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Online degree programs are an excellent way for busy professionals to gain advanced training and certifications either for the purpose of a career path switch, job promotion preparation, or just to enhance their working field's related knowledge. However, not all online students will successfully completing their online program. The success or a failure of an online student in his learning program is affected by several factors. Here are just a few key elements that a success online student must have:

Time Management

The key advantage of online degree program is that it allows you to plan your learning schedule, at you own time and own pace. This key advantage is also the key factor that causes many online students to fail in completing their online degree program. Time management may be the biggest determining factor in succeeding at your online degree program.

You must be very proactive in your studies and take responsibility for your own learning. This includes managing your time on your learning schedule, doing the assignments, and constantly communicating with your professors and peers through the online learning channel prepared by the school to solve your doubts and questions about the courses.

To master time management, first determine what time of day you think you will be most focused on your studies. Are you a morning person or a night owl? Do you concentrate best after a cup of coffee or after lunch? Once you narrow in on a time of day reserve a designated allotment of time to dedicate to your course.


Although getting your degree online does not mean that you are studying alone because you are still connected with your professors and peers through online channels such as message boards, chats, forums, etc., you won't find the professor, or another student reminding you to get to work, stay on task, or turn your assignments in on time. Hence, you must be self-motivated to be successful.

Read & Understand in Electronic Text Format

Some online learning materials are in audio and video format, but most of them still in electronic text format. To be an online student, you need to do a lot of reading in text format rather than hearing the lecturers' teaching. There are students who absorb the knowledge faster with explanation in lecture hall, but to be a successful online student, you need to be able to understand the knowledge conveyed in an electronic text format.

Place of Study

Some students need absolute silence while others can't seem to concentrate without noise in the background. No matter what your preference is, a place that is free from distractions is recommended. If you can't escape in-home interruptions, bring along your laptop to library or a coffee shop. Schedule your designated study time when you can be in a distraction-free environment and your chances for success will increase and the time you need to devote to your course will decrease.

Seeking for Answers on Your Questions

Many online courses come with instructor support or mentor by an online lecturer so that students never feel lost or alone during the e-learning process. Don't be afraid to ask questions, you can always direct inquiries to your lecturer.

Online chat rooms, if provided, are another great resource for you to seek for answers. Online chat rooms give students a forum to meet other students taking the same course and ask questions or discuss assignments.

To be a successful online student, you must be able to utilize the online resources provided by the school to communicate with your professors, peers and get your questions answered.

In Summary

In a nutshell, success in online learning requires self-discipline, organization, and the ability to use modern technology to communicate with your professors and peers.
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