For those planning to undertake one of the many adult education courses available, it's worth considering online learning. Distance learning as it is also sometimes called has several benefits over more traditional methods of education. While it may not be right for everyone, online learning can be convenient, flexible and set up a student to be able to not only pass their exams, but to develop a love for education and become a lifelong learner.
Convenience of Learning Online
One of the main benefits of online learning is the sheer convenience. Rather than needing to be in a classroom or library, study can take place in the comfort of the students own home and if he has a portable device such as a lap top, then studying can be done virtually anywhere. This will save a lot of travel time, which can be better spent on extra study.
Learning online is also very convenient as it can allow for focused learning. Some courses allow students to cherry pick the material they want to work on, while skipping over material already familiar to them. This is great for mature students, who might make up what they lack in qualifications in some areas, with real world experience.
Flexibility of Learning Online
As most of the learning is done from home, an online course is very flexible. Students do not have to worry about being at lectures on time, which is ideal for many mature students, especially those with other commitments such as children, a family or a full-time job. As tutors can be contacted by email or voice conference, one-on-one time is also easier to do so questions and problems can be cleared up quicker and more conveniently for the student.
Not all students are in the same situation and some require more time than others to complete course work due to other life commitments, especially when it comes to mature students. This makes distance learning ideal for a lot of people as many courses available allow students to work at their own pace. This means for example, an A Level course could take the usual two years, or be stretched out so that it takes three or even four years to complete.
Using Online Resources
The internet is ideal for all students to use as it can provide all the resource material that could ever be needed. Whereas even the best library will have limitations, for those who know how to use the internet as a research tool, the depth of sources is literally endless.
One of the first lessons of any online education course will be how to get the most out of the internet and to find and evaluate reference sources, be they in text form, audio, video or any other format. Even after the course has finished, this skill alone will be invaluable as when fully developed, it allows a student to always have the ability to learn a given subject matter, provided they have access to the internet.