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Please review the following attributes to make sure learning virtually is the right option for you.

Self-motivation - Students must be able to direct their own learning environment, fulfill course requirements, and achieve individual academic success.

Independent learner - The online environment enables students to learn at their own pace -- traditional, extended, or accelerated -- relieving the stress of feeling rushed or pressured and providing enjoyment in the learning process.

Computer literate - Although it is not necessary to have advanced computer skills, students should possess a working knowledge of e-mail, the Internet, and basic keyboarding and word processing skills.

Time management - Students must be able to organize and plan their own best "time to learn." There is no one best time for everyone, but the key to learning is to commit the time to learn.

Effective written communication skills - Students must use email and discussion boards to communicate with their peers as well as the instructors. The ability to write clearly in order to communicate ideas and assignments is very important to student success as well as a means to inform instructors of any concerns or problems.

Personal commitment - Since there are no bells that begin and end classes, students must have a strong desire to learn and achieve knowledge and skills via online courses. Making a commitment to learn in this manner is a very personal decision and requires a strong commitment to participate in order to achieve academic success

Be sure to evaluate your proficiency with these six tenets of online success honestly.  If you are lacking in any of the above attributes, it is likely that virtual school is not the correct pathway for you. We want to help you make the best choice for your personal needs and educational goals. If you have questions, please contact a representative from WAVE.

-Adapted from Wisconsin Virtual School