Benefits of Distance Learning for Adults

Looking for an alternative to further your education? Distance learning might just be the solution. Learn more about the Benefits of Distance Learning for Adults.

What is Distance Learning?

Distance learning is a method of education that doesn’t require the student to attend class. Your classroom is wherever you feel most comfortable learning. Students get all their study material sent to them, and it is their responsibility to go through the modules and get familiar with the different topics that are discussed. Of course with distance learning you’re not entirely on your own. You will get assistance from your lecturers and tutors. Distance learning should not be confused with e-Learning or online learning. There are many Benefits of Distance Learning for Adults. 

Benefits of Distance Learning for Adults

Want to further your education or even finish school but you don’t have time in your schedule to attend class every day? Then distance learning could just be your answer. Deciding to continue your studies is hard, especially when you’re an adult with responsibilities. Distance learning allows you to keep your job and fit time in your schedule to study from home. Here are some of the Benefits of Distance Learning for Adults:

A Flexible Schedule

Full-time and part-time classes require you to be at class at a fixed time. Your attendance is important for those types of classes. However, distance learning gives you more flexibility. You never have to attend classes, because there aren’t any classes scheduled. Set your study hours around work and your other responsibilities. 

Better Career Opportunities

If you are looking to make a career switch, refocus your career or seeking advancement, then distance learning is the way to go. This allows you to keep your current job while studying to climb the corporate ladder. Continuing your studies is perfect for those who feel stuck in their current jobs and would like to pick up skills to take their career to the next level.

Fund Your Own Studies

Finding financial assistance can put a strain on you. There might not be funding or bursaries available for the programme you’re interested in. You also need to meet certain requirements to qualify for a bursary. These expectations could exhaust you. Lucky for you, most distance learning institutions have flexible payment plans. And the good thing about distance learning is, you can still work full-time. Look at our study fast, pay less policy and the NATED courses policy to see how we reward our students.

Choose Your Learning Environment 

Not everyone does well in a classroom environment. And not everyone can afford to become a full-time student. With distance learning there are no classes. Which means, you can choose a learning environment that helps you stay focused or one that encourages you to be more creative. Choose to study at the table in your kitchen or dining room, your bedroom, or your local library. The choice is yours. 

Become More Self-Disciplined 

Because of its flexibility, distance learning will make you more self-disciplined and responsible. You are responsible for the amount of work you put in and your study results. Your study material will be sent to you, and you can decide how little or how much you are willing to study. Distance learning requires dedication. Of course, you will have online academic support and access to online study groups. However, you are responsible for your decisions and the outcomes of your course. 

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Last Updated: November 2, 2020

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Cherri-Lee Rhode
Cherri-Lee Rhode
Cherri-Lee is the Head Writer and Content Team Leader at Skills Academy. She enjoys writing but loves the mentoring and training aspects of her job just as much. Her philosophy and answer for everything is 'skills are taught'. You can view her LinkedIn here

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