Online college has been hailed as the way of the future. While this may or may not be true, there are some definite advantages to online schooling. These advantages go beyond being able to go to class in your PJs. For some people it can be more efficient, for other’s the savings in cost is what appeals to them.
You can handle more hours with ease. This is especially true for those who are strong readers. Most online classes revolve around reading. Lectures are e-mailed and class discussion takes place on message board. Can you read a lecture that takes an hour, in less time? If not, there’s still no traffic to contend with and no parking spaces to fight for. If you happen to be lucky and work at a job with a lax pace, you can even do your school assignments at work. All this works to help condense your schedule, making it easier to take more credit hours over a lesser period of time.
You also have the ability to go at your own pace. This is a good and bad attribute, depending on who you are. On the one hand, it means if you feel like having an off day, you can take one with no ill effects. You won’t miss anything, and there won’t be any playing catch up. If you are unlucky and work at a fast paced job with a shifting schedule, you will still be able to get your class work done. There is one cautionary note with this attribute: complete freedom of schedule means you have to carve the time you need out of your schedule. There are no set hours that will be free. Anyone that has done work or school from home understands that home isn’t an ideal environment for concentration. Unless you live alone, there always seems to be someone trying to interrupt you with doctor’s appointments, grocery store trips, and any number of chores. Whole days can evaporate to everyone else’s demands. It’s a lot harder to tell them “No, I can’t help you,” when your classwork has no set hours.
However, if you are somewhat ADD and can function with multiple things happening, online class has its advantages for you too. Without a physical class to attend, you can be doing multiple things while taking lessons. You are allowed to have music blasted while in “class.” You can be playing solitaire in the background and no one cares. Although, we all know people that insist on killing zombies while in physical class and pretend they are ‘taking notes’. With online classes, you can do this and you aren’t being rude.
The best advantage, however, is that you don’t have to move to be able to take lessons from schools located on the opposite side of the country. If you have a need to stay in one location, for family or poverty related reasons, you are no longer cut off from schools outside of your own thirty mile radius. You are now able to access schools located in the expensive centers of the world without the added expenses of moving. This alone can mean a savings of five thousand or more. When compared with the costs of tuition this may not sound like much, but who wouldn’t take a spare five thousand dollars if it were offered to them?
Online college allows for you to have a level of control over your school schedule that can’t be achieved with physical classes. It’ll also fit better with the mind that likes to do multiple things at once and can save you a great deal of money. The answer to whether online college is for you is tied to your own personal traits and preferences. Schooling is a commodity in the USA. Consider things carefully, and make sure you are getting what your money is worth. Only you can decide, through all the pros and cons, whether online college is the right choice for you.