Continuing Your Education? 5 Things to Think About When Going Back To School

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  • Returning to college is an exciting and challenging time. With a spectrum of things to consider, there are a few opportunities you won’t want to miss out on. Here are five things to think about when going back to school.

    Tutoring assistance

    Professional tutors are available in most core subjects on college campuses, Check with the learning center to find out what type of tutoring is available. Some campuses have online tutors that allow students to submit assignments for feedback. Others have tutoring appointments where students can meet with a tutor for help with a difficult topic.

    Online college classes

    Increasingly, more college classes are being offered online in a variety of subjects. Whether it is digital photography online courses, or MBA type classes, the courses are becoming more and more accessible. You can take a course at home right on your personal computer, logging in whenever it is convenient as long as assignment due-dates are met. Online classes offer convenience and visually-oriented learning for those with difficult schedules or visual learning preferences.

    E-textbooks and rentals

    Now instead of buying print textbooks and selling them back to the bookstore later, you can often buy e-textbooks that can be read online on a computer or smart phone rather than carrying heavy books to class. Textbook rental is another option that lets you pay a smaller fee to rent rather than buy a course textbook. Some textbooks come with online labs and writing areas for assignments.

    Distance learning

    Many campuses are offering more distance learning classes to provide more students with a full range of course options. Some locations may be very remote, based in another city or country, even. Others might be based in your city but still offer distance learning capabilities to your local campus. This is a great way to meet a more diverse student body and faculty.

    Electronic learning tools

    Most colleges today provide numerous electronic tools and resources to support student learning. Classrooms are equipped to allow faculty or students to write at their computer and project it to a classroom screen to share with the class. There are online classrooms with email, announcements, messages, syllabi, discussion threads, and grade posts. Students can collaborate online for projects, and upload assignments to professors.

    The traditional college classroom has changed. Now more learning is being coordinated electronically to benefit a greater number of students. When returning to school you will want to ask about these media for learning and take advantage of them to be successful in your studies.

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