Forget setting your alarm to get to those early morning classes; forget trying to beat the traffic or wrestle with public transport; now imagine waking up, reaching for your laptop and learning from home, in your own time. Sounds like a dream, right? Well, it doesn’t have to be, it’s an increasingly popular way to study and here’s why you should consider online learning.
There is so much more choice online compared to traditional face-to-face learning. Different courses, programs and schools from all over the world as accessible and the variety is increasing every day as the online learning industry continues to grow. You can choose anything from an msw program online to an online course on death from Yale.
You can study when and where you like; you don’t even have to be in the same country. Online learning allows you the freedom to live your life and not be confined to one place.
Online education costs a lot less than traditional face-to-face learning. You’ll also be able to save on the cost of traveling into a school or college. You won't need to pay for a dorm and often many of the books are online too saving those ridiculous book fees. Further the convenience of online courses usually allows you to continue to work while going to school so you may have to take out fewer loans which will save you tons of money over time.
Meeting new people
You might think that online learning would be unsociable and lonely, but it is, in fact, the opposite. In online classes, there are students from all over the world who are all interested in the same subject as you are, they are like-minded people working toward the same goal. Group projects really help you get to know others if you invest in them. Plus, the platforms schools use now make communication with classmates easy.
Equally, the support you receive from your online tutors is first-class often by some of the world’s top professors and guest lecturers. You will receive individual feedback and advice, and they are only a click of a button away.
Healthy work/life balance
Being able to fit your study around your life rather than fit your education around your life often means a healthier work/life balance. People feel more in control of their work and enjoy the freedom of deciding when and where they do their work.
All you need is a working broadband connection! Apart from that, with so much choice, everyone has access to online courses. The requirements to enroll on an online course are far less, or there might not even be any.
Perfect study environment
The environment you choose to study in will be just that, your choice. Whether it’s from your bed, on the beach or in the library, it will be ideal and whatever works for you. With no classes, there is no pressure to take part in class discussions which takes the pressure off and means you’ll be able to concentrate better.
Studying online requires self-motivation and self-discipline. These are both essential life-skills and something that employers will recognize from seeing that you have completed an online course. It will get certainly get you in good practice and be useful in your future work.
Online learning shows that you can achieve something on your own. It shows independence, drive and determination - all things that employers will look fondly upon or if you’re already in employment are qualities that are transferable to other aspects of your life and future endeavors.
If you studied online let our readers know about your experience in the comments! Help a boss babe out!
M.E.L. is an attorney and small business entrepreneur whose mission is to help professionals conquer the workaday world with style and poise.
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