In this guest post, Mel Adams discusses some of the benefits of distance learning…
i) Distance Learning means that you can learn anywhere, anytime, anyhow. A typical course of study usually requires a full-time commitment, which means giving up a job or other responsibilities. Distance learning is different. It allows you to study at your own pace, giving you the freedom to study around work, so that you gain further qualifications without having to give up a salary.
ii) Some providers allow you to add to qualifications that you have already built up elsewhere, so that you do not have to start a qualification from scratch.
iii) You can often choose to study most qualifications in a time frame that suits you. For example, you may only be able to give three hours a week up to study, but you could still study for the same course as another student who has more hours to give. The only difference is the time taken to complete the qualification.
iv) Many providers offer courses that have more than one start-date a year, while others will allow you to start your course at any time.
i) Distance Learning courses can be completed anywhere, which means that there is no need to shell out for expensive accommodation close to a university, college or training provider. You can study from home.
ii) You can also fit a course around a job, thus avoiding the need to accumulate large debts, unlike many full-time students.
iii) Many providers also offer flexible payment options, which allow you to spread the cost of your course over a period of time.
iv) Some providers also offer financial support with a course, provided the student in question fits particular criteria.
i) People often think that they will not be supported if they study a distance learning course because they will be studying from home in their own time. This is not the case at all. Most providers offer a support structure and in most cases students are assigned a personal tutor to help them with their course material.
ii) Many providers offer online forums, via which students can discuss concerns or issues with other students.
iii) Some providers offer study support sessions, where you can meet with, or telephone your tutor for some extra support.
iv) Some providers also offer a study-skills section on their website, or even study skills courses, where you can hone your academic skills, particularly if you have not studied for a long period of time.
Mel Adams is the editor of www.distancelearning.me.uk – we are passionate about distance learning, visit for study tips and guidance.