For many working adults, the decision to return to higher education and pursue an advanced degree is an opportunity to refocus their career, develop their skills and increase their earning potential. It is also a decision that will impact on their families and other personal commitments. Online education is a flexible solution for working adults who are keen to earn their degree without the need to compromise work or family commitments.
Unicaf offers students the following tips for a successful online learning experience:
Involve your family in your success. Tell your family about what you hope to achieve and how your education can be of benefit to everyone. Your family will be more enthusiastic to support your dream if you involve them in your journey.
Document your goals. You can always find reasons not to go back to education: work, family, social commitments, etc. It’s a great idea to write down your short and long term goals and follow them. It’s also a good idea to tell your friends, family members and even your employer to ensure you get their support which will provide you with motivation and help you stay focused.
Plan time to do your coursework and set schedules. Going back into education is a priority equal to family and work responsibilities. Online learners should establish a weekly plan for when they will log into the classroom, participate in the discussion posts and complete their assignments. Efffective planning is the key to success in this area.
Find a quiet place to study. Coursework requires discipline and time management in order to meet the requirements of the program. It is best to ensure that you find a time and place where you can concentrate and maximise your productivity.
Reward yourself. Take time out for yourself as part of your schedule. It is important to allocate time between your studies to maintain balance and renew your energy.
Follow these important steps and you’ll be well on your way to a happy learning experience and on the fast-track to earning your online degree!