The Flexibility Of An Online Education

We are in the heart of the information age and are finding that more and more universities are turning to an online education approach, marketing to students who may not be in a position to attend live classes.

Of course the options offered at online colleges are not nearly as comprehensive as those offered at a live, more established university, but most online colleges still offer associate’s, bachelor’s, sometimes even master’s degrees.  Virtual classrooms are definitely something was unheard of as early as a few years ago.

What Are My Options?

If you want to get a college education, there are definitely more options available today than there ever were before.  If you are a student who is disciplined to invest the same time and effort from home, as you would if you were to attend live classes, then an online education might be a good option for you.

Some colleges even offer both classroom formats: online and traditional live courses, so students who want to combine taking a few classes online with a few night or weekend live courses, now have the option to do so.  If you have a full-time day job, a family at home, or any combination of adult responsibilities, this type of flexibility could be a real plus for you.

But, I’m Not Interested In Earning A Degree…

Online college programs are also good for those individuals who are not necessarily interested in earning a college degree, but have an interest in sharpening their skills in a particular subject matter.  Now these individuals have an opportunity to do this from the comfort of their home.  You would be surprised at the variety of courses that are available online.

It’s Just Not For Everyone…

Online colleges are not for everyone.  Realistically, everyone learns in different manners – some of us learn better when we are physically present in the classroom and hearing what the professor has to say or participating in live classroom activities, while others prefer to learn the material on their own through utilizing their own personal self-study techniques.

Bottom line here, there’s no easy answer.  Each student will have to individually evaluate whether or not an online college is for them or not.  If you are considering applying to an online college, take some time to evaluate what the pro’s and con’s might be for your individual learning style.  Good luck with your college search process.  I hope this information was helpful to you.

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Lauren Anderson is a certified school counselor who's passionate about helping students all over the world successfully transition from high school to college! After spending 6 years as a business professional, she obtained her Master’s degree in School Counseling and now spends her spare time helping students.

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