Sometimes life comes at us in unexpected ways. Meaning you plan to attend college classes, but your car will be down for the entire semester, and transportation is important when planning on physically attending college. Whatever your reason may be for thinking of applying for an online class, classes, or a degree here are some pros and cons of online college. You should know that online classes have no professor or peers, it’s up to you to take this seriously. Your classroom will exist solely in the “cyberworld”
There’s no need to rush. Keep in mind that you do have to turn your assignments in on time, but other than that you set your own learning pace. You have all the time you need to research and take notes. Online classes or “distance learning” are not as nearly strict as physically attending your class. Your instructor will be more understanding. They know you need more flexibility, that’s one of the reasons why you signed up for online classes. Basically you set your own class time. You don’t have to worry about being late for class, and remember with online classes you can skip a semester, withdraw and re-enroll if you happen to find yourself falling behind.
You can learn anywhere! If you have a laptop and access to the Internet you have your classroom with you. If you have a library card you can access your online work there as well, if your library offers you Internet many of them do. Keep in mind if some employers know that you are taking online classes they just may let you work on the job. As long as you fell capable do you work where ever you go. You will be glad later in the semester.
You should know that study groups do exists for students taking online classes. They usually communicate through email and forums. Surf your schools website even ask around be sure to find these study groups! This may be the difference between you withdrawing from a class or passing a class. This is a great opportunity if you are taking a class you have never taken before.
There are some things you cannot learn through email. Some classes/careers demand hands on experience, and it’s a good thing they do. Would you want your doctor or dentist taking online classes? This is why some careers demand hands on experience. You can enroll in a “mixed” program this requires you to attend campus every now and then.
You may get lonely while taking online classes. You will not meet any of your peers nor your instructor. This is something to seriously think about. You will not be able to speak with anyone and you may start to feel isolated. If this lack of interaction is starting to be a strain for you join a club or even your local gym. It may also help to keep your family and friends close.
You will not be able to raise your hand and ask a question, or get advice from your professor. You’re in a cyber classroom, so you will be required to email your professor your question, and wait until they answer. Remember they have a work schedule and a life going on as well. And let’s hope you contact a professor that replies to emails more than once a day.
You should keep in mind that it is extremely easy to “slack” on online classes. Never put off assignments until the next day. you are sure to fall behind this way. Remember to treat these classes as if you’re actually attending a classroom. Hopefully from this list of pros and cons of online classes you can make your decision wisely.