Of course, while most people will prefer to study with other people at a college or on a campus, not everyone can do this. Some people have family commitments that mean they can’t travel daily or termly, or they may need to carry on with their current job in order to fund their studies. It’s not the end of the world if you can’t make it to a college, because online distance learning has its own advantages and here are just five.
You can recline on your sofa in your onesie to study
The point is that you don’t have to drop your entire life in order to gain another qualification. If you already have your first degree, or you’ve been in your current profession for a number of years, you might not want to leave everything behind to study again.
You won’t have to travel to a college on the other side of town in the evening, or even stay in another state or country; you’ll never be late to class and you’ll never have to worry about forgetting your books.
Applying is loads easier
Once you’re accepted onto a regular course you have the worry of accommodation, finding a part-time job, funding your train or flights home and possibly visas or residence permits. Doing your course online dispenses with all of that.
You’ll get to meet people you never would otherwise
Your course may be the only thing you have in common with these people to start with. In real life, you may not ever think of talking to them, so having a channel of communication with them is a real bonus.
It’s also likely that you find people you have loads in common with, but you’d never meet them because you live on the opposite sides of the country or even on another landmass. Online connections can lead to amazing things.
An online diploma is just as good as one from a concrete college
Many people believe that online courses aren’t as good or real as the on-campus ones, but they are. Obviously for practical subjects like animal husbandry or brain surgery you need some hands-on experience, but for many subjects, there’s no difference at all. In some ways, doing a course online while juggling another job and two kids shows serious commitment.
You develop skills that you wouldn’t do on campus
That studying you do – on the sofa, in your PJs – do you actually do it? Or do you watch box sets instead and procrastinate? Having control over your time and your own project management is something that you don’t get so much of on campus. When you’re on your own, you have to develop the soft skills and self-regulation to see a project through to the end.