Distance Education Success

Distance education gives you the flexibility to study at your own pace and set your own schedule – but it also requires motivation, commitment and perseverance.
You will have to make time in your schedule for 10-15 hours of study a week, per course. You may want to increase this time if

  • you want to complete the course in less time
  • it’s a particularly difficult course
  • you wish to excel

To succeed in distance education, you must be prepared. You’ll need dedication, organization and focus. If you have a family, you’ll also need their support to help you keep your life in balance and your studies in check. Read Greg's story.

Greg Toffner

“I can’t thank my mom enough. Helping me out and showing a lot of patience and understanding and really allowing me to work late into the evenings on this — particularly with the research, it’s so difficult.”

~ Greg Toffner,
Master of Health Studies

Check your knowledge

Relatively few students come to Athabasca University straight out of high school. If you’ve been away from formal learning for a while, you may want to see if you’re prepared for a university-level course. Take a subject-based assessment test and find out about the preparatory courses AU offers on our Am I ready for studies in... page.

Updated March 29 2016 by Web Strategy, Advancement