Focus on Personal Commitments
One of the reasons why students drop out of online college in the early months of a program is the clash of personal commitments versus the perceived amount of time needed to study, prepare assignments, and interact online with peers and instructors.
During the honeymoon period of online learning, it seems easy to forego sleep for an additional three hours a night to make it happen, but sleep deprivation sets in quickly. Before long the idea of attending college – online or in person – no longer sounds like such a great idea.
We all have social lives and familial obligations that can get in the way of studies. Many online learners also continue to work full-time, which can have an impact on their studies. You will have to enlist support from friends, institutions, and family members in order to complete your online education. Do your homework with the kids when they are doing theirs; rely on mobile applications for distance learning to make the most of lag time, and work out a plan with your employer to allow for some reasonable scheduled accommodations.
Most importantly, learn to sometimes say no, and at other times it is perfectly fine to just delegate a task rather than undertake it yourself. You may be surprised to learn that friends and family members, and perhaps even bosses, like to be part of your success story! Prevent life events – foreseeable and unscheduled – from eroding your commitment to your distance learning.