We’re here today to give you real FAQs about online courses. There tends to be a lot of discrepancy about what taking an online course really entails, so we’ll straighten out the confusing stuff to tell you exactly what you need to know.
Of course, there are always pros and cons that one has to weigh out before diving into anything, including an online course. Since we’re talking specifically about TEFL online courses in this article, let me direct you to another article which will help supplement this one. A few weeks back I wrote about the pros and cons of taking an online TEFL certification course and an in-person one. Reading this will give you a little insight into the two options
This article won’t directly give you the pros and cons but will highlight all the FAQs you need to know about an online course and what it will be like.
People choose online courses for a multitude of different reasons. Online courses are great for times in your life when your schedule is busy. Families, jobs, social life..combine them all and you’ve got a jam-packed life!
With an online course, you are able to choose when and where you do the work. You can do portions of your course during your lunch break at work and then finish the homework when you’re home after dinner. You could listen to the video modules while waiting for your kids at soccer practice. You literally get to choose the way your course goes.
For some people, this can be really overwhelming. Certain people need a set structure (time and place) or else they don’t do as well. However, if you think you can manage your time wisely and properly, an online class will be easily done.
Online courses tend to be much less expensive than doing a live course. This is a huge selling point as to why people opt for online classes. If you’re trying to save a few dollars, you can usually find an online course that will help you do that.
One must-have in order to take an online course is a strong internet connection. Without this, you won’t be able to do any of the coursework!
Most online courses are a lot faster than a live course. You can start and finish them whenever you like. So, if you want to get something finished and out of the way, this is a great way to do so. In my case, I am usually able to zip through things pretty quickly, so an online course allows me to do that. Many times in in-person classes, I find myself losing attention because we have stayed on the same topic for such a long time. In this case, it actually detrimental to my learning!
Some other FAQs about Online Courses
A lot of online courses are video-based so make sure you have headphones if your working in a public space! It’s the worst when you get settled down at a table in a coffee shop and start your work and then realize you didn’t bring headphones! This is something that happens to me sometimes, so I figured it would be a good reminder here!
With an online course, you’re able to go back and go over things that you didn’t fully grasp the first time around. I find this really nice because you don’t really have this option when you take a class in a classroom with a teacher. When taking a class under the instruction of a live teacher, you are somewhat forced to go at the teacher’s pace, which for me, has always been problematic. So, online learning works well for me!
Another thing about an online course is that you are able to stop and go as you please. You can do a module or 2 and then stop and come back, or you can spend 4-5 hours before stopping. It is totally up to you. Please note that most courses do have an expiration date, however, you tend to get an ample amount of time before it expires.