Q: Should I Study Online or in a Classroom, or Both?
When it comes to studying, you’ve got options. But while options are nice, how do you know which one’s right for you? Should you learn entirely online, entirely face-to-face, or a mix of both (known as blended learning)?
There is no one ‘best’ way to learn. Online, classroom and blended learning all have their advantages and disadvantages — and there’s no significant difference in performance. On the one hand, you could be more likely to complete your course when studying face-to-face. But on the other hand, online learners often perform better in exams and get better grades.
So which one is right for you? That depends on your preferences and your situation.
Online learning is a good fit for you if:
- You find it hard to learn in a classroom
- You prefer to take in learning material at your own pace
- You need a flexible schedule (to fit around work or caring responsibilities)
- You live in a regional or remote area
- You don’t want to spend lots of time and money on transportation
- You’re organised and self-motivated
Classroom learning is a good fit for you if:
- You find it hard to study alone
- You need a routine and external accountability to stay on track
- You’re not overly comfortable with technology
- Connecting with other learners is important to you
- You live close to an educational institution and enjoy getting out of the house
Blended learning is a good fit for you if:
- You enjoy studying alone sometimes (but not always)
- You are self-motivated but need some structure to keep you on track
- You need to learn through hands-on, practical demonstrations
- You live close to an educational institution but want to minimise transport costs