Online education is a great option. The perks of completing a degree are too good to be ignored. From the reduced overall cost to being able to complete it from anywhere without leaving your job or relocating, there is no denying the advantages of online education over traditional educational methods. However, despite its many perks, online education is not for everyone. If you are considering online education, you need to fully understand what is involved so you can make an informed decision.
Some factors to consider when thinking about starting an online course are:
Superb Time Management Skills
With online education, you make your own schedule. You usually don’t have to attend lectures at a specific time. You decide when to attend that lecture, and when to do the required assignments and projects. At first, that sounds great. In fact, this is considered an advantage for many people. However, to some people, this might be a severe disadvantage. Having to completely manage all your lecture times and assignments can simply be too overwhelming. If you don’t have exceptional time management skills, you will find yourself lagging with lectures and assignments and due dates will pile up. Time management is the name of the game.
High Level of Self-Discipline
When taking an online course, the professor isn’t watching. Nobody will tell you to skip that night out and do the assignment, or attend the lecture instead. There is nothing keeping you from completely wasting your time and having the courses slip out of your hands. Wasting time partying isn’t the only problem. If you are working full-time or have extensive family commitments, that same exact issue will arise. There is always a tomorrow. Managing to draw the line and not cross it is based solely on your self-discipline and motivational drive. If those are low, make no mistake, you will fail.
You Can Work Independently
Completing an online course means you are working away from professors’ supervision. It is true; you can send an email to inquire about many things. But other than that, you are completely on your own. You must be able to take things into your own hands without relying on the support that the classroom structure provides. Working independently also means working without direct access to your classmates. In the same way that you can contact your professors, you can form online study groups or a chat room dedicated to discussing course-related issues. However, comparing that to the direct, human interaction with your fellow students is simply not reasonable. You will not have access to those good old study groups via an online course. Not having direct interaction with your colleagues can also affect your motivation level. Having the skill to work independently and overcoming all of this is essential for completing an online course.