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The following information answers the most frequent questions regarding education in trade schools.
  1. What kind of job can I do with an Online Degree?

    Although, many employers still prefer candidates who've studied in traditional classrooms, numerous surveys have proved that the willingness to hire graduates from online courses is continuously increasing. Employers mostly give a chance to candidates of online courses who have graduated from an accredited institute with a good reputation.

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  2. What Is the Difference between a Traditional Degree and an Online Degree?

    Many studies, including University studies, have proved that distance education courses are equal to traditional courses and that there is no considerable difference between them.

  3. What Is the Future of Online Degrees?

    Online degrees are supposed to become more acceptable both among employers and students. Some research specialists have predicted that 1 of 10 students will prefer an online university in the very near future.

  4. What Kind of Disciplines Are Available Online?

    Almost all disciplines are available. The most popular fields are: education, engineering, business and healthcare.

  5. What Criteria Should I Follow to Choose the Best Online Trade School?

    The most important factor when seeking an online school is that you should focus on reputed colleges that have been accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency. You can check college accreditations with the U.S. Department of Education, the Council for Higher Education Accreditation or at the Better Business Bureau. Don't forget that if you study in an accredited college, it will help you to get a good job after you have graduated!

    Be aware that some institutions are accredited by fake agencies or they are not accredited at all!

    You should check your school's history. Check its financial situation and check if the institute has not passed through any scandal. Check about graduates' work placement and the length of the program. In regard to its history, remember that an old college must not mean that it is the best; however, it has more experience that a college that has been established a short time ago.

    You can also check faculty names that impart the courses. Find out how long these professors have been teaching and if they have any previous experience with online courses. You can also check their university degrees.

    Then consider if the institution has a good graduation rate; it is an indicator of the students' high success.

    Consider the class size. A small class will ensure that the instructor will have more time to interact with you; however, a large-sized class is an indicator of the program's good reputation.

    Last but not least, accessibility is important. Prospective students will probably not feel confident in a school that does not provide any kind of support. A college that provides a 24/7 technical support and customer service will produce more confidence. However, some students feel comfortable keeping in touch with tutors only through e-mail.

  6. How Fast Is Possible to Earn An Online Degree?

    Students that take traditional courses can earn their bachelor's degree in 4 years. Online courses students are dictate their own pace and get their degree in 5 years or in a shorter time if they like.

  7. When Should I Enroll?

    Generally, U.S. schools open in September for both traditional courses and online courses. Online colleges also enable you to enroll at other times. Students who have dropped out of traditional courses for some reasons may re-enrol during quarterly admission.

  8. How does an Online Course Schedule Work?

    Most colleges don't formulate a schedule and enable a self-paced learning. Nevertheless, there are some rules, you might have to send your homework or take a test at a determined point of the day.

    Time-frames may vary in different colleges. Some colleges require a course termination by end of the semester while other colleges allow their students to finish it within a year.

  9. Is Online Study Easier Than a Traditional Course?

    Curriculum, projects and assignments are equal to the traditional study. It means the online study is not easier. On the contrary, the lack of permanent interaction with a professor as well as with the classmates can make it more difficult if you want to obtain immediate help.

  10. What Kind of Hardware and Software Is Required for Online College?

    Generally, a student does not need to own a special hardware.

    Depending on your course, a student may be required to install special software, but some programs can be downloaded from the Internet for free. Certainly, if you are going to study graphic design you will need to spend a little more money.

    The minimum technical requirements often include the access to a PC or Mac system that enables the running of web browsers. You will also need a broadband Internet connection, an email account, some plug-ins to access streaming media, a sound card and speaker and a printer.

  11. Logging into Online Course

    Students can log into the classroom from the comfort of his/her home or wherever they are. A certain software or website of the course is pre-designed to host the classroom schedule. They can register into the system by following some step-by-step instructions. Students can interact with their professor or classmates. The first class usually serves for introduction of the class and the provision of some orientation information to the students.

    It's recommended that students log in 4-5 times a week (it may vary) and spend a considerable number of hours studying.

  12. How Online Course Communication Works

    Students and teachers can communicate via email, discussion forums, instant messaging, internet calling, bulletin boards, chat rooms or telephone. Students must also check their course calendar to keep up with the homework or to check if there are any exams coming up. The instructor will usually respond questions within 24 hours. Students must check their messages often.

  13. What about Lectures

    Unlike traditional classes, online students can access a lecture material as many times as they please. It even allows students to check archives and re-play lecture audios whenever they need.

    The majority of the courses combine a lot of educational methods: textbooks, typed lectures, web conferences, teleconferences, audio lectures, streaming audio, bulletin boards, chats and course calendars.

  14. What Kind of Course Materials Are Needed?

    It depends on your online degree. Students will probably need to buy textbooks, CD-ROMs, certain booklets and lectures that are recorded on video-cassettes; you may have to buy your own course materials. A specific course may require its students to get a specific software system.

  15. How Do Homework Works?

    Usually, students need to check their tasks announced in the course calendar. You will probably have to open the document using MS Word. Once you've completed your homework, you can send it via mail or fax; alternatively you can post it via forum. It depends on previous agreements made with the instructor.

  16. Course Testing

    Course testing dates and policies are usually announced in the calendar or at the beginning of the course.

    Tests are a normal part of the course. Tests help instructors to assess your understanding and knowledge. Details on tests and quizzes are commonly posted online. Lots of tests can be accessed just for a certain period of time and they are usually timed.

    Students are not under supervision during an online test. Nevertheless, instructors can schedule proctored exams if they like.