Let’s face it--earning a degree will always have its challenges, and knowing where to start can be tough. Luckily, there are ways to make getting your online degree as easy as possible. This post offers up some of our best tips for earning a low-stress, high-reward degree in a way that’s convenient and affordable.
What is an Easy Bachelor’s Degree?
Well, it depends on whom you ask, but you might be surprised to learn that the answer goes way beyond just the major you choose. There are four things you’ll want to consider if you’re looking for a degree that’s easy to earn:
- Integrating school into your life as seamlessly as possible is key. Look for a school that offers you the opportunity to take classes and complete work in a way that works for you. Be sure to ask about synchronous vs. asynchronous class options, as well as fixed terms vs. competency-based or self-paced courses.
- You may not think of cost as being a contributing factor to the ease of earning a degree, but having to work overtime or going into debt to afford your tuition can make your college journey incredibly stressful. Consider affordable competency-based options, or save on tuition costs by transferring in courses from online course providers like StraighterLine that offer flexible, low-cost courses.
- Finding a program with a robust support network (think enrollment counselors, academic advisors, accessible professors, and approachable tutors) can have a major impact on the likelihood that you’ll keep working towards your degree if things get tough. Support resources that help you stay motivated and teach you how to be successful in college are particularly important--when you’re considering a school, don’t be afraid to ask their admissions representatives for detailed information about the support you can expect to receive.
- Subject matter. Pursuing a degree that aligns with your skills and talents certainly has an impact on how easy you’re likely to find a degree, but keep the long game in mind, too. For example, if you’re committed to becoming a nurse and have a passion for the work, a couple of years of challenging course material may pay off by rewarding you with a career you love. (However, if you do choose to pursue a major that’s challenging for you intellectually, be sure to pay even more attention to the support your institution offers!)
7 Bachelor’s Degrees You Should Consider Earning Online
If you’re looking to earn an online degree that maximizes your job opportunities and salary potential, consider the following options:
- Business administration
- Healthcare administration
- Computer science
- Information Technology
Remember, there’s no one easy way to earn a degree, but there’s likely a way that’s easiest for you. By considering a school’s convenience, affordability, and support offerings along with your intended major, you’ll be able to identify a program that helps you succeed and breeze into the next phase of your career.
Anissa Sorokin, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of English and Writing Program Administrator at Stevenson University near Baltimore, Maryland. Anissa’s interdisciplinary background and extensive experience teaching research, writing, and study skills help her demystify college expectations for students online and in her classroom.
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