Distance Learning - Good or Bad? Part 1

Published: 29th June 2007
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Do you think that it is better to study in college or get an online degree? The format of distance learning courses is not the same as most students have practiced. The educational style is more student directed and you will have to become familiar to these differences. Distance learning relies heavily on modern technology. If you aren't computer and internet savvy, you will have to learn this skills, in addition to your assignments. Look for lessons or workshops on computers and the internet. These are often accessible in libraries or community centers. Probably you will feel overwhelmed at the thought of taking one more class and spending more efforts, but the time you spend getting know the technology will save you time in the long run.
Most colleges and universities offer support for new students. Even some schools may have orientation course at the start of a new semester. Find out if your school can offers this, if so then plan on attending it. You will get valuable information about the organization of the course and the technology used. Instructors regularly give advices and tips for organizing your time at these sessions. In addition, you will get a feel for the teacher's expectations. Most schools propose tutorials to help you become skilled at use of online classroom and other software used in distance learning courses.
Research papers, essays are common assignments in both traditional and distance learning college courses. Make the most of the resources offered by your college to help complete needed research. If the school is close from your home, then it might be better to choose the college library. Other colleges may let you to use their library with a student ID from your high school. Most of schools have an online library database. In the beginning spend some time learning to use the database to save time when making a future research. Quite a bit of research can be done online, which can save you time as well.

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