Distance learning, correspondence study, home study, e-learning, and online studying are terms that are often used interchangeably. They all refer to a method of studying that allows the student to study from a destination of their choice – students are thus not required to attend classes or a physical campus.
This is not the “traditional” way of studying, and – as with anything that falls outside of convention – it brings about scepticism. It is normal to be sceptical about things, but sometimes this is simply as a result of not having enough information on the topic, or being misinformed.
So, for your convenience, we will resolve 5 of the most common myths regarding distance learning.
Myth #1 – Distance learning courses are not accepted by employers
This is not true. Employers realise that some people have full-time duties, and are thus not able to attend classes. In fact, distance learning shows true dedication, because these students do not let other responsibilities get in the way of furthering their education. Employers recognise this diligence and dedication, and are happy to welcome such hardworking people to their team.
Myth #2 – Distance learning is an expensive method of studying
Many people believe that distance learning is expensive. The truth is, however, that distance learning is often much more affordable than full-time “traditional” studies. Furthermore, you do not have to budget for travelling costs, campus accommodation costs, and miscellaneous student fees that are usually part and parcel of traditional studies.
Myth #3 – Distance learning does not offer student support
Although this may be true of certain distance learning institutions, it is not difficult to find a quality distance learning college that offers professional student support. With new technologies that the digital era offers us, student support via distance learning has become instant and effortless.
Myth #4 – Distance learning is for anti-social people
This is definitely not true! Distance learning is for all types of students – anti-social or not! People usually choose to study through correspondence if they have full-time responsibilities, such as a job or children to look after. It has nothing to do with their personalities – their circumstances simply don’t allow for them to study full-time on a physical campus.
Myth #5 – Distance learning is for lazy people
Again – definitely not true! Distance learning requires a lot of self-motivation, as there is no lecturer in front of you telling you what to do. Furthermore, distance learning students usually have other responsibilities on top of their studies, such as a full-time job. Most distance learning students are thus juggling various tasks, and can certainly not be lazy!
We hope that you are now more informed about this method of studying, and would perhaps even consider taking up a few courses via distance learning.
- Do you have a full-time job?
- Do you have children or other family members to look after?
- Are you stuck without any reliable transport?
- Do you live far away from learning institutions?
Distance learning is a perfect solution to all of the above, so why not welcome the opportunity?
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