First-year students should avoid online classes

by Spencer Kain, North Texas Daily

These courses require the student to take on more responsibility than if they were to be in a traditional classroom setting. Contrary to how high school teachers nag their students about being independent, it is actually helpful to have a professor audibly remind you of assignments and tests that are due instead of completely relying on an online program. While some may call this irresponsible or neglectful, I call it resourceful and collaborative since an instructor provides college students with an extra aid to alleviate their already heavy workload. While many students are ready to be independent as first-years, others may need more of an adjusting period, one that online courses do not provide in the student’s new environment. In short, online classes are a nuisance. I highly encourage freshmen to avoid taking them their first year of college. While most freshmen think they are ready for that level of independence, they will quickly find themselves overwhelmed.

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