Are You Suited for Distance Learning?

Are You Suited for Distance Learning?
Distance learning makes it much easier for some students to complete courses while balancing work and family commitments. If you are serious about your education and need the flexibility this sort of delivery method offers, then you should consider a Distance Learning course.
Before you enroll to take a class, check to make sure distance learning is really right for you.  It is not for everyone. While some people thrive on the independence and freedom offered through such classes, others find themselves regretting their decision and wishing they had enrolled in a traditional section.

Successful distance learners have a few characteristics in common. Compare yourself to the following list to determine whether or not online classes are a good fit for your personality and habits.

  • Successful distance learners are self-motivated.   
    With more flexibility comes more responsibility on the part of the learner. Students must learn to work well independently and without the constant guidance and monitoring of an instructor, making distance learning a challenge for those who are not easily self-motivated. Even though you can participate in the class at any time of the day, there are still deadlines.
  • Successful distance learners do not (or rarely) procrastinate.
    You’ll rarely find them putting off assignments or waiting until the last moment to write their papers. These students enjoy the freedom of working at their own pace and appreciate the ability to complete their work in as much time as it takes them, instead of waiting for an entire class.
  • Successful distance learners have good reading comprehension skills.
    While students in the traditional class setting mostly learn by listening to lectures and taking notes, the majority of distance learners are expected to master material through reading alone. Although some distance learning courses offer video recordings and audio clips, most programs require that students understand a large amount of information that is only available through written text. These students are able to comprehend texts at the college level without the direct guidance of a teacher.
  • Successful distance learners have good typing skills.
    Most classes require extensive typing. If you cannot use a keyboard very well, Distance Learning may be frustrating. We advise you to brush up on your typing skills before attempting a class.
  • Successful distance learners can resist outside distractions.
    Whether it’s the phone ringing off the hook, the kids screaming in the kitchen, or the allure of the television, everyone faces distractions. Successful online students can filter out these disturbances. 

If you have only have a few of the qualities of these successful online students, you may want to reconsider registering for an online course.

Remember that online learning is not for everyone and, while it is an excellent choice for some, others will always struggle with learning independently. But, if after comparing your personality and habits to those of successful distance education students, you’ve discovered that you have a lot in common, online classes may be the perfect option for you.

Adapted from:
Is Distance Learning Right for You?
Find Out if You Have the Five Qualities of Successful Distance Learners
By Jamie Littlefield, Guide


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