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Pros and Cons of Online Courses

Pros and Cons of Online Courses

Online Courses New technology has allowed more people than ever to pursue an education. With online courses, students who need to hold full-time jobs but still want to open up their career opportunities have the option to earn degrees. Online courses have many benefits but require the same, if not more discipline and hard work that regular courses do.

Find out if taking an online course is right for you! Here are the pros and cons of online courses.

PRO: Flexible Schedule

If you need to work a full-time job to pay the bills or are raising a family, online courses are a great option. Many courses work in modules or weeks of content. At the end of each module, usually lasting a week, a consistent deadline becomes like a regular appointment to turn in your work. Additionally, the work can be completed from any location with an Internet connection.

CON: Isolated Learning

Although online courses are gaining more and more credibility, many employers value the teamwork and collaboration that students gain by participating in facilitated classroom learning. Further, students don’t have as convenient access to a professor in case questions arise. Students usually have to email a professor for an answer, which could take several hours or days.

PRO: Learn According to Your Style

To get the most out of their study time, students get to use whatever learning style best fits them. Lectures don’t always help students absorb all the knowledge they could when they quiz themselves, make charts or flashcards or simply read the required text.  The time not spent in a classroom frees up more ways to learn everything.

CON: Discipline

Students who take online courses need to be especially conscious of due dates, study time. Students also need to frequently check emails or class pages for announcements from professors or changes to the schedule or assignments. The flexible format of online courses calls for extreme organization on the part of the students. Further, students need to be aware of which courses in their program are available online before signing up.

If you’re organized and prepared for the possibility that a professor may not readily be available to answer questions, then online courses may be right for you. They will allow you to spend time with your family, work a full-time job or take a more rigorous course schedule, depending on your personal study needs.

All of CTBest’s apartment communities offer Wi-Fi and excellent study spaces so that students who take online courses have the tools they need to succeed. Learn more about living spaces at www.CTBestApts.com or call or text Desiree at 203-223-1665.

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