There are many reasons that make online classes ideal. If you are considering taking more online classes or are doing things more from home/ online in general because of a pandemic, these are some great reasons why online classes are actually easier, possibly more attuned to you, your schedule, and life, as well as more efficient and effective toward you and your goals. Here are some of the many reasons why you may find online classes are ideal for you.
The first point of online classes being ideal is if you have a less predictable schedule. If you have an aspect in your life that’s less predictable and set, you want other aspects to be more flexible as well out of necessity. This can pertain to any job you might be working on top of going to school and you’re trying to find a nice balance. You work some mornings maybe, afternoons or mostly evenings, but there’s enough of a mix to make a set school schedule of certain classes on certain set days at set times a little less desirable.
When you are balancing work and school, you have the two options, of molding your work schedule around your school schedule, or vice versa. This can really depend on your career goals and financial situation. A more online class schedule, or even just one or two online classes can provide more flexibility toward both of these options. If you are wanting more availability for hours and thus more income, you may desire higher school flexibility on time and days online classes molded around work.
If your schooling and career goals are more intense and heavy, you may be more inclined to have a school-focused schedule with work molded around your classes. There can often be less flexibility in class choices and times in general depending on your field(s) of study, what year of study you are, or degree you are working towards. Online classes allow a demanding schedule to still be done at the times and relative days you desire, giving you more flexibility than set locations and times for class and classwork.
There are deadlines you must meet, but you have all the knowledge and materials available to you at all times as it’s all online. You can work on class assignments before and/or after your work schedule at the times and in the amounts you desire. This is different from knowledge given out and gained at more controlled times by a physical teacher. You are able to work more at your own pace in general, and be more efficient and focused as such. All is at your own desired pacing.
When you are working at the times and days you desire relative to deadlines, you are more capable of focus and successful learning. You can learn more at your own styles and in the ways you learn best. You can work through the material as quickly or slowly as you would like. The total individuality of the learning space can be very conducive. You are only controlled by yourself, not contending with other individuals’ learning styles and paces.
Your individualized learning with online classes also pertains to the environment in many positive ways. You can wear what you want and look how you want without social pressures to act or appear in any certain way you might feel pressured toward. This freedom can also increase productivity and focus. It can increase creativity and outside thinking away from social pressures and group thinking as you’re working alone and in every way by choice and comfort.
As you are online, you can work and learn from anywhere you choose. You can also be away from other people you may find risking your overall health, ability to focus, or just frankly generally irritating to your own work and personality. Being able to control the environment and timing also takes away a lot of the fluff or unnecessary activities found in physical classes. There are no days watching full movies at a cold desk, listening to the same lecture points more than once, or spending any time different than how you choose and work best.
When you are wholly flexible on where you work, you can also literally work from anywhere with consideration to wifi needs. You can be outside, (near wifi when needed), at the library, in a breakroom between shifts, at locations with family and friends, or even at more picturesque, vacation destinations altogether. This can really do wonders for personal comfort and happiness.
When you have to be at physical places at certain times, you are also more set to a commute lifestyle getting to that location and back regularly. This increases time spent in a bus or car unnecessarily, rather than at chosen locations at more convenient times to your work and home life. When you don’t have to commute in this way, you actually have more time to work and be recreational as you choose. This improves productivity as well as the value of your work as more time is able to be put in. There is more time availability in general to use as you see fit.
You’re more focused with online classes. You can focus better because there are less or a complete lack of any unwanted outside distractions which can deter your focus, mental state, and productivity. You are doing the class or classes alone, without rudimentary desks in a controlled environment that you are not controlling.
Furthermore, as the negative aspects of social learning have been removed, things such as social anxiety, socially-produced and heightened depression, and affected behaviors are no longer concerns. You have and feel the freedom to be wholly yourself, do what makes you happiest toward your learning and yourself in general, and are more focused as a result. You are just learning and focused on the learning.