In Part 1, we explained what distance learning is and how it works. Next, we explore the many benefits of distance learning, and we will