Classroom Courses or eLearning: Which Course Method Is Right for Me?

Both eLearning and traditional classroom courses have proven very popular but which one suits you the best?

When it comes to training it is important to choose the right method for you; take a look below at the pros and cons of both classroom courses and eLearning.

Cost and Value

Affordable classroom coursesIn comparison, eLearning is the much cheaper option to attend; if you need training and you are on a budget eLearning may seem like the no-brainer option. Classroom courses are much more expensive due to training companies covering the cost of the venue, tutor and the course material etc. The price also goes up when you take into count personal travel expenses and sometimes even an overnight stay.


Interactive cassroom coursesDespite all the money saved with eLearning, does a course with no physical tutor and classroom interaction compromise the quality of learning? Is it worth paying that extra money to have a personal experience in which you can share your knowledge and anecdotes with other like-minded people?

If you have a question in a classroom course you can get the answer immediately. You can also gain surrounding knowledge from the question you asked through group discussion. With eLearning, you won’t receive your answer as quickly or as thoroughly; you may have to look through online resources or wait a while for a response from a forum or email.

Time out of the Workplace

Classroom coursesIt can be difficult for companies to release their workers to attend classroom training courses. It can be quite a commitment to drop your workload to be out of the office for one day let alone up to two weeks.

eLearning is a much more flexible option than classroom as you can mould it around your commitments and study in your free time. This may be the case, but some people find that they find it easier to study without the distractions of work to deal with as well. Your time out of work is solely focused on completing that qualification.

Self-Discipline and Enforced Learning Discipline

Book onlineWhen it comes to classroom learning; you may have paid that bit of extra money but it is near impossible to procrastinate. Classroom learning is ideal for those who struggle to motivate themselves to log onto eLearning and study themselves with no prompting what so ever. If you feel that you are the type of person who is committed enough to do the qualification yourself; eLearning maybe the option for you.

Concentration and Fatigue

eLearningThose who aren’t used to working in a classroom environment may find the whole experience overwhelming. Classroom courses tend to work at a fast pace due to the limited time limits of the courses. They also have only a few short toilet-breaks in-between topics which aren’t enough for some people and therefore can be quite tiring.

Those who find that they get tired and lose concentration in a classroom environment; may prefer eLearning. If the delegate is self-disciplined; and like to have control of their own learning time and breaks, eLearning could be the right method for them.

Getting Your Qualification Fast

SMSTS TrainingClassroom courses can be completed as quickly as a day. You can arrive at the course in the morning and have the exam completed by the afternoon. At 3B Training, you can receive your results and leave with a pass letter on the day. We look to send out our certificates between 6 – 8 weeks from course completion and can sometimes have them with you earlier than that. If you prefer to work at your own pace and be in control of your completion time you may want to do eLearning instead?

If you have any questions about attending a classroom course with 3B Training get in touch here or email [email protected].

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