Online classes also give you the time to pursue other interests and goals outside of education, like a career, family, or even traveling.
Online degree programs are ever growing in demand and popularity. Aside from the obvious reasons of comfort and convenience and taking classes in your sweatpants, here are a few more in depth reasons you should consider an online college:
- Less Money
Taking online classes takes away costs that can really rack up your bill: gas and parking, room and board, a meal plan, and other campus specific fees. Most of the required reading will be available online and/or included in the overall cost of the course, eliminating the need for extra books and supplies. There are also more flexible payment options; students that can’t pay in full can instead choose a monthly payment plan, or to simply pay for one course at a time.
- Individualized Education
Taking online classes gives you the opportunity to work at your own pace. Study at a coffee shop, a library, or in your bed. If there is something you don’t understand, the lesson is immediately available for replay without the hassle of taking lengthy notes. E-mail your professor anytime with a question that you might not otherwise feel comfortable asking in a traditional classroom. Online classes make it YOUR education.
Technology has a way of creating communities. In this case, a community of learning. Online courses usually include a virtual classroom with pre-recorded video lectures. Class calendars and discussion boards help with forming study groups, asking for homework help, or bouncing ideas off one another. With 24/7 access to the internet, take out your tablet, post a question on your class message board, and have an answer within minutes.
Without a professor breathing down your neck to meet deadlines, you’ll be learning and improving your own personal skills. Time management, organization, and self-discipline are necessary to succeed in an online environment. Though you will not be required to physically show up to class, you’ll have to show up online to participate, work in groups, and take tests. Writing and reading assignments will already be posted online for your convenience, so you’ll have to prioritize your time to get them completed. Online classes also give you the time to pursue other interests and goals outside of education, like a career, family, or even traveling.
Specialized degree programs do not require you to take unnecessary courses or electives. Taking only the specific classes needed for your degree will not only save you time and money, but will allow you to focus on the core coursework. Online courses may also grant you access to something not available at your local institutions. For example, many courses offer ESL classes that might not be offered at a traditional college. Or take a look at Ashford University Online, which offers an online business program “offered in partnership and collaboration with Forbes Business Magazine.”*
So if you’re the type of student who skips classes and does fine just off the reading. Or you have the discipline to get your work done at home, and want to show future employers you have what it takes to work from home, then jump online and start searching for an online education.
*U.S. News and World Reports