Here is the situation. You are married and have children but you are trying to complete your education. What should you do? Should you attend classes on campus or should you study classes online? That may seem like a simple contemplation but it is not.
Those who study today have many opportunities that those who studied in my day in the 60’s and 70’s did not have. The computer and internet have given people the opportunity to pursue information at colleges at home. I have done both. I have spent a lot of time at the computer and I have spent a lot of time on campus. So let’s look at the positives and the negatives of the two styles in getting an education.
When you work at home you have the advantage of not having to go to class. It saves time and money because you do not have to drive to school. You do not have to worry about behavior in the classroom. You are free to just study. The negatives are that you are at home. Not all people have good places to study. Sometimes computers are in a central location in the home. In fact I am a writer and still I really do not have a place that is secluded. Families have to share resources, so it may be you have to share the computer. If you have children in school they will need to do homework unless you are able to buy each one a computer. The final problem is you may be interrupted by the phone or you may be interrupted by your spouse needing you to help with something.
Let’s look at going to school on campus by beginning with the negative since we mentioned some while discussing online study. It will take time to get to school. Further if you are an older student you run the risk of younger students not taking it as seriously as you might. In education that has become more and more of a problem. Student’s do not listen or pay attention in class because they are frequently on their cell phones. This affects the instructor and it is not easy to stay focused when there is commotion around you because two or three student’s may be “texting” their friends. I have friends who have attended classes recently and they have found the act of texting a problem as far as concentrating.
Class does have advantages. You can get into a discussion with the instructor. You can meet with the instructor while on campus. You can get a personal feel about what you think they think is important that you do not get on the internet. In the class it is not always negative and there can be interaction that is valuable. It is my experience you get a better feel for how tests are administered when you are in the classroom.
Based on government benefits for soldiers pursing a program it seems they feel a mix is a good idea. The reason is they pay only if you do spend part of your time on campus.
Today getting a degree is not an option. Many companies will not interview you unless you have a college degree. There are certainly good jobs you can get without a degree as far as knowledge but once again sometimes you cannot get in the door. We seem to be living in an age where you are expected to constantly learn.
I have found at age 61 that I enjoy learning. Not only do I enjoy learning academic things but I enjoy learning about people I care about. It is a never-ending but fun process.
There is no right or wrong answer because you will do what suits you. Hopefully I’ve given you some considerations to help you in your decision making process.