Schools Out And Online Teaching Is In for Summer

This is a guest post by higher-ed expert Tom Grant.

Traditionally, summers were too cool for school, but in today’s world hosting a number of online options, teachers and students benefit from online schooling.  Firstly, students get the extra help needed, whether it’s mandatory or optional regarding graduation and credit accumulation.  Secondly, teachers make the profession a yearly endeavour, opting to instruct online classes or provide tutoring using digital resources.

Online instruction is gaining headway into the future; here are a few reasons why summer school makes sense for a number of students and teachers.

Graduate Quicker

In some cases, it’s taking students longer to graduate in four years, whether due to expense, jobs, or failed attempts at a good grade.  Rather than take classes amid two semesters of a school year, students may elect to take online classes in the summer (in some cases, online tuition, in summer or period, is more economical).

Aside from the advantage of graduating quicker, students take classes anywhere in the world, needing only an Internet connection without interrupting summer plans, vacations, seasonal jobs, and time off from campus.

Better Pay

Teachers and professors are paid according to a number of factors, including years teaching, degrees accrued, and school budgets.  However, those electing to teach in the summer gain the benefit of acquiring more pay for serving their primary roles as teachers.

Traditionally, teachers searched for seasonal jobs, such as waiters, bartenders, allowing them to start at the end of a semester, leaving the secondary job in time for fall.  Despite the second income, some accept lower pay due to seasonal availability, yet the advent of online education allows teachers the enjoyment of better pay while maintaining primary roles.

Higher Test Scores

Depending on pursued industry upon graduation, in-school test scores are viewed and evaluated by potential suitors.  Students are under pressure to perform well in a number of classes, in some cases entertaining a load of five classes or more while holding a part-time job.  It can be difficult to address an especially challenging class while juggling a number of others along with a job.

Summer schedules give students the opportunity to retake classes or isolate a class during a time when less is going on and more time devoted to a particular subject.  Online classes in the summer allow students to address curriculums strategically, taking difficult classes during the summer rather than in the fall or spring.  Better GCSEs (or the newly introduced I-levels) take pressure off students, placing them in contention for better future job prospects.

Better Branding

What attracts students to a school?  Aside from elements of prestige, such as ‘Oxford’ labels, students search for schools that can accommodate their needs.  In a weakened economy, a number of schools are showing signs of fiscal fatigue, lessening the impression of their brand name.  Like other services and products, schools need to express associated benefits to students and parents.

Offering online classes through the year and during the summer is a value point for students and parents searching for the right school.  Additionally, operating around the clock and throughout the year facilitates advertising, making better impressions on a school’s target market.

Louise Johnson is an online tutor. She also holds a degree in computer science. She is often writing articles in between teaching assignments.

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