There are so many benefits to studying online, like the flexibility, accessibility and sheer convenience. That’s why more and more people are choosing it as a mode of study. Here are a few of the main reasons why online really is the way to go.
You really can’t beat the convenience of being able to study from home – and there’s a lot to be said for studying in your PJs! You can study from wherever you like, whether that be over a latte at your local café or on the train while you commute to your day job.
Online accessibility means that those who were previously unable to pursue their education because they lived remotely or were otherwise unable to attend classes on campus, can now enjoy the same study opportunities as everyone else. Online study is educational democracy at work – all you need is an Internet connection.
The flexibility of online learning is another of its great attractions. It’s the ideal study mode for those who are working and need to fit their study around their jobs; for busy parents who need to squeeze study in between family commitments; and anyone else who requires flexibility in their schedule. Are you a night owl who does your best studying at midnight? No problem. With 24/7 access to learning materials, you can ‘attend’ a lecture at a time that suits you.
With more unis, TAFEs and private colleges offering distance education options than ever before, the range of courses might surprise you – you can take pretty much anything you can think of online, even practical courses from dog-grooming to nursing. Your choices have never been greater.
With online study, not only can you follow your own timetable, you can also study at your own pace and take your time to complete your qualification. For many, especially those who are working or returning to study at a later stage in life, it means that they can fit online study among other commitments without stressing about deadlines.
Students who complete courses online get exactly the same qualification as an on-campus student; in fact, online and on-campus courses are often run by the same lecturers. That means there’s no need to worry about the quality of your education or how it will be regarded in the marketplace, especially with the many accredited, nationally recognised courses on offer.
Many people may not realise that with online study, you still have access to a large online student and teacher community. With the help of email, online forums and tutors, chat and video calls, you’ll stay connected and will have great opportunities to network. For those who still want some face-time, many online courses offer a residential component, as well as practical work experience placements to ensure you get hands-on experience.
No more time and money spent on commuting, parking, petrol or childcare. Bonus!