Pros & Cons of Online Classes

If you’re considering taking any online classes, you’re probably wondering what the experience is actually like. There are many pros and cons to taking an online class. They’re convenient, meaning you can usually do the work during your free time. A lot of people work while going to school, and online classes give them more flexibility in their schedule. Even if you just stay at home, taking an online class or two could save you the hassle of commuting to campus an extra day or two a week, which frees up that time for other things.

However, that convenience comes with a price. You don’t get the full “college” experience of that class. You don’t usually get to meet with the professor and your peers and talk one-on-one, so you’ll be missing out on that connection. If you find the material difficult, it’s harder to get assistance, too. Personally, I don’t recommend taking difficult classes online. It would be much easier to meet in an actual class with the professor twice a week instead. For easier classes, though, it’s definitely simpler and more convenient to just take it online.

Online classes also allow you to complete the work at your own pace, as long as you meet the due dates. So if you’re one of those people who often complete work early, professors usually give you the option to work ahead a few weeks. And if you fall behind, you can still complete the work for each week at your own pace, on your own time, instead of in class.

Overall, I definitely think that online classes are worth it, provided the class is easy. However, you do need a certain amount of motivation and discipline, so that you don’t continually procrastinate each week’s work. If you have good time management skills, and wish to make your schedule as convenient as possible, then I recommend you take a look at online classes and see if they’re right for you.


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