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Is Distance Learning Right For You?

Before you enroll in the Veterinary Technology Program on-line, check to make sure distance learning is really right for you. Earning a degree online can be an enjoyable and rewarding experience. However, distance education is not for everyone. While some people thrive on the independence and flexibility offered through such classes, others find themselves regretting their decision and wishing they had enrolled in a traditional classroom setting.

Distance learning is an excellent choice for many, while some may struggle with learning independently. Successful and happy distance learners have a few characteristics they share in common. Here are some similarities for you to look over and see if online classes are a good fit for you.

  1. Successful distance learners do well, if not better, without people looking over their shoulders. While some people need classroom environments to keep them motivated and on-task, distance learners are able to motivate themselves. They realize that they will never be face-to-face with instructors or classmates; instead they share a virtual classroom of collaboration. The most successful students are self-motivated and set their own goals.
  2. Successful distance learners never (or at least rarely) procrastinate. You’ll rarely find them putting off assignments or waiting until the last moment to write papers or turn in assignments. These students enjoy the freedom of working at their own pace and appreciate the flexibility to adjust their own schedules.
  3. Successful distance learners have good computer skills. While most people learn by listening to lectures and taking notes, the majority of distance learners are expected to master material through reading, classmate collaborations, and technological adaptations.
  4. Successful distance learners can resist constant distractions. Whether it’s the phone ringing off the hook, friends showing up to go out, or the allure of the TV and Internet, everyone faces distractions. Successful students know how to filter out the constant disturbances that threaten their learning. They feel comfortable turning down an invitation or letting the machine pick up the phone when they know there is work to be done.
  5. Successful distance learners feel alright about missing the social elements of traditional schools. In place of classroom discussion, distance learners explore the issues and content of their courses with peers through technical collaboration venues such as discussion boards, IM, Wikis, Podcasts, and many other opportunities through technology.