Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Is Online College For You?

Online colleges can provide a great option for busy adults with careers, families and a tight schedule. With a growing number of colleges online and a lot of traditional schools opening up to the idea of online classes, it has never been easier to return to school. But is online college really for you?

As a busy father of three and working 50+ plus hours a week, I can assure you that online school is a viable option. This is the second time that I have enrolled for online classes, and to be quite honest I am actually enjoying it this time around. The first time that I tried online college I hated it. I did not like the lack of interaction with teachers and classmates, I did not like the amount of homework that was given, and I did not like the fact that I had to read 3 times as much, because you have to compensate for the lack of hearing a teacher lecture. Needless to say I failed miserably the first time I tried online college.

Then after looking for numerous on campus colleges and not finding one that was able to accommodate my schedule, I decided to give online college one more shot. This time around I did a better research and found a college that appealed more to me. I will not mention school names to not promote or criticize a school that might work for you. But I am loving the new school that I am attending. The classes are very dynamic, the school does a excellent job using different media such as pod casts, videos, and web interaction with student and teachers.

This article is to take down some myths about online schools.
- Online school is boring. (It does not have to be, you will get as much as you put in. Make sure you interact with your teachers and classmates.)
- Online school is easier. (Definitely not!! The amount of work is equal if not greater than on campus)
- Online degree is not as good as an on campus degree. ( That one I am not sure because I haven't complete my degree yet. But I think that this is unfound theory)

Online college is great for the busy adult who does not have time to attend on campus college. It will provide you with the necessary tools to succeed, but you will need a good dose of self motivation to keep up with classes and your busy schedule. There are no teachers hounding you to complete your work and you will have to relay solely on yourself.
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