Are Online College Courses The Way to Go?

Christopher Ly

Aaron Martinez

Christopher Ly

Christopher Ly, Staff Writer

If you’re the type of student who doesn’t mind being an individual learner and loves to study by yourself and you usually don’t tend to have issues with reading and understanding what is given to you, then the online classes may suit you. ”

Have you ever wondered if online college courses are something that would work to your advantage or should you just ignore them because you’re afraid that it might be too challenging? That’s usually the case with some students who attend schools that teach both online and in-class studies.

I think that the online courses can be either easy to take or difficult to take depending on the individual. For example, if the student had basic computer skills or not, that student would either have an advantage or might wind up having a bad time taking the course that they applied for.

In my experience, if I didn’t have my basic to advance knowledge about the use of the computer and the Internet, I would have had many issues coming right up my alley like how to install or when to install certain applications to maneuver through the system that the school utilizes in order to participate in the class.

The student would or should have fast typing skills with little to no error when working with online courses because some of the work that the professors assign require a great deal of typing.

And if you’re a slow typist, you might as well stop right there and take a typing class. That will definitely help students that decide to take online courses because the professor will not wait for the student to finish the assigned work.

This is my advice from experience when I took an online math class and courses that involved writing. Another thing is that the finals or exams that the professors will assign are timed with various time limits depending on the instructor. If you’re too slow to submit an essay, your instructor will most likely not excuse you because it was your choice to take the online course. In many instances, you’re expected to do a lot of things that the professor assigns you with little to no issues.

Sometimes the instructor will even notify the student that the class might be fast paced. But don’t be scared, because online courses that mention being fast paced are relative to the individual. Fast paced online classes can scare off people who aren’t willing to learn too quickly especially if they don’t know how to work a computer efficiently enough to use it on their own without issues.

The classes aren’t hard as long as you know what you’re doing and keep up with the work. My advice, if you do decide to take an online course is to ask yourself if you are okay with taking the course online instead of in class?

The reason why I would ask this important question is because some people like to be physically present with the class where they can get some immediate help on problems when they do arise in class. This is understandable because some people are visual learners or need more help from the professors at school.

If you’re the type of student who doesn’t mind being an individual learner and loves to study by yourself and you usually don’t tend to have issues with reading and understanding what is given to you, then the online classes may suit you.

But if you’re very weak in the area of math for example, I’d recommend taking the course in person, in a classroom setting instead of online because the online course limits the amount of help you’ll receive from the professor.

I am not very great at math and had issues with  learning the subject when I took it online, and as a result ended up dropping the course due to my ability not to understand the problems and finding it difficult to communicate with the professor to help me with the problem that I had.

If you are a responsible, self-disciplined student that is computer literate then you should do just fine in an online course.

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