You have to have been living on a desert island for the past few months to realise that university is becoming less and less of an option for far too many people these days, and one of those people might just be you. After all, with the rocketing rise in tuition fees, plus the expense of living away from home while studying, university can be a very expensive way of getting the qualifications you need for the start of a successful career.
And that’s why more and more people are looking into distance learning as an alternative. Distance learning? It really is just that: learning at a distance. You could enrol in a university hundreds – even thousands – of miles away, but if you have a computer, a laptop, a tablet or even a smart phone, the courses on offer are merely at arm’s length away. In fact, you could study at home, on the way to work, at work… or even sitting in the shade of a tree in your local park, with a cool, refreshing drink beside you on a hot summer day.
In terms of economics, a distance learning degree works out much less expensive than one gained at university. And here, we’re only talking about tuition fees – we don’t even have to think about those other, associated costs such as travel, food and accommodation. You can spread out tuition fee payments throughout the academic year, and it’s also possible to take advantage of a government loan or grant.
And as for the study materials? Again, they are as close as your smart phone, tablet or computer. All you need to do is download whatever you require… and then start work on it. And when it comes to submitting any assignments, all you have to do is either email them to your tutor, or upload them somewhere your tutor can find them.
So if you’re lucky enough to be sitting under a shady tree with a cool, refreshing drink beside you, and your course work in front of you, on a hot summer’s day, be warned: distance learning isn’t a walk in the park. That’s because self-discipline plays a very big part in the difference between failure and success. There will be times when you have to make the decision between going out and enjoying yourself and staying at home to finish an assignment. But if you have that kind of self-discipline, and you’re looking for an alternative to university, then you really ought to be looking into distance learning.
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