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Tips for Setting up a Successful Term for Your Online Degree

1/06/2011 10:25 am

planning an online degreeAny accomplishment worth achieving, results from careful planning and hard work. You may have the work ethic, but mapping out a successful online university schedule takes preparation. Follow the tips below to begin plotting a productive term.

Tip 1: Examining the Big Picture
Take a look at your syllabus or courses of study for the term and determine how much time you want to devote to studying. Earning an online degree means setting your own pace. If you want to finish earlier, decide to put forth the extra effort from the get-go. It will fuel your drive to progress.

Tip 2: Breaking it Down
Consider the future and be realistic about your schedule. How much time do you need to finish your work each month? Each week? What about every day? What kinds of assignments will you have? If your coursework includes a form of assignment you struggle with (e.g., writing essays), add extra study time to your schedule that week. Bottom line: if you want to create a schedule that will help you, make sure each study session is accounted for. Meticulous thinking is the key to ensuring an unhurried online university experience.  

Tip 3: Following Through
A plan is only words on paper until it is put into action. If you want to earn an online degree, you have to rely on your own willpower and follow-through to get it done. Create a visible reminder of your plan to avoid falling behind. Set daily, weekly and monthly goals to cross off as you finish. You will see your term commitments shrinking as the weeks go by, and you will soon reap the benefits of your forethoughts and following-through.

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