Balancing parenting and online learning

via US News & World Report

Returning to school is an important decision many parents and working professionals will make. It’s a commitment to creating a better future for yourself and your family, but it’s also a complex decision that requires planning and commitment.

The good news is that learning opportunities like those presented by ASU Online are specifically designed to accommodate the needs of parents and other working professionals. One of the benefits of online education is that it is typically asynchronous. This means that you do not have to be online at a specific time each day. This format gives many parents the flexibility to study and complete coursework at a time that fits their schedule. The learning environment also facilitates asynchronous communication, allowing you to connect with faculty members and other students through email, discussion boards and a messaging application. It’s a combination that makes earning a degree convenient and achievable for almost anyone.

As a parent who is considering earning your degree online, it is important not to confuse the convenience of learning on your schedule, and in a location of your choice, with an education that is lacking the challenge or rigor of a traditional university. Arizona State University’s online programs place a world-class education at your fingertips, which means you’ll need to develop study habits and routines that can work for you, your family and your lifestyle.

Before beginning any online program it’s a good idea to take some time to think ahead. Start thinking about the time you’ll need to focus and study. What time of day is that? Think about how this time will fit into your current lifestyle and then communicate your needs with your significant other or anyone who will be directly affected.

With some simple planning and forethought you can be on your way to earning your degree while making the most of your time with your family.

Read our full article about how to balance being a parent and pursuing an online degree, as well as get some tips for success in your program.

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