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How To Survive Your First Year of Online College (INFOGRAPHIC)

 

How to Survive Your First Year of Online College

FIRST, THE FACTS:

1) Online learning or distance learning began to gain traction in 2007.

2) Distance enrollments is growing relentlessly. Over 6 million higher education students took at least one distance education course in 2015, comprising 30% of all enrollments (2017 report)

3) Between 2012 and 2016, the number of on-campus students dropped by 1.2 million or 6.4%

ONLINE COLLEGE PROMISES…

  • Variety of courses
  • Lower total costs
  • Convenience and flexibility
  • Self-paced learning
  • Work-study setup
  • Enhanced technical skills

… AND PITFALLS:

  • Lack of interaction
  • Prone to burnout
  • Easier to procrastinate

DID YOU KNOW?

Nearly 1 in 5 college students suffer from anxiety or depression? When used without caution, technology–an integral part of the distance education system–can be a dangerous stressor.

TIPS TO SURVIVE:

  • Understand exactly how online degree programs work.
  • Develop a sense of self-motivation and self-reliance.
  • Be computer savvy and tech proficient.
  • Attend classes early and regularly.
  • Ask for help for coursework and technical problems. Get in touch with support teams, chat rooms to connect with instructor and classmates.
  • Take time management seriously. Keep a calendar and maintain a schedule.
  • Use downtime wisely. Use extra to get a head start on tasks.
  • Know when to be away from the computer. Keep a hobby.
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