Online or On-Campus Study: Which is better?

This section looks at the benefits and differences between online and on-campus studying.

There are a number of courses, diplomas, and degrees to choose from nowadays and there are also many options with doing so. Whether you’re working a 9-5 full time job or a recent high school graduate, there’s no reason why you should feel stressed with studying and undertaking a course. The only crucial decision you have to think about is your choice of studying and learning: online or on-campus. There are many benefits with both styles of learning, which are outlined below, and will help you to decide what works best for you.

Online: Flexibility and Fewer Restrictions

The great things about choosing to study online are the amount of flexibility you have, as well as being less restricted. As long as you have fast and reliable access to the internet, you have the ability to study at your own pace and in your preferred environment, e.g. at home, local library or local café. Studying online also means you don’t have to worry about travelling to an institution or campus for your tutorials, lectures, et cetera. You will save plenty of money on public transport, travel expenses, and probably those early morning coffees to keep you moving.

If you think that studying online means you still have to cut back your hours in your current job and sacrifice your income, think again. The other great benefit with studying online is learning and completing a course in your own time and schedule while maintaining a steady income. The idea is to continue working full-time and get ahead with gaining a new qualification for future career prospects.

On-campus: The Balance between Study and Social

Studying on-campus is an excellent place and environment to fully focus on your studies while still having the time for social activities and catching up for lunch with your classmates. This option is best suited for people who thrive on learning and interacting in a face-to-face environment. If you find yourself regularly procrastinating with completing course work and assessments at home or online, then studying on-campus will help you to keep disciplined, motivated, and on top of your assessment deadlines.

The other great benefit with studying on-campus is the ability to get involved with extra-circular activities and social events. This allows you to meet and interact with new people and become a part of the campus community. Most education institutions offer a wide range of extra-circular activities and programs such as sporting and social groups, leadership programs, and voluntary events.

It’s Your Choice

While online studying and accessibility has significantly increased over the last few years, due to people’s hectic schedules and life situations, studying on-campus still has its benefits with face-to-face learning and social experiences. Online and on-campus studying both has equal amounts of benefits. It all comes down to your learning preference and what works best for you and your current lifestyle.
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