The information age is here right now. Many of us are just uneasy with the idea of not having instant access to unlimited numbers of data and figures with the simple touch of a few buttons since we have become so accustomed to information flowing at the speed of light. This being the case, it stands to reason that a large number of individuals all across the country and the world are embracing the concept of online education with as much fervor as they can manage.
At the same time there are equal numbers of people around the world who are trying desperately to hold on to traditional methods of dealing with certain things. In fact, some people actually still play solitaire with a deck of playing cards. For people who feel that the information age has left them behind to some degree the chances are quite good that online learning may not be the best available option for you.
Below you will find a few questions that can help you narrow down whether or not you would truly benefit by taking some of the many online courses that are being offered in today’s information age of learning.
1) Are you disciplined? This may seem like such an innocent question because we would all like to think that we are disciplined to some degree. The problem is that when you are in the driver’s seat of your own education, you need to have a little more than a small degree of discipline. You need to be able to meet deadlines, take the tests, and hold yourself responsible for actually learning the information that you need to learn in order to pass the course. There is no one to blame but yourself if you do not manage to do well in your online classes, and some people simply do not like being in the drivers seat when it comes to motivating and pacing themselves and their learning practices.
2) How do you learn best? We all have different methods of learning for which we retain information better than others. Online courses are reading intensive. If you have difficulties retaining the information you read you may need to find an alternate learning method or seek solutions with the assistance of the course instructor before moving forward in an online learning environment.
3. Do you genuinely want to succeed? In deciding whether or not online learning is in your best interests, the answer to this question is crucial. You can choose from a variety of routes to get the education and degree you want. At least for the time being, this is not the popular route. More than any other sort of education, this one is easy to give up on due to disinterest. You really don't need to waste your time or the time of the teacher by repeatedly coming up with justifications if you aren't committed to completing the assignments, studying the notes, and really learning the subject that is taught to you.
Although most online courses are self-paced, there is a time restriction on how much you may study before you must move on. The instructor is in charge of giving you the knowledge and materials, but you are in charge of everything that occurs after that. Are you prepared to take on that obligation?
Whether you are a professional returning to school after a lengthy break or a first-time college student, online learning can provide new opportunities for your educational enjoyment. But in order to succeed, you must be prepared to enter those rooms and accept the knowledge that is offered to you. I sincerely hope that everyone who reads this would carefully evaluate before taking the leap whether or not the lack of structure that many online courses give will be appropriate to your individual learning and educational requirements.
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