7 Perks of Online University

September 2020 by


For some people, the next year at uni will be a little different from the norm. Whether it’s full time or part time, a lot of you will be participating in online learning this year. It may take some getting used to but it might not be as bad as it sounds! There are many advantages to online learning that you might not have considered. Keep reading to find out the pros of online university:

You can save a lot of money

There are several ways online learning will save you money throughout the year. If you commute, you won’t have to pay for any travel on the days you’re online studying because you get to do the lessons from the comfort of your own home! If you’re online full time, you can also save yourself money on accommodation because you could be anywhere in the world, there are no limits as to where you can stay. Yes, it might be a change in your university experience – but saving money is always a positive thing, right?

You can stay with family and friends

No more homesickness! Stay at home surrounded by your family and friends. It’s an opportunity to attend the university of your choice while still being surrounded by the people you love. And that might even include your family pet, who we’re sure would miss you too!

You can learn in your own space

Everybody works differently and sometimes those crowded lectures will mean you’re too focused on someone walking in late instead of the content of the lesson! If working independently allows you to focus then online learning could be perfect for you as you can be within your own four walls whilst you complete lectures online (as long as you don’t live in a noisy household of course!). If that’s the case, you could work in a quiet library or cafe depending on what suits you best. Either way, make sure you utilise this learning opportunity to get the most out of your learning. P.S. Ivory Research even offers an online lecture to summary service so you don’t even have to attend your lecture! Simply record and send it over to us, we’ll transcribe and summarise the key information. No more wasting time!

You won’t be late

Tardiness is a common trait among students. Unlike usual, you’ll have no late trains to rely on and sleeping in won’t be as much of a problem because your class is right on your doorstep! You don’t need to wake up ridiculously early to plan your route either. Simply switch on your laptop and you’re good to go. It won’t be long before someone who’s just woken up attends in their pyjamas (to be honest – we’re encouraging it!).

You can connect with classmates easily

It’s likely you’ll have to do some group work as part of your degree, whether it’s presentations or projects – it’s usually an element of assessment! This means you usually have the dreaded task of getting all of your group mates together at the same time! The likelihood is schedules will clash and even if you do agree a time, someone always fails to show up. If you’re working from home, you can easily link up with others via the internet, using apps such as Zoom. It’ll be easier to share plans and documents also, as they will always be stored online. Overall, your organizational skills are going to improve massively and you might not even hate your groupwork as much as usual!

You can study at your own pace

Depending on how your online learning has been set out, you might be given pre-recorded videos instead of live lectures. Most universities even record their live streams too for students to re-watch later. This means you can pause, take notes and re-visit in case you need any extra information you didn’t pick up the first time round! Also let’s be honest, you might get distracted and start staring out the window – this way you don’t miss anything important. Appreciate it whilst it lasts!

You can learn to self-motivate

For a lot of people, attending physical classes is the only thing that keeps them motivated as it’s easy to fall into the trap of leaving a lecture on in the background at home. However, if this is a problem you have then now is a great time to get yourself on track. Set yourself goals and rules to limit distractions and keep you on track with your work. This could massively help you in the future with other tasks that need to be completed. Everyone wants to be motivated to achieve their goals! Teach yourself today, we believe in you.

So, these are just some of the great advantages to online university. Of course, there’s a lot of things you’ll miss if you spend your next year studying from home but it isn’t all bad. Hopefully, you’ll get the most out of learning online and you never know, it might not be long till you’re back with your uni friends, we’re living in unpredictable times right now! Let us know what you like most about online university below!



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