What Are The Pros and Cons of Online Education?
In the past decade, the accessibility of the internet has opened up a whole world of opportunities. No need to trawl the shops, you can conveniently order online. No need to attend a physical workplace, you could work from home or set up your own home business. You don’t even need to attend a traditional college or university these days. Studying from home can allow you to reach your goals in a way that suits you, although as with anything there are pros and cons involved. Here are a few things to consider if you’re planning on enrolling onto an online course.
Not everyone has the luxury of being able to commit years to study. Maybe you have other commitments such as children, or you have to care for a sick or elderly relative. Maybe you need to be able to work a certain number of hours to be able to afford to live. With traditional college or university courses, you have to attend at fixed times and work everything else around this. However, studying online allows you to be flexible. You could work or take care of any other commitments during the day, and study online during evenings and weekends. If your line of work requires you to have a lot of experience under your belt, it also makes it easier for volunteering. Take psychology for example; when you’re looking at online courses mental health counseling is one option to consider. After you’ve enrolled on this, you could look for volunteering positions in mental health hospitals or other centers. If you did this alongside it, it would help to give you the experience you need. That way once you finish you’re ready to apply for paid work right away due to having both qualifications and practical experience.
For some people, physically attending a class with a lecturer and other classmates can be motivating. Studying in the traditional way can allow you to feel like you’re doing things ‘properly’- you’re not distracted by things at home and attending in person can give a sense of accomplishment. If you live in a hectic or busy household, perhaps with young children or a house share with other students, finding the concentration you need can be tricky when it comes to studying from home. If you prefer to keep your study and personal life separate and have the peace and concentration that comes from a formal lecture, then a traditional college or university may be your best bet.
When you study from home, you have everything you need with you at all times. All you will need is your laptop, and you can access the study materials and online library from anywhere. Maybe you work a job that requires you to travel a lot- no problem as you can study from anywhere at any time. Maybe you live far away from the nearest good college or university, no problem as no commute is needed when you work from home. There’s no worry about physically getting yourself where you need to be because all of your course can be accessed instantly.
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