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Online courses are becoming even more popular because of their obvious advantages. While many people still attend traditional courses and colleges, others are beginning to enroll in one or two of the many online courses available. In fact, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, over 12 million people enrolled for online courses and distance learning between 2002 and 2008. This is no doubt due to the fact that online courses can help you complete your education regardless of your commitments. The advantages of taking online courses are numerous including

1. Access to a Large Number of Courses
Most courses that you can take at a traditional college or university can also be taken long distance. There is a broad spectrum of courses in many fields that anyone can take. These include marketing, human resources, communications, nursing, business management and administration, leadership management, graphic designs, computer engineering, programming and so on. The huge number of courses thus makes it possible for anyone to get a Bachelor’s Degree, or even advanced degrees, in just about any subject they choose.

2. No Limit to Classrooms
The beauty of online courses also includes the lack of mandatory class attendance. You are not mandated to be physically present in class or on site. All you have to do is log on to the school website, download your lecture notes, assignments and tests. You don’t have to sit through boring lectures just because attendance in school is necessary.

3. Frees Up Time
You can choose to do other things that are equally important to you while still studying for your degree; no more 8am to 3pm marathon classes. With online learning, you are not restricted to a certain time schedule. You can go attend your meetings, pick up the kids from school, visit friends and hang out and come back to study and listen to your lectures.

4. Way Cheaper than Common Colleges
If you were to go and attend colleges, you would end up paying a lot of money. But with online courses, quality education becomes far more affordable as you are not required to buy textbooks, pay for accommodation and utilities or other expenses that are necessary if you were to attend a regular college. All study materials can be downloaded from the school portal.

5. Reduced Stress
Online courses offer the luxury of studying and getting your degree in a stress-free environment. You don’t get to worry about getting to class early or sitting through boring lectures. All you have to do is get the materials, maybe log on to a weekly 1-3 hour video conference or lecture session with the professor and you’re done.

6. Flexible Schedules
You can easily take tests and submit assignments when you’re ready. In most cases, you are often given a notice of any upcoming test and allowed to prepare for it, unlike regular colleges where impromptu tests and quizzes are given.

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