5 Reasons To Consider Online Courses

By Danielle Wirsansky on February 20, 2016
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Attending class is one of the most important elements to doing well while in college. It can be so easy to get side tracked or difficult to get every class you need scheduled.

That is why online courses exist, and sometimes, they can save the day. Online classes are not for everyone, but if you are able to effectively learn that way, then there are several good reasons to consider online courses.


1. If You Are a Frequent Class Skipper …

It happens to the best of us: sometimes we wake up and we just cannot muster the energy to drag ourselves across campus to get to class that day. But if you are the kind of person that finds this experience occurring all too often, then perhaps an online course is a better option for you.

Instead of missing class and losing attendance points or missing out on all the material taught, you can take an online course which will allow you to do the work when you want to do it. That’s not to say that online courses don’t have deadlines because, of course, they do. But there is no daily meeting time and as long as you follow assignment deadlines, you can do the work for the class when you feel like doing work for the class.

2. If You Have Scheduling Issues

Sometimes the classes you need to take are scheduled all at the same time and it’s impossible for you to enroll in them all. Sometimes the classrooms are so far apart that there is no way you can possibly sprint across campus in time every day. Sometimes you might have a job that interferes with the only time a particular required course is available, and with all this student debt, you have got to keep working.

Whatever the case, sometimes the simplest solution to your scheduling issues is to take an online course. There is no required meeting time so you can get your work done in the free time that you have available to you.


3. If You Have a Heavy Course Load …

There are the semesters when you are taking 18 credit hours, others when every class is at a 4000 level (or other classification that simply means HARD), or when you are taking a lot of classes that are in a topic that is just hard for you personally.

Sometimes, an online course is just easier. There is less stress, no rushing around campus, and time to do it around the time that you devote to getting through your heavy course load. Taking an online course lets you put it on the back-burner in its intensity so you can power through your other classes.

4. If You Prefer Smaller Class Settings …

All college students have been in a class that is set in a giant lecture hall with 300 other students. You never get to know anyone in the class and you also never get to know the professor. The TA’s are stressed and they never remember your name. You can feel lost in a sea of nameless students and that is not the best learning environment for every student. For some, it works.

But if you aren’t one of those kinds of students, then taking an online course might be a better fit for you. It is you, working alone, either watching a lecture on video, reading textbook chapters, or doing other various assignments. If you have questions, you can quickly and easily email a professor or TA and get your work done as needed.

Because there is no professor present while you are learning, the material and assignments are generally very clear-cut which should present no issues for you to do on your own.


5. If You Learn Better On Your Own …

Often enough, there are some students who feel the opposite about small classes. Being in a crowded classroom where you have to depend on yourself to understand the material and get the work done works better for you and being in a smaller, more intimate class setting does not. You need to do what is best for you and your grades.

An online course might work better for you as you can learn in the privacy of your own home, at a Starbucks, or even your bed. If being away from other students is the better choice, then you need to take it. There are a wide variety of online courses offered by most major universities so the options can be endless!

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Danielle Wirsansky graduated from FSU with a BA in Theatre and a BA in Creative Writing with a minor in History. She is a first year graduate student in FSU's History department. She studied abroad in London, England for the Spring 2015 semester at FSU's study center for the Playwriting Program and interned for the English National Theatre of Israel in Summer of 2015. Her first musical, City of Light, opened as part of FSU's New Horizons Festival in Spring of 2016. She has also won the MRCE and URCAA Research grants from FSU. In the past, she served as the Marketing Director for the FSU Student Theatre Association, the intern for the Holocaust Education Resource Council, and the research assistant of Prof. Nathan Stoltzfus. She has previously written for Context Florida (Contributing Writer), USA Today College (Contributing Writer), Sheroes of History (Contributing Blogger), No(le)Reservations (Contributing Blogger), Female, Reloaded (Arts/Entertainment Editor) , I Want a Buzz Magazine (intern), Mandarin Newsline (youth arts update columnist), Distink Designs (Guest blogger), whatscheaper.com (associate editor), escapewizard.com (associate editor), Spark TLH (Contributor), the Tallahassee Democrat (contributor), Elan Literary Magazine (Head of Marketing), and the Improviser Newspaper (Opinions Editor).

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