The top mistakes distance learners make

Online learning guide

With so many websites, schools, colleges and universities offering online or distance learning the road to success can be an uneven one. Students not only have to decide which course or program is the right one for them but also pick out the shallow promises of degrees offered by disreputable schools. Listed below are the top mistakes that online and distance learners have made to help you avoid the same pitfalls:

* Choosing the wrong school

The biggest mistake that many new to the world of online and distance learning make is choosing the wrong school in the first place. By choosing the wrong school you have taken the wrong path to start with and the chances of you being successful in your new learning program are doomed from the start. The “Diploma mill” schools as they are widely known will charge the student thousands of dollars or pounds to earn what is little more than a worthless piece of paper.

Look for a school that has credentials and is trustworthy, before enrolling in your chosen school check its credentials and make sure it has accreditation and research to find out what type of learning resources are available to you.

* Procrastinating

When students have all the time in the world to study and earn their degree very often many of them never actually finish the coursework and get the degree they set out for. Distance or online learning requires a great deal of strength and determination on the part of the student.

If you are someone whose mind tends to wander easily and you still want to learn from the comfort of your own home then consider setting yourself a schedule just as you would were you in college or university. Get yourself into the habit of working regularly at the same time for a set amount of time.

* Paying too much for the program

While we all understand that learning in any form is costly and you can’t get an education for free the sad fact is that many will get into debt, taking an MBA degree over a number of years is very costly.

You will have to weigh the fact of the chances of you getting the job to go with the degree and the amount of money its going to cost you to get the degree and see if it is worth the cost and time. Make sure that if you have to take out a big loan to purchase the program for your chosen degree that you can afford to pay it back in a reasonable amount of time.

* Not taking advantage of the online resources available to you

There are vast quantities of materials on the internet which can help students, be aware of general tools which can help in your studies such as free dictionaries, thesaurus, encyclopedias, e-books and forums. A simple keyword search on a popular search engine such as Google will turn up masses of free online resources which are available to students.

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