Emilie Dufault – Students’ Secret Weapon

Online leaning is an idea that is thriving and redefining the way we learn today. In our pockets, bags, car, home, school, work, the internet is everywhere, and so is online learning. According to a study in 2011 done by the Sloan Consortium and the Babson Survey Research Group, more than six million students are learning online. This is changing the way students learn for the better, here’s why.

First, before online learning, most students had to plan their day to revolve around scheduled classes, making it possibly difficult to maintain a job or to perform other daily activities. Plus, some classes start early in the day and students may not be fully awake and be able to perform at the best of their abilities. Now students are able to use online learning to their advantage by being able to plan out their day and decide themselves when they want to learn; ultimately allowing them to choose their best time to learn. Apps can be installed on phones which allow students to learn on the go and pretty much anywhere.

Second, the students are able to learn at their own pace, reducing the chances of falling behind. This ultimately reduces effects such as depression that can manifests with falling behind in class. Also, if students need to finish a course in a certain amount of time, instead of waiting for their classmates, they could finish it faster.

Learning at their own pace is a great advantage that online learning has over traditional learning because every student has their own needs and
abilities.

“44 percent of American college students report having symptoms of depression,” -“Depression and College Students." Healthline.

Third, students can learn to be more independent because they will have to manage their own time to complete the tasks required in the online course. This is a critical skill to posses in life because they can use it every day, such as at work, home, and anywhere they are. If they can manage their time, then they will have an easier time at adulthood.

Also, one point worth mentioning, online learning would benefit people who suffer from anxiety because they can study in the comfort of their own home without having to worry about anyone else. Some students who suffer from anxiety will choose to not attend a public school because of their problem. Not attending school as a child or teenager creates a problem in adulthood, as they will lack skills needed to be successful. Online learning can be private which eliminates interactions with other humans to benefit the individual with anxiety.

As a result, online learning mostly benefit students because they will acquire online skills that are very useful in this day and age. Most employers are looking for people with computer skills and experience which can be earned by taking any online courses. Also, students don’t even need to be registered for an online course; YouTube contains many education videos that people can view. The internet is a vast space containing almost any information which is easily accessible and is right at our fingertips.

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