Is online education right for you?
Many people want to attend college. They want to make something of themselves and possibly change their lives for the better. They feel that a proper education is the key to unlocking their true potential...
The problem is, many can’t attend a campus college. Whether it is from a full-time job, a family to take care of, or any other responsibilities and duties, they are unable to make the commitment in enrolling in a full-time college program. For these people, online education is exactly what they are looking for. These programs offer students a chance to take education into their own hands, and make the commitment within their own time restrictions.
There is no question that the idea of taking classes online appeals to the comfort of most people. Studying at home just seems like an easier and more time-efficient choice. If that is the case though, why are the vast majority of students enrolled in campus classes rather than pursuing their degrees online? Why does not everyone simply enroll into online classes if it’s that much easier? Many people ask themselves that exact question, generally because they are skeptical about learning without actually being in a classroom with a teacher. Let’s take a look at a few points that might give a brand new light to online education.
What does Online Education mean?
With the advance of modern technology and communication methods, online or distance learning has grown exponentially over the recent decade. Studies now show that 1 out of 3 universities offer courses online. Of course, there are limitations to the courses offered. Most technical programs such as mechanics, plumbing, construction cannot be studied with this method. However, business, information technology, and healthcare management are popular choices for online degrees. Many online classes now use digital presentations, online resources, chat rooms and forums, and even video learning with an actual professor for live seminars and question and answer sessions to aid in a student’s understanding.
Online learning accommodates your schedule; convenience is the main concern of most distance learning schools. Since you're not confined to a classroom, YOU are the one who decides when and where you want to study. You can even schedule your studying around your work agenda, allowing you to study while still being able to keep your current career. You also get to decide exactly at what speed you’d like to go over the material and you have 24/7 access to all resources, so even if you have forgotten about the spoken material in the classroom, you can read and re-read all lectures, discussions, explanations and comments any time you need until you’re satisfied. Many online schools even offer live tutoring with experienced teachers when requested.
Online education is convenient and time saving, yet, it isn’t a cake walk. Let’s get one thing straight here: The online curriculum covered in these programs is the same as their campus counterparts, with minor differences. In fact, many people might even say it’s harder. Without a professor looking over your shoulder, slacking off and procrastination becomes increasingly easier and much more tempting. As a result, many unfocused students tend to disregard study periods, assignments and sometimes even exams. That is why distance-learning is just not for anyone; it requires time managing skills and exceptional self-discipline. But if you think you can handle it, it could be your ticket to a degree that otherwise, you would not have gotten.