Distance learning has grown in popularity over the last couple of years, because it gives students more freedom and time to get to all their daily routines and tasks.
Studying via distance learning also allows students to work a normal 9 to 5 job – enabling them to pay for their own studies. No more paying back student loans!
There are many distance learning institutions in South Africa to choose from. When choosing your college, make sure they are accredited and offer the course that you are interested in.
Accreditation – “The act of granting credit or recognition (especially with respect to educational institution that maintains suitable standards)”
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The advantages of studying through Distance Learning
- Distance learning is available to everyone.
- It is accessible to those living far away from cities and learning institutions.
- it saves you money and time – no paying extra money for accommodation or spending time commuting to and from campus.
- You have the freedom to study from anywhere you want to.
- You get to study at your own pace.
- You get to study up-to-date material, as the study material gets reviewed every year.
- You can work while you study.
- Distance learning is affordable.
- It is accessible to those who have a disability/mobility problem.
- It is accessible to parents who have small children and other family responsibilities.
The disadvantages of studying through Distance Learning
- Students have to be self-motivated when studying a distance learning course.
- You don’t have face-to-face contact with a tutor or lecturer.
- Students may feel a bit isolated.
- You need to have an internet connection and a computer.
- No immediate feedback on assignments – you will have to wait for your marks or report.
- Distance learning may not always offer the courses that you are interested in.
- Not all employers acknowledge distance learning certifications.
- A distance learning institution must be accredited.
- You won’t have the opportunity to work on your communication skills.