Online Learning:

Is Online Learning Right for Me?

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Some students are at home in the online community of peers and instructors; others prefer a traditional classroom. Which are you?


Online courses reduce scheduling conflicts for students with families, jobs, on-campus classes, and other commitments — but they also require a high level of self-discipline and motivation.

Taking online classes may be right for you if:

  • You prefer individualized learning rather than face-to-face lectures or group interaction
  • Your personal schedule conflicts with class meeting times at SPC's campuses
  • You don’t have child care to allow you to attend classes on a campus
  • You don’t live in Pinellas County but would like to attend SPC
  • You are homebound and can’t commute to an SPC campus
  • Getting transportation to an SPC campus is a challenge

Are you right for Online Learning?

Students most likely to succeed in online courses are:

  • Comfortable with working independently
  • Are persistent at getting the information they need
  • Are able to manage their time effectively
  • Skilled at using computers and Internet technology
  • Self-motivated and directed


Want to learn more about how you can be a successful online student? Check out this list of 7 helpful tips.
Notice to Out-of-State Online Students: Due to state authorization requirements for distance learning that are particular to each state, students who reside in Alabama, Arkansas, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada and North Carolina can no longer be enrolled in online classes at St. Petersburg College as long as they are residents of those states.

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