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Posted on May 21, 2012 - 06:00 AM | College Prep | Comments (0)

Today’s 8th or 9th graders will experience a slightly different college landscape than today’s college students and one vastly different than their parents. Traditional onsite classes will still be around, but they will have gone high tech and will be competing directly with online schools for student’s money and attention.
Some college classes, like those offered by EdX, will be free. Others will cost money. Full bachelor’s and graduate degrees will still be expensive. Everything will be fast-paced, competitive and available online.
How do you choose what approach to take and how do you make sure your online education is valuable to you?
Choosing the Right Approach to College
  1. Personality. Do you learn when online, and if so, when? Take a learning style test to identify how you should focus your efforts online or onsite.
  2. Drive. Do you have the ability to focus on less personal classes without getting distracted while online? The internet provides plenty of distractions. Take a personality test to determine if you have the drive to take your education seriously enough to compete in the world of online education.
  3. Goals. If you want a bachelor’s degree, then you need to consider studying on campus, though online options will be available to you there, too.
  4. Career. Some classes, particularly in the humanities, lend themselves perfectly to online learning. Unfortunately, math and science classes dominate online classrooms, and some fields, like medicine and engineering, greatly benefit from hands-on demonstrations and learning. Conduct thorough career research before signing up for all those online classes.
  5. Money. Online classes can save you money, but if you get the right financial aid offer from a top college, being on campus can not only prove cheaper, but it can greatly benefit your education.
Preparing for Online Colleges with Online College Prep
Although high schools use online sources in their teaching, RSC’s college prep tools offer you the opportunity to seriously sharpen for online learning skills.
  1. SAT/ACT prep. These online tools can help you develop your math and reading comprehension skills. These are two critical skills for e-learning. Many math classes are available online and reading comprehension is more difficult from a screen than printed text. These are important skill sets to have before taking e-classes.
  2. Ebooks. Our handbooks and worksheets are online, further helping you develop reading comprehension skills. We also offer links to plenty of free ebooks, including 30% of our college prep reading list.
  3. Online research tools. Online research often stops at Wikipedia. Our tools will bring another dimension to your research, as will our suggestions on using more than one source, digging deep into the research well, etc. Learn to conduct proper online research regardless of the topic.
  4. Advice. We present information on avoiding online distractions and disappearing into link after link of pop ups and flashy pages. Multitasking is tempting, but our program will show you why and how you should avoid it. Online learning requires a certain dedication which we can help you achieve.

College prep should prepare you for all aspects of college, not just portions of it. If it doesn’t prepare you for the changes coming to higher education, then it doesn’t really prepare you at all. RSC’s program gives you advice and skills that can be used online or onsite.
It’s complete college prep with one goal in mind: to help you succeed!
* ranks RSC as the #1 online college prep service.


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