10 Tips To Get Your College Degree Faster (Online classes definitely help!)
With the kind of economic difficulties that an average American is facing today, everyone wants to get done with their college degrees and start off with a job as soon as they can. Four years for college may seem like a stretch, and even a few months less can make the worlds of a difference for many.
In order to help out our readers and help students put their degree on top gear, we are sharing a few tips that can help you make the college journey swifter and shorter!
1. Fast-Track Programs
Many colleges and online schools offer fast-track or accelerated programs for some degrees. These are highly intensive, squeezing 4-year courses into 3 years or even 2! But in case of online degrees, you have to be extremely careful in choosing ONLY ACCREDITED PROGRAMS.
2. Work, Work, Work In Summers
Say bye-bye to summer vacations and time-off. Earn credits by taking up some courses during the summer semester. A further plus point? Summer sessions are generally shorter and classes are less populated, meaning getting a spot in your selected course is easier.
3. Do Away With The Minor
Let’s face it; rarely are employers interested in what minor you took in college. And if you are looking to complete your degree quickly, then earning these credits will just prolong the journey.
4. Take Classes Online
Online degrees, courses and classes are such a blessing if you want to get a degree faster. Just take some online courses simultaneously with some on-campus courses. The going can get tough, but it will also become quicker. One caveat though: do check that the credits for online courses count towards your final degree.
5. Study Full-Time
Going part-time for your college degree may let you work more, but also prolong your entry into the professional world. So just take up studies full-time and work part-time, or even choose online degrees that will allow full-time work and full-time studies.
6. Earn Credits through College-level Examination Programs (CLEP)
CLEP allows you to take tests in subjects that you are good with. Clearing these tests with a certain grade will award you credits towards your college degree, saving you both time and money.
7. Plan Your Degree Well
Be very sure of what career you wish to pursue and which degree will lead you to that. Then choose courses accordingly, avoiding courses such which will not contribute much to your chosen discipline. Seek the help of a college counselor if you want.
8. Work For College Credit
Some colleges will award credits for real world experience, such as internships or a work-study experience. Check if your college does this, and get credits for any work experience, even paid work at times!
9. Transfer Credits From Previous Courses Or Certificates
If you have taken any courses or certificate programs previously, check if the credits can be transferred towards your college degree. Remember to make a strong case of why a certain course must be counted towards your college degree.
10. Select A College Wisely
There are colleges that offer specialized courses only once a year, making it difficult to finish off your degree in time. Check with alumni of the college if possible to see how long they’ve taken on average to complete their degrees and make a call accordingly.
Now that you know all these tips, plan a quick, smooth journey right through your college degree!