Friday, April 27, 2007

Will the Online Environment Fit Your Needs?

Before you dive into an online program to pursue a degree, you should answer some questions to determine if the online environment is right for you. There are some profound differences between attending classes online and in a brick-and-mortar institution. The following questions will help you make that determination:

  1. Is your chosen program of study offered at an online institution?

  2. Does a synchronous or asynchronous format better fit your time constraints?

  3. Have you chosen an institution?

  4. Do you prefer taking tests or writing papers?

  5. What method will your chosen institution use to rate your performance, taking tests or completing projects?

  6. Are you a self-starter?

  7. Do you have good time-management skills?

  8. Can you handle an accelerated timeframe?

  9. How do you handle stress?

  10. Do you work well in a team setting?

Your answers to these questions should help you determine whether an online environment is suitable for your needs or not. You should research a number of universities or colleges to help you answer these questions. Check the college catalog and consult with an academic advisor at the institutions you initially select.

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