Have you tried learning online?
It’s very efficient and more and more people start studying online every day. Personally, I prefer learning online 9 out of 10 things I want to learn and it works like a charm so far.
If you have any doubts, let me tell you the benefits of online courses. What do you really earn from learning online?
22. Expanding Your Career Horizons
Starting with the worst-case scenario, you never know when you’ll have to find a new job. If you work for someone else, something may happen any day and you’ll get laid off. A major mistake or the job you do may be redundant or obsolete.
If there’s something we’ve learned in the last few years, it’s that anything can happen. So, getting ready to start something new is always in your best interest.
Plus, learning something you’ve never tried before may help you realise that you’d love to change your career path. You may find out something you’d love to do from now on, but since you’d never tried it before, you didn’t know it gives you so much pleasure.
And even if you stay in the same job, learning about new stuff can give you a boost of confidence and – why not? – a promotion easier.
21. Meeting New People
Networking is probably the #1 way to success. It’s not about what you know, it’s about whom you know. It shouldn’t be like that, but this is the world we live in. These are the rules of the game, so we may as well make them work in our favour.
Most online classes have a place where you can talk with other students, ask questions, make observations or talk about the lessons. After a while, you get closer to other students and there are a lot of ways this can become useful to you.
Travelling aboard will become easier if you have some tips from people that live in that country. You’ll learn news about your field of study from all around the globe. And you’ll get better at interacting with others.
For example, I started online courses about affiliate marketing and every week, there is live training. I get to talk to people from all around the world. Last week, I was talking to people in Iceland and in the Philippines. How cool was that?
20. Shy Students Are More Likely To Participate
A lot of people don’t feel comfortable asking or answering questions in a class. They fear that they’ll get mocked because they’ll say something wrong and they’re afraid of even trying to participate in the class.
So, if you’re one of them, online classes are perfect for you. Because, usually, the fear comes with having to look someone in the eye. If you don’t have someone staring back to you, there’s no problem.
19. Less Pressure
Being in class may make you feel stressed a little bit. Fellow students and instructors can increase the pressure you feel to be good. To be better than good, actually.
Online lessons are usually easier to deal with. You watch them online and there are no fellow students you may see as “competition”. And even if there are, you don’t know them personally. It’s less possible to feel like you’re not good enough.
18. Building Self-Discipline
Watching online lessons is not as easy as it sounds. A lot of people believe: “Yeah, you just sit in front of your laptop and you watch”. And it’s true, you do that. Which is very helpful if you don’t want to go out, but not very helpful when you need to focus.
So many distractions, so little time…
You need to set aside some time every day for this and when someone’s not observing you to see how you’re doing is easy to neglect your lessons. To make this work, you need to learn to control your whims and when you say that you need to focus, you need to learn to do that.
17. Easier Attendance
Have you ever really wanted to do something from home? To not have to go out to do it?
- Maybe, you had a cold. A really, really bad cold. But you still had to work.
- Maybe, you live somewhere where the weather isn’t always so nice, and that day, the weather was so bad. But you still had to go to classes.
Well, I’ve had these happened to me before and even though I didn’t like it, I went. While online courses are so easy to watch as opening your laptop. And you can stay with a cup of hot chocolate in your warm room instead of having to go out.
16. Avoiding Commuting
If it’s a lot of distance between your house and your school, and you have to travel for a while – especially, if you travel by bus- you’ll probably miserable while doing so. Traffic jams, annoying co-passengers and being packed like sardines can have a very negative effect on your mental health. Having your own car makes things better, but only a little. You still have to spend a lot of time stuck in a traffic jam, after all.
Choosing to watch online lessons not only saves you the money you spend on gas or the bus, but it also saves you the time you’d spend on going.
If you love travelling – and let’s be honest, who doesn’t? – nobody can stop you now. You can start travelling while still taking lessons. You don’t need to be at home for this.
If you have your laptop with you and a mediocre internet connection, you can still learn while travelling the world, meeting new people, new cultures and live where you want.
14. Not Travelling
And if you don’t want to go somewhere, you don’t have to. The school location is always a major factor to decide if you’ll attend or not. Maybe, it’s too far to go, maybe too expensive, maybe you don’t want to leave your family, friends, boyfriend, girlfriend, your hometown, etc.
