Are you considering advanced education, but are a little apprehensive of online education? Below are the top ten myths about online degree programs- disproved! After reading this, you won’t want to wait to find the best online program that’s right for you.Myth #1 They’re the same as a textbookOnline degree programs tend to be more comprehensive than a textbook. Most textbooks are usually written by one or two professionals, and are not always updated each year. With online degree programs, you have the opportunity to work with professors, many of whom are still working in the field as well as teaching. A textbook course only provides one point of view and expects the student to accept that view as the correct one.Fact: Online professors offer variety of viewpoints on the subject, and are able to communicate with you on these topics through e-mails and papers submitted online.Myth #2 They require constant attachment to your computerOnline programs require quite the opposite! In fact, once you have enrolled in a program, you are able to work at your own pace – unlike a campus university where class schedules are predetermined by the professor and availability of a classroom. When learning through online programs, your classroom can be wherever you are – home, work, vacation, it’s up to you!Fact: You no longer need to stick to a set schedule; log on whenever you have time!Myth #3 Employers won’t accept online degreesAccording to Careerbuilder.com, “This may once have been the case, but online degree programs are now rightly perceived to be topical, challenging and highly relevant. They are designed with the needs of working adult learners in mind and are developed in consultation with experienced professionals in industry and business to ensure that students learn concepts and methods that are immediately applicable in their work environment.”Fact: A study conducted by Vault.com says 61% of employers accept online degrees.Myth #4 Online = faster, easier & less credible Online degrees can be faster to earn, but for the most part, they take almost as much time as on-campus degrees; when you factor in the work schedules of most students, this prevents students from devoting the entire day towards their online degree. This in no way makes an online degree less credible than an on-campus degree.Fact: Careerbuilder.com says, “Employers are impressed by the initiative, ambition and self-motivation demonstrated by an employee who takes advantage of the Internet to develop their knowledge and their career.”Myth #5 All accredited schools are created equalIt may seem that all online schools have been accredited or are accredited equally. But beware; it’s important to ensure that the online school you are enrolled in has been accredited by a proper institution. LearnSource.com reveals if your school has been accredited. Though accreditation process is difficult and costly, most schools will cough up the dough because it classifies a school on a higher tier than non-accredited institutions.Fact: Be sure that you’ve chosen a school with proper credentials to ensure your hard work towards a degree is not wasted.Myth #6 No personal attention in the virtual classroomJust because you’re not in a classroom with other students and a teacher, it does not mean that you have to sacrifice personal attention. Many teachers of online courses leave a questions and comments section at the end of a lesson and provide their email addresses for students to contact them.Fact: Virtual classrooms provide quicker, more direct communication and eliminate noisy distractions.Myth #7 Credits don’t transfer to traditional collegesEvery on-campus college and university has its own policies regarding credit transfers. If you are planning to transfer to a traditional school after completing an online degree program, be sure to contact administration officials before beginning the course to ensure that all of your new credits will transfer.Fact: Be sure to send your official transcript to the desired school for approval of credits.Myth #8 Online is always cheaperOnline programs may be less expensive than a private institution, especially one that’s located in another state or country than the once in which you reside. But not all schools are created equal. Some online schools may cost more than others, or may include hidden fees. Be sure to select a school that fits your budget.Fact: Research multiples schools and their costs to ensure you’ve found the best, most affordable program.Myth #9: No supplementary resources for the online studentOnline courses don’t always depend on the internet; some online schools will include textbooks as additional resources. If you are looking for additional information, be sure to ask the professor or school for extra information, books and resources that will help you in your studies.Fact: Before you spend, check your local library for relevant resources.Myth #10: You must be computer-savvy Online courses do not require previous technical knowledge, or be able to understand how a computer works (unless, of course, that’s your degree!). In fact, most schools generally only require the ability to access the internet, your email, and additionally resources that you’d like to use throughout the courses.Aside from earning a degree, online programs help the student to become more comfortable with many computer programs and emerging technologies.Fact: Daily online use will only increase your familiarity with the computers and their capabilities.Now that we’ve uncovered the truth about online colleges and degree programs, enroll in an online degree today!
Due to the rocketing prices registered in today’s new college textbook market, lots of students have turned away from the campus bookstore and other similar resources, hoping to close better deals inside used bookstores or on the Internet. At present there are thousands of online bookstores and other specialized online resources that offer students a helping hand in finding their required textbooks for reasonable prices, so many different categories of college students have recently decided to strictly shop online when they need to add several new names among their college book collection. Most college textbook-offering online resources are very well structured, easy to use and grant students the opportunity to purchase their required college textbooks (both used and new) for only a fraction of their offline cost. With elaborate online textbook market research and a little luck, students can enter in possession of their desired textbooks for less than 40 percent of the original price!!This is where you come in. You can sell your books to these companies and receive almost immediate payment or sell them online yourself. There will always be students out there somewhere looking for your book.HOW DOES IT WORK?There are a few ways to go about selling your old/unused books online. I will inform you of the few good options and you can make up your own mind of what works best for you. Time vs. profit is the deciding factor when selling. Keep that in mind as you read on.Online Auctions: Online Auctions are a great way to get rid of old/unused books. You can usually make the best profit from the books that you are selling by auctioning them because the highest bidder always wins an auction. The problem with auctions is that they do not guarantee instant money for your books. Sometimes books do not sell in the time allotted for the auction and you have to relist them. Even though it may take some time, I recommend auctioning.
