Is Distance Learning Right for You?

The following short article is written to provide general advice about online education and degrees, not just information specific to WGU. If you have specific questions about WGU, feel free to inquire online or speak with an enrollment counselor (1-866-225-5948).

The best students of challenging online degree programs share several characteristics. Do these traits describe you? If so, you may be on your way to excelling in a demanding online degree program.

  • Are you self-motivated, even without supervision? Are you one of the employees who heads straight for the water cooler when the boss steps out, or do you do best when left alone to complete your work? If you can set your own goals, meet them, and move on, you can excel in an online degree program.
  • Do you get things done without procrastination? When you get a project, do you get started right away? Since you can set your own pace with an online program, it is important not to procrastinate.
  • Do you have good reading comprehension skills? Distance learning includes podcast and streaming audio and video lectures, but a large part of mastering the course material involves reading.
  • Can you resist distractions? Attending an online university is just as demanding as a traditional program, but because you’re not secluded on a college campus, you need even more self-discipline to avoid the distractions of life.

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