How to Prepare for an Online Course

by Valerie, Mom Knows It All

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In a previous article, I talked about some of the awesome things you can do from home. Aside from taking good care of the family, there are actually a lot of things you can do as a stay-at-home mom, and one of them is going back to school. Thanks to the wonders of technology, it is now possible to enroll in an online course and pursue a master’s degree in various fields.

Online courses are just as challenging as their offline counterparts. You still need to complete a predetermined amount of credit hours in order to acquire the degree of your choice. In this part, we’re going to talk about how you can get ready for an online course in three easy steps.

Pick a Course

The course you choose to take matters. Staying motivated and focused on the course assignments and study materials will be so much easier to do when you actually love the subjects you’re studying. The course you choose will also determine the skills you can pick up along the way. If you plan to have a career once the kids are old enough, the degree you pursue today matters even more.

Fortunately, there is no shortage of courses to choose from. You can, for instance, pursue a library science degree from top names such as the University of Southern California. The online MMLIS program will prepare you to be the librarian of the future, mainly because the classes are designed to be up-to-date and relevant.

Other degrees such as an MBA or an MSc are also available. You can choose to enter any field you like or simply learn more about a subject you are passionate about.

Set Schedules

The biggest challenge you will face when you decide to pursue an online degree is managing time. While the courses are very flexible and allow you to study at your own time, you still have to allocate enough to keep up.

A good rule of thumb is to set aside at least an hour every day for studying. This is the bare minimum, but it is enough to help you go through course materials and complete assignments. As you get closer to exams, you can choose to allocate more time for studying.

Make sure you know you can set aside enough time before you enroll in the course. Get your spouse on board and create a schedule so that you can study in peace.

Get Support

The support of your family will make the whole experience of pursuing an online degree more fun and less challenging. Make sure the kids know that you have to study at certain times. Get your partner to cover for you while you focus on the course for a short period of time every day. Work together and you will be able to complete the course sooner than you think.

That’s another beauty of pursuing an online degree. You have complete control over your pace, which means you can complete the course in as little as 15 months if you want to. Use the tips we have covered in this article to help you get ready for the course.


pat.navymom May 31, 2017 - 7:50 am

Online courses have the same basic time and commitment needs as those requiring physical presence.

Jacqui Odell June 24, 2017 - 4:26 pm

I actually needed this information. I am thinking about taking a couple online courses, but have been nervous too.


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