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Tips for Overcoming Procrastination in Online Learning

For many people, the primary advantage of online degree courses is the flexibility of being able to take classes any time and from any location where Internet access is available. Many people think that online courses are an easy way to earn a degree. It’s important to remember, however, that scheduling flexibility doesn’t mean that distance learning courses require any less time or effort than face-to-face classes.

Create a Class "Schedule"

Even though you can choose when to complete your distance learning courses, it is in your best interest to come up with your own class schedule, and make yourself stick to it. If you only have time to study during your lunch breaks, make an appointment with yourself to do so. Put your study time on your calendar, no matter what time of the day or night you have available, and treat it like an appointment with an important client.

Only you can prevent failure

Success in online degree programs requires effort, discipline, and self-motivation. When you don’t have to complete coursework at predetermined times, it can be easy to rationalize putting off doing things that you have to do to be successful in your online degree courses. For many people, the flexibility of the online classes leads to procrastination, which can in turn lead to failure.

Don't let an opportunity go to waste

So just because you qualified for that scholarship or Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant, don’t fall into the trap of procrastination just because you aren’t going to be marked absent if you don’t show up for a class at a predetermined time. The decision to pursue a degree program, online of otherwise, is an important investment in your future. Don’t let the trap of procrastination keep you from achieving your goals.

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