How Do I Choose the Best Online Literature Classes?

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  • Written By: Lee Johnson
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  • Last Modified Date: 07 May 2020
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Choose the best online literature classes by considering the course content, the teacher’s availability, the qualification you will receive when you have completed the course, and the qualifications of the creators of the course. Preferably, students will find online literature classes that focus on books and authors they are interested in learning about, which provide students with plenty of teacher support and a recognized qualification at the end of it. The best way for students to choose a class is to make a list of classes which suit their specific goals and then compare them in more detail to choose the best one. Students could even consider their own learning styles when choosing the best course.

Examining the specific course content is very important for students trying to choose the best online literature classes. For example, if somebody wants a general grounding in the most import works of literature and the different periods in which they were produced, he or she should avoid courses which focus heavily on a single author, such as Shakespeare or Dickens, and ignore many other writers. Preferably, students will choose a course which focuses on books throughout from throughout history by writers working in a variety of different genres. Author or genre-specific courses should only be considered if the student wishes to specialize in that particular field.

The main issue with many online literature classes is that there isn’t much direct contact with the teacher. While many study programs have a wide range of materials suitable for most people, the teacher is still arguably the most valuable resource. Students should check any courses they are considering for the teacher’s availability. Teachers should have time available for online meetings and be able to respond to emails in a timely fashion.

The qualifications of the teacher are also important in choosing the best online literature classes. Most teachers will have a relevant degree in literature, preferably a PhD or master's degree. Students should check the teacher's credentials where possible. Some teachers may not have suitable qualifications. For example, a teacher may have a degree in a similar field such as English language, which may not be specifically correct for the literature course they are teaching.

The specific qualification students receive after completing the classes is also important. Ideally, successfully completing a course will result in a number of college credits. These credits can be applied to a degree what will be recognized around the world.

Students should make a list of all suitable courses and compare them in detail to choose the best online literature classes. While comparing the courses on their specific credentials, students should also think about their own learning style and how well the course is suited to them. For example, one course may offer more time with a teacher but a limited curriculum, and another may offer less teacher availability but a much broader curriculum. In this situation, students should evaluate whether time with a teacher is more important or whether they are are more independent in their learning.


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