Today, if you want to earn a master’s degree there are several ways to go about it. One option is to take courses online. For an introvert who works at a full-time job, taking classes online may seem like a dream come true. Consider five reasons why earning an online master’s degree is an excellent option for an introvert who’s holding down a full-time job.
Learn at Your Own Pace
When extroverts socialize, they get a surge of energy from the interaction. However, for introverts, it’s just the opposite. Socializing drains the energy of an introvert. The back and forth discussions that take place in a traditional classroom tax an introvert’s supply of energy.
Online courses take this sort of interaction out of the equation. Plus, students can learn independently at their own pace. If a student doesn’t understand a portion of a lesson, they can review it over and over again until it’s clear. When that happens, the student can move on to tackle the next lesson. This type of learning makes it easier for an introvert to get the most out of each class in a master’s program.
In a traditional classroom, an introvert may feel obligated to join a study group or go to the library to pair up with another student in the same course. Sometimes, the distraction of fellow students in a study group can detract from an introvert’s ability to absorb lesson material.
In an online course, students usually study independently because there aren’t many (if any) other students nearby. They also don’t have to worry about classes conflicting with work schedules. This independent study means they can dictate how fast they progress on various lessons, and they’ll have better success at earning a master’s degree.
Avoid Traveling to a Traditional School
One of the biggest advantages of earning a degree online is students don’t have to get into the car and drive to a school. Instead, someone earning an online master of business administration degree can simply participate in class from a quiet room at home or in a study room at the local library.
All the student needs is a suitable learning environment with reliable access to the Internet. In addition to being convenient, an introvert with a full-time job doesn’t have to spend time on the road commuting to work as well as to school and juggling classes with their job. They can spend more time on studying.
Get Questions Answered Promptly
Asking questions about a lesson, homework or a chapter in a textbook can help clarify confusing topics in a course. In a traditional classroom, you might wait until the class period is over to ask the instructor a question, not wanting to draw attention to themselves. But if you’re in an online course, you can ask questions at any time. Send an email or even ask questions via private message. Getting prompt answers helps students move through the material at pace with the instructor.
Conserve Energy for Study Time and Work
Socializing with other students in a traditional classroom can drain a lot of energy from an introvert. Taking online courses to earn a master’s degree allows you to focus on learning as much as possible, when you can. In a way, online learning streamlines the process of earning a degree, especially for individuals who work full-time.
Finally, choosing to earn an online degree can help an introvert or any other professional move up in their current occupation. It can also be the first step on a new career path in the field of your choice. Online learning puts a master’s degree within reach of more people than ever before.
Claire Stewart is a freelance writer and blogger focused on writing about health, travel, and business among other topics. She graduated from Washington State University and currently lives in Seattle with her goldfish, Merlin. Follow her on Twitter: @clairestewart08