Retraining is something that many people are looking into, whether it is due to redundancy or returning to work after raising children. Studying is one form of retraining and many choose a distance learning course while working. The main benefit is that a student is able to support the family while retraining. However, online learning takes time and patience. A student needs to have a certain mindset to succeed.
The Ability to Remain Motivated
It is very easy to lose interest in a course. The main problem is that it is all self-study. There are no tutors to teach the material and keep the motivation. Students need to be interested in the course chosen and find ways to remain motivated. This is completed through setting goals and remaining positive throughout the course.
The Ability to Self-Teach
As stated, online courses involve self studying. Not everyone is able to teach themselves. While the courses offer access to tutors via phone and email, the tutors are not there to go through every part of the material. They are there to help explain specific sections, offer advice and comment on assessments to improve learning.
Organisation is extremely important when it comes to distance learning. The course usually has a time frame, although usually longer than traditional university or college courses, and students must finish within that time. There are assessment due dates and exams to study for, which require the students to learn and answer questions or write essays. Students need to find time to study around work, socialising and family commitments.
An Understanding Network
Having supportive friends and family members is essential to be successful in a course. Students should take the time to explain to their social network about the course and their wishes. This will mean that spouses will allow students to work, children will be more understanding when asking to do something and friends will understand when a trip to the cinema is not possible.
Online learning is a great way to retrain and be able to support a family at the same time. However, this form of learning is not suitable for everybody. It is important to assess skills and determine whether online studying is best. There are many options available and it is worth finding something perfect to complete the retaining to a high standard.
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