Self-development is becoming a trend these days. Whether it is learning a new language, attending a public speaking course or even practising meditation, it is advisable to always keep yourself relevant given the volatility of markets and industries.

The biggest dilemma that many people often face is: should I attend an offline or online course?

Here are three reasons offline learning is more beneficial:

You will get actual help

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Many times when we ask a question online, we receive vague answers and end up having to do troubleshooting on our own to solve the problem. We have all been there before and it is indeed frustrating not to get answers immediately. We might even have more questions than before we turned to Google for help.

Offline courses conducted in a classroom setting triumphs over online courses in terms of receiving help because you have an instructor physically present to answer your burning questions. With that said, there is no harm in asking questions. In fact, asking questions in a classroom setting challenges everyone to think critically.

UpCode Academy, for example, prides itself on engaging top-notch industry experts to conduct our courses. These are people who have spent a good part of their life perfecting their craft and know exactly the answers to your questions. With guidance from such instructors, you can spend your time doing more practice exercises instead of googling endlessly for answers!

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You will meet like-minded individuals

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Offline classes are a great way to meet people who are similar to yourself—passionate about self-development and eager to learn. In this day and age, it is becoming more difficult to meet people beyond the digital realm. Face-to-face interactions are crucial to foster strong relationships and deliver clear communication.

Some people might find it difficult to raise questions to the instructors in class for fear of embarrassing themselves. This is also where the beauty of offline courses comes into play—your fellow classmates. Everyone in the classroom is there to learn together and peer coaching could enhance your learning experience.

On top of that, the classroom setting offers plenty of networking opportunities—you might just meet your co-founder for your next startup!

You will become more disciplined and motivated to learn

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The discipline required for online learning is much higher than attending a physical class. If you are a person who may not be as motivated when it comes to learning, an offline course may be more suitable for a start as it slowly gears you towards a fixed schedule with regular assignments and tasks.

By committing to a routine of weekly classes, you are conditioning your state of mind to become more disciplined and productive; this productivity can subsequently be advantageous in your daily life, be it at work or in school.

In offline classrooms, there are fewer distractions and the environment is more conducive for learning. Everyone’s focus is clear—to absorb as much information as possible in the limited time they have. For kinesthetic learners, hands-on activities are easier to conduct in classrooms and this in turn can create an air of excitement for everyone.

Online or offline?

All in all, it really depends on your learning style and preferences when deciding between an online or offline course. Some people just learn better in the comfort of their own homes whereas others learn better with the help of an instructor.

If you are looking to pick up some programming skills in an offline classroom setting, check out UpCode Academy’s Python Development course here. Registrations are filling up fast for the final September cohort on 24th September; do not miss this chance to learn the Python language from experienced industry experts!