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OT-degree help

Totally flunked out of my online MBA classes when I tried to take two at the same time, but got an A with just one. I think I got burnt out. There is a program that I might be able to get into where I can go to school full time in the classroom. I haven't had a civilian classroom experience (not work related) since 2001 and am terrified to be thrown back into the lectures and the student verbal interaction. Has anyone been through this before? Going back to "real" school is terrifying, but I want the MBA before I get out and would love to go further if possible.

Opinions about classroom vs online?

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No advice, but good luck!

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I graduated university in 2003, and then went back for my masters in 2007, and graduated in 2008. The program was an intense 13 mos, half online and half in the classroom. I much preferred the classroom. But this is because I know how I better learn- actively listening to others, hearing discussions, etc. The online stuff was a lot harder for me to get through- somehow online deadlines don't mean as much to me as deadlines where I'll have to face a person, so keeping on top of homework/reading was much easier for me with the in person classes too. I also had the advantage of being placed in a cohort which took all classes together for those 13 mos (online and in person) so we all got to know each other pretty well, and it felt like a very safe learning environment- and there were only 20 of us.

I think it totally depends on what kind of personality you have/what kind of learner you are, as to what might suit you best... but, for me, the classroom was definitely the best of it!

Good luck!

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"Marite13" wrote:

I graduated university in 2003, and then went back for my masters in 2007, and graduated in 2008. The program was an intense 13 mos, half online and half in the classroom. I much preferred the classroom. But this is because I know how I better learn- actively listening to others, hearing discussions, etc. The online stuff was a lot harder for me to get through- somehow online deadlines don't mean as much to me as deadlines where I'll have to face a person, so keeping on top of homework/reading was much easier for me with the in person classes too. I also had the advantage of being placed in a cohort which took all classes together for those 13 mos (online and in person) so we all got to know each other pretty well, and it felt like a very safe learning environment- and there were only 20 of us.

I think it totally depends on what kind of personality you have/what kind of learner you are, as to what might suit you best... but, for me, the classroom was definitely the best of it!

Good luck!

I have no personal experience on this in the past decade, but this is exactly what I've heard from at least three colleges that I work with for clients. They've all said that online is much more difficult if one is a visual person and need personal interaction and that online is great for nontraditional students if they're very self disciplined. A coworker of mine went on and did online and got straight A's whereas another coworker went on and did classroom only because they learn better that way as well and was promoted immediately upon completion of her masters. I personally would stick with classroom studies. Plus, it's cheaper to do classroom vs online at the colleges here as they dissuade students from enrolling online.

Either way, good luck!

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I was much harder on students on the online portion of my class then I was on the lecture part. I think most professors are. If you are going to go the classroom route I would just take one at first and see how you like it but don't be scared of the classroom. I think you will find it is much more enjoyable then you imagine and it really helps being around other students going through the same experience.

Good luck.

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I do strictly online, except I take some tests at the actual college so they can monitor you. I find online to be challenging if you can't keep up with your own schedule. As long as you can discipline yourself into acting like you are going to class all week, and don't get behind, you'll be fine. I really like the online format. I work full-time and have a two-year old, I do not have time to sit at the college every night or weekend.