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Home study is not for everyone. But it is the mark of a dedicated learner. Requiring self discipline and perseverance, no wonder so few people actually complete home study courses. Most of us need a teacher peering over our shoulder and a classroom full of peers to encourage us. But if you have what it takes to study on your own, web based aides are a godsend.

Here are a few suggestions

Choose manageable goals.

Work through preexisting programs.

Develop a virtual peer group.

Find ways to apply your new knowledge immediately.

Choosing manageable goals

Each subject can be divided into a variety of parts. Find a goal that will allow you to win. Swimming in an ocean of options will only encourage you to quit. Begin by reflecting carefully on what it is you want to do first. Next divide this into a manageable curriculum, balanced with all the other aspects of your life that must get done. Make a schedule and keep to it. If this seems unreasonable rework your schedule until you get it right.

Work within a program

If the idea of developing your own curriculum feels too daunting, don't do it. There are many preexisting programs on the web and via universities and community centers. You will still need self discipline and courage to get these programs done, but you will have a framework from which to work. First determine your personal goals and then evaluate carefully all your options. Once you have invested into a program it will be hard to change, and all too easy to give up, so choose carefully.

Find friends with similar goals, a virtual family

Developing a virtual peer group can be the quickest way to making working online fun. You will enthusiastically open your e-mail each morning happy to see what your new computer comrades have to say. There are Usenet and mailing lists for each professional discipline, user groups among the different operating systems, and website designed to create communities. Most web-based schools encourage classmates and teachers to correspond regularly.

Practice what you Study

Find ways to apply your new knowledge immediately. This can be done in practical terms, like using new vocabulary several times in actual conversation when learning a new language, articulating your ideas in essay form, or testing your hypothesis in experiments. Apparently there is more to learning then memorizing facts. Put what you learn into your body by actual experience and it will stick.

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