Distracted in the Dorms? Consider an Online Degree Program
Paula sits down to begin studying in her dorm room. Noise from the hallway makes it difficult for her to focus on her term paper. Paula slumps in defeat, thinking she will be up half the night trying to complete her paper. Across town, Tim sits down at his computer, logs into his online school site and spends a productive evening studying and learning in the peace and quiet of his own home.
What Are the Study Benefits of Online Schools?
As illustrated above, using online learning through one of the various online degree programs to get your degree can help avoid some of the common distractions faced by serious students. Dormitory life can be exciting and demanding, particularly for freshmen students. Distractions such as pressure to participate in dorm events or socialize can adversely affect your grades. By pursuing an online degree, these temptations can be tempered.
What Am I Missing in Pursuing an Online Degree?
There is no need for you to miss anything by using distance learning to attain your online degree. Most colleges provide numerous services to their online learning students. For example, instant messaging programs allow for the formulation of study groups online. Imagine the time you could save by not having to bus across town to make your next study group meeting. In addition, consider the possible luxury of having more access to your instructor and the convenience of submitting assignments and papers via email.
Online schools have taken distance learning to a very high level of quality and efficiency. These are important factors to consider when choosing between an online school and an on-campus program to earn your degree.
- Winston, Gordon C. and David J. Zimmerman. "Peer Effects in Higher Education." Williams Project on the Economics of Higher Education. ERIC.