Why should I consider online education?
Studying online virtually eliminates all barriers to earning a college degree, including those caused by location, work commitments, or scheduling needs. Adult students often find themselves deeply entrenched in myriad commitments and have difficulty envisioning where college can fit. An online degree fits in neatly with anyone's lifestyle. Studying online offers students the flexibility to study at any time and the convenience to do it all from home. Visit our partner site, OnlineSchools.net, for helpful reference articles about online education. Also, consider reading "Advance Your Career With an Advanced Degree" from Monster Learning about the benefits of returning to school.
How do I know whether a distance degree program is reputable?
Unfortunately, not all online and distance degree programs are created equal. While the majority offer quality programs, diploma mills are still around and need to be watched for. The first step in determining a program's quality is checking for accreditation by an accreditation board recognized by the US Department of Education. In many fields, a certain level of accreditation is required for licensure. Another measurement of a program's quality is the career placement level of its graduates. If a high percentage of graduates are working in jobs in their field, that's a good sign. Such statistics are generally available from a school's career services office. For more information about determining quality in a distance degree program, read "How to Check for a High Quality Online Degree Program" from our partner site, OnlineSchools.net.
How can I choose the right online degree program for me?
With hundreds of online programs available to adult students today, the choices can seem overwhelming. Adult students should think about the factors most important to them, including the cost, the degree and curriculum, format, accreditation, and instructors. Most online schools have admissions representatives available to talk or chat online with prospective students to answer questions. Many students use rankings publications to help with their decision. Students would be wise to balance published rankings with their own criteria. For more information about choosing a school, please read "Ranking Online Schools and Choosing the Right One for You" from our partner site, OnlineSchools.net.
What type of learner is most successful?
Adult students, especially online students, must be very self-directed and motivated. You will be in charge of creating your own class schedule and ensuring class lessons and assignments are completed in a timely manner. An online student should be aggressive and be able to pursue the support services available to students as well as be able to pursue guidance from instructors. All adult and online students should have excellent time management skills to successfully balance the demands of school, work, and family commitments and be able to learn through various types of media, such as the Internet, CD-ROM, and DVD.
How much computer and Internet experience do I need?
Adult students attending classes online will need some experience and familiarity with the Internet. Programs used in online courses include email, chat and discussion boards, and word processing software. A student should be able to navigate the web and be able to send an email attachment. Many schools offer introductory computer courses for returning students who do not feel as comfortable as they might like with their computer skills. Even for a traditional course, students should have basic computer skills. For more information about schools that offer beginner and refresher computer courses, please visit ComputerSchools.com.
English is not my first language. Where can I take English as a Second Language (ESL) courses to help me do better in my degree program?
ESL courses are offered through community colleges, online programs, learning centers, and more. They can be excellent introductory courses for those brand new to the language, as well as great boosters for those who need additional help. Please visit our partner site, LanguageSchools.com, for more information about ESL courses in your area or online.
I never finished high school. Where can I take the GED exam?
Contact your state's department of education. The US Department of Education maintains a database of contact information for each state:. They will be able to tell you who in your state offers a reputable, state-recognized GED examination program.
My online program requires I have an email account. Where can I get a free one?
Plenty of companies offer free email accounts after a simple registration process:
In addition, email accounts are often provided from Internet service providers (ISP) as part of your contract for Internet access.