In any case, that gets solved, because you can learn what you want, where you want. You don’t have to go there, you can have your school come to you. 🙂
13. For All Ages
Older people may feel bad about going back to school. And it’s understandable. Even I feel weird sometimes if I learn with younger people and I’m not even 30.
For these people, online classes are a great alternative, because even if they have fellow students and they’re younger than them, it doesn’t matter for some reason.
12. Online Resources
By taking online classes, it’s easier to have access to online resources.
- A lot of instructors have made online courses and they give you free access to them.
- A lot of platforms give free access to students.
- It’s more usual for fellow students to send you an article or a free course they found online because it’s only a click away to share it with the rest of the class.
11. Regular Updates
Online courses are getting regularly updated, and if they’re live classes, instructors give you the latest information about the field of study you chose.
Traditional education isn’t so fast. Actually, it’s very, very slow. Unless you have an awesome professor who has the liberty to teach you whatever they want and has the want to do so, then it’s unlikely to learn the latest developments. And in fields like technology, that’s very, very bad.
In online classes, there are usually little projects, tests, etc. to see how good you are and to practise what you’ve learned.
A platform I like, Udemy, gives the instructors the choice to create small quizzes at the end of each section, so we, as students, can see where we are. A lot of instructors give assignments so we can see some progress and a place to share them with other students and to get feedback.
No wonder so many people prefer learning online!
9. Pursue a Hobby or an Interest
Even if you don’t attend these online classes because you want to advance your career, you can still do it to pursue a hobby or an interest you’ve always had and you never tried it.
It’s more cost-effective and you still get to learn about something you love in your free time without having it affecting your work.
8. It Doesn’t Affect Your Work
You can arrange the lessons this way so that they don’t affect your whole day, so if you want to work while you’re studying is easy.
Having them at weekends or on weekdays after work will make sure that you don’t have to take days or hours off; something that your boss probably won’t like.
7. You Don’t Have to Buy Anything
No textbooks, no school supplies, not any extra costs.
You may end up getting some stuff you believe it’ll help you, but it’s not necessary. Contrary to a lot of schools that they’ll demand you buy a lot of stuff before you even begin the classes, you’ll almost never get asked to get extra supplies during online lessons.
This doesn’t mean that they won’t recommend extra resources or programs to you. But you won’t be obligated to buy them. You’ll get them only if YOU want and only if YOU want to make your work easier.
6. Being Focused is Easier at Home
Or wherever else you choose. And I’m saying that because I actually prefer studying away from home. When I’m at home, I usually find excuses to go back to bed or to watch random videos on Youtube.
On the other hand, if you set an office at your home, you can get a few props to help you study better. A whiteboard, for example, to help you with the notes.
5. Watch Them When You Can
Most online lessons are not live, meaning that you can watch them at your own time. And since you can choose when to watch the lessons, you can arrange them so they don’t affect your plans for the day.
Of course, sometimes, there are emergencies and that’s when you can see the full benefits of online classes – the replays! You don’t have to ask notes from another student or ask the professor to explain to you what they taught at the previous lesson. You can just watch it again.
You can watch the lessons as many times you want until you understand them fully. You can watch them again and again. And again.
And that’s great for beginners that need to listen to the lessons more than once to understand them, but also for more advanced students that have some experience on the subject but they want to understand every little detail of it.
3. At Your Own Pace
There are a lot of classes that they allow you to watch the lessons at your own pace. So if you want to watch 80 hours of lessons in a week and then nothing for the next week, you can do it. This happens usually with more independent courses and not classes that you have weekly assignments.
2. Low Cost
Online courses almost always cost less. Because the instructors can afford it. They address more students and often over a long period of time with the same lessons. So even if each student pays them less, they still make more money because of the number of students they have.
That’s especially useful for people who can’t or don’t want to spend a lot of money on courses.
1. You Can Learn From The Best Of The Best
And my #1 benefit is that you can learn from the leaders of the industry you’ll choose. You don’t have to limit yourself by learning from people who just read about what they’ll teach you. You can learn from the people who invented them or they work on them.
A lot of experts make their own courses and you can be their next student.
Online courses have a lot of benefits. It’s up to you if you choose to use them for your advantage.
Let me know what you think about online courses and, if you have any questions, I’d be happy to answer! Any suggestions are always welcome, so tell me about topics you’d like me to write.
See you next time!