Pros and Cons of Online Classes

We take online classes for a variety of reasons. Maybe it was the only way to fit that class into your schedule, to shorten the time you have to spend on campus, or because you’re an independent worker.

However, if you’ve never taken an online class before, it may be good to weigh out the pros and cons.

 

Pros:

  • This is less time you have to spend on campus to be able to do other things! It may help you to work more hours, be able to fit in more time to join a club, or something else!
  • Online classes are typically more flexible, so you can go through the lectures as you please, as long as you hit all the big deadlines. If you get busy with other assignments from different classes or life happens, you have a bit more freedom here.
  • Save paper and printing credits! You will almost always turn in your assignments via Canvas or e-mail!
  • You won’t lose attendance points!
  • It’s easy to work on-the-go from any location, really.
  • If you’re a fast learner, taking an online class might be more time-efficient as you can go through the modules at your own pace.
  • If you’re a student that commutes to school from home, this may be a better (and safer, during the winter) option for you.

Cons:

  • It’s easy to fall behind. If you don’t have someone reminding you two or three times a week in a physical classroom what’s due, it’s easy to forget what needs to be done.
  • If you’re a hands-on or visual learner, it can be hard to do readings and follow along in an online class by yourself.
  • The professor isn’t there physically on a regular basis, so you have to go to them if you’re having problems.
  • If you’re a slower learner or the class topic is difficult, taking an online class might use more time than taking a physical class, as you go through the modules slower.
  • It can be harder to find friends in the class (who can help you or study together) because you don’t physically see them.
  • Distractions are everywhere. If you’re working from home, it can be too easy to start off working on your class and then “accidentally” do other things on the internet.

You know yourself better than anyone. Online classes can be great and make scheduling things easier, but make sure to stay on top of things and choose what works best for you.

Good luck!

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