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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

How to Enhance Your Online Learning Experience

Today I have Shannon Wills guest blogging. Please be sure to check out her unique guest post. Guest posts are always welcome, please contact me.

There’s no doubting the fact that online education is a boon to most of us who are constrained by time, money and space. Today, thanks to the advances in technology and the widespread popularity of the Internet, we can earn almost any degree from the comfort of our homes. Normally, all you would need for success is a computer, an Internet connection and discipline. But with technology being what it is today, here’s how you can enhance your online learning experience and make it more fulfilling.

Get tech savvy:
You don’t have to tie yourself to a computer in order to study or download your lessons; you can do this just as efficiently with a variety of gadgets like the iPhone and other smartphones that connect to the Internet and let you learn on the go. You don’t have to lug around a heavy notebook computer either because you can put your notes on your e-Reader and study wherever you are without having to hurry back home so that you can get your assignments done. And if your memory is not what it used to be, your gadgets remember appointments and schedules for you when you’re balancing work, family and studies all at once.

Learn to multitask:
I know we’ve all be taught as kids to finish one task first before we move on to the next one, but when you live life in the fast lane, you have to be able to multitask efficiently. Some tasks are easily achieved even when combined with others – you can do laundry while you study and exercise while listening to a tape of a lesson; you could combine research for work and your degree if the subjects overlap; and you could make your phone calls while you cook or clean the house. It’s up to you to decide how to assign your tasks so that you do all of them well and without mistakes.

Do more:
When it comes to online education, you need to go the extra mile to ensure that you are taken seriously by potential employers. So if you don’t have a job at present, try and secure one (even part time employment is good) in the field you’re majoring in. Do more than what your coursework demands because the more you learn, the more you’re able to impress employers. If you’re studying computer science, keep up to date with all the innovations that are taking place in this field instead of sticking to your curriculum alone. In short, you must do more to achieve success when you study online.

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This guest post is contributed by Shannon Wills, she writes on the topic of Online Engineering Degrees.
She welcomes your comments at her email id:

Many thanks to Shannon Wills.
Enjoy your reading!