Distance learning programmes are similar to all educational programmes in the sense that there are many pros and cons to undertaking such studies. Before individuals enrol on distance learning programmes, they need to ensure that they have explored every educational option available to them.
On-line learning is the most convenient method of gaining a qualification, as individuals can study from the comfort of their own homes. Studying via distance learning also reduces the costs associated with transportation and means you can learn at your own pace. However, in saying this, it is important that each individual understands that distance learning is not suitable for everyone. Certain individuals do not do well on distance learning programmes. Excelling on distance learning programmes requires discipline, lots of dedication, concentration, self-motivation and superior organisational skills.
The main questions individuals should ask themselves before enrolling on a distance learning programme are:
- Do they have the time required to complete such a course?
- Are they determined to complete such a course?
- Does the course meet their career goals?
- Can they set aside a number of hours per day/week to study?
- Are they disciplined enough to compile a study plan and stick to it?
- Does the programme meet their needs, taking into account the duration of the programme, tuition fees, etc?
- Do they work best in a classroom environment?
- Can they imagine studying without having much interaction with other students and lecturers?
- Have they got the technology and Internet connection required to complete such a programme?
There is a myth that on-line distance learning programmes are easier than traditional programmes. This is a false assumption to make and individuals should be aware that on-line programmes are in fact more difficult, as individuals need to be much more disciplined and focused to successfully complete such a programme. In fact, the drop-out rate from distance learning programmes is 20 per cent higher than traditionally delivered programmes.
In order to understand whether distance learning is right for you, it would be a good idea to complete a free on-line certified distance learning course with www.alison.com. This will allow you to complete a course via distance learning to see if it is a correct method of study for you. Furthermore, it will save you money in the long run if you find out that distance learning is not for you.
For further information and advice on distance learning courses, career guidance and all educational issues contact Clodagh A. Higgins of Galway Careers Clinic, Salthill, Galway on 091-581234 or firstname.lastname@example.org or alternatively visit www.galwaycareersclinic.com.