University or college students are seeing online education or tutoring as a standard today’s. Students have stories about their community college online class experience, and there are several students that are taking benefits of complete online degree programs and courses.
Before taking a dive into the online tutoring experience, here are some points to consider about online tutoring that you might’ve not known.
- Online tutoring is considered superior to campus tutoring according to the USDE: The US Department of Education did a 1996 to 2008 study on online education versus campus education and deduced that online education was fine overall for the student. Of course, better still to online education is hybrid education, where sessions have online and campus elements.
- Online degree programs and courses are as reputable as campus education: Online degree courses go through the similar accreditation process that campus-based courses have to go through, whether the campus-based courses are at a state school and private. If you find an online degree course that’s been approved by one of the Six Regional Accreditation Agencies, it is a shoe-in.
- Online degree programs do not necessarily come from “online only” schools: There are schools that provide both fully-campus and fully-online versions of the same degree option, such as Hawai’i Pacific University.
- Online education may be latest, but it can come from an older school: There are schools that have been around for over a century—such as Saint Leo University—that has fully-integrated online courses. In Saint Leo University’s case, they have the Center for Online education, backed with over a century of educational success.
- Online degree courses come in both at-your-own-pace styles and semester-based: Several online degree courses let the student complete each session at their own pace, while other online degree courses have strict, semester-based sessions with timely exams and assignments, just like the campus-based version of the course. It is vital to research what kind of course the prospective student is looking into before enrollment.
- An online degree course is regarded differently by each employer: A few employers are still shifty-eyed about educational courses online, while others have gone beyond the skeptical phase and embraced it simply as a different technique of tutoring. To err on the safe side, it is best not to brandish flags about how your degree came from online, but to also be open and honest about it when asked.
- Online education is not always the more affordable choices: Online tutoring is often depicted as the more-affordable, simple way to education, but this is not always the case; this is especially true with how most online courses are offered by private organizations. Let’s face it: university is not cheap. If someone tries to sell you for an online tutoring because of its affordability, be skeptical. This should be about the quality of education, not about the dent you will have in your pocket!
- Online tutoring is not always the easier option: Online education is designed for students that are constantly in a various place, such as traveling artists (singers, actors, etc.), military members, and professional with business trips abound: The online degree course may also be attractive, however, to the student that just likes to stay at house. Just because you can study from the comfort of your laptop does not mean it is any “easier” though—on the contrary, various students find they perform poorly in online degree courses because they lack the dedication! When signing up for an online degree course, ensure you are responsible with due dates and taking the classroom seriously.
- Online degree courses are just pieces of paper purchased off the Internet: There is such a thing as a “Degree Mill,” which is a fraudulent university that sells print-out degrees. There are two types of Degree Mills—the ones that offer this service to a knowing student; and the ones that con students out of convince and money them that the degree is legit when it is not. The best method to avoid this is through accreditation.
- Online tutoring did not start with a computer: Early distance learning classes were instead done with VHS and televisions. Imagine the improvements that have happened to distance learning since then!
So, how do you look at online education or online tutoring? Is it an educational choice for you? Keep in mind degree courses each have their own personality that cannot be deduced by teaching technique alone—research the course you are interested to see if it is right for you!