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7 Success Strategies for Distance Learners Distance learning has special challenges. You will probably never see or meet the teacher. You won’t have classmates. You don’t have a campus full of people studying the same thing. But you can succeed! Plan on it! Follow the simple tips below, and you’ll do better in your learning. They may seem pretty basic, but they’ll help keep you focused and on track. 1. Set goals. • Goal #1: “I will succeed in this course.” • At the beginning of a new course, look through the materials. Break the lessons/assignments into manageable chunks. You might not have time to do a full lesson in one night, so plan for how much you can do, then stick to it until you’re done. 2. Establish a regular study/learning schedule. • Keep a calendar or journal with your study goals and important dates clearly marked-and look at it every day (a calendar can’t help you if it’s closed!). • Determine what time is best for you to study. Is it after dinner on Wednesdays when your partner is at bowling? Is it Saturday mornings when the kids are at soccer? • Take breaks-walk around and stretch. Drink some water or have a light snack. If you’re studying nutrition or health topics, you know how important this is! • If possible, have a dedicated study place with all the supplies you might need (computer, paper, pens, calculator, etc.) • Pace yourself. Don’t over extend yourself. There’s a reason it takes several years to graduate from traditional university. You’re in this to learn, not just to get a certificate, so make sure you’re learning, not just racing through the materials.

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3. Talk about it! • Tell people what you’re doing. You’re more likely to stick to a course if your co-worker knows you’re doing it. If you are studying high-tech or internet development, the person might just know a programmer he can hook you up with for tutoring. • Ask a friend to check up on you. • Ask someone to proof your work before you submit it.

4. Join a study group-this doesn’t have to be stuffy! • Join a club. Aspiring financial planners could join a local investing club. • If you’re studying a language like Spanish or Japanese, ask the owners of a local restaurant if they know anyone who might like to do language exchange with you. • Get a mentor. If you’re taking a course related to health or medicine, ask a nurse or pharmacist if you can take them for coffee once a month. • Search the Internet for bulletin boards or chat rooms related to your topic. 5. Know your learning style, and use it! • Look for real-world situations and examples of what you’re learning about. If you’re studying about civil engineering, pay attention to bridges. • You’ll be much more interested if you’re involved, not just reading about a topic. • Put things into practice as early as possible. • If you’re studying accounting, practice by balancing your checkbook. 6. Celebrate successes! • Reward yourself with whatever works for you, along the way. Remember, you chose to do this. Be proud of your accomplishments! 7. Ask Questions • If you don’t understand something, ASK. It’s been said a zillion times: the only dumb question is the one you don’t ask. It’s not about memorizing - it’s about learning material that will help you in your hobbies, career, and life. Memorization isn’t a bad thing, but make sure you’re memorizing because you are really interested in the information, and figure out a way to use the memorized information several times within a few days of learning it. It’ll stick if it has real-world meaning. Source:

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Earning a degree while juggling a career and family is hard. There may be days when you find yourself working from the moment you get out of bed until you fall asleep exhausted. There may be other days when you simply can’t get everything done. Even on the days where you’ve dedicated many hours to your studies, there’s no guarantee that your children won’t derail your plans. The constant strain of keeping your head above water can be overwhelming at times. Many people ultimately throw in the towel because they just can’t handle these levels of stress. How can you stay motivated when it’s hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel? Take a step back and look at the big picture. On those days where you don’t know if you can get it all done, think about how the stress you have today may take away other stresses down the road. If earning your degree can help you get a better paying job, you will ultimately be able to worry less about the expenses associated with raising a family. The payoff down the road will be worth your time investment today.

Studying is tough enough by itself. Studying over the loud conversation of others or amidst the screams of your children can often be next to impossible. Obviously, the best advice for dealing with distractions while studying is to find a way to be alone in a quiet place. Because this ideal situation is sometime impossible to achieve, you need some tools to help you tune out noise and tune into your studies. The best way to deal with distractions while studying is to embrace the distraction. Have you ever walked into a room and smelled an offensive odor, only to forget about that odor a few minutes later? Somehow, our senses can get used to many different environments if we let them. As soon as you become annoyed with the music that’s playing in the coffee shop, you won’t be able to concentrate on anything else. If you tell yourself that the music is perfectly lovely, you may be able to forget about it entirely. The same goes with your kids playing in the other room. If you take their squeals in stride, thus embracing the din as the environment you’re stuck with, it’s entirely possible that you’ll forget about the noise after studying for a few minutes.



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Students can “attend” a course at anytime, from anywhere. This means that parents can attend to their children, then sit down to class; working students can attend classes no matter what their work schedule might be, folks that travel for business or pleasure can attend class from anywhere in the world that has internet access.


Online learning enables student-centered teaching approaches. Every student has their own way of learning that works best for them. Some learn visually others do better when they “learn by doing.”


Course material is accessible 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Students have the ability to read and re read lectures, discussions, explana-

tions and comments. Often spoken material in the classroom passes students by due to a number of distractions, missed classes, tiredness or boredom.


In an online environment, attendance to class is only evident if the student actually participates in classroom discussion. This increases student interaction and the diversity of opinion, because everyone gets a say, not just the most talkative.


