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5 Advantages of Taking Online Courses

Taking online classes can help you advance your education and your career in a time and place that makes the most sense to you and your busy life. Do you think online classes are right for you? Whether you’re considering an advanced degree or starting out on the path to certification, here are five advantages of taking online courses.

1. Online Classes Offer Flexible Schedules

Most online classes give you the opportunity to learn on your own time. Are you a morning person? Or a night owl? When your courses are online, you get to work when it’s right for you. Listen to that lecture at 2 PM or 2 AM. It’s up to you! You’ll still need to do all the work and meet all your deadlines, but in an online course, you can choose how class time fits into your time.

2. Learn at Your Own Pace with Online Courses

Have you ever sat through a class that you found boring because you already knew the material? Online courses allow you to take in the information being taught at a pace that’s right for you. Dedicate more time to the areas you find challenging, less time on those you already understand. You'll quickly learn how to manage all your online coursework.

3. Many Students Learn Better Online than In a Classroom

Just because you’re not sitting in a classroom, staring at a whiteboard doesn’t mean you can’t learn just as much. In fact, a study conducted by MIT found that students actually learned better online than in the traditional lecture-based class in an introductory mechanics course. Online students often learn better because they are more comfortable and can follow course material at their own pace.

4. Online Students Are More Comfortable with Class Participation

You can interact with students and instructors where you feel most comfortable. If you sometimes have difficulty speaking up in class, choosing an online course is the way to go! You can meet with your fellow classmates and your teachers from the privacy of your own home. Develop virtual relationships and your own self-confidence as you become an active participant through course posts and forums without ever having to go to an actual classroom.

5. Online Learning Helps the Environment

Not having to commute to an actual classroom doesn’t just save you money, it also saves the environment. Many online courses also use digital classroom materials so there are less books to buy. And because you’re handing everything in in a digital format, you’re not using any paper.

 

At Charter College, we’ll help you find success in our real and virtual classrooms. We offer online courses and blended learning, which allows you come to campus several days and complete your studies online. Our campus locations are in Alaska, Washington, California, Montana, and New Mexico.

We offer career-focused programs in business, healthcare, information technology, paralegal studies, veterinary assistance, and the trades. If you’re ready to change your life, start here.