In recent years, an increasing number of students have recognized the usefulness of online study options and have chosen to earn their degrees online.
One of the most important benefits of e-learning is the flexibility available.
- No longer do you have to move near a physical college or university.
- No longer are you limited in the degree topics available.
- No longer must you study at a standard pace that may be too fast or too slow for you.
With the exciting advent of online education, getting a degree does not require squeezing yourself into a rigid mold devised by some board of directors. Instead, you can create your own mold!
With online distance learning, your location requirements are few. As long as you can connect to the internet, get the required materials, and perhaps drive to a local college for an occasional on-site class, you can live where ever you want!
This saves both time and money because (1) you do not have to expend time and money moving to a college, and (2) you do not have to pay living expenses in an expensive college town.
Online students also have more flexibility when choosing the topic of their degrees. A normal student changing his degree must either choose from those offered by his current college or pay to transfer to a different school. Either his options are limited or his pocketbook is damaged neither a pleasant choice.
Online students, on the other hand, are not nearly as limited in their options, and the cost of transferring is not as high. Many online degree programs have thousands of degrees available, and, if a internet learner does transfer schools, he online has to pay transfer costs not moving expenses.
Rather than being forced to use your schools learning methods and learn at a regulated pace, online students are free to learn as quickly as they want. You do not have to waste your time waiting for the rest of the class to catch up to you, but, instead, you can zip ahead at your own pace.
On the other hand, if you have a learning disability, distance education will leave you free to study at your pace. Rather than feeling stressed about being behind the class, you can set the pace that helps you study best.
Many Credit Possibilities
Earning credit through alternative methods is easier online than in conventional settings. Most colleges and universities will accept certain CLEP tests and perhaps some of the other types of unusual credit techniques, but they will often limit the amounts of credits you can earn outside of the traditional classroom.
Online schools, however, generally encourage students to use a variety of methods. In fact, I have even heard of some schools hiring certain staff members with the designated job of helping students earn credit through portfolio assessment.
When studying online, you can choose from a much larger variety of credit options enabling you to determine which one fits your personality and requirements best.
In conclusion, if you feel limited or restricted by the many requirements of traditional, brick-and-mortar schools, you might want to look into getting your degree through distance learning.
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