Why Distance Learning?
Distance learning has become increasingly popular over the past few years, and for many people, it is expected to become the preferred choice of further education. There are a few reasons why distance learning is a worthwhile alternative to furthering your education and improving your skills:
The term distance learning means that you don’t physically go to the institution through which you study. This means that you don’t have to travel to attend classes or find a place to stay if you live far away from a city; you are able to study at home without spending extra money.
If you have a full-time job you don’t have to plan your after-work time around classes or rush to attend classes in the evenings.
Online classrooms, forums and tutors
Distance learning institutions generally have online study groups/classrooms and discussion forums, where you can interact with fellow students and tutors, discuss course material and ask for help. College SA has tutors assigned to different courses who help you better understand your course material, offer advice and provide feedback on assignments. We also have an online classroom we automatically register you on once you’ve registered for a course.
By eliminating the extra costs that go along with studying you only have to pay tuition, and many distance learning colleges, College SA included, have payment options. You are able to pay for your studies on a monthly basis, or pay for one subject at a time - at College SA you can even pay off a subject on a monthly basis.
We include your study material in your tuition which means you don’t have to spend money on buying textbooks.
Manageable even when you have a full-time job and other responsibilities
Many distance learning institutions allow you to study only a few subjects at a time; apart from the financial benefit, colleges do this so that students don’t feel overwhelmed by the workload.
Even if you have enrolled for a few subjects, College SA sends your course material in batches; we do this so that you can complete a module and its assignments before moving on to the next module. This allows you the opportunity to focus on one thing at a time – making it easier to fully understand your course material and attend to your other responsibilities.
Entry requirements are less restrictive
Distance learning institutions generally have courses that suit many different people with different educational backgrounds. It is a lot easier to enrol for a distance learning course, as many of the courses don’t require Matric. The courses range from provider programmes, that only require grade 10, to accredited programmes that offer entry level courses that only require grade 10 or 11.
You are in charge
Aside from the general guidelines set by a distance learning institution, you have freedom to structure your own study time, schedule and pace; the tutors are there to offer you guidance, advice and motivation, but you ultimately decide when and how you will study.