Correspondence Courses: Taking Online/Distance Courses

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Correspondence courses are university classes that are taken by students online through a distance studies program in their school. Correspondence courses differ from regular classes in that they do not feature live lectures with professors or seminars. Instead, correspondence courses offer all of their teaching through online lessons.

Growing Popularity of Correspondence Courses

With the seemingly universal adoption of the internet during the past couple of decades, correspondence courses have grown increasingly popular as an alternative to traditional classes. While correspondence courses may not fully replicate the experience of sitting in a lecture hall, their popularity as an alternative can largely be attributed to the convenience that they provide for students in various situations.

Advantages of Correspondence Courses

Taking Courses in the Summer

Perhaps one of the wisest ways to take advantage of correspondence courses is by using them to compliment the regular school year during your summer breaks. By doing so you can reduce your course load during the regular year by a class each semester and make your school work more manageable. Taking a half or even full year course during the summer is relatively easy to manage when compared to being a full time student. Therefore it is also a great option if you are trying to improve your marks, as it will allow you to concentrate on just one subject and excel.

Using Correspondence Courses to Accommodate Your Schedule

At times correspondence courses may become necessary due to certain course requirements that you have to adhere to during the year or semester. If there is a certain elective you would like to take that is offered at the same time as one of your mandatory course, or if you are completing an unconventional double major with subjects that are constantly clashing with, then correspondence courses may offer a solution to some of your scheduling worries.

Convenience for Part Time Students

If you are someone who for whatever reason has decided that is best to pursue your university education part time, while meeting other needs such as working or taking care of your family, then  correspondence courses might provide the greatest alternative to having to commute to school or relocate near a far away campus.

Drawbacks of Correspondence Courses

Ultimately the major drawbacks of correspondence courses are that they fail to provide students with the experience of being able to interact with a professor and their fellow students. University lectures and seminars provide a depth and level of insight into many topics that can not be replicated through a textbook. Moreover being in a classroom alongside peers and having the ability to challenge one another’s viewpoints enriches the learning experience and strengthens one’s argumentative skills. Since correspondence courses can not truly replace a real education, it is better that students take them sparingly if provided the opportunity of a full university experience.

Advantages of Living Alone in University

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One of the most important considerations for your university career is solidifying your accommodations. There are a variety of different options available, but our two part article looks at the option of living alone in university and the viability, advantages, and disadvantages of this approach.

Living Alone in University as a Legitimate Option

In comparison to your other alternatives, such as living with roommates or staying in residence, living alone in university is a legitimate choice, if not the most popular. Considering the option of living alone is a matter of looking at the costs involved, the specific personal advantages and disadvantages, and evaluating exactly what’s involved. Some students prefer the solitude, while others live by themselves out of necessity either because they can’t find a roommate or because their chosen accommodations are only suitable for one person.

The Advantages of Living Alone in University

While individual situations will certainly vary, there are a number of advantages to living alone in university that some students may find attractive. For one, you don’t have to worry about stepping on your roommates’ toes over mess, noise, or particularly destructive parties. Because you are the only one living in your place, you are in total control over what happens, who comes over, and what goes where.

Living alone also offers greater flexibility than living with roommates because you can be as picky as you want to be when it comes to picking your accommodations. If you want to live in a specific location or in a particular kind of apartment, you have the final word, since you don’t have to deal with the opinions of anybody but yourself. You also avoid the arguments and tension that can come along with choosing who gets what room, who buys what pieces of furniture, who pays what utilities, and other common disagreements.

For the more introverted student, living alone gives you more control over what level of social interaction you have based on what you feel most comfortable with. If you like to hang out with friends less frequently than most other people, you won’t feel pressured to go out any more often than you want to. You can also invite people over whenever you want to without having to tiptoe around your roommates or deal with any of their friends if you don’t feel like it. This shouldn’t be construed as a way to escape social interaction altogether (since social life is an integral part of university) but more the ability to have a greater degree of control over your social life and when and where you choose to socialize.

Studying also becomes easier when living alone (at least in theory), as there likely won’t be any unwanted noise, or at least a lot less. Having a house full of roommates on wildly different exam schedules can cause unnecessary fights or cacophonies of shushing while everyone tries to study while the rest try to decompress after their own tough exams and assignments.

Living Alone in University Continued

Next week, on part two of our living alone in university discussion, we will explore the various downsides to a solitary living arrangement in university and come to a general conclusion on the practise.