If you’re reading this, you are either debating going back to school on line, or have already made the choice and are looking for good schools. First of all—good for you, education will improve your life in most cases. Second of all, before you get started there are a lot of things you need to know. There are a lot of blogs, a lot of articles, a lot of sites and search engines and advertisements. This is a bummer, but it’s the price you pay for the convenience of taking classes from home.
What I want to do is break down the whole process, and give you all the high points, so you have some idea what you’re getting into. My name is Nate, I’m a veteran of higher education through distance learning. I went to school full time, on line, for two years, and earned my Bachelor’s degree. I tell you to demonstrate that I’ve been there, and I know how it goes.
Get Your Act Together – Do you have any college credits already? Maybe you earned them back in high school, or took a night class somewhere along the way. Get the information for that, you will need it. That means school info, dates you attended, transcripts if possible. Also have the information on your high school diploma or GED. Aside from that, you will need your basic information, including social security numbers, ID numbers, etc etc. These are all things you will need to get enrolled into any legitimate on line program.
Be very careful about submitting a credit card number during this process. Any school that is looking to get your payment information this early in the game should be viewed with skepticism.
What do you want to study? – Before you can start looking for a good school, you need to know what you want to study. There are two prime motivations and guiding posts for this part: either a) you have a goal in mind, for a job or a promotion or b) you have a desire to learn.
If a) is your answer, then select a field of study that will help your career. Technology, accounting, management, production, engineering – every possible thing you could want to study is out there, you just need to find the right one for you. Once you know what it is you want to study, and have set your goal (Associate degree? A four year Bachelor program? A Masters degree in Finance?) then you can start searching for a school.
And if B was your answer, then just follow your interests. The best way to excel in school is to embrace your education and learn about something you love. And there are a lot of unique and specialized degrees out there, so no matter what you want to study, there’s a program for you.