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October 31, 2022 - 5 minutes

Pros and Cons of Online Learning vs Face-to-Face

Weighing up the pros and cons of remote bootcamps vs on-campus learning? Let us help!

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All education is good education! There are multiple ways to learn whatever you want through every medium possible, but when it comes to tech classes there’s one burning question: Online or Face-to-Face?  Let’s take a deep dive into Tech Bootcamp Pros and Cons: Online -vs- Face-to-Face so you can find an answer, and make the best choice to help you succeed!

Online Tech Bootcamps: Pros and Cons

Pro: Maximum flexibility, same quality education

If convenience and flexibility are top priorities, then no doubt an online Bootcamp is perfect for you. Online Bootcamps let you set your own pace so you can study the way that works best for you. You get the same quality education as a face-to-face course, and you can study and attend lectures from home, a cafe, a park, or wherever you want. Plus if you can’t make a class in real time, don’t stress out. Recordings are available in the online coursework so you can watch lectures at a more convenient time. 

Con: FOMO (Fear of Missing Out)

Our campuses are always buzzing with awesome activities (ask the survivors of our Water Balloon Wars) so it’s the perfect environment for social butterflies. Remote students are always welcome to join the main events but you’ll find that outside of the main Ironhack events (Like our Friday Ironbeers), you won’t have much interaction with your classmates or teachers. 

Pro: Getting you ready for the remote work world

Right now, working remotely is the way to go! Over the last few years, remote work has gained popularity around the world - and workers are loving the change. Online Bootcamps give you a leg up by preparing you for the online business world, teaching you priceless skills like collaborating with team members in other parts of the globe, using Slack to communicate smoothly, and running efficient and productive online meetings.

Pro/Con: Keeps you in your comfort zone

Now, whether this is a Pro or Con depends on you. If you’re someone who works best in your comfort zone, then maybe you should stay comfortable so you can learn more efficiently. On the other hand, maybe you need a little push to help you adapt to new surroundings, helping you to grow and thrive. Either way, the decision is up to you. 

Face-to-Face Tech Bootcamps: Pros and Cons

Pro: Unparalleled community

One of the pros of Face-to-Face Bootcamps is connecting with your community. There’s always something happening on campus, rarely is there a dull moment. Attending classes in person lets you spend time with your classmates (on and off campus), interact with teachers and staff, and participate in more on-campus activities.

Con: Commutes

Ahhhhh the dreaded commute - Depending on where you live it can be a blessing or a curse. If you’re not the ‘leave the house’ type it’s definitely the latter. As a commuter student, you’ll enter a magical world filled with traffic jams, packed trains, delayed trains, missed buses, no buses, etc. The possibilities are endless! Now, there are ways to turn this con into a bit of a pro. You can always use that commute time to read, study, meditate, or listen to podcasts (ideal if you’re driving). If you can’t avoid the commute, embrace it! 

Pro: Gets you work-ready

Learning how to navigate the wild world of commuting and work in an office-like environment every day is guaranteed to prepare you for the in-person business world. If you decide that working in a physical location is perfect for you, then adapting to a new daily routine will be no sweat.

Pro/Con: Gets you out of your comfort zone

Yes, it bears repeating - whether this is a Pro or Con is entirely up to you. If you’re looking for a way to meet more people and expand your network, then it might be a great choice to get out there and make some friends. If you’re the indoor type, then commuting and in-person classes may be more than enough. The thing is you can meet people and network with others online as well. What’s important is that you feel comfortable and make the choice that’s right for you.

How to Choose Between Online and Face-to-Face Education

So which option is perfect for you? Before you throw your hat into either ring, here are a few more things to consider: 

Online classes remove the stress of feeling scrutinized. If a student has a question or needs clarification on an issue, they can message the professor or a classmate to ask privately without the pressure of feeling singled out.

Online classes may require more discipline than Face-to-Face classes. It is easy to get distracted in front of a computer screen, especially with phone alerts, social media, etc. so you must have great time management skills and learn ways to help you focus on your coursework.

Online classes tend to be far more accessible than in-person classes. No matter where you’re located, if there’s internet you can access your coursework and attend lectures using multiple apps like Google Meet and Zoom. 

Face-to-Face classes often have set times and schedules so they don’t offer students much flexibility. In-person classes and lectures are rarely recorded - if you miss a lecture, and can’t contact a fellow classmate for notes, you may be out of luck. 

Face-to-Face classes require a commute. While we touched on this earlier, it should be mentioned that on top of class time you’ll also need to factor in time (and money) spent on travel and preparation. This means that In some cases, online classes may be the more budget-friendly option. 

Face-to-Face classes offer more in-person interaction between students and teachers, but that doesn’t mean you won’t get to know your teachers with online classes! On the contrary, online classes let you touch base with your teachers at any time so you can always ask for help or feedback.

Still not sure which option is best for you? No worries, just get in touch with the Ironhack Admissions team. We’re more than happy to provide you with personal guidance to help you find the best option to fit you and your career goals.

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