More moms are returning to college than ever before, and it’s mainly thanks to online study. Studying online gives moms the flexibility that they need to put their kids first and be there at home when their little ones need them. Online programs are available for a range of different disciplines, with many colleges offering online versions of most of their traditional campus-based courses. This relatively new way of earning a college education is popular with moms because it takes a lot of the pressure off them when it comes to juggling education with motherhood. So, what are the main ways online learning benefits moms and what’s the difference between the LLM and the MT?
More Time for Family
When your children are young and growing up quickly, you’ll want to spend as much time with them as possible, so that you don’t miss out on any of the most precious and treasured moments in their young lives. For many moms who go back to study at college in a traditional campus environment, this can often lead to feelings of guilt that they’re not there for their little ones as much as they’d like to be, or sadness that they’re missing out. Online study offers you the flexibility and independence to stay at home and study whilst spending time with your kids.
Don’t Stretch the Family Budget
Affording the costs of college is a big worry for many moms, especially those on a low income and moms who are raising their kids as a single parent. Studying online can be significantly cheaper than studying on campus, as these programs are much cheaper for colleges to run since they’re taken remotely. Is there a difference between an online LLM degree and an on campus LLM degree? If you’re talking money, then yes – you’ll save around a third on the tuition fees! But, when it comes to what you’ll learn, there’s no need to worry as in terms of worth, you’ll get the same qualification.
Join a Vibrant Community
Many people still think of online students as being isolated people who simply want to get their degree done and don’t care about the social side of things. In fact, this idea of being alone often puts many students off from applying to study online – after all, even busy moms enjoy meeting new people and being sociable. Thankfully, online learning isn’t lonely at all – there’s a whole community of online students to find, often through social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. You will probably be able to meet and chat online with other students from your program, and you could even arrange meet ups or attend virtual events for online students. You’ll also have access to the campus community, with the chance to communicate with academics and professors from your program and others, or get involved with campus activities and campaigns.
As a mom, the idea of going back to college can seem daunting. Online learning offers a lower pressure, flexible and self-led alternative when studying for your degree and raising children.
This is something that I would definitely consider if I wanted to go back to school. My husband is thinking about doing a couple of things and all of them needs continuing education. We will have to check out some of the online courses that we can take.
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Amy Desrosiers says
Most of my BA degree at UMASS Dartmouth came from undergraduate online studies. I only took Spanish in person and a few graduate courses. I loved online learning.
Becca Wilson says
I did the majority of my degree online and loved it! There was flexibility and it was more of an independent study than anything.
Janis @MommyBlogExpert says
You are SO RIGHT! Online learning both for stay at home and working moms is Heaven sent — I don’t know a mom who ISN’T busy enough without having to go to a physical location to further her education. I wish that type of opportunity was available in the pre-Internet days when my own 4 were little ones.
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It’s great to know that more moms are taking advantage of online programs to help further their educations. If I ever went back to school, I think doing it online would so much more convenient that having to spend the time driving back and forth, in addition to the class itself.
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Elizabeth Lampman says
Online courses can be a great way to continue your education. I like that I can work at my own pace.
I think online learning is a great idea. It offers so much more flexibility.
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Toni | Boulder Locavore says
I agree with all of your points here! Online learning is very convenient for moms! I’ve taken online courses before and I’m glad I did!
Leena Madan says
Thanks for sharing valuable information.
Studying online does not mean you are left alone in your self-study environment. Most online programmes are designed in such a way that you receive great support from university tutors and individual feedback to keep you focused on your studies. You can arrange a personal appointment with tutors and contact personnel from the student support services at any time for any technical or administrative issue.