Online instructors come with practical knowledge and may be from any location across the globe. This allows students to be exposed to knowledge that can’t be learned in books and see how class concepts are applied in real business situations.


Using the internet to attend class, research information and communication with other students teaches skills in using technologies that will be critical to workers in the 21st century business community that works with colleagues globally and across time zones.


Participating online is much less intimidating than “in the classroom.” Anonymity provides students a level playing field undisturbed by bias caused by seating arrangement, gender, race and age. Students can also think longer about what they want to say and add their comments when ready. In a traditional class room, the conversation could have gone way past the point where the student wants to comment.


Because online institutions often offer “chat rooms” for informal conversation between students, where student bios and non class discussions can take place, there appears to be a increased bonding and camaraderie over traditional class environments.


The online environment makes instructors more approachable. Students can talk openly with their teachers through online chats, email and in newsgroup discussions, without waiting for office hours that may not be convenient. This option for communication provides enhanced contact between instructors and students.

How to Better Manage Time Getting your degree online and juggling family and career obligations is tough. These five time management tips can help you better manage your many responsibilities.

ably feel like you can’t do everything. Prioritize the things that have to get done to stay on top of your most important tasks. Carry an organizer Time management requires organization. Keep a pen and calendar handy so that you can write down assignments and due dates. When you think of an idea for a paper while you’re commuting, write it down there as well.

Get Enough Sleep Studies show that people are less efficient and probably not as likely to follow good time management practices when they are sleep deprived. If you’re getting enough sleep, you’re more likely to have energy left at night for studying.

Multi-task Multi-tasking is a big part of effective time management. Study during long commutes and pay bills while you’re on hold. Time management tips won’t give you more hours in the day, but they will help you get the most out of what you already have.

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Online course development allows for a broad spectrum of content. Students can access the school’s library from their PC’s for research articles, ebook content and other material without worries that the material is already “checked out.” Students often feel that they can actually listen to the comments made by other students. Because everyone gets a chance to contribute, students are less irritated with those that “over contribute” and can ask for clarification of any comments that are unclear.


Over 75% of colleges and universities in the U.S. offer online degree programs, with online degrees as respected as “on the ground” degrees. (Lewis)


Online classrooms also facilitate team learning by providing chatrooms and newsgroups for meetings and joint work. This eliminates the problems of mismatched schedules, finding a meeting location and distributing work for review between meetings.

Students often comment that online learning lets them attend class when fully awake and attend in increments of convenient time block, rather than rigid 2 or 4 hour stretches once or twice a week. Because there are no geographic barriers to online learning, students can find a diversity of course material that may not be available to them where they live or work. This is especially true for professional training such as medical billing training or purchasing training and for students in remote rural areas that cannot support college or vocational training centers. While “brick and mortar” institutions will never be eliminated, it’s easy to see why a growing number of people are attending class in the cyber world. They may be reasons of accessibility, flexibility or quality, all compelling and contributing to the attractiveness of this mode of learning. Source:

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Follow a Schedule Carve out time each week to study. That can be tough when kids fall ill or when a relative calls for a ride to the doctor, but sticking to a schedule can ensure that you stay on top of your studies.


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Why do students flock to the online learning environment? With over 4 million students are enrolled in online schools and universities (and that number is growing 30% per year), there are many compelling arguments for attending a cyber classroom (Lewis, 2005).

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Are You Choosing the Right Business Degree? The Master of Business Administration, or M.B.A. as it’s commonly known, is easily the most popular business degree in the world. It’s so popular in fact, that many people consider it their only choice when deciding to pursue an advanced degree in business. Many people however, are wrong. The truth is - there are a variety of business programs from which to choose, and savvy students are selecting specialist degrees that match their strengths and expected career paths. Consider the Master of Science in Management and Organizational Behavior (M.S.M.O.B.), a breed of degree that is gaining momentum in the marketplace. At its core, the M.S.M.O.B. is less about numbers and more about people. Students learn that what actually gets done in an organization is as closely tied to internal politics and quality of leadership as it is to budgets and strategic plans.

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Employment Advantages Specialist degrees are also giving graduates a leg up on the job front. Employers want the best person for the job, so holding a degree specifically suited for the position is an effective way of standing out among qualified applicants. It would make sense that, all else equal, a company searching for someone to shape corporate structure and culture would choose an organizational behavior graduate over one with a general business degree. The days of “M.B.A. fits all” are over, and choosing the correct business degree now comes down to the aspirations of the student. The correct question is no longer, “What is the best business degree?” but rather, ‘”What is the best degree for my strengths and career goals?” Future entrepreneurs, for example, are probably best served by a general M.B.A. degree. Aspiring policy analysts would explore a master’s in Economics. Human resources and leadership driven individuals will find the M.S.M.O.B. to be a good fit. The list goes on. All in all, there is more than one path to an advanced business degree. And, while the traditional M.B.A. continues to open doors for graduates, respected specialist degrees such as the M.S.M.O.B. are gaining traction for those looking to focus on a particular aspect of business. Prospective master’s level students should consider their goals and options before choosing a business degree.

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