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Study Skills

Get the most from your distance education studies. Learn how to master basic study skills, organize information, memorize facts, take reading notes, and succeed in your courses.

10 Ways Get Help from Your Online Professors
Interacting with online professors can be daunting. Often, virtual communication is more difficult than a face-to-face meeting. But, there’s no need to fear.

How Do You Balance Online Classes with Your Family Responsibilities?
Parents often struggle to complete their online class requirements while taking care of family responsibilities. If you're juggling virtual exams with soccer practice or dirty diapers, let struggling students know how you make it work.

Three Smart Goals for Online Students
If you want to be a successful student, setting these three goals for yourself can help you get better grades, avoid frustration, and do well in your online studies.

How to Succeed in Your Online Classes This Fall
If you’re taking online classes this fall, this month-by-month schedule can help you plan for success. Although it can be used by anyone, the schedule works best for students in online classes following a traditional semester system.

How to Succeed in Your Online Classes This Winter / Spring
If you want to be a successful online student, this January - April schedule will walk you through what you need to do each month.

How Do You Balance Online Classes with Your Job?
Taking online classes with a part or full-time job can be a balancing act. Many online students struggle to meet their work deadlines while still turning in their school assignments on time.

Readers Respond - How Do You Stay Motivated as an Online College Student?
Self-discipline is an essential characteristic of online college students. But, not everyone is able to stay on track without the face-to-face motivation offered in a traditional college setting. How do you stick to your studies as an online college student? Share your tips and see what other students have to say.

Top 10 Time Wasters That Are Ruining Your Grades
Websites like Facebook and Pinterest may be a drag on your GPA. See what the research says about sites that take up student time.

Online Professor Pet Peeves
Are you a star student? Or, do you have one of the 5 personality traits that online professors can't stand? Find out in this article about professor pet peeves.

Multimedia Learning in Online Classes
A growing number of online universities offer multimedia learning components such as chat rooms, collaborative projects, and web conferencing. Here's how to make the most of the multimedia learning opportunities offered online.

How to Use an Online Class Syllabus
Learning how to interpret a class syllabus is an essential skill for online learners. By taking an inventory of your syllabus at the beginning of the course and reviewing it regularly, you can stay on top of your work – even if your professor doesn’t provide regular reminders.

Email-able Gifts
An email-able gift can be a great way for distance learners to say “thanks for being such a great teacher” or “I enjoyed working with you during the course.”

5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Online Exercise Course
Physical education is one of the trickiest subjects to study through the net. When you only have yourself to compete with, it’s easy to go slow, stop short, and give up early. But, taking a distance learning P.E. class doesn’t have to be an exercise in futility. These simple steps can have you giving your all in no time.

Get Your Textbooks for Cheap or Free
While some online schools offer a virtual curriculum, free of charge, the majority of online colleges still require their students to purchase traditional textbooks with hefty price tags. Books for one or two classes could total in the hundreds. However, showing a little shopping savvy could save you a significant amount of cash.

6 Sure Ways to Get Your Degree Faster
Having a degree sooner may mean making a larger salary, finding new career opportunities, and having more time to do what you want. If speed is what you’re looking for, check out these six tips to earning your degree quickly.

4 Ways to Balance Family and School
Balancing school and family life can be a challenge, even for online learners. While many older adults choose to continue their education through the internet, they often find their study time interrupted by spouses and children who miss them and don’t understand the need for “alone time.” Here are a few suggestions for maintaining good relationships with those you love while studying online.

Distance Education Study Spot
If you're starting an online course or are struggling in your distance education program, creating a specialized area to study could be your key to success.

5 Ways to Stay Motivated
Many distance learning students find it easy to become distracted and discouraged in their work. Don’t let this happen to you – plan ways for yourself to stay motivated before you’re tempted to stray from your books. Use these five motivational tips to stay on task.

10 New Years Resolutions for Distance Learning Students
Start the New Year off right by resolving to succeed in distance learning studies. These 10 goals can help.

5 Internet Savvy Study Tips for Online Learners
If you're stuck studying the old-fashioned way (hand-written notes and 3x5 flash cards), why not give the internet a try? There are several unique and interesting ways to master your material by harnessing the power of the web.

Smart Study Strategies
People are smart in different ways. Some people can create a catchy song at the drop of a hat. Others can memorize everything in a book, paint a masterpiece, or be the center of attention. When you realize what you’re good at, you can figure out the best way to study. Based on Howard Gardner’s theory of intelligence, these distance learning study tips can help you tailor your learning for your intelligence type.

Participate in a Chat Room Discussion for an Online Class
Often, students’ grades are be determined, in part, by their chat room participation. But, never fear. There is a way to enter distance learning chat rooms with confidence and cool. Learn six online class chat room techniques that will impress your professors and peers.

Textbook Guts
If you get a good idea about your textbook’s guts (or all the information inside) you’ll be able to read each section and find the answers you need quickly to help you prepare for what is on the test. Take a look at what you’ll find in most textbooks. Then, check to see if your textbook is similar.

5 Study Secrets
Whether you learn at a traditional school or study from the comfort of your own home, chances are you’ll have to sit through many a test-taking experience. But, there are a few tricks you can learn now to avoid the worry before you’re in the heat of the moment. Give these five proven study tips a try and see how much better you feel during your next exam.

Study Tips
Learn how to study more efficiently and do well in your online classes.

Speed Reading
Learning to read and comprehend quickly can save you time and help you master material.

Brain Exercises
Need to give your brain a boost? Try these tricks to enhance your thinking power.

Inspiring Quotes for Online College Students
Let these online education quotes help inspire you to be a successful distance education student.

10 Smart Ways for Online Learners to Spend Summer Break
Summer break is the perfect time to gain some perspective and prepare to be a better student.

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