Jun 8, 2018 at 12:00am ET By Alyssa Walker

Studying online is great. You have the flexibility of deciding when and where you want to learn, on your terms.

One drawback? Among balancing a full-time job, managing family and home life, and taking online courses or even going for your degree can make you feel lonely and isolated. 

Where can you find a success coach? Many online colleges offer coaching programs for their students. For example, Arizona State University's ASU Online has a dedicated online student success center to help students find live, in-person matches to help them manage their studies. 

Success coaches help students with a variety of skills, from course selection to time management, developing study calendars, and implementing study plans. They also offer inspiration and encouragement and act as resources to help students navigate online learning's occasionally murky waters. 

Why you should you find a success coach? Let's take a closer look. 

1. You won't be alone

One of the worst, most demoralizing feelings is loneliness--feeling like you have no help and no one on your side.

When you have a lot on your plate--work, life, family, and school--it's easy to feel alone and defeated.

A success coach changes that. 

Earning your degree, or taking courses toward a certification can change your life. A success coach helps you apply, get your documentation in order, helps you with advising, and raises any red flags for you to address.

It's like having your own personal assistant and go-to person for all of your educational needs. What are you waiting for?

2. Transitioning to online learning will be easier

Especially if you're a first-time online learner, a success coach will help you make the transition from a traditional classroom or even hybrid model to a fully online program.

In addition to helping students feel less alone, (see #1), success coaches help connect students to university resources--in real time. 

Online learning is a tough transition because it requires students to manage their study and work times in ways they hadn't needed to before.

Success coaches help students develop the skills they need to manage their workflows, set realistic goals, and meet them, making the transition from classroom to wherever and whenever manageable, enjoyable, and valuable. 

3. Your coach becomes your academic support system

Your success coach replaces the traditional support system that campuses normally provide. Not only do coaches help with the nuts and bolts of staying organized for online learning (see #2), they also help students say engaged and motivated, connected to their university or program, and empowered to fulfill their dreams.

Coaching offers personalized attention in a digital realm that sometimes feels impersonal and cold. 

Your success coach becomes your student services office, career office, student activities office, and supports services office.

And if he or she doesn't become all those things? The success coach can put you the student in contact with someone who does. 

Want to be a success coach?

Check out the UK's John Academy, a leading online provider of credentials to "learning enthusiasts" who want to get a leg up in their chosen career.

Their life coaching program offers an affordable pathway for a CPD certified and IAO approved coaching program.

If coaching appeals to you, 

Learn more about online studies.

Alyssa Walker is a freelance writer, educator, and nonprofit consultant. She lives in the White Mountains of New Hampshire with her family.

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