distance learning/correspondence classes?

  1. I'm considering taking a couple of distance learning classes for 2 pre-reqs, one is a video class and another is reading w/assignment submissions. Anyone else tried these, I thought it would cut down on my time away from home-but don't know if I'd be more distracted at home!?
    Leslie
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  3. by   AppyHorseFan
    Lausana,
    I have taken several "telecourses" and Internet classes. Some I would highly recommend, while others I would not. You have to be VERY self-motivated and NOT a procrastinator!! There are many other factors you would need to consider as well. If you think you will be easily distracted at home, I would suggest doing what you can to avoid the distractions. However, if those distractions happen to be your children, that just isn't possible...UNLESS, you study when they are napping or after they go to bed at night. Since my children no longer take scheduled naps, I have to do the latter. I try to set aside an hour or so during the day to get some studying done and tell my kiddos, that this is study time and unless the house is on fire or one of them is dieing, they are NOT to disturb me...LOL. Sometimes this works, sometimes it doesn't. Another factor is what particular classes you are taking and how well you have done in this particular type of class before. You have to weigh the pros and cons and see if you think they will work for you. Good luck to you in your classes.
    Shonda
  4. by   shyviolet78
    I have also taken several distance learning (online) classes in the past. Some were great, others, not so great. I had an especially hard time with math because I needed someone there to explain it to me step-by-step. I just didn't get it, and although I finished the class with a C, I don't feel like I learned anything in that class. On the other hand, I took two english classes online and made A's, and it wasn't any more difficult than going to lecture in my opinion. My advice is, if you are good at the subject or if it is not an "important" subject, go for it. Otherwise, stick with lecture. I personally will not take my bio classes online, because I'm afraid that I won't get as much out of it and it will cause me to do poorly in subsequent bio classes.

    One more thing - I've never taken video classes, but some of my friends have, and they believe that the assignments/tests in most video classes are substantially more difficult than lecture or online. They found the tests, in a multitude of subjects, to be mostly essay and fill-in-the-blank, with no answer choices given.

    I had a hard time with distractions at home, and I don't even have kids. I was home-schooled during high school, so I thought I'd be able to discipline myself to keep up the work. More often than not, though, I found myself rushing to get an assignment started/completed the night before it was due. Good luck in making your decision!!

    Valerie

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