Online Education Is Not Right for You

Online Education Is Not Right for You

Probably the greatest benefit of online education is the incredible convenience that it offers. You can do your schoolwork and study based on your schedule. No more 8 am classes, no more 4-hour lectures.

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This obviously has huge implications for students who have jobs, a family to take care of, or both. Instead of trying to juggle your classes around a 9-to-5 job or your son’s soccer practice, distance learning gives you the flexibility to take your classes when you can fit them in.

Although earning a degree through online education brings many advantages, you may not suit for this type of education mode. Online education is not right for you if you are group under these categories:

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The Social Butterfly

If you are a social butterfly who flourishes when others are around, attending an online course may not be for you. If, on the other hand, you are quiet and reserved, online education may be your ticket to success.

Unmotivated (i.e. you frequently quit projects)

If you can not stay motivated on your own, an online institution is not your best choice for getting a degree. To be successful as an online student, you must be able to self-motivate, and complete projects or assignments to meet your preset schedule.

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Learn through listening versus reading

In the online learning environment, you are frequently expected to master material through reading alone. Although more and more online courses offer video recordings and audio clips, many programs still require that students understand a large amount of information that is only available through written text. Hence, if your way of learning is better with listening to the lectures and taking notes, then traditional class-based courses will suit you better.

Internet Phobia

Although many people are surfing the internet every day, some are surfing the internet just because they do to search for information. They feel surfing the internet is not for fun but a necessity, so if there is no need, they stay away from the internet. If you are in this group, online education may not right for you because online courses require you to understand more than just how to log onto the Internet. You need to know how to use chat rooms, message boards, forums, and instant messaging.

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Learning new computer programs ≠ your cup of tea

Depending on the online course you take, you may need to download new software programs. If you find it difficult to learn new computer technology, you'll need to either set aside more time for learning or take a traditional class.

Poor Planning/Scheduling Skills

You prefer to follow a fixed and pre-arranged schedule for your study. The freedom of working at your own schedule may cause you to put off your assignments or wait until the last moment to write your papers.

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In Summary

Remember that online learning is not for everyone and, while it is an excellent choice for some, others will always struggle with learning independently. If after comparing your personality and habits, an online degree is not right for you, then traditional classes should be your better option.

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