Night classes are beneficial in more ways than one, especially for students that can’t take a morning or afternoon class.
Students who have full-time jobs or family obligations can’t be in classes most of the day. It’s often not easy to maintain an all day schedule for an average working student.
According to an article by CNBC, over 70% of students from the past 25 years have maintained a job while going to college. While not everyone has a full-time job, the time during the day that isn’t filled with the classes could be used to partake in an internship, extracurricular activities or clubs.
Some people tend to function better at night than they do in the early hours of the morning.
Having to study and prepare for the next class session by pulling an all-nighter the day before is not healthy for someone’s physical and mental health. Students who choose to take night classes are able to study their notes and prepare for the next class meeting during the middle of the day instead of at night.
Classes that are during the day get filled up quickly compared to ones offered at night.
Due to the fact that night classes have lower enrollment, this allows a class setting to be more intimate. A small class creates an opportunity for a tight-knit bond to be built between other students.
Professors cannot simply slow down for one or two people when a class size is large. Students benefit from these night classes because they are then able to obtain one-on-one lessons and guidance from the professor. Having this class size helps students that need the strength to sharpen their weaknesses.
While instructors are usually the ones doing the teaching, another source of learning in a class is from the classmates themselves.
Afternoon classes tend to have people who are either in their early twenties or are still in high school. College night classes have a mixture of adults from all age groups.
Classes with adults, who have had experiences outside of school, can bring great conversations and knowledge. Most of the time they have the best understanding of how things work and clearer answers to questions than those who are the same age.
Based on a study done by Oxford University, lead scientist Eiluned Pearce concluded that taking part in weekly evening classes can boost someone’s well being regardless of the subject that they’re studying. “The students reported benefits including increased self-confidence, a greater feeling of control over their lives and more willingness to take on new challenges,” Pearce said.
There are students who say that their experience with attending late classes are enjoyable and different compared to taking them during the day. One noticeable distinction is that finding parking tends to be easier than going on a treasure hunt for parking during the day. There isn’t the usual need to rush to a class because spots are more accessible.
A factor that students can consider when deciding if a night class is for them is whether they are a night owl or a morning person and at which times of the day do they feel most productive and aware. In either case, there are advantages to the night classes which is why they continue to be offered and students continue to take them.