How to succeed with distance learning

A million miles from cold, draughty classrooms - imagine studying in a warm cosy place, your favourite music playing in the background and as many hot drinks as you like.andnbsp; If that sounds like something youandrsquo;d be interested in, let me take you through the ins and outs of home learning with some tips to help you succeed.

Keeping control

Many people are looking for ways to gain the qualifications they need without being burdened by long-term student debts. Add that to increasing access to the internet at home and you have some explanation as to the rising popularity of distance learning courses. Other reasons for choosing home study courses are as varied as the people taking the courses, but for many itandrsquo;s because this kind of learning fits around other demands on their time and energy, they can go at their own pace and they donandrsquo;t have to stop earning money to do it.

Staying motivated

If you choose to study at home you need to be motivated to keep up with the work. Youandrsquo;ll have the back up of your personal tutor and online contact with other students to help but there are some simple things you can do to help yourself:

andbull; Choose the right course for you - your home learning college will help with this

andbull; Keep thinking positively andndash; stay in control and all things are possible

andbull; Be kind to yourself - set realistic home study goals and pace yourself

andbull; Donandrsquo;t feel isolated - find ways to share with other students - use chat rooms and forums

andbull; Donandrsquo;t be afraid to ask your home learning tutor for help - before itandrsquo;s too late

andbull; Get organised and stay organised

Organisation - the key to home study success

You need to think about how you are going to organise your space so you can relax and enjoy what youandrsquo;re doing:andbull; Find a comfortable place to study, preferably away from noise and distractions

andbull; Set up a simple filing system andndash; use box files for each course module and ring binders with colour-coded dividers for ongoing work

andbull; Use a calendar or diary to record important course dates

andbull; Plan your study times and allow short breaks every 45 minutes or so because you can only stay focused for so long

andbull; Organise other aspects of your life to free up time to study at home andndash; plan a month ahead where possible

So, now you know how to stay motivated and organised andndash; do you know what distance learning courses are out there?

andbull; All kinds of interest based home study courses from bee-keeping to the history of art

andbull; IT training courses from basic computer use to more technical IT courses

andbull; Diverse range of courses leading to professional qualifications including certificates, diplomas and degrees. You can study IT training courses, accounting, management, business studies, counseling, alternative therapies and very many more.

If you think home study might be right for you - for fun, to help you at work or to start a new career or new business - check out all the possibilities online. But, make sure the home learning college you choose offers you not only the right courses, but also the level of support you think you will needandhellip;Good Luck!