Is Distance Learning Right For You?

Is Online Learning right for me?
Taking an online class has many advantages, including increased flexibility in completing homework assignments, the ability to communicate with your classmates and your instructor from the convenience of your own home or workplace, and enhanced access to written materials ranging from discipline specific internet resources to saved chats and instructor's class announcements.

However, an online class is not for everyone. For instance, if you need the discipline of meeting on campus several times a week and you enjoy the in-person interaction between other students and your instructor, you are more likely to succeed in an on-campus class. The following are characteristics of students who would do well in an online class.

Successful online students must have both Technical Skills and Study Skills. To find out about what technical and study skills are required for success in online classes, go to our Tips for Success in online courses and What Skills Do I Need?? page. 

  • Take a good look at yourself as a learner...
  • What grades do you typically earn?
  • Students who do well in on-campus classes typically do well in online classes. So, you can expect to earn the same grade in an online class as you would earn in an on-campus class.

To find out if you are ready to be a distance learning student, you can take an online assessment quiz.  Click on one or more of the below links to find out if you are ready for online learning.

Online Assessment Quiz Links:
San Diego Community College Assessment Quiz
Northwest Florida State College Distance Learning Self AssessmentSanta Barbara City College Readiness Assessment Quiz





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Keely Moriarty

Keely Moriarty
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"The academy has shown me a lot more than I even suspected. It's showed me the physical demands that you need to reach and the instructors push you over the limits just so that when go to do the real thing you can achieve that. You'll push yourself and eventually reach the limits that you thought you were never capable of. You get really hands-on with all your crew and working with each of the instructors. The most valuable thing that I've learned in the academy is learning to work to your own level of excellence. Being at the college has been a great experience."
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