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Are You Cut Out for ELearning? Find Out Now

Published: October 8, 2018

There are a lot of great reasons to Learn online. But what may be a benefit to one person can be a challenge for another. Some people like sitting at a desk and listening to lectures in a classroom. Others hate it! Which are you?

Are you cut out for eLearning? Here’s a brief quiz to help you decide:


1. Do you work full-time or have a busy schedule?

Online classes give you the opportunity to learn when and where you want. You will still have deadlines and may have to participate in discussions online, but you’ll generally get to create a school schedule that’s convenient for you. Are you a night owl? You can study while other people sleep. Do you work full-time? Study on breaks or while you’re on the bus riding to work.


2. Do you work well alone?

Your teacher and classmates will be available when you have questions or need help. But for the most part, you will work on your own. Sure, there could be group projects where you meet your coursemates virtually, but if you’re looking for the constant buzz of a classroom, eLearning might not be ideal for you. On the other hand, if you’ve discovered that communicating through technology is just fine, you could learn a lot—and from the convenience of your own home.


3. Do you communicate well in writing?

In online classes, when you participate in discussions, or ask or answer questions, most of the time you’ll need to write out your thoughts instead of talking with instructors and classmates face-to-face. It will be important that you can clearly explain what you mean—in writing. And just as important is that you can easily grasp what other people write in discussions boards. To get the most out of the class, you and your classmates need to understand each other.


4. Are you self-disciplined enough to make time for school?

If you are good with time management, that will be a big positive for eLearning. In online classes, the instructor will give you deadlines, but it will be up to you to study enough and get the work done on time. If you’re sure you’re ready to make school a priority and can do it without going to an actual classroom to learn, you may be ready to get on an eLearning track.


5. Do you live far from the school or would it be difficult to get there?

With eLearning, the issue of location is gone. You don’t have to worry about how you will get to class, what it will cost to commute, or how long it will take you to get there. Since you can learn from anywhere, you can decide when the best time will be for you to learn, where your online study space will be and what it will look like.


6. Do you have Internet and computer access?

Since eLearning is completed online, it’s important that you have consistent access to a good Internet connection, a dependable computer and any other necessary technology the class requires. This may mean that you can access the Internet and equipment at your own home or at someone else’s you spend a lot of time. You can also use your local library if it offers the hours and equipment you need. Most have computers with Internet access that you can use for free.


7. Are you good with technology?

Online education software and portals are made to be user friendly. But it will be helpful if you are already comfortable with computers and software before you start your class. This way, you can focus on your work, rather than be distracted by what you know and don’t know about the system. If you want to learn more, your local library or community center may offer lessons on computer basics. Regardless of how strong you feel when it comes to tech knowledge, your school should provide resources like IT professionals, so you can get help if something stumps you.

How did you answer the 7 questions above? If you answered 4 or more with “yes” eLearning might be a great match for you!


If you’re still on the fence or have questions about what eLearning is really like, contact Charter College today and find out about the support we provide to online students. Charter College offers online programs in healthcare, trades, information technology and business.