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1. Not using all available online resources
Just because you are not attending a physical school with a physical library does not mean that there are not resources to help you learn and to cite in your projects. Reputable online universities will have a subscription to online databases such as Jstore, Academic Search Complete, Web of Science, and CBCA complete. Many students do not fully use these resource, which are a great way of finding the perfect source for research projects.
2. Letting the online format alienate them
Online universities get it. You have a busy life, and you are taking online courses to achieve your goals. But don’t let the online format of the teaching alienate you from your peers and professors or rob you of your university experience. Engage in discussion groups, reach out to peers, and communicate with your professors. Do you very best to put a face on your peers and mentors, and to give them a face and a voice to know you by. Courses which offer instructional support are the best way to get extra help, and do not be afraid to contact your professor when you are feeling like a concept is not quite under your grasp.
3. Failing to balance their personal life and school
This fault is especially common in those who are taking an online education in order to be able to work at their own pace, fitting in school in their hectic life. When it comes to balancing a job, family obligations and other concerns, your studies can take a hit. If you want to succeed as an online student, you need to make your studies a priority by scheduling out your life and ensuring that you have enough time (and energy) to get your studies done.
4. Getting tricked by shady accreditation
There is a dark side to everything, and diploma mills have popped up, trying to take money from students in return for worthless degrees which devalue online institutions as a whole. These diploma mills use a common trick by setting up their own bogus accreditation institutes. There are six legitimate accreditation agencies in the US, depending on your location.
5. Not setting a study spot
While it is true that you can get an online education in your pajamas, doing your work in bed is not a great idea. Not only will you start to associate what should be a restful place with work, you will have a hard time concentrating on your studies. And while the bed may seem like the only place you are able to find a quiet spot to do your studies, there are other options out there. Libraries, coffee shops, and quiet places outside can be a perfect place to focus on your studies away from your obligations of home life. If you do prefer to work at home, designate an area for your studies, and make sure you have everything you need to succeed- water, office supplies, and a seat that is not distracting by being too comfortable or too harsh. Once you have your set study spot, use it only for your schoolwork and make it known that when you are hitting the books, you are not to be disturbed.
6. Thinking that online degrees are easier than traditional degrees
Many students go into an online course feeling like it will be a cakewalk, doing the work on their own time and motivating themselves to succeed. The fact is, online educations are just as challenging as their physical counterparts, and can be even more so because of the amount of self discipline it takes to get your work done on time. Not taking an online course seriously is a rookie mistake, and a pitfall which many students fall into. While it is true that online universities can be easier in that they suit your specific learning style better, they should never be taken lightly.