How to stay motivated to complete your online degree
Online degrees are flexible. One of the benefits quoted by most distance learning and online degree students as the main reason for their choice was the great flexibility in their online study. Contrary to face-to-face studies, online degree programs allow you to:
Flexibility is one of the great features of online degree programs. But, do you feel too much flexibility can harm your online degree discipline? Remember that the online degree program has to be flexible, not yourself. You should be at least as self-disciplined as you would on an ordinary campus course.
Do you feel like procrastinating? Well, you are not alone! Happily, mature adults are the most self-directed of all students. They are highly motivated (usually by the need to get a job, keep a job, or earn a promotion or raise). However, even highly self-disciplined adults can find it difficult to stay motivated, especially in the Summer when warm weather activities beckon, and most "everyone else" is outdoors. So how can you get the strength necessary to complete your online degree ?
This is where the need to find and keep a support system comes in. A little encouragement, understanding and socializing is just the medicine most people need to keep on track for their online degrees. People with computers and modems are fortunate because the same newsgroups, forums, and web sites that helped them learn about online degrees and the available schools, are often the same places they can turn to for support. These electronic gatherings are also the place to pass on what you have learned to the "newbies" just coming along and asking "so how do I get started?"
If you are returning to your studies after a long hiatus, remember that you are not alone. More than half of all people who begin a dissertation, for example, never finish it. Try your local library for books written to help the "ABD" (All But Dissertation) student, and for people finishing all types of online degrees.
One trick that some people find to be useful is to commit to achieving one online degree goal per day, every day, rain or shine. The goal may be as quick and simple as ordering the next text book, downloading the newest posts from the online degree newsgroup, or writing one paragraph on a term paper, or as involved as a marathon study, research, or writing session. Others set aside certain times or days to devote exclusively to their online degree studies. Just as one might invest a set sum of money each month to build a financial future, so does investing a set amount of time each month create a brighter future with a completed degree in it. The key is to get into a daily habit. Little by little, the online degree moves closer to completion.
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