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You know online school is for you, but how can you get the most out of your education?

As an introvert, traditional school felt overwhelming. It was a struggle to concentrate and, unlike your more extroverted classmates, you weren’t comfortable speaking up in class. Teachers that counted in-class participation toward your final grade were your worst enemy. Having to share your thoughts without having the time to fully think over what you wanted to say made you feel like you weren’t as quick as everyone else. And maybe that’s why you were drawn to online education. Online, you’re able to work on your schedule, in your space, and in a way that works best for you. While you are in your element in your online classes, there are some things to keep in mind to make sure you get the most out of your education.

Ask for help. It’s a skill that will be useful later.

One introverted trait that makes online school seem perfect for you is your independence. You know you can do it yourself, that you’ll be fine if you do a lot of research. You don’t have to ask for help. Honestly, having to reach out and speak to strangers can seem a bit scary and even frustrating when you feel like you should be able to do this on your own. But besides saving a lot of time by asking for help from the instructors and teaching assistants who are here for students, learning to ask for and accept help can make a positive impact in your career.

Think about it. Most careers require some level of teamwork and in-person training. By learning to ask for help now, you’re building a soft skill that will help you stand out (in a good way) in your company. Start small, right now. If you’re stuck on a problem, email your instructor through your Student Portal or give them a call to work through what you don’t understand.

Make friends. Networking and connecting with other people builds the social skills employers look for.

You’re enrolled in online school for a reason. You don’t want to rely on others and making new friends can seem unnecessary when you already have a group you like. But besides meeting others with different points of view, going out into the world and finding new people to talk to can keep up social skills that employers look for. It can also serve as a networking opportunity and a way to boost your resume.  

You don’t have to find a new best friend, necessarily, but consider what you’re interested in and what you want to do as a career. Then, find ways to meet others in your area with the same goals. It could be through school, an online study buddy you meet through Penn Foster Facebook, or a volunteer opportunity. Whatever it is, take at least one step out of your comfort zone. It’ll be worth it.

Don’t be too hard on yourself. It’s all about going at your own pace.

Independent and quiet nature aside, studying online opens the door for all types of learners to find an education that works for them. That means you, too. Whether you find that, as an introvert, you’re struggling to connect with others or that you have to try a little harder to motivate yourself to ask for help, don’t be too hard on yourself. Each step forward is one step closer to your goal. You have time and when you’re working on an online, self-paced course, you can choose when and how to get things done. Most of all, stay positive. Everyone is different, so if you take a year to finish what you thought you’d have finished in 6 months, remember you’re still making progress.  

You can reach your goals your way with Penn Foster.

You can do anything you set your mind to and Penn Foster instructors, teaching assistants, and students are here to help when you get stuck. As an introvert, an online education could be the perfect format to learn and grow! You’re someone who already prefers quiet when you need to concentrate, and you’re independent and driven, giving you a strong foundation to take the first steps toward making your goals a reality. Want to know more about online programs? Speak with one of our Admissions Specialists today at 1.888.427.6500.