Distance learning has become increasingly popular throughout the pandemic as face-to-face lessons have been impossible. There are lots of reasons why you should say yes to distance learning, but like with anything, there are both pros and cons of each learning method.
Everyone has a different learning style. What suits one person may well not suit someone else. Therefore it is a personal preference, and the only real way you will be able to tell whether distance learning or face-to-face learning is best for you is to try both methods.
Learning Methods Explained
To begin with, just for clarity, let’s explain exactly what distance learning and face-to-face learning involve. Distance learning courses are more commonly known as online learning, e-learning or learning from home. You will probably have two options regarding payment. Either pay for the whole course upfront and receive all the learning materials immediately; or you may pay monthly with course materials being released before each module starts.
Face-to-face learning is the more traditional style of learning where you will show up to a venue for a number of sessions. You will be taught by a tutor who will be following a schedule of sessions. This is more commonly known as a curriculum.
The main advantage of distance learning is that it is one of the most flexible studying options which is accessible to anyone. It allows learners to study in an environment in which they are comfortable. Which, often means information is absorbed more readily. Distance learning also allows students to learn at their own pace, rather than being stuck to a schedule. This means that if a learner struggles with a particular subject, they can go back and revisit it at any stage.
Moving onto the disadvantages of distance learning. The thing that people struggle with the most is motivation. Whilst distance learning is a flexible option, if you are not driven and motivated you will not be committed to studying; you may be better with face-to-face learning instead. Applying yourself to the course can be hard if there is no one there to help motivate you, and making time to study may well be the last thing you want to do after a busy day working. If you are someone who is organised and motivated, you shouldn’t have any of these problems at all.
As the name suggests, face-to-face learning is much more physical, which some people prefer when it comes to learning. Everyone has been through school or college at some point in their lives. So face-to-face learning is a lot more natural, as it is what people are used to. The interaction is much better too, and you can get instant feedback from the teacher. Face-to-face learning also allows you to build up a support network with fellow students so you can help each other out if you get stuck on a particular topic. If you lack motivation, face-to-face learning would be perfect for you. In order to complete a course, you will have to attend a certain number of sessions which are compulsory. This will help drive you to complete the course.
There are some disadvantages of face-to-face learning too. The ‘school familiarity’ aspect can also bring up bad memories for those who didn’t have the best start to their education. It can be quite daunting walking into a classroom full of strangers! Some students simply don’t like the way in which face-to-face learning is delivered, and prefer an online support community. Again it comes back to personal preference.
Choosing The Right Distance Learning Provider
If you do opt for a distance learning course, it is important that you take the time to research different distance learning providers. You need to be happy with the course and the modules within the course, as well as the qualification that you will receive upon completion.
It is always a good idea to check the level of support that will be provided too. Here at Brooks and Kirk, our tutors are always on hand to answer any questions our learners may have at any time. However, we have found that some learners who have come to us, have previously had bad experiences and have just been left to complete the course entirely on their own.
If you would like to find out more about the courses we offer at Brooks & Kirk feel free to have a browse through our website. If you have any questions our team will be more than happy to help – give them a call on 01205 805155.