Why Choose Online Study?

Why Choose Online Study?

Online education has its own distinct benefits, but there are things you need to do to capitalize on them.

The first benefit: You are in almost total command of your schedule. Online schools usually set a few general requirements, such as logging on at least once a week or submitting a completed assignment at least once every three weeks. But these still give you a great deal of personal latitude. Only synchronous classes, which require all students to log on at the same time on the same day, have more of the feel of a traditional school schedule.

The upside of determining all of your own class hours should be obvious. For example, if you are a night person, you can sleep until noon and study until 3:00 a.m. every single day if that’s what your biological clock wants you to do. You also have greater flexibility when determining how to mix your work and family responsibilities with your educational goals.

Capitalizing on the flexibility of asynchronous classes, however, assumes that you are self-directed enough to draw up your own schedule and stick to it. These classes are not for anyone who actually needs a predetermined set of days and hours when they are expected to show up, and when names are taken if they don’t. Expect to carve out at least ten hours of study per class per week.

Most students in asynchronous classes find it helpful to write study hours right into the calendars they use for their other scheduling. Mary, for example, puts everything on a kitchen calendar that she passes by a thousand times a day. Tom has a calendar in his shop which gets the same amount of daily attention. Check out your school’s policies on this, but usually the only ironclad requirement for an online education program is completing an entire course within a set number of weeks or months. Even then, if something unexpected happens, you might be able to purchase a month’s extension for a small fee.

A second benefit of online study is the ability to work at your own rate. If you have set up a good study schedule and keep it faithfully, there is no reason why you cannot spend more time on difficult assignments and less time on easy ones. That can mean getting an “A” on an assignment that, in a traditional school setting, would have been submitted before reaching an “A” stage of development.  How often in the past have you submitted a school  assignment knowing you could have done better if only you’d had a little more time to work on it?


Jul 2, 2011