Online learning is not a new concept in the field of education, but its maximum utilization came into force during and after 2020 when the world was hit by the pandemic. The new normal now is a transmuted concept of schooling with online learning at the core. Digital learning has emerged as a vital resource for students and schools all over the world
For students, going to class these days means signing in from a computer or laptop. Over time, the need for online learning has risen significantly, and it will only rise in the future.
Considering all aspects, like any other teaching technique, online learning also has its very own set of pros and cons. One year into the New Normal Era and Educational Institutions willing to cater to their students’ needs have decoded these positives and negatives to ensure an uninterrupted learning journey. In this article, we will be discussing the Pros and Cons of online learning for school students.
PROS OF ONLINE LEARNING
1. Convenience of learning at the preferred time
Most of the time, school students struggle to find the perfect balance between their school classes and coaching classes. While attending both is a must for students, many fail to strike a perfect rhythm between both for their competitive exams preparation. Many times, students miss one or another class due to a clash of timings. This is when the Online classes come to the rescue. Online learning offers unparalleled flexibility for school students. Students can take classes when it’s convenient for them.
2. Flexibility to Learn at Your Speed
Some students feel shy to ask their doubts in a physical classroom surrounded by many other students. They feel far better in an online learning environment, where they can learn at their own pace while having the privilege of pausing videos or returning to concepts they have already covered.
3. This option is financially convenient
For any competitive exam, students can find many free online courses. Even the other courses which are not free, prove to be cost-efficient to the students. Additional costs of traveling and other expenses while commuting to the physical classrooms are eliminated.
4. Zero Geographic Hindrances
The best part of choosing online learning is the facility to opt for any course at any location around the globe. This way, learning is not limited by location. Students can learn any program in India or Abroad without the need of boarding a plane or requiring a Visa.
5. Students learn new Tech Skills
Online learning makes students familiar with the ‘New Era’ digital tools while making them fully prepared for their preferred competitive exam.
CONS OF ONLINE LEARNING
1. Students may experience a Sense of Isolation
Some students need a lot of support in learning which requires a teacher to be physically present. In the case of Online learning, such students might not be able to grasp the concepts in a better way and may feel a sense of isolation.
2. Absolutely No scope of being Disorganized
Attending Online classes requires students to be organized and accountable for their learning. Students who require proper physical supervision or those who are not self-motivated can easily get off track.
3. Research is time-taking and mandatory
With thousands of online coaching options available for NEET/JEE or any other competitive exam, students might get confused.
Online or Offline, both have their own set of pros and cons. It’s only you, who can decide what is best for yourself. It is better to identify your very own unique style of learning (professional goals or your preferred learning style) and opt for the medium of learning based on that.