Going to school requires a particular level of commitment, which is daunting for some people. Sometimes school is disruptive enough that people have to drop out in order to regain some balance in their lives. Therefore, the selection of class times and days can be crucial to educational success.
There are certainly people that have the drive and ambition to take classes, but they may simply skip the whole idea if it doesn’t fit in their schedule.
Here are a few specific advantages of day classes.
1) Half Life.
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2) Evening Freedom.
One major advantage of day classes is that it allows people to have their nights free. People can certainly argue that time is just time, but somehow having evenings free is more important to some people.
Evening is often when people socialize, get together for events, and unwind a bit. When people go to class at night and then go straight home and get in bed, they may feel like their schedule is overloaded.
If people have the flexibility to take classes during the day, it may be a good way to focus energy in time slots that are usually dedicated to work and then have the night to do homework and other activities.
3) Class Variety.
Night classes offer a limited choice of courses because the bulk of college students attend during the day, and so there is justification to offer more classes during that time. Most night classes are limited to liberal arts or personal development.
4) Frequency of Classes.
Scheduling classes are less of an issue during the day because the full array is offered. There is little chance that a course you want is not available, or you have to wait more than a semester.
Some night school students have to make special arrangements to take specific classes during the day to meet the requirements of their degree.
5) Pace of Classes.
Night classes are once or twice a week for longer periods of time and have tight schedules. If you prefer to digest the material in smaller chunks, a daytime schedule is your best bet.
Also, the distribution of the material and the pace is slower. Night classes are advantageous for elective classes but when you begin taking your major classes this could become an issue.
6) Energy and Drive.
Another advantage of day classes for some people is the maximization of personal energy.
People are different in terms of when they “function” best, but a good percentage of people are used to working during the day. Therefore, going to class during the daytime hours may be best for some people because they are more alert, focused, and ready to do the work that is required for school.
7) Profit for Colleges.
In order to justify operating expenses, colleges offer the most classes to the most students. Traditional students or students who attend during the day (make up the bulk of the college’s student population) will benefit from this model.
8) Accessibility of Services.
Administrative and support services such as Admissions, Financial Aid, or the Bursar’s Office can be accessed during the day when there is a full staff. Changes or adjustments can be easily be made while these departments are open.
9) Sense of Commitment.
Going to school during the day may be a way for people to at least feel like they are making a serious commitment to school. Again, most people work during the daylight hours and then do their extra activities at night.
When people take classes during the day, it may feel more like it is their “job” at the moment, which can in subtle ways make people feel like they are supposed to be going to school.
There are safety issues to contend with such as going to and leaving from the campus at night. During the day campuses are bustling with students, faculty, staff, and Security. As the sun goes down, crime is a reality that cannot be overlooked.
Going to class during the day is not for everyone, and for some people it simply isn’t feasible. However, it is one approach to education and for some people, it can be a good way to solidify their experience.
Some people function at their best during the day, and if that is the case, there is a greater possibility that the education will be emphasized.
Student needs to weigh their options and make a decision based on their lifestyle, schedule, and needs.