Today several distance learning programs are offered in virtually any field. Many of the opportunities that students can find by browsing the Web are legitimate, but many scams can be found on the Internet, and one must always be careful when choosing a program. Here are some distance learning education tips that could help a prospective online student.
Tip: Students should always check the accreditation of the schools they are planning on attending. They should choose a school that is either regionally or nationally accredited since the degrees are widely recognized by businesses and institutions.
Tip: Before enrolling in any distance learning programs, students should browse the Internet to check forums or blogs to see what students have to say about certain schools, courses, and programs.
Tip: Students who are interested in distance learning courses from organizations other than schools should see if there is free access to a trial course for prospective students.
Since D/L requires more discipline and responsibility from the student, students should ask themselves the following questions:
- Am I able to make time in my day for school?
- Am I able to commit to my studies?
- Am I physically and mentally able to meet courses deadlines?
- Can I pace myself without too much supervision to meet course objectives by the deadline?
- Can I spend enough time online to get enough interaction with the classmates?
- Do I have a PC that will allow me to log on to the university online system(s) without problems?
Answering "yes" to all questions is a good indication that a student can handle D/L successfully. And, answering "no" may indicate that a student may not be ready for D/L.