Why Study Online?

By Zoe Taylor

There are a lot of benefits when it comes to studying online. Below are 8 reasons why you should consider it.


1. Location, location, location!
One of the biggest benefits of studying online is the fact that you get to choose where and when you study. Want to study in your lounge room covered by a warm rug on your couch? You can. Fancy learning at a cafe eating a tasty danish and drinking coffee? Go for it! Need to get some done on the train on your way to work? Easy. Prefer to spend a day on the beach studying a course of your choice? Why not? You can literally study anywhere you like at any time of the day.

2. Flexibility
There are a lot of people out there that, for whatever reason, don’t have time to go to University or TAFE. Maybe they’re a single parent, maybe they work two jobs. Online learning makes it possible for you to follow your dream, not matter how busy you are, no matter how old you are or what stage you are at in your life. Did you dream of becoming a web developer some time ago? Maybe an entrepreneur? Something else? Well now’s the time to make that dream come true! Go on, take the leap.

3. You’re not alone
I know what you’re thinking. What’s the point of studying online if I’m going at it alone? Well, that’s the thing. You’re not. You get a mentor that will see you through your diploma and you have the opportunity to interact with other people who are completing the course. So you can study online, but not alone.

4. Save money
When you study online, you don’t have to worry about travel expenses, accommodation, the cost of buying lunch or that irresistible morning coffee. You don’t even have to leave the house. Everything you need is right there in front of you, all you have to do is log on.

5. More time
When you study online, you have a lot more time to absorb the information you’re receiving. Too often students are inundated with a lot (some times too much) information in a classroom, and if they don’t absorb all of it before the class finishes, they often don’t get more time to take the information in later. Studying online allows you to spend as much time as you need on the topic to absorb it and learn it properly.

6. You make the lesson plan
It may be thought that studying at home can create more distractions. This isn’t necessarily true. Think about it – when you’re in a classroom, some of the time you may not want to be there. If the lesson doesn’t interest you or cover anything you believe is relevant, you’ll most likely pick up your phone and go on Facebook ten minutes into the class. That’s because the lecturer has chosen what will be covered in that class, and how it’s going to be covered, and you may not like it but you don’t have a choice. When you study online, you get to choose what you study, when you study it and how you study it. You get to choose what reference articles, videos or images you look at to help you learn the content, you’re not stuck watching a boring video that someone else thought would be interesting.

7. No more heavy and expensive text books…
This one’s obvious but important. Remember those heavy text books that were a ‘compulsory buy’? The ones your teacher told you to bring to every class, that you didn’t necessarily even need most of the time? They’re history! You don’t have to carry a pile of heavy text books anywhere anymore! All you need to remember is your portable device and guess what? You’re all set. Oh, and that saves you a fair bit of money too (see point 4).

8. …or strenuous note taking for that matter!
The days of having to write or type notes at a ridiculous speed to keep up with the slide show in front of you are over. You don’t even have to take notes if you don’t want to, because all the information you need is right there on your portable device 24/7.

So there you have it. Some pretty convincing reasons to study online – the question is, are you ready to take the leap?

(Source 1, source 2, source 3)

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