Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Distance Education Degree

A distance education degree is a great way for a student or person in the job force to expand his education or achieve a first time education without taking the time to attend classes on a college campus.

These types of educational opportunities offer a wide variety of choices and experiences for students, such as a long list of program paths, levels of educational goals (certificates, Associate's, Bachelor's, Master's, and even Doctorates), and length of time to finish the distance education degrees program.

However, receiving an education through the Internet requires more concentration, discipline, and organizational skills than with attending traditional schools. The homework won't be harder and the classes won't be longer, but the student will need to discipline himself to get the homework done on time and limit the many interruptions found in studying at home. The student will also need to be able to gather information from reading material rather than through having a teacher explain it in a classroom setting.

This discipline is essential because the student is actually "running his own school" at home. A distance education degree offers the great flexibility of being able to work a day job, take care of the kids, and go to school at the same time.

The last thing a school wants is their dropout rate to increase, and the last thing a student wants is to waste money on a course path that he doesn't complete, so the prospective student should carefully examine the problems inherent in choosing this option. Many schools will help their students organize their classes to achieve the goal of completion.

These school counselors want to see students succeed and recognize the particular problems in working through the Internet. Keep in mind that some distance education degrees may require some on-site class time. Internships, lab classes, or other hands-on learning may require the student to attend a few traditional classes. Students should research as many distance education degrees as possible to find one that will suit all their needs.


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