Is Studying Online Right For You?
1. Are You Returning to a Higher Education Course?
Entering the world of training and assessment can be difficult, particularly if you are new or returning to study. However, the technology available today means that large numbers of students are choosing to complete vocational education and training through online or distance study.
2. Questions You Need To Ask…
Before chosing to undertake an online course, there are some things you need to ask yourself first.
- Are you organised? You need to be able to set both weekly, monthly and occasionally yearly goals to ensure completion of your course. If you are not organised, perhaps the blended mode would suit you better. Another option is to tell your trainer this and have them contact you weekly to review your learning plan.
- Do you make and stick to goals? The goals you set will mean nothing unless you actively strive to achieve them. It is also important to realise that professional and personal distractions may affect your studies. You need to ensure you are in a position to deal with these and that they won’t affect you in the long run. You should ask whether you have a support network within your family and friends.
- Are you self-sufficient? Beginning an online course means that the responsibility is yours. Obtaining the Certificate III, IV or Diploma level qualification rests solely on the efforts you put in.
3. Why Should You Study Online?
There are numerous reasons supporting online study and many that support traditional face-to-face study. Some people choose to study online as they have a full-time job meaning they do not have the time to attend the Monday to Friday classes. They may also prefer to study on the weekends meaning evening classes are unsuitable as well.
Many students may also have families meaning they do not have the time during the day to attend classes. Studying the Certificate III, IV or Diploma level qualification via distance or online learning means that they can make use of small amounts of time and schedule study around family life.
Students who live in regional or rural areas do not have the same access to education as those in the city or large suburban areas. Online education caters to this niche group of people. Additionally, some students generally fear classroom activity and prefer the technological element of interaction with teachers and peers.
4. Online Education
Online education is one of the fastest and most preferred methods of completing a vocational education and training qualification. Courses like the Cert IV in Training and Assessment can be studied in distance, online, blended or face-to-face modes. Contact your local training provider to find out more!