No Online Classes For Me, Please
I know a lot of students take online classes and they do very well. Some people even earn their entire degree online.
But that’s never going to be me.
If you’re trying to decide if online classes are a good fit for you before actually taking the plunge, my experience might help you. On the other hand, maybe you have a very different learning style. Either way, I hope this will help you make an informed decision.
Out of Sight, Out of Mind
Some people feel as though online classes give them the freedom to do their homework whenever they want.
It’s true, you can choose the time to do your work, but since you don’t have class every day, the due date can sneak up on you.
With me, if I have too much time to do an assignment, I am likely to forget about it or end up not having time to get it done. Sometimes, I will remember that I have an online assignment, and then I go to work and forget all about it again.
It would make sense for me to set a reminder to do my work, but it might just be a reading assignment or something that doesn’t require a lot of time. In that case, if I don’t get reminded about it more than once, then I just forget or don’t even try to do it.
Some online assignments remind me of high school, when the teacher gives you an assignment over the reading that you didn’t do the night before and leaves the classroom. That’s when I go to work!
It may also be because I’m a more kinesthetic learner so getting up and going to class is better for me than just sitting in bed with my laptop doing my homework. We all learn in different ways — this is just my style.
I feel like I have to be in class so I can absorb information and get that immediate response to my question versus having an online class and the response to your question comes back whenever your professor emails you.
A professor might quickly respond to your email, but for me there’s usually some lag time.
There can also be a problem with too many emails. You receive emails every time your professor puts up an assignment, but I get a lot of emails about everything, from university events to things that have nothing to do with the university. It’s easy for me to just swipe away an email and forget that I just got an online assignment.
Teaching vs. Reading
In my experience with online classes, there is less time listening to lectures and a lot more time reading. I don’t mind reading, but I’d rather be taught the material.
In a classroom setting, you have to be prepared and know what the discussion of that class is going to be about. With an online class, your teacher will mostly tell you to read the book and then do the assignment or take a quiz at the end of the week.
Being in class, you can ask all the questions that you want until you get what you need to do for your assignment or for your quiz.
It is also easier to go to tutoring sessions when you’re in a class. With online classes, you can go to tutoring as well, but it’s not the same when you don’t read what your work is about. Even if you are not paying attention in class, the words you see and the repetition of the words that you hear can still be stored in your brain.
You might love online classes, but I do not. It’s something that I have tried numerous times in my academic career and I’ve never like it. So for me and my learning style, I plan to stay very far away from online classes from now on.