Many students choose to pursue online degree without evaluating their learning style and personality wherever they will be successful as online students. Survey results show that many online students failed to complete their degree program mainly due to student's personality issues. Earning a degree through online education may not be a right decision for all students. Here are 4 important tips to evaluate yourself to ensure you are a right candidate to success with online learning style.
Evaluation # 1: Are your education success primarily depend on face-to-face interaction with instructors and classmates?
In online learning environment, most learning materials and communications are in text format, you need to adapt yourself to this type of learning environment if you want to succeed in this type of study. Many students who failed in their online study find themselves learn better in the courses that conducted in class-based. They prefer direct interaction with lecturer and face-to-face communication with their classmates.
If you education success or failure really depend on how the courses being communicated and you are not ready to change your learning style, then considering online education may not be your best option.
Evaluation # 2: Do you often get things done ahead of time or you prefer to wait until the last minutes?
Self-motivation is very important in online learning because most of the courses and assignments are in self-paced form. You plan your own time that best fit into your schedule to logon to classes, do and submit your assignments. If you are the kind of person who always put on-hold your tasks to last minutes of dead line, then online education may not be your best choice.
Evaluation # 3: Do you always need assistance when you are given written directions for an assignment by an instructor?
If you do, then you might have problem to understand instruction in text format. Most communications for online education such chatting, discussion board, email and downloadable materials are in text format. Although there are assist available if you need any assistance, most of your questions will be answered in email or posted text on the online discussion board. Here, you need to be able to under text instructions if you want to benefits from the advantages of online education.
Evaluation # 4: Are you good in time management & able to divide your time between your work, family and online study?
If you are a working individual who wants to get a degree online without giving up your career, online education is good choice because the benefits in term of flexibility and self-paced learning style enable you to achieve both your career and education goal. But, for people who are not good in time management, they tend to lose their focus on their study if they are too busy with their career and family. That's why many online students who are not able to allocate their time for study tend to quit without completing their online study program.
If the results of the above evaluation reveal a strong self-motivation and preference for a more independent learning environment, you may be an ideal candidate to take your degree online.