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How To Get An Education Online

Jan 1, 2008
In order to go to college one must be able to overcome the obstacles of money and time. Money issues can be addressed through student loans, scholarships or grants. But dealing with the time issue can be more difficult, especially if a student has to work a lot of overtime on their job. Of course students who have jobs requiring no overtime might have more luck with their school scheduling, as long as they don't have young children. If they do they will not be able to take classes at night, since most daycares are not open late hours. For either situation the option is taking weekend classes, (which get full very quickly), switching to different hours on the job or getting their education online. This article will discuss the alternative that offers the most flexibility: getting an education online.

When you get an education online, you have access to a virtual classroom 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. You can log in any time you want. If you want your classroom session to commence at 3 o'clock in the morning you are free to do so. However, don't expect the academic challenge to be any less than if you went to a 'regular' college. You will still have assignments that will have deadlines, and you will still need to study for your exams. In fact, many students think getting an education online might be harder than learning in a traditional classroom, because the learning process is more independent. Lectures are usually just posts on the message boards of your virtual classroom. If you need help you can e-mail, IM or call your professor, but you have to make sure you reach them at the right times. At least in a classroom they are right there, ready to answer your questions once you raise your hand. So, for this reason, when getting an education online, expect that you'll have to rely more on your own reading, deduction and studying skills to thoroughly learn the material.

To start getting an education online, it is best to search the Internet for online college finders. These are websites which are affiliated with various online colleges. Once you enter in your information, (which usually consists of your name, address, email, phone number and major), you will be returned a list of colleges the website thinks are best for you. More extensive online college finders, (such as Peterson's), will return more specific data about your recommended colleges. Regardless, once you choose the college you would like to get an online education with, you will get a call or an e-mail from their representative. If after talking with the representative you are impressed with the school, you will get an application packet to get the enrollment process started.

In conclusion, getting an education online is an excellent solution if you are otherwise pressed for time when it comes to traditional colleges. Academically things will not be easier if you decide to get an education online, but in terms of scheduling, it will be much more convenient.
About the Author
Mario Churchill is a freelance author and has written over 200 articles on various subjects. For more info on online education checkout his website.
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