These days, when it comes to education, most people want to do as much as they can to maintain any convenience that goes along with their normal lifestyle. Back in the day, before the internet craze, you really didn’t have a choice but to use traditional classes as a way of obtaining your education. You don’t have to worry about that now, depending on the type of classes that you want. Some people, however, have difficulty in choosing which type of education is right for them and therefore need to go over facts and differences between traditional classes and online classes.
Traditional Classes – Pros and Cons:
When it comes to traditional classes, the thing that makes it beneficial is getting hands-on training, especially when you’re taking classes for a particular field that requires physical training. Going to traditional classes is always good when you need help or personal attention from your teacher, which is something you can’t get online. Here, it’s easier to communicate with others, and be able to socialize and make new friends in the process. You may even get wind of opportunities for an internship or an entry level job in the career of your choice. With online, it’s difficult to do any of these things and you will have to work harder at finding any opportunities that goes along with your career interests.
Traditional classes have their downside too. With traditional classes, there isn’t much room for flexibility when you have such a busy schedule. You have to attend them the only time when they’re available and if you’re very busy, you may have difficulty in figuring out how to shift everything you have to do. Another downside to traditional classes is experience built up anxiety for some people. With college classes, most people get anxiety about being around a huge crowd, and feel more comfortable in working alone. When you attend a traditional class, you don’t get the choice of working alone. This is especially disconcerting if you’re in a class where the teacher has to call on you. I, personally, have always hated being called on, especially when I got to college. Having a teacher that was by no means my favorite didn’t help much either.
When you’re attending traditional classes it’s also difficult to begin doing research for a particular project or assignment because some schools have limited resources that you need in order to complete your project. And with the heavy schedule that comes along with these classes, makes it even more difficult to begin doing the research right away because you have other classes to attend, not to mention everything else you have to do during the day.
Online Classes – Pros and Cons:
There are lots of benefits that go along with taking online classes. Flexibility is the first thing that comes to mind. With online classes it’s easier to set your schedule around your classes, instead of having to shift everything in order to physically attend a class. Online classes will even allow you to obtain your degree faster, depending on the type of degree you want. Even without the benefits in hands-on training, there are sites that can assist you if you need help on something. There are lots of online support that can be obtained these days that were not available a long time ago.
For anyone who feels better with working alone, this is another great benefit. Online classes gives you the chance to do group assignments if necessary, however, some people simply feel better in working alone, and therefore will choose online classes for that reason only. You also don’t have to be bothered with the burden of getting up super early in the morning for classes that are only held at certain times of the morning. Choosing when you can simply log in and attend that classes is always a plus for those who are not morning people.
When it comes time to do a project or research paper the benefits of being online to begin doing research right away makes it easy for students to get a head start. These days, the internet is full of millions of websites that can aide you in anything you need to do research on, with videos as an added bonus. Years ago there weren’t many websites available when the internet was still in its infancy. You don’t have to worry about that nowadays.
The downside to online classes is not being able to get that personal attention that you need for an assignment. Sometimes talking with your teacher or a tutor face to face is easier than trying to look online for something that you need explaining to you. Another con is even though the internet is loaded with classes for you to attend to obtain your degree, there are still certain classes that may not be available online and therefore you’ll need to attend a traditional class in this case. This is especially true if you’re looking to become a nurse or doctor, a mechanic, a hair stylist, a contractor, or even an architect. As unfortunate as it may seem, you just can’t do everything online. You’ll actually have to be present.
If you’re someone who likes to socialize and meet new people while in school, attending classes online won’t allow you to do that. Not a con that is particularly all that disconcerting considering the fact that there are a number of other ways to meet new people and socialize.
When it comes to doing what’s right for you and your education, consider taking a close look at what each type of class has to offer. Both have pros and both have cons. Neither one is better than the other so to each his own. I’ve been on both sides, and personally, I prefer online to traditional. Choose what’s right for you, and good luck with your education.