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Want to Succeed in Online Schools? Discipline is the Key

Want to Succeed in Online Schools? Discipline is the Key

by Shannon Lee
February 7, 2011

Self-discipline. Motivation. Determination. These words describe someone who is ready to tackle online degree programs as the next step towards pursuing that dream career. But how do you cultivate the self-discipline you need to excel in online degree programs?

The Unique Challenge of Online Schools

Online learning allows you to work at your own pace and set your own hours. However, that freedom presents a unique challenge to online students. There is no set time for class, no teacher standing over you, and no attendance taken. When that traditional classroom structure is taken away, you must find ways to stay accountable to your classwork.

Complete Online Degree Programs with Plenty of Discipline

The discipline to complete those online degree programs might not come easily. But there are plenty of ways to trick yourself into staying accountable. These are just a few tips that might help:

  • Set a firm schedule. Plan on working online at a certain time every day. Consider it your required classroom time, and focus completely during that time, just as you would if a teacher were in front of you.
  • Get active on school message boards. If you are having trouble with a certain subject, say so. Get advice from peers and teachers. The more you understand a concept, the more likely you should be to tackle it with vigor.
  • Reduce distractions. Move to a quiet room, turn off the radio and television, and avoid interruptions. For a set period of time, give all your attention to your classwork. It might be tough to find that quiet time, but it is necessary--even if it happens to be in the middle of the night. Take advantage of the flexible scheduling of online schools to find the time to study without distractions.

Online degree programs can be the perfect opportunity to start a new career--but you have to want it badly enough to get motivated! Self-discipline could very well be the key to your success.