From experience with taking classes on campus and doing online classes now. I thought I would share some pros and cons with everyone that I’ve noticed.
Class on Campus
- Get an immediate answer from professor
When you need an important question answered by your professor it’s always nice to get the answer right away. If you go through the process of trying to email your professor it gets irritating because most professors always seem to take forever to check their email.
- Constant reminder of deadlines
I love constant reminders by the teachers because it helps you stay on track with deadlines. Even though I know I’m responsible for keeping up with everything myself. It’s always nice to have another person bring it to your attention.
- Meet new people in person
Being on campus lets you network with everyone around campus. It’s a place to meet new friends. You get plenty of help from others in or outside your class if you’re having trouble on an assignment. I think it’s exciting to meet new people.
- Get extra help faster
Since all of your resources is on campus there is no problem to get someone to help you out with any problems that need fixing. This can be a blessing because you don’t have to worry about going home still being confused about what you did wrong or don’t understand.
There are some professors that are strict about attendance well mostly because you need a certain amount of credit hours in class. I know attendance is very important, but there are days when you don’t want to attend class at all. Plus, it a fast way to get dropped out of a class.
- Get work done on your own time
Most of us have busy schedules outside of school or just feel too lazy sometimes to do school work. I think it’s best to do everything on your own time because it’s convenient for you.
- No one around to distract you
This is mostly easy to relate to if you don’t have kids to tend to at home or have a certain time that no one is at home. Even though at home there are plenty more distractions but you can easily tune them out. There always seemed to be certain people in a class that don’t take education as serious as you that causes the most problems from you focusing in class. I mean you can always politely tell them to calm down a bit but sometimes that can cause a big unnecessary conflict.
- Not having to worry about transportation to school
This pro is mostly for people who maybe have a hard time getting back and forth to school. At least online you can do all of your assignments at home and not have to worry about going up to the school unless you need to get your textbooks, take tests/exams, or have to take care of important business about your information.
- Harder to contact teacher
There was an urgent question I needed a quick answer for from my professor and she took FOREVER to respond back. I was so upset because it concerned my assignment that needed to get graded. Taking online classes they only give you contact with your professor through email and a phone number they give you. This is only helpful if they answer your email right away or pick up the phone. It’s really no guaranteed you’ll hear back from your professor.
- Don’t get to meet new people
It sucks taking classes online because you don’t get a chance to connect with new people at your school. There will be nobody to talk to about school events or classes. To me, it has its boring moments. Also, it blocks you from networking with people on campus.
This may not be much information but I gather all these points from my experiences as a college student. I’m only a freshman in college so there will are more things that I will learn throughout my college journey.
© 2017 Reflection of Desi
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