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Online Study: Which Course is Right for You?

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Online Study: Which Course is Right for You?

With the popularity of online study increasing every day, there have never been more course options available to students. When choosing which course to study to commence your online learning experience, we are often very eager to start our studies and want to dive straight into the first available course. If you want the most out of your learning experience and want to find the course that is right for you, it is essential that you know a few important things before choosing your course.


Determine how much Study you can really handle

Most educational institutions offer students the option to study their online course by either part time or full time delivery. When choosing your course, make sure that you can handle the work load on top of commitments you may already have. Online study takes much self-motivation, as you are studying by yourself, without having to attend weekly lectures and tutorials. Determining how much study you can really handle will help you to complete your course successfully and to the best of your ability.


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Are you Eligible to receive Recognition of Prior Learning?

When choosing the right course for you, it is important to know whether or not you are able to receive exemption from particular subjects due to recognition of prior learning or work experience. If you have previously studied in
the same, or a similar field to which are looking at studying further, many institutions offer recognition of prior learning, meaning you do not have to repeat subjects that may have been covered during previous study. If you have worked in an industry for many years and have developed the skills needed to be competent within your field, some institutions offer recognition of prior work experience. To be eligible for recognition of prior learning you must be able to provide detailed transcripts from your past provider, outlining competencies achieved. If you are applying for exemption due to prior work experience you must be able to demonstrate that you have mastered the content that will be taught in any particular subject. If you are unsure as to whether or not you are eligible to receive any exemptions, talk to a student advisor at your prospective college for assistance.


Why do you want to study?

Knowing why you want to further your studies is a major step in choosing the right course for you. People choose to study for various reasons, whether you want to change careers, take the next step in the career you already have or simply become more knowledgeable in something that you are truly passionate about. Whatever your reasons for study may be, decide what they are before enrolling into any courses. If you wish to further your career and have already studied in your chosen field, look for institutions that offer further study options such as a Master Degree. If you are just starting out in your new chosen career, it may be a good choice to begin your studies at a certificate or diploma level to make sure that this is really the right course for you. If you decide that you want to further your studies after you have completed your qualifications, you will often be able to take a pathway course straight into
the next modules available.


When looking at online courses, remember to only enroll in a course with a study load that you can handle and ask yourself why you really want to study, to determine the right course for you.


Cheryl Villareal is a preschool teacher and the owner/ editor-in-chief of On weekdays, she could be found teaching her little tots while Sundays are her workout days. She easily enjoys simple things and loves experiencing new things! Her blog is simply a way for her to share these experiences with people. Besides her blog, she also contributes and writes various articles on Follow her on Twitter

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