While the corona pandemic put the entire world through a lot of difficulties, it showed many people a different way to live everyday life. Not only that, but it also made a certain way of life a norm incredibly quickly.
While online learning was still a thing before 2020, it’s at a whole new level these days. However, many students still prefer to have the college experience and go to class as people have done for centuries.
But, what is the right option for you? Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of both online and face-to-face learning.
Face-to-face learning has been around for centuries, and it’s not going anywhere anytime soon. Other than making colleges a lot of money, in-person learning has the following benefits for the students:
- When you’re in a class, you’re surrounded by peers and have the chance to benefit from an interactive learning environment. You can make friends, who can help you keep studying as well as engage socially while you dive into life after high school.
- Face-to-face learning gives you structure, which can be helpful if you have poor time management skills.
- In-person learning can allow you to have a better connection with the teachers or professors.
- You can compete with your classmates and get motivated.
On the other hand, face-to-face learning has cons as well.
- You may have to relocate to another place to attend college.
- You have to pay for dorms, relocation, travel, commuting, and other costs on top of the tuition.
- You have to find evening or night jobs to make extra money.
Internet learning is the future of the education industry. Online learning has been on the rise, and will continue to do for the following reasons:
- You have the ability to learn online from anywhere you want. Since most colleges offer a completely online experience, you don’t ever have to step foot on their campuses. You can travel, live at home, or take on a job while studying full-time.
- You don’t have a strict schedule with online classes. Even if your course has live classes, you can most likely get the recordings to watch later instead of being at the live lecture.
- Since online courses cost less for institutions, they offer a much wider range of courses even if they have fewer students. For instance, there is an online bible college these days.
However, online learning does have its cons too. It doesn’t offer a classroom environment nor a chance to connect with classmates and have the college experience. Moreover, it can be challenging to keep up if you’re not a stickler for time management or don’t have anything else to do besides study. Getting out and socializing can be good for your mental health.
While online learning is on the rise and an incredibly convenient way to study, it’s not for everyone. Some students, especially those who are only focusing on their studies, are better off attending face-to-face classes.
Therefore, the choice comes down to who you’re, your preferences, your commitments, and your financial situation.