What are the benefits of taking an online course?

I am a college student, but I'm looking to take my calculus I course next summer online, instead of during the school year. The online course is still from the same college, it's just online. I'm thinking I'll do better because I can self-pace, think slowly, focus only on one class, etc. 
I'm also planning on gaining some job experience and doing some extracurricular activities to prep for pharmacy school, etc. So I'll have to manage my time still. Do you think this is a good idea? I really want to get an "A" and have heard calculus is a very tough course (in-class) at my college. What are the benefits of taking an online course?


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There are a number of benefits to online courses as compared to in-class courses. The biggest, obviously, is the flexible hours. One can access the content anytime of the day or night, as per his/her own convenience. The student is not bound by class hours. Online courses also allow one to pursue jobs and/or other interests. Online courses are also typically cheaper than in-class courses. They also teach the important skill of time management, something which is very useful when one is in a full-time job. 

There are also downsides to online courses. Even though hours are flexible, one still has to work and spend sufficient amount of time on learning, especially for a tough course like calculus. In-class courses also offer the possibility of working in groups. You may want to check if group study is possible with your online courses. Group study is really useful for tough subjects. Also, some people study better in a classroom environment and in the company of other students. It also helps keep some students motivated.

Good luck with calculus.

Hope this helps.

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