7 Advantages of Online Courses

By: Sunny Lei 5 min read

The silver lining of lockdown is that more universities are devoting their resources in developing a better experience in online degrees.

Online degrees/courses are not only the safer choice right now, but prior to the pandemic, there were already approximately 6.3 million students in the US enrolled in at least one online course. Therefore, there is definitely a demand for online learning due to the flexibility it offers.

Although the experience you gain from on-campus learning is enticing, here are 7 reasons why you should take advantage of online learning especially now.

1. Time Flexibility

Being able to log-on whenever it’s convenient for you is the best advantage an online course offers. The amount of time spent commuting can be saved for more quality time with your loved ones. Those who have a full-time job, benefit from the flexibility of distance learning without hindering their career opportunities.

2. Study at your own pace

The difficulty of studying is different for everyone and online courses allow students to work and study at their own pace through recorded lectures. You can replay as many times as you want to ensure that you understand the material before moving on.

Studying at your own pace allows students to get the most out of a course.

During a live-lecture, students don’t have time to Google definitions or perform additional research on a topic. With the privilege to hit the stop button anytime, students are bound to succeed in online classes.

3. Cost Saving

Depending on the country or city you’re in, living expenses can be greater than your tuition. It was certainly true for me when I was studying overseas in London, United Kingdom.

Rent and daily expenses (especially if you’re studying abroad) will sum up greater than my tuition.

How can you spend the money in a better way? You guessed it, invest it or save up for your retirement. Instead of racking up more student debt, take advantage of online classes and save yourself some money!

4. Sharpen Time Management

Nowadays, 85% of students go through the traditional university path. Employers are often intrigued by those who take a different path and they acknowledge online degrees isn’t any easier.

For some individuals, they may have to take care of their family while working and studying. It is incredibly difficult and employers give credit to those who are more disciplined and can use their time wisely.

I have a lot of respect for those who work a full-time job and study simultaneously.

During my penultimate year in university, I was working in a logistics company part-time. Maintaining a balance between study, work, friends, and family was definitely an obstacle for me.

Let me know how you manage your time if you’re working and studying at the same time. I would love to learn some hacks from you guys!

5. Practice self-motivation

Self-motivation and discipline are invaluable attributes to develop and strengthen. It is like a muscle, if you don’t practice and train it, it won’t be very strong.

This quote by Les Brown, a motivational speaker, is always on my mind:

“If you do what’s easy, your life will be hard. However, if you do what’s hard, your life will be easy.”

Les Brown

This deeply resonates with me. I constantly go back to this quote whenever I feel like procrastinating the ongoing challenges that I face.  

6. Improve Communication Skills

In an online course, you should expect frequent discussions with your professor and classmates. When you are actively contributing in class, it forces you to write respectful, thoughtful, and concise responses to your peers.

By sharpening your communication skills, you are also developing your leadership skills.

7. Learn to use Technical Software

With more enterprises using virtual teams and online communication software, such as G-Suite, Microsoft Teams, or Zoom. (Not-sponsored). So why not take advantage of familiarizing these software and get a head start in learning how to use them now?

Other than communication systems, you should know how to troubleshoot common IT issues and use project management tools.

Are online courses right for you?

If you are deciding whether if an online course is right for you, make sure to look at the benefits. Ultimately, online course offers the flexibility to balance between work, family, and education.

Setting yourself up for an online course is not hard these days. There aren’t really any entry requirements to them and it is done with a few clicks.

If you are doing research on which educational platform to use, I recommend Udemy as they offer free if not cheap online courses that bring a lot of value. I personally have taken a few Python coding courses. DM me on (@leinvests) for course recommendations!

Disclaimer: Not Sponsored Post.

EdX - Online courses platform - Al-Fanar Media

EDX is another great platform that offers Masters or professional certification at reasonable prices. (Not sponsored). I have taken a Business Administration and Finance course offered from Imperial College and it was definitely challenging and fun.

If you’re currently taking an online course, let me know what’s the experience like and does it align with the benefits I have just discussed? What’s the reason why you chose to take an online course?

Let me know down in the comments section, I would love to know.

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