What makes you press on? What entices you, what gives you the grit to sit in front of the pale blue-white glow of the computer screen past midnight; drives you on to pick up your reading half way through the day while the kids are napping, even though dishes are piling up in the sink? The driving force behind each hour spent studying and listening to lectures is that end goal that will glorify God.
Your goal might be to move up in your workplace, to be the first one in your family to receive a degree, or to enrich God's call in your life academically.
I have taken online courses spanning three degrees and I want to tell you that you can do this! Don’t give up at the first difficult assignment or the lack of interaction. Keep track of your goals. Find out how you learn and adapt each class to your learning style. Write out the presentations. Teach your spouse or give a mini lesson to a friend regarding what you are learning. Reach out your professors and the Dean of your department. Find people in your profession on LinkedIn and Twitter and engage with them.
Through each difficult course or as life seems to get busier and busier be sure to make monuments, write down times that God has brought you through various valleys. Remember God's promise to “go with you always” and as you act upon the Holy Spirit's guidance, He will help you as you are diligent unto his leading.
Morgan Hanson, Assistant Director of Online Student Life