. Are you having these characteristics? If yes, your decision for education online is right, else you may be more successful as the traditional classroom-based student.