How to Build an Online Support System for Distance Education

Distance education offers a number of benefits for students, including the ability to create a schedule that accommodates your other responsibilities, such as work and family. It also helps students who have diverse learning styles and who don’t perform as well in a traditional classroom.

However, online learning can be tough on some students who need the flexibility but who also need the additional support that they might get in a traditional classroom. There are a few ways that you can have the best of both worlds by taking classes online but building a virtual support system for additional help. Here are a few ideas:

Communicate Regularly with the Instructor

In some online courses, you could go the whole term without ever “talking” to the instructor, either in person or online. You can have more communication with your instructor by being proactive. Send regular e-mails asking questions or checking in about your progress with the class. The more your instructor gets to know you, the easier it will be to offer you tailored feedback when needed. Read the rest of this entry »

5 Ways to Use your Time Wisely

When you are taking courses online, sometimes there is the temptation to get distracted. The internet beckons, with Facebook, Twitter and all kinds of sites out there just waiting to help you waste your time. In order to stay on track and complete your work, however, you need to stay focused and avoid these temptations. Here are five ways you can use your time wisely when taking classes online:

  1. Find a quiet place – One of the most important things that I have found I need when taking classes online is finding a quiet place to work. A lot of noise and movement distracts me and makes me unable to focus. Even songs with lyrics can make my mind not work as well as it should. To that end, I try to find somewhere quiet. If I have to block out noise, I pick music that is just instrumental or has lyrics in a language I can’t understand. That way I do not get distracted. Read the rest of this entry »

E-Learning: How to Stay the Course and Liven Up the Monotony

There’s no question; earning a certificate or college degree online has its benefits over attending a traditional brick-and-mortar institution. Not only does it allow you to keep a flexible schedule (which is great for students who will be working while taking classes), it can also save you money. However, just as there are cons to traveling to a college campus to go to school, there are also a few cons to the e-learning method.

If you’ve ever had the opportunity to work from home, you know that it can sometimes be difficult to stay on task, and the same is true for taking classes online at home. There are many distractions and no one to tell you to get back to work, and this can be detrimental to your studies. At the same time, working and studying from home can also become boring, if you don’t allow yourself time to get out and socialize with friends and family.

To stay focused and keep things fresh, use the following advice:

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