When looking at continuing your educational journey and getting qualified, you will quickly realise there are a lot of options out there! But one you might keep seeing is distance learning. Forgetting the COVID-19 pandemic we have all and are all currently living through, distance learning was a popular option before that.
In this blog, we’re going to look at the pros and cons of distance learning and why it’s a great option for some and not so much for other students. By the end of this, you should have a much clearer idea of what distance learning is and whether it will work for you.
Benefits of Distance Learning
So let’s start with the obvious, if you’re learning online and studying from home, then you’re not going to have to worry about travelling to a school or college to study. That’s definitely a benefit in most people’s minds.
When it comes to online learning, the range of courses and topics you can study is vast! There are way more subjects and topics you can study freely, from A-levels through to high level Diplomas, there is a course in a subject to suit everyone.
You’ll find there is a lot of flexibility when it comes to distance learning, more often than not, courses are self studied and so it’s up to you to decide as and when you want to study and more to the point, where you want to study from. Fancy working from the kitchen table in the morning and your bedroom in the evening, then you’re free to do so! Fancy reading from your mobile while lounging in bed, rather than getting up and sitting at your desk? Then go ahead and study how you feel you will best get it done.
Disadvantages of Distance Learning
So we have looked at the benefits, what about the disadvantages? Well, first and foremost, if you’re the kind of person who needs to be nagged into getting things done, then online learning might not be the right fit for you. Unlike with school or college, you’re not going to have a teacher or tutor there checking in on if you have handed in your coursework on time. You’re also not going to have them there reminding you of when your deadlines or examinations are!
Again, unlike studying at a school or college, you’re going to have to pay for your courses. Most online learning providers are private companies and so their courses come with fees and sometimes, depending on how high the level of the course, the fees can be quite high. However, with that said, you do have the option of spreading the cost of the course with an installment plan.
Another disadvantage of distance learning can sometimes be the type of course you sign up to study. It’s all well and good doing a Level 3 Diploma in Crystal Healing, but holding a certificate in that, might not mean anything more than you having more knowledge about the topic. Always check and make sure the course you are signing up to study is going to provide you with what you want. Check to see if the Awarding Body for the course is known and recognised, make sure if you’re using your qualification to go on and study at university that it will be accepted and get you onto your course.
Ready to Start Learning?
Once you have done your research, worked out if distance learning is for you and you feel ready to begin your studies, then it’s time to find an online learning provider, like Open College and sign up to get studying.