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After high school, I went straight into nursing school and really enjoyed earning my Bachelors in Nursing degree. I worked as a nurse for many years and was happy with my income. However, I soon realized that I could be making more money if I furthered my studies and obtained my master's degree. I hesitated going back to college, though, because of the long drive I would have to take to the nearest college. One day, a colleague told me she was earning her master's degree online, which I didn't even know was an option. I was excited to learn that I could earn the degree I wanted without making that long drive to the nearest college to take classes. I am now eager to help others navigate the new world of education that has emerged in recent years. Come back often for new education tips and tricks!

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Myths Surrounding Online College Courses And The Truth Surrounding These Myths

If you are looking to further your education, you may be thinking about taking online college courses. In fact, more students than ever before are enrolling in online classes. If you are considering taking these courses, it is important that you understand the truth about them. Here are a few myths about online college courses and the truth surrounding these myths. 

Online College Courses Are Easier

One of the myths floating around about online college courses is that they are easier. Some people believe that they are not as challenging as college classes that happen in a classroom setting. There is no truth to this myth. In fact, many online courses follow the exact same course outline for an in class course and an online course. The course is designed to teach you what you need to learn, and making an online course easier would be doing everyone a disservice. 

You Can Work At Your Own Pace With Online Courses

Another common myth related to online college courses is that you can work at your own pace. There is some truth to this myth. Most online courses allow you to watch the module and complete the coursework at a time that is convenient for you. This may be at nighttime or in the morning. However, online courses typically have strict deadlines. For example, one course may provide you with a list of everything that is due by Friday on Sunday. You then have the whole week to plan out when to do the work. But, at the end of the day, the work is still due by Friday, so isn't exactly at your own pace. There are still deadlines and timelines to follow. 

You Never Socialize If You Take Online College Courses

The last myth surrounding online college courses is that you never socialize if you take online college courses. While you may socialize a bit less with an online course, you still socialize. A teacher can still assign group projects. Google Docs allows you and a group of people to interact and complete a project from different locations. Or you may choose to get to know a few people so you have a support system and study buddies. While you may not smile and chit-chat, you can still socialize while taking online college courses. 

Online college courses can be beneficial for those who are struggling to take traditional in-class courses due to having a child, a job or the inability to get to and from school. But, if you are looking to take online courses, you need to have great time management skills in order to succeed. Learning more about online college courses, including learning common myths about these courses, will help you decide if online classes are right for you.