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Top 5 Benefits of Online Learning


The decision by many schools to move to online learning during this uncertain time is creating new experiences for some students, teachers and families. 

With experience offering online courses, teacher training and student study resources, NMSI knows firsthand why students and teachers benefit from this method of learning. Here are a few of the benefits:

1. User-friendly features: Online learning isn’t new. Several providers offer live video courses and guided supports that have been tested and refined over time.   

Casey Laiche participated in NMSI’s online study sessions through Walker High School in Louisiana. He liked being able to easily open the sessions on his laptop or phone, saying it was “really simple to use and not a giant learning barrier.” His online instructors allowed students to interact and share what they were thinking about a problem, which then gave the teacher time to provide feedback on their answers.  

“You used your mouse to choose a different colored pencil to draw a question and write out how you would solve the problem,” Laiche says. “It’s almost like putting pen to paper.” 

2. Preparing for higher education: Many colleges and universities utilize online tools as components of traditional coursework. Students who develop a familiarity with online learning are well-prepared for these courses.  

3. Flexibility: With on-demand lessons, students can log-in when it’s convenient for their schedules. Recorded videos and written materials are available to review multiple times to reinforce the concepts.  

Students also can keep up with their schoolwork if they aren’t able to physically attend school. Unlike in a traditional setting, students can customize a learning environment that works best for them.  

4. Wealth of materials: A vast collection of virtual learning tools are available to use for free. Khan Academy and YouTube have excellent explanations on a wide variety of subjects. This exposes students to a different perspective than lessons provided in a traditional classroom.  

5. Additional Support: NMSI’s academic coaches provide regular, one-on-one and small group support to students participating in AP online courses through our Blended College Readiness Program.  

“NMSI coaches set aside time to work with us on problems or things we are confused about and are very supportive,” says Catherine Schlosser, Blended CRP student at St. Mary’s Central High School in Bismarck, North Dakota. “I really enjoy working with them.”  

Interested in more information about online learning? Contact us.