Most of us are familiar with the idea of learning in a classroom environment, having spent a great part of our younger years at school. Some people find this an overwhelmingly positive experience, whereas others can't wait to leave compulsory education.
A variety of options:
In comparison to the rigid structure of school, adult education offers a greater variety of options, allowing you to choose a course that best meets your personal requirements. Study can take place in a classroom or through distance learning
, full time or part time, covering a wide variety of subjects.
Research conducted by Home Learning College showed that 37% of British adults had undertaken some form of study since the age of 25, and that a quarter had studied by distance learning.
One of the main advantages of distance learning is the level of flexibility when compared to traditional courses. Rather than being tied to academic term dates - which might mean waiting almost a whole year should an enrolment deadline be missed - distance learning can generally start and finish at any time.
In today's increasingly busy society, studying from home
also means that there is no need to attend classes at a set time every week, which can test the commitment of even the most dedicated student!
Study at your own pace:
With distance learning you are in complete control of your study experience. You choose when and where you work, so you are never held back by other students or made to feel as though you are progressing too slowly. When asked about the benefits of distance learning, 16% of people who took part in Home Learning College’s survey said that it allows them to avoid feeling embarrassed in front of their peers should they get something wrong or take longer to pick up a particular concept.
Become part of a virtual campus:
In the past, distance learning may have been viewed as a lonely experience. However, the growth of the internet means that students can now experience as much a sense of community and dedicated tutorial support as those who attend traditional face-to-face classes. For example, Home Learning College's Virtual Learning Community
(VLC) is a website that includes online classes, forums and instant messaging that help to connect people to their tutor and to other students.
Making the grade:
These points aside, research from the US has shown that people who study via distance learning achieve the same or better grades than those who take traditional classes.
Having considered all these factors, it becomes obvious that distance learning is a trend that's likely to grow in popularity over the coming years. For more information on Home Learning College's range of distance learning courses, please visit www.homelearningcollege.com