The Pioneer Post

The Pioneer Post is a resource for online students that provides tips and information about distance education.


Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Part of  "The Great '-ate's" blog series

By Stephanie Cooley

You’ve made the decision to return to school. Now you have to dedicate yourself to the goal of completing your degree. If you’ve been away from school for any amount of time, it might be hard to make adjustments to your schedule that involve reducing the amount of time you spend with your family or on your hobbies. You may need to decrease the time you devote to social activities or community service groups. Studying online does give you flexibility, but if you don’t dedicate enough time to your studies, you will have a hard time completing your courses and an even harder time completing your degree.

Before the semester starts, try to keep a record of your activities for a week or two. See if there are any activities that you can cut out or if you can reduce the amount of time you spend on them. See if there are certain times that you can set aside every day for studying. It is recommended that you spend at least 2 hours of study for each credit that you take. This can end up being a large part of your schedule. If possible, have a dedicated study place that keeps all of the supplies you need within easy reach.

Finally, pace yourself. Different people can tolerate different workloads. There is a reason that, at UWP, we give graduate students up to 7 years to complete their degree. And undergraduate students don’t have a time limit as long as they continue to make academic progress. You are doing this to learn. Make sure you devote your mind and your time to achieving your goal, especially since you have already dedicated the financial resources!

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About this series

Being an online student can be trying at times. We want to give you the knowledge and knowhow to navigate the waters of distance education. This continuing series, which builds upon words that end in “-ate,” is meant to offer tips and techniques for those interested in distance education, as well as for those who are current distance students.

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