So you’re thinking about taking an online class because it will give you more freedom, and you assume it will be a walk in the park.
At least that is why I took my first online class. Boy was I mistaken.
Here are ten disadvantages to taking online classes.
Online classes require more of your time because there are no lectures.
Online courses make it extremely easy to procrastinate because you do not have set class dates, and you never have to own up to missing an assignment in person.
Online classes require excellent time management skills because you have to make sure you are meeting numerous deadlines the same time each week. Once you start procrastinating meeting deadlines can be extremely hard to meet.
Online instructors are most likely more demanding because you do not have to be in class every week. They like to make up for this by assigning more work.
Online classes are extremely isolating because the only way you interact with your classmates is through the computer. You never actually meet them or the professor.
You must be able to teach yourself in online classes because many online classes do not even host video lectures. It’s all about reading.
Online classes require more reading because there are no class discussions.