Are you considering taking online classes to earn your college degree? Distance learning is an excellent way to fit higher education in to busy modern lifestyles… but do you have what it takes to attend a virtual classroom? Learn about the advantages and disadvantages to online degrees.
Is distance learning right for you?
These days you practically have to have a college degree in order to make a
decent living. But for those already in the workforce, parents who have small
children at home, or even high school graduates who aren’t financially able to
leave the nest, there is a new alternative to the ol’ college campus: online
Many universities have developed degree programs students can enroll and
participate in entirely through the internet, without having to set foot in a
classroom. Some schools even exist solely in cyberspace. But as with any
learning situation, there are advantages and drawbacks to undertaking an
electronic course of study. How do you know whether distance learning is the
best choice for you? Read on to find out what’s hot and what’s not about online
1.You get to stay home. This is a major selling point for distance
learning. “Attend class in your pajamas!” “Study from the comfort of your own
home!” It goes without saying that not having to drive to campus, fight for a
parking spot, wade through a sea of students, rush from class to class, choke
down cafeteria food (who wants to eat like a high schooler again?) and take a
chance on showing up on time only to discover your professor didn’t, is a big
bonus. For parents, online schooling can be a godsend. No scrambling for a
sitter or paying outrageous daycare prices. And the pajama thing is nice, too.
Your classmates won’t care if you show up naked (though this practice is not
recommended, especially if anyone else lives with you).
2. Learn at your own pace. Sure, you have to turn your assignments in
on time. But distance learning classrooms are not nearly as strict as
traditional colleges, and the professors will often give you more leeway in
meeting due dates. They understand most online students need more flexibility,
or they wouldn’t be online students. And no more stammering through answers
you’re not sure of when the teacher calls on you; with distance learning, you
get to ask the questions. Course scheduling is flexible too. You can take as
many or as few classes as you want; skip a semester; withdraw and re-enroll if
you find yourself unable to devote as much time to a particular class as you’d
like. With no set class times, you don’t have to worry about being late or
missing out on instruction. It’s always there for you to access when you can.