People most times think the idea of staying at home and sitting in front of a computer to take a class online, rather than going to an actual classroom on campus with other students, is eccentric. They assume it’s easier to get distracted when you are not in front of a professor in the classroom.
However, there’s a lot more to consider than just your attention when you’re faced with the options of whether or not to take an online course. There are many benefits of taking online courses, of which I believe outweighs the few disadvantages. Before you decide against online classes in favor of the traditional classroom style of learning, you should consider these benefits below.
1. With Online Courses You Don’t Have To Stay At School Over The Summer
If you want to make the most of your summer break by getting a class or two out of the way, online courses are often the best option to consider. Whereas taking a regular course in school would force you to stay on campus all summer, an online course allows gives room for flexibility to earn some credits from anywhere.
Instead of having to rent an apartment for the summer, you can save money by spending the summer at home and taking the class online. This also avails more room for time to see your family and friends when you’re not confined to the campus.
2. Online Courses Are Flexible
Taking an online course means that you’re not confined to a particular schedule by your class time. If you want to intern or decide to take on a part-time job, an online course is practically the best option for you because it will allow you to do your coursework when you have spare time, rather than having to force your work schedule around your class learning schedule.
You just have to carefully plan out your time to ensure you have room to accommodate everything.
3. Study Where You Want And When You Want
Similarly, taking online courses allows you the flexibility to study where and when you choose to, preferably when you’re at your most productive. If you are a night crawler, you’ll be able to work late, instead of having to drag yourself out of bed early to go to class and learn. If you’re most productive during the afternoon, you can do your coursework then.
You’ll also be able to choose your own class location; if you don’t feel like leaving your house on a rainy day, you don’t have to. If you like to study at your local coffee shop, you can spend time there. Even if you need to go out of town but don’t want to get behind on your classes, then you’ll still have the opportunity to work while you’re sitting in the airport or on a bus.
4. You Won’t Be Distracted By Your Friends During Online Classes
Although this initially sounds like a negative, the fact that you won’t be able to have classes with your friends will in fact, prove to be a benefit in terms of your level of concentration. When your friends aren’t around and you’re on your own, you’ll have nothing (maybe little, at least) to distract you from your coursework and lessons.
This means a higher level of focus on the material, which will likely lead to higher grades. While you can still form study groups with other students in the class if you choose (assuming that you’re all in the same place), you won’t be distracted when you’re listening to lessons or whenever you just want to study on your own.
5. Through Online Courses, You’ll Learn How To Effectively Communicate Via Technology
Online classes avails the opportunity to be more computer literate. For instance, your discussions will likely occur in a blog format, while any presentations might take place over Skype. You’ll be forced to learn how to use websites and applications and other video conferencing technologies, which will be helpful in the future when you might need to use them on the job or for some other reasons.