Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Study on Your Own Time with Online Courses

Beth called me yesterday and asked me to go to Old World Wisconsin with her and the kids again.  The little boy she watches is starting school on Thursday, and she wanted to do something special with the kids before that.  Once he starts going to school every day, they won't really have time to go and do anything.  She'll be taking him to school, taking care of the other two, picking him up from school, naps, snacks, lunch, etc. - no time to get out of the house and do something.

She mentioned that things have been going really well, and all three kids usually nap at the same time, giving her some time to herself every day.  So maybe once Ben starts school, she can get back to seriously considering signing up for some Online Courses. She can take her computer to work, and work on her classes and assignments when the kids are asleep - take advantage of that time.  Now that she's out on her own, she might even be able to get some financial help when she fills everything out at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/. It's certainly worth a try.  She has always put off school because she hates to spend so much money with no guarantees that she'll even find a job or be able to work once she's done. Getting some help paying for her education and being able to work on it while she's working at her present job would be perfect.  At least that's what her father and I think, but Beth will have to decide that for herself.

I wonder if I should look into online degree programs in web designs? Or maybe something else.  There are so many to choose from, not only degrees offered but colleges and universities offering them.  I'm not like Beth who has known for a long time that she'd like to do interior design.  I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up.  I just know that if I'm going to study something, I'd much rather take online courses than have to attend classes somewhere.  It's cheaper, I could study on my own time, and I wouldn't be limited to classes offered by local colleges.  And I wouldn't have to fit in with all those kids my son's age!


  1. I love online courses. That's how I got my website development certificate.

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  3. Nancy's comment re-posted without the link:

    Self-paced learning is one of the biggest advantages of online education. Not only that, like your friend, one can study from anywhere and at any time they like. The flexibility they provide do make online courses a very attractive option for a lot of people. But at the same time, you should not forget that online education has its own demands.

    For example, you will probably need to stretch your daily schedule to squeeze in study time. This holds especially true for working professionals. Also, you will require more focus and discipline to complete your lessons on time. Online classes involve a lot of self-study, so you should be prepared to spend time understanding your coursework.

    If you’re up for all these challenges, then by all means online courses are a super way to get the education you want!


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