By Jasmine Russell
Receiving a college education can be one of the most rewarding moments in a person’s life. According to history there was only one way to obtain a formal education and that was in the classroom. That was known as on campus or onsite. Presently, there are two options a person can decide on when receiving an education traditionally or virtually, that is on the internet/online. If an individual is in school and has never taken an online course before initially one might wonder what to expect.
With advanced technology there is no reason to be afraid of accomplishing your goal. Online courses are affordable, less travel to and from classes and less time consuming. Accessing the internet is an alternative to traditional education. Online degrees have been accessible for more than two decades.
Online education allows you to have flexibility options for the amount of time to work if employed; while pursuing a college degree or certificate. It is best to choose a program that accommodates your life style in deciding to attend full- time or part- time. If you juggle multiple task on a daily basis such as working full time and taking care of a family, then taking online courses might be the best fit your needs.
Traditional education is best suited for those who have a little more time in their schedule. Even if you’re hoping for a little flexibility, on-campus courses typically offer day and evening schedules so you can coordinate with your daily commitments. One thing you’ll need to remember is to factor in is where you live and work in proximity to the campus, if choosing the traditional classroom setting.
Distant/online learning is an alternative that allows you to graduate ahead of those who are taking traditional classes. Of course, it depends on the program, such as some traditional classes are offered one semester or quarterly usually, a minimum 12 credit hours, while online classes are offered at a faster paste. For example, 4 classes every six weeks’ equals to 12 credit hours or scheduling classes every 2 months.
I have never had the opportunity to take classes strictly from an online based stand point. I have always found it beneficial for me to take my courses at the campus. I enjoy this because it allows me to interact with the professors face to face.
Traditional classroom settings allow students to fellowship with other students in class and students are able to work independently or on group projects. With online classes you rely on yourself by independent doing assignments with limited resources. A lot of online courses offer the option of communicating through a form of posting assignments. With these post you are able to send and receive messages from the teacher or classmates when you have a question about your assignments.
Managing time and effort are two key factors you should learn when going to school. First, time management is of great importance to your personal life and career success. It teaches you how to manage your time effectively and make the most of it. Second, effort is putting forth physical, mental energy to include mind body and soul.
When you put in effort you are collated with how hard you work on something to achieve your goal. Both time and effort is a process that must be developed. When taking on an activity or task in the academic arena a student must learn self-control, maintain mental effort, a working cognitive capacity and have the ability to stay focus in order to be successful in academic.
At the end of the day, it’s your decision on how to earn your college degree. Before you dive into a degree, be sure to research whether online or traditional education is the best fit for you.
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