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Even though e-degrees, much like online dating, are losing the stigma, that still doesn’t mean students are making the most of this option. While it’s certainly not any easier than a traditional education, it does allow for more flexibility. Take advantage of it. This is the time when you can travel, study from anywhere in the world, start a family or move with your partner so that he or she can advance their career.

You have a great tool at your disposal, and all you need is a good Wi-Fi connection to earn a degree (and, of course, the drive, skills and intelligence to earn a degree in the first place). Even minute you spare avoiding a commute to campus and the luxury to attend class on your own time is golden. Here’s how to optimize an online degree program so that you complete it without missing out on anything.

Timing is everything

You need to be a master of time management to even consider an online degree, but don’t let that skill get rusty. If you’re a morning person, prioritize your schooling so you can drop the kids off at school, attend that yoga retreat that starts at 8am each day (there’s no rule against going to school while in the tropics and getting your yoga training at the same time), or get in that morning run after attending class. This is your time.

Always keep the end goal in mind, and unless you have commitments to family, earn your degree in the same amount of time (or less) that it would take at a traditional campus. It’s easy to get caught in the trap of endlessly putting off classes or taking it easy. While university, digital or not, is a time to grow and network, it should have a shelf life.

Balancing student life

Multi-tasking is a revered skill for many employers, even though numerous studies have been showing that it’s not as effective as people think. Human brains just aren’t wired to juggle, and something, if not everything, is going to suffer. Adopt a triage approach to life as a student, putting 100 percent into each task at a time until it’s complete.

This is going to include classes, family time, vacations, hobbies, and work. It’s not going to be easy, especially when it’s so tempting to put class at the bottom of the list. However, if you’re a good match for an online degree, you have the right attitude to make it work.

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