How hard is to be an online student? Have you ever thought about it? Of course, it depends from which perspective you are analyzing this issue. Of course, attending a distance learning program offers you all the freedom you need unlike physical classes where you have to sit in your chair and wait for the academic course to end.
However, online education is tricky if you are not a well-organized person and self-disciplined. There are rules, procedures, and expectations established by your instructor but it may not be a sufficient motivator to encourage you to perform in class. So, it is up to you to stay focused and on track while pursuing your distance learning program. But what self-discipline truly means and how can you measure it? Read below and see if you can find among its variables.
Your method of addressing challenges; for example, when you start a new online class there is a lot of information to review. Have you developed the discipline necessary to make time to review all this information? Additionally, do you have a method of organizing it so you can access it when needed?
Your self-management; it involves how you make choices about the use of your time and establish a sense of order in your life, including how you can manage stress. You can either be disciplined and maintain control through conscious choices that support your goals or follow distractions that will impede you from staying focused.
Your ability to develop persistence; there is no secret that students have a high degree of self-motivation at the beginning of the class term and by midway that motivation vanishes. Pursuing online education is limited when it comes to counseling. Your instructor will not be able to coach you in person. How would that affect you? You must rely upon your own internalized sense of determination. If you adopt a positive attitude and disciplined approach to your studies, you will definitely overcome doubts and fear of failure.
Pursuing an online degree is not hard per se, but what could impede you from graduating is an inefficient approach just because you are not compelled to interact face to face with any of your teachers and work with them regularly on a daily basis. As an online student you are responsible for your performance in class! The more you create productive habits the more likely you will exceed your expectations.