Choosing Between Classroom Learning and Distance Learning

Choosing between classroom learning and distance learning is an important decision to make when deciding where to study. Take a look at the teaching methods here.

Love the thrill of studying independently? Or do you thrive by sitting in a lecture? Whatever you choose, make sure that it is the best learning method for you. Choosing between classroom learning and distance learning may seem scary. But we are here to help you make the right choice.

Difference Between Classroom Learning and Distance Learning 

In this day and age, teaching has evolved to more than just classroom learning. As a student, you have many options available to you. Below you can find the difference between classroom learning and distance learning. This will help you understand which is the best fit for you.

Classroom Learning

Classroom learning is the traditional method of teaching. Students attend in-person classes while following a timetable given by the institution. Teachers conduct lectures and provide students with resources after each lesson. 

Pros of classroom learning

  • Provides a space for interactive learning 
  • Teachers give clear explanations and examples in lectures
  • Helps students stick to deadlines and stay organised with a timetable
  • No break in communication – speak to lecturers and tutors in-person

Cons of classroom learning:

  • Does not offer a lot of flexibility
  • Travelling costs
  • Might need to relocate to attend classes
  • You can’t study at your own pace

Distance Learning

Distance learning has become the new method of teaching. This refers to all learning that does not take place in a classroom. With no classes, you interact with tutors via email or phone. You get study material delivered and emailed to you. There is no strict schedule you need to follow.

Pros of distance learning:

  • Flexible learning –  study at your own pace 
  • Save on travelling costs
  • Encourages you to work independently
  • Gives you the freedom to work and study at the same time

Cons of distance learning

  • There are a lot of technical requirements like laptop, internet connection, etc.
  • With no schedule, you run the risk of cramming to complete assignments
  • Limited interaction with lecturers and tutors
  • Need a lot of motivation and self-discipline to complete your course
Student studying for a test. Find out about choosing between classroom learning and distance learning.

Choosing Between Classroom Learning and Distance Learning

Education is not one size fits all. Everyone learns in various ways and at a different pace. Choosing between classroom learning and distance learning can impact your results. Use our tips below to help you choose the best option. 

Consider the Place of Study

Not all institutions offer both. Before you enrol, you need to find out about the college’s method of teaching. Most universities have classroom learning, whereas colleges offer online courses

Full-time Student or Full-time Job

If you don’t have a lot of responsibilities, you can opt to become a full-time student and attend classes. Distance learning is a great way to study and have a full-time job at the same time.

Choosing Campus Life

Campus life not only offers classes. Want to enrol into sport or attend activities? Then you should consider classroom learning. With distance learning, you can attend online study groups.

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Charnell Ward
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Charnell is a top-class content creator at Skills Academy. She creates engaging content with the aim to provide useful information on distance learning and further study opportunities. Her passion for writing goes beyond her career, as she enjoys writing short stories and volunteering as a writer in her free time. View my LinkedIn profile
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