The Online College Time Machine
Posted Tuesday, Nov 22, 2011 by
Online education is truly a technological marvel. It allows students anywhere in the world to study at colleges and universities often thousands of miles away. Using the Internet, online students can get instant access to books and articles that could take days to track down in hard copy — if they could find them at all. Online students can even develop friendships with fellow learners who may, in fact, be living in different time zones or even on other continents.
But perhaps most amazing of all, online education is a time machine. No, an online college doesn’t let you travel in time (unless, perhaps, in your imagination), but it can definitely add more useful hours to your day. And who can’t use more time?
Here are three ways online colleges and universities help put more hours in your personal time bank:
1. They Eliminate Commuting. If you go to a local or community college, you have to spend time commuting from home and/or work, usually by either car or bus. And when you arrive, you still have to deal with parking, which at often-overcrowded community college campuses can be an adventure in itself. Assuming a one-way trip is 15 to 30 minutes, that’s an investment of 30 to 60 minutes per day, three to five hours a week, or about 14 to 24 hours a month. When you go to school online, that’s up to a whole new day for you to enjoy every month.
2. No Down Time Between Classes. If you’re taking two or more classes at a ground campus, chances are there’s a whole lot of down time between the time one ends and the next begins. Some of this time is necessary just to get from one location to another. If the interval is long, you may spend it getting coffee, chatting with friends, checking email or playing Angry Birds. In other words, most of it is time wasted. When you go to school online, you set your own schedule. If you want to take classes back-to-back, you can. If you want to spread them out, you can do that, too, and invest the time in doing other, equally productive things like doing paid work, paying the bills or playing with your kids!
3. No Waiting to See Your Instructors. Want to talk to a teacher face-to-face? At a ground campus, you normally have to make an appointment and still wait around until the instructor is available. Or you can try to go during open office hours and compete with a dozen other students also vying for the teacher’s attention. In an online environment, communication is usually done by email, online chat or video conferencing. Even if you have to make an appointment (for a Skype session), you won’t be wasting time sitting around an office while you wait for your session to begin. Your time is still yours to do with it what you will.
Earn Your Degree from Everest University Online
If you’re looking to earn an associate, bachelor’s or master’s degree from an accredited online university and do so while working part-time, full-time or taking care of your family, look into Everest University Online, a division of Everest University. Working from home on your own schedule, you can earn a degree in:
- Computer Information Science
- Criminal Justice
- Criminal Investigations
- Homeland Security
For more information on programs, schedules, accreditation and costs, contact Everest University Online today! Financial aid is available for those who qualify.
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