Sell To Distributors: There are many companies out there that specialize in selling textbooks. They do not let you sell them to their audience of course, but will buy them from you right away. Obviously this company is going to turn around and sell your books for more than the purchase price. It may take them some time, but that’s their problem. These companies will always buy your books right away and will send you a check as soon as they receive the books. This is the quick cash option.Classified Ads: These are a classic. Many people still sell books in their local town via classified ads. I say, sell via classifieds if you want, but do it online. You can usually get more for your books online because you are advertising it to a much larger audience. There are people out there looking for exactly the books that you have and will pay more than those who just happen upon them while reading the Sunday paper. Most places will let you list your books for free. You can even upload pictures. Listing a classified online makes more sense than listing offline in so many ways.
AdvantageThere are always students in need of text-books. Many are in need of a book that you may have lying around. No matter how you choose to sell your book, it will sell and you will make money. If you sell your books in the way that I am recommending, you will always make more than what the college bookstore is offering!DisadvantageThere are pretty big differences in the amount of money that you can make depending on how you choose to sell. Just remember, if you take the time to sell them yourself, you will make more money than if you were to sell them just to “get quick cash”.Facts & AdviceNever sell your books back to the college bookstore. They take advantage of broke students.
The best times to sell books are at the beginning and end of semesters. If you want money asap, sell them to distributors. They will buy almost any textbook and pay you as soon as they receive them.
If you are willing to spend the extra time and effort to auction your books, or sell them yourself, you will always make more money.
Your book(s) for sale or auction will not always sell right away and sometimes you will have to list them more than once.
NEVER, EVER list one book for sale more than once or in two separate places! If you were to list an book on an auction site and then make a classified ad to get more exposure and the book sells twice, you are in trouble, because you only have one book. You will get bad feedback and probably not be able to sell anything else.On my site MoneyInCollege.com, are examples of quotes for books that I sold recently. See the “used from”? That is the minimum going price. I listed my books for $1.00 less and they sold the next day for ten dollars more because of the condition (and time of year). I repeated the process with many of my old text-books and achieved similar results. I made far more than what the school would have offered me for sure.I sold three books: one for $64.00, another for $56.00 and the last for $2.00You are probably wondering why one of the books sold for so little (and why I would advertise the fact). The answer is that I was attached to the book for about three semesters, though I had the class for only one semester. By time I wanted to get rid of it, a new edition had been released, my edition was not in use any longer and the value had plummeted. The moral to this story is that unless you are deeply, emotionally attached to your textbooks or plan to use them again, get rid of them as soon as you are finished with them or you could suffer the consequences like I did.As you can see, auctioning your books is the way to go. Because of the condition that my books were in (and the time of year), I made more than the lowest going price. I was quite pleased. You can do the same.There are a few ways to go about selling your books.Online auctions are the way to go if you want to make the biggest profit on your books. You will have to sign up with a company that features auctions. I recommend Amazon, because the specialize in books. After that, you must list your books and wait. Once in a while the books will not sell and you will have to relist them, but when they do sell, you definitely make the most money possible. The best time to auction books is at the beginning and ends of a semester.Selling to distributors. Once again; selling to distributors is your sure bet for quick cash. It’s simple. You log in and after some typing, they give you a price. After that, you ship the books, they get the books and then send you a check. Remember that this option will not always bring you the biggest profit and if you do sell your books in this manner, you should check out all of the companies to see who will pay you the most.On my site I will show you the best places to do this.NOW FOR THE BEST PART! You can make a mint while selling other peoples books and you can do it in ten simple steps.You can make money by selling your used textbooks, but did you know you can make money by selling other peoples used books? You are probably thinking “why not” and “how”. Think about it. You know the book buyback program? When your school or outside an company sets up a program to buy your used text-books at the end of the year? Everyone always complains, “I spent one hundred and fifty dollars to get this book and they are going to give me only fifteen bucks for it”! Here is how to make a mint while helping these poor saps get more bang for their buck in ten easy steps:Tell your friend(s) that what the school is offering is simply unacceptable.
Say, “I may take some of those classes next semester. Maybe I will buy your books”.
As a friend, they will probably sell it to you for the same price, (or just offer a few bucks more).
Gather all of the ISBN numbers from your friends’ unwanted books. (Make a different list for each friend).
Submit each list to the companies provided. (I have listed the best companies there are).
Make a cash offer to each of your friends for slightly more than what the buy-back program will offer them.
(If you can’t get the cash up front, I’ll show you many ways to get it, or present your “business plan” to a relative).
Package the books and ship them off to the company offering the highest buying price for the book(s).
They get the books, immediately send you a check or deposit the money into your bank account.
You keep for yourself the difference. The more books you sell, the more money you make.