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One of the top advantages of online learning is the ability to attend from pretty much any geographic location with a reliable internet connection. This is perfect for international students who don’t have to deal with all the complexities of relocating as well as local students who don’t have to physically travel to the school site. This is especially advantageous for mature students with families and several other commitments.
The key factor in maximizing the online learning experience is keeping to a schedule. Once the student can create and follow a schedule, they have a great chance of finding a good balance between school life and other responsibilities either a job, and or family requirements. The tension that would otherwise have arisen from having to choose between work and school is alleviated and they can focus accordingly.
There are various outlets available for participation in class using the virtual forum. For people who may not feel comfortable speaking up in lecture halls, they can leave comments or questions. The rigidity of classrooms are also loosened since students can watch classes at the time and pace that suites their learning style.
For the people who have trouble managing their time, online school forces that due to the need for self governance and self motivation. It is pivotal in optimizing the experience, which means once the term begins the individual is forced to learn this or run the risk of falling behind very quickly. This is an invaluable skill not just for school and work but as a life skill for achieving many other things going forward.
For the individuals already working a job that’s either in line with their long-term goals or are simply working for financial stability the flexible schedule, fluid location, and user-focused dynamics allow the student to keep their job while building up their academic portfolio.
With getting a traditional education there are many other financial expenses outside of just tuition such as accommodation which must be a decent distance from the institution, relocation which is sometimes International, and a host of other things that come with international travel. All of these are circumvented with online schooling which provides huge savings for anyone trying to improve their situation. Education Canada found that the average cost of accommodation, food and general living expenses average about CAD$12,000 per year.
A significant amount of time is saved by not having to travel to and from physical classes which may be located a distance from work and/or home. Having the option to remove the physical travel gives for a more streamlined experience which gives more time for either other life tasks, the schoolwork itself or the job that pays for everything. If a person spends a minimum of an hour a day commuting to and from school for three days a week, that’s twelve hours a month spent just traveling!
There are countless reasons why someone considering getting an online education should go ahead with that leap. It requires the individual making a calculated decision with the understanding that it comes with more autonomy and therefore more responsibility to get the best results.
This post was written by Abdulhakeem Yusuf. Abdulhakeem is the content writer at SOC Online Academy. He has over 6 years of professional writing experience.
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