Majed Al-Salem & Ahmed Alanazi
10 ADVANTAGES TO
TAKING ONLINE CLASSES
Taking classes online is a popular way for working professionals to
have the chance to earn a degree at their own pace. People who take
online classes usually are looking for career advancement, career
changes, or just want to finish a degree program they started at
another college. There are hundreds of online programs and online
schools to choose from, making it easier than ever before for
prospective students to find the right one.
Earning a degree from an online college can possibly lead
to a promotion and/or salary increase, or prepare you for a
new career. Even though classroom learning may be
considered more traditional, online education is beneficial in
its own right. Below are 10 advantages to online learning.
1- Degree Programs and Classes Offered There are a variety of degree
programs and single classes offered through online colleges. Being able to
choose from many different programs allows prospective students to find a
program that will suit their needs. These days, programs such as business
management, nursing, computer programming, marketing, communications,
and human resources management are just a few that are available online.
Additionally, students can also choose from various types of degrees
depending on previous educational attainment. Associate, bachelor's, master's,
MBA, J.D., and Ph.D. degrees can all be earned online.
2- Lower Costs It is not uncommon for tuition at online schools to be lower
than that of a traditional school, although this is certainly not true of all online
programs. In addition, costs associated with things like commuting or typical
classroom supplies are not relevant in an online learning environment, therefore,
lowering overall costs. Furthermore, students might not have to worry about rising
textbook prices as some programs may not require them or provide reading
materials online. Commonly, students are able to download all materials needed for
their classes, including lectures, assignments, additional notes, and other materials.
3- No Sitting in a Classroom
Since all classes are online, students will not have
to attend classes. Lectures and other materials are electronically sent to the student
who will then read them, prepare to take quizzes, and complete assignments.
Students will never have to visit a classroom. For those working full time, this will
save time, simplify studying, and make scheduling events in their lives much easier.
Students will also not have to find parking spaces, leave work early to go to class, or
miss important family time.
4- Choosing Study Times Students will be able to plan their study
time around the rest of their day instead of the other way around. It
is the student's choice whether or not studying at nighttime or in the
morning is best for them. It is recommended that students try to
develop a study routine if they can. Having to work and attend classes
at the same time can be very stressful. Online classes remove the
stress by allowing students to learn when it is convenient for them.
5- Flexibility in Completing Assignments Schedules may not be as
strict when taking classes online. Students can work on and complete
assignments when they are ready and at their own pace. As long as
they complete the assignments required by the deadline, they will be
fine. In addition, students usually are not penalized for turning in
assignments early if they wish to work ahead to accommodate a
business trip or family vacation.
6- Options When Returning to the Workplace For parents who
have children, but plan on returning to the workplace in the near
future, earning a degree while taking care of children will help them
stay informed about changes in their former career. If they are trying
a new career, they will be able to perform the job requirements of the
7- Balance a Job and Class Even though someone desires to go back to
school, it doesn't mean that they want to leave their current job. Online
degree programs make it so that they don't have to. Students will be able
to go to work during the day and study at nighttime. Many people go to
night school after work to participate in evening classes and are exhausted
by the time they get home each night. Online classes provide the same
instruction without the exhaustion, commute, or unnecessary hassle.
8- Avoid Adverse Weather Conditions During snowstorms and
thunderstorms, colleges may cancel classes. When colleges cancel
classes, those classes sometimes have to be made up. This may
cause the semester to run longer or the class may run longer in
some cases. This can hurt students who are on a tight schedule
and can't afford delays in their schooling. For those who work and
have families, every second counts. People who learn online do
not have to worry about cancelled classes.
9- Specialized Degree Programs In many online degree programs,
students are not required to take elective classes unless required by
their major. This allows students to focus on and study specifically
what they need to learn for their job. For many students who want to
just learn information relevant to their major, online degree programs
work best, as this approach will save time and help students earn their
10 - Transfer Credits Students can also choose to earn some of their
college credits online and some in a traditional college setting. For college
students who want to attend summer classes, but who live too far from
their colleges or have to work summer jobs, taking online classes from an
accredited college and transferring the credits to their primary college is a
good idea. Students will be able to earn college credit while still enjoying
their summer vacation or fulfilling the responsibilities of their seasonal
These are just a few of the many advantages of taking online
classes. People who enroll in online degree programs are able to
manage their time, learn the materials that are presented, and
complete assignments on their own schedules. While it might not be
for everyone, this type of learning helps many people learn faster,
retain more information, and earn a degree which otherwise would
not be possible.