Correspondence courses : advantages and disadvantages

Are you going to do a correspondence course. Please have a look at this article. You will find advantages and disadvantages of corresponding courses in this article. Please decide a course after reading this article.


Correspondence courses are being popular day by day due to flexibility. You can study with doing job or business. But most of the people hesitate to do correspondence courses and want to do regular courses. The main reason of hesitation is doubt about the value of the correspondence courses. If you are also confused about doing correspondence courses, let know the positive and negative facts of correspondence courses.
All the students want to take admission in good college but fail due to limited seat and very high fees. So many colleges provide an option of correspondence courses. Student can do these courses with their job or business.

Advantages of corresponding courses

The advantages of corresponding courses are given below:
  1. No need to attend classes : The main specific feature of correspondence courses is you can do these courses from anywhere and at any time. You do not have to attend daily college. You can do these courses with you regular job or business. This option is not available for the regular students. Regular student have to attend classes daily.

  2. Flexible schedule : The students of correspondence courses can attend online line classes as per their schedule. The flexibility schedule is the important feature of correspondence course. Flexible schedule is not possible in regular courses.

  3. Recognized universities : There are a lot of recognized universities which provide correspondence courses. There many open universities and dual mode universities which provide correspondence courses.

  4. Low fees : Most of the students fail to take admission in regular courses due to very high fees of the course. In comparison to regular courses, the fees of correspondence courses are low. So students easily afford correspondence courses.

  5. Self motivated : Student of regular courses depend on teachers and classes to complete syllabus but in correspondence courses the students have to complete the syllabus at home. So we can say that correspondence course is self motivated.

Disadvantages of correspondence courses

The disadvantages of correspondence courses are as follows:

  1. No contact with faculties : The biggest problem of correspondence courses is faculties are not available for the students. But faculties are always available for students in regular classes. Regular students can contact a faculty at any time but it is not possible for a student of correspondence course.

  2. No atmosphere of learning : In correspondence courses, students do not go to college and has to prepare themselves. Students cannot discuss any topic or subjects with classmates. But in regular courses, there is a good atmosphere of learning available.

  3. Low acceptance in job market : Correspondence courses are not acceptance in some sectors. Correspondence courses are not accepted in those sectors, where job is offered on practical knowledge. But the students of regular courses do not face this type of problem. Regular courses are accepted in every sector.

  4. Limited courses : There are many courses which are not available in distance learning mode. The subjects of science where practical is necessary are not available in distance learning mode. But every course is available for regular students.

  5. Dependency on technology : The students of correspondence courses are always dependent on technology. So many students face problem related to technology.

Top Five Distance Learning Universities

The top five distance learning universities of India are:

  • Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU)

  • Symbiosis Center for Distance Learning (SCDL)

  • IMT distance Learning Open University

  • Sikkim Manipal University

  • Mumbai University

Last Words

So correspondence courses have some positive and some negative aspects. So, carefully choose your course according to your condition and ability.

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Author: K Mohan26 Jul 2017 Member Level: Platinum   Points : 3

Generally students feel that correspondence course would be easy and one can get through the exams very well. First of all one must know that there is more responsibility on the students pursuing correspondence course because, there is no teacher or mentor to guide you. You are given notes or printed matter, and you alone are responsible to read, understand, know and append the answers. That means you cannot escape from the field and should allot more quality time. Many think that there is no teacher, no one to control and as the exams comes, the tension increases and the doubts would be more. There is no guide for which is the important lessons to be learned and how the questions to be answered. So from day one, the student has to prepare for the exam and never should be taken lightly.

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