Are online or in-person math classes better?
I'm toying around with the idea of getting my bachelor's in math. I prefer online school, and I'm really doing well in my online statistic class. However, my older brother took calculus via a online class and he really struggled (normally he does really well with online classes). Mathematicians of Career Village, which method did you do and which did you prefer? If you could go back, which classes would you take in-person/online?
And we've not even talked about the fact that often, the professor can make a bigger difference in student success than anything else...
In general, online classes tend to be more self-paced and allow students to work at their own speed. This can be beneficial for visual learners or those who need extra time to process information. Online math classes also usually have a variety of multimedia resources available, such as videos, tutorials, and infographics, which can help students grasp concepts that may be confusing, where in physical questions you might get stuck on a concept and fall behind in a lecture.
Some people are very hands on and like to engage with the professor and ask questions in person to get a better understanding while some people like to work at their own pace in their own environment. Being an any online course, no matter the subject, requires a lot of time management and self discipline.
Every online class is different too, some are 100% online with no virtual meetings while others have one or two calls a week to go over the material. No matter what, nothing is like an in person classroom setting.
I personally think I am rather good at math, but I tend to struggle with online courses. This is due to my learning style, I am a very engaged learning and prefer to talk things out and ask questions to understand a topic. This is not the case for everyone, so just try to learn your own learning styles to know if an online course is a good fit for you.
Based on my experience, it takes a lot more self-discipline for students to be successful in online classes. It also depends on the dedication of the instructors too. A conscientious instructor should provide plenty of additional educational resources for the students as supplement to the chosen textbook. Furthermore, constructive faculty-student interaction is also a key factor in students’ success.
In this internet age, I do not see any major difference in the quality of an in-person class and an online class.
My significant other just finished an online math course. She stated it was a beneficial process for her. Having the ability to work through math problems online while utilizing software that would show her exactly what she did wrong and right was helpful for her learning process. As stated in previous answers, having the mental fortitude to allot time to these online requirements may be more difficult than taking an in person class.