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Select an Online College Study Schedule to Fit Your Lifestyle

written by: SeemaAdnani•edited by: Laurie Patsalides•updated: 12/14/2009

It is difficult to spare time to fulfill the requirements of an online college course. Work demands can make this task difficult and employers are often the ones requiring an advanced degree. Let's learn how you can choose an online college study schedule to fit your lifestyle.

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    There is a huge range of options available these days when trying to find an online college and course schedules to fit your lifestyle. Everyone ranging from those who are work best under stringent deadlines, as well as those who like learning at their own pace may be considering taking an online course or degree.

    Comparing pace and class schedules are important factors while considering any particular online course of study. Ultimately, the course we choose helps us to manage our time and fulfill our assignments.

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    Schedules With Strict Deadlines

    Online study schedules require the students to strictly adhere to deadlines and attend course meetings on a daily or weekly basis. These schedules are very much like traditional colleges as they demand the students to complete the work within a stipulated amount of time. Students may also be asked to discuss their course content through online message boards and chats. They may also be required to keep in consistent touch with their course professor for the purpose of assigned projects. These courses are most suitable for students preferring strict schedules.

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    Self-Paced Study

    Online courses that offer self-placed schedules may or may not have deadlines. Students are required to complete their work by a specific date. But, they have the liberty of achieving this during their own time. Self-paced courses with long deadlines work best for students who face difficulty devoting time from their busy schedules and hence desire freedom from schedule pressure.

    Courses that do not have deadlines are most suitable for students who prefer completing their coursework as per their liking. These self-paced courses offer generous time frames for completing the course requirements. But, students have the liberty of studying the course and appearing for the exam as desired. Students who are self-disciplined and like to be independent would enjoy these courses. They are most suitable for parents and full-time employees who do not have the liberty of scheduling class meetings for fulfillment of the course requirements.

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    Real-Time Study

    These courses are usually executed through a virtual classroom or audio/video conferencing. Students are required to meet online at specific times on a weekly basis to receive instructions from their peers as well as professors.

    Projects can also be completed in conferences or groups with the professors being available all through the week. Real-time programs are most suitable for students preferring direct interaction and open schedules.

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    Understand Your Preferences

    Whenever students are making a decision about choosing which type of schedule they prefer, the foremost thing that should be considered is learning preference. Figure out whether you prefer working on your own schedule or like to have regular interaction in your college courses, whether or not the schedule is in line with your commitments and lifestyle, and so on. Self-paced programs are best for learners who have a busy schedule whereas real-time and courses with strict deadlines are more preferable for those who have more time.

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    Careful deliberation and planning will help you in making the correct choice for your online study schedule. After all, it is meant to add value to your career and it definitely deserves paramount consideration.