Why Computer Learning Makes Your Education More Risk-Free

Barry Lenson

Why Computer Learning Makes Your Education More Risk-Free

If you’ve been reading the StraighterLine Blog, you already know that you can save a lot of money and time by studying online. You can even whittle the cost of a year of college year down to just a few thousand dollars. Plus, complete your coursework at a pace that’s just right for you. And if you haven’t stopped to think about it, here’s another benefit. You can take your classes, anytime, anywhere, and in any way that works best for you.

But you might not have considered another benefit too. Online study actually cuts the cost of failure in your college work, because you can retake courses, or repeat units or lessons, until you get them right. And as you know, failure costs a lot of money because of the astronomical cost of college.

Let’s take a closer look . . .

  • With online study, you can strengthen any weak areas of knowledge as you go along. You are going to look pretty bad if a professor calls on you and asks, “What’s the difference between an acidic solution and a base one?” But if that same question comes up during an online chemistry course, you can pause the course while you look up the information. As a result, you get knowledge, not blame.
  • With online study, you get to front-load your learning. If you are required to take a core curricular course in English composition during your first year of college, for example, you can hone your skills by taking an online writing course ahead of time, before you arrive at school. And as a result you get to start your learning process from a position of strength.
  • With online study, you can take all the time you need to prepare for tests and exams. In other words, you can claim extra time to study before your tests. And you know what that means – you have a better chance to get better grades.
  • With online study, you minimize the cost of failure. I mentioned this benefit earlier on, but let’s examine it again. If you take a class in a regular college and don’t pass or get a good grade, that course is going to appear on your transcript forever. And don’t forget, you paid a lot of money to put that “black mark” on your record. But if you study online and a course doesn’t go well, you simply don’t report the results the colleges where you are applying, or to employers in the future. You get to test the course before it counts for real.

Those are only a few of the reasons why studying online offers you a risk-minimized way to get your college work started, or completed. So before you write a big check for a classroom course, you should think about giving online learning a chance.

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