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The Differences Between Online and Traditional Classroom Educations

You may be debating whether you should attend classes on campus or online. Before you make a decision, read the following pros and cons of Web-based and traditional classroom experiences.

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Traditional Education

The traditional schooling experience requires you to attend classes in person and on campus. It makes sense to attend classes in person if you decide to live in the dorms or are an incoming freshmen who wants the real college experience. There are certainly more opportunities to join clubs, associations, or fraternities/sororities while taking classes on campus.

Also, you may need additional assistance from guidance counselors and professors, which is more readily available on campus. Traditional classes may be a better choice for students who aren't very savvy with technology or who enjoy interacting with teachers and professors face-to-face.

In addition, there are majors that require more hands-on training during class, such as:

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  • Nursing

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Online education is also known as distance learning and consists of taking classes via the internet. More and more students are taking online classes because of the flexibility and convenience it provides. You can attend class sessions from the comfort of your home and complete assignments whenever it's convenient for you.

Online classes are great for individuals who have family responsibilities or lack a flexible work schedule. In addition, online classes are more cost efficient because they doesn't require any commuting, allowing you to save on gas and the wear and tear of your vehicle. Online courses are also great for individuals in the military or who travel frequently. The distance learning format allows students to pursue education wherever they are, rather than tying them down to a specific location.

There are, however, some cons to online education. These include limited direct contact with colleagues and professors, and fewer opportunities to join campus clubs and extracurricular activities. You also have to have a reliable computer and internet connection.

For those looking to get more of the social classroom experience, a traditional education might be the better fit. For those looking for a more flexible option, online education is something to check out. Another option is to use online resources to supplement and enhance your traditional education. Study.com has a diverse selection of courses, including a wide variety of college-credit courses. These courses can help you prepare for exams, learn professional development skills, and even accelerate your degree progress with college credit, while still allowing you the freedom to participate in extracurricular activities or chat in-person with professors and classmates.

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