Reasons Why Online Classes Are The Worst

Reasons Why Online Classes Are The Worst

8 Relatable Reasons That Online Classes Suck

Taking online classes can sometimes seem easy, and sometimes they are. But, other times, they're not and can become an extreme struggle.

Here are some of the reasons why:

1. Your Professor

They're hiding behind a screen dictating what you do and how much you sit at your computer every single week regretting every single second doing something you absolutely hate. You can't look at them in the eyes to show them your disgust either, and they're chuckling at all the work your doing, but I guess the joke's on them because they have to read through it all.

2. Contacting Your Professor

HA. Yeah, right. That's nearly impossible to do, especially when you sit down to complete an assignment and realize you can't move any further until a question is answered and it will take them approximately 48 hours to respond, so there goes the time you set aside to do your work.

3. The Work

Not only confusingly structured almost all of the time, but also jam packed full of assignments that you know you wouldn't be doing if you had just taken the class. Frustrating, but also your own fault.

4. Time Management

You have an assignment due in a week, all week! That's so much time. Just kidding it's Sunday night at 11:34 p.m. and your assignment is due in 26 minutes, talk about pressure. Good luck, because if it's posted even a second after the deadline that's a letter grade off for said assignment, no kidding.

5. Grades

Online class grades are horrible, mostly because you have no idea why you got the grade that you did. If your professor is cool enough to post their comments on your assignment and send them back, you still probably won't know why you got the grade you got. If you want to email and ask, by the time you hear back it doesn't even matter anymore.

6. Withdraw or Fail

If all of these things become too much for you to handle and you decide to withdraw from the online class you have to go through the process of filling out paperwork to scan to that professor that isn't so speedy on their response, to print and take to the office of registrar. That's good and bad, because you don't have to face your professor to hear them tell you how poorly you did in their class, but also you can't just have them easily sign the paper. I don't know about you, but I don't have money to have a scanner, another thing that's out of the way.

And failing, well looks like you have to retake that class, whether you not you tried. Either way, bummer.

7. Responding to Fellow Students

Hi, I don't know you, but I'm required to respond to your post so we can all act like we give a shit about what each other has to say. Great, good one sided talk, keep up the good work.

NOBODY CARES. This is not real participation. It doesn't even make sense, if you want students to actively have a discussion about something, then do it. But to just say respond to two other students, it's like talking to a wall. Most students won't read their responses, and if they do they won't care enough to do anything about it.

8. Blackboard Layout

Blackboard is a very simple and easy to use tool for college, you can check your grades, receive announcements, even send out an email to the entire class with a click of the button. BUT for some unknown reason, online professors decide to set up their classes on blackboard like it's a maze you have to solve just to figure out what you need to do. Not all are like this, but the ones that are: you're rude. Don't do that, we have enough as full-time students with part-time jobs, figuring out our lives, why not set it up so even the most computer illiterate students can handle the class.


Honestly, you'd think that they're going to be easy, and when you barely survive the class, fail, or withdraw the hardest ones you question your whole thought process before entering the class. I personally have taken four online classes, was successful in two and withdrew from the other two so I'd say it's pretty much a crapshoot. Just because they suck sometimes, doesn't mean they aren't efficient if you can handle it and stay on task.


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What It's Like To Take A Class With Professor Yuri Urbanovich

My experience taking a class with one of the best professors at UVA.

I have taken multiple classes with Professor Urbanovich during my time at UVA, and he is one of my favorite professors. Not only does he genuinely care about his students, but he also pushes them to learn more than humanly possible in the span of 50 minutes.

Seriously, I have learned more in his classes about Russian history and politics than I could have ever imagined. Professor Urbanovich’s thick Georgian accent and recalls of personal experiences also make his classes more personal, allowing students to understand the nation’s history and politics on a completely different level.

No wonder his classes fill up in a matter of hours when course registration begins!

The best part of Professor Urbanovich’s class is the many repeated quotes that one can uncover during his lectures. I am currently taking a J-term course with Professor Urbanovich and I have noticed that he says some things a lot throughout the course of his lectures, which makes them that much more interesting and fun.

If you’re interested in taking a course with Professor Urbanovich, which I highly recommend, be aware of the fact that Urbanovich will say the following things a lot.

1. My friends...

Professor Urbanovich does not refer to his students as “you guys” or “ my students,” but rather “my friends.” He often starts his lectures with “my friends,” making the class more intimate and welcoming. He welcomes various thoughts and opinions and treats his students in a way that makes it seem like you really are friends with the professor.

I have only taken two classes with him, but he always remembers who I am (a rare occurrence at a large university).

2. It is inconceivable

Professor Urbanovich often says that certain events or occurrences are “inconceivable”, and when he does, you know that the even matters a lot in terms of Russian history. It’s sort of like a marker for the things you should absolutely remember after any given lecture.

Earlier this week, one of his students quoted Urbanovich’s “inconceivable” phrase during a presentation, and the entire class, including the professor, started laughing. It just goes to show how welcoming and fun his classes can be.

3. I mean, can you imagine...

This is something along the lines of “inconceivable”, but it happens on rare occasions, usually when Professor Urbanovich is comparing the US to Russia and explaining how various events that occur in Russia would not be welcomed in the US or any other nation.

For example, the Pussy Riot fiasco that occurred in Russia was a stab at the religious values present in Russia, but we idolize it in the US. If something like this had happened in Israel or any other nation with strong religious values, we would most likely look at it in a different light. I mean, can you imagine…

4. I am so proud of you

Professor Urbanovich values education over number grades, often telling students that he is extremely proud of the work they’ve done and that they will go far in life. He does give exams, homework responses, and various projects, as any professor would, but he often makes students feel accomplished and successful after the completion of any assignment.

His comments on most essays are very constructive and provide guidance toward the development of better writing skills and the creation of more ambitious future projects.

5. Don't throw potatoes at my head

On the first day of my J-Term class, Professor Urbanovich compared our class to a large group of protestors as a joke, saying that we shouldn’t throw potatoes at his head if we did not agree with one of his statements.

Throughout the course of the past two weeks, he has repeated this phrase several times, especially during lectures that might have sparked opposition among students. Professor Urbanovich says this in a joking way of course, and it makes the class seem less intense than it is, almost as if we were not learning 1000+ years of Russian history in the span of 10 days.

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You’re officially legal! It’s time to celebrate!

You’ve been waiting for this day for, well, 21 years! It’s one of the biggest milestone birthdays there is to look forward to. You probably never thought you’d make it to this point, but now that the day is here, there’s so much to do!

1. Drink!

2. Go out to dinner.

3. Go to the Casino.

4. Go on a winery tour.

5. Drink!

6. See a movie.


7. Drink!

8. Eat wine-flavored ice-cream!

9. Buy something for yourself.


10. Scratch lottery tickets.

11. Drink!

12. Go bowling.


13. Throw a party.

14. Go on a cruise.

15. Drink!


16. Dance.

17. Drink!

18. Go to a club with friends!


19. Celebrate with family.

20. Open presents.

21. Drink!

You’ve waited 21 years to legally have your first sip of alcohol, whether it be wine, beer or some fruity cocktail. The moral of this is it’s time to drink, so indulge yourself.

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