The big question many people is what course method of instruction is best? The answer to that question is really up to each individual because each person has a different set of needs, abilities and motivation.
So is there any documentation regarding which is best? Carol Ball, the Chair of the Hawaii Real Estate Commission, did a little article on distance learning. Carol was nice enough to forward me the article. Carol stated that the Hawaii Real Estate Commission test provider PSI, provided the Commission with some examination statistics, where PSI separated the classroom students exam takers from the online students test scores.
On the salespersons national portion of the state exam, 66% of the classroom students passed the first time where as 75% of the online students passed. On the state specific portion of the state exam, students taking the course in a classroom, 38% passed and for the online students, 50% passed.
I did notice in the statistics, even though online is becoming more and more popular, a majority of students in the study took the classroom course. In fact, the statistic on the PSI report showed roughly 25% of the students took online courses versus roughly 75% that took the course in a classroom setting. The highest number of online students was in the salespersons national course where 38% of the students were online students.
(I thank Carol Ball with Carol Ball Real Estate School in Hawaii for the information for this blog.)
Cooke Real Estate School
Dear Mr. Cooke:
A few weeks ago I took a look at your website and I was surprised to see how I could view the entire Broker's course before actually taking the final test. Unfortunately, due to the fact I was using a Mac and I could see the Video portion but the Audio would not work.
At that point I was introduced to Steele who I believe is your IT person. He made numerous suggestions but nothing seemed to work but Steele was determined to somehow resolve my problem. Actually, when I few days went by, I kind of gave up and figured that you would have to send me the CD's that you kindly offered me since I was having issues with the on-line version. Just then, I got another email from Steele telling me that the past few days he had been researching all my issues and that he was getting closer to allowing me to view your class on line. On Sunday, yes on a Sunday, Steele sent me an email stating it was working on his Mac. I immediately went on-line and gave it a shot and thanks to Steele I now can view the course on-line.
I am just one individual but both Steele and your company went far beyond the call of duty. You would think I was a state wide firm of 1000 brokers. It is rare to find a company today that offers the type of customer service that the Cooke School of Real Estate displayed over the last two weeks.
All I can say is that you earned my business and I will not look at any other school for my real estate courses.
Thanks again for all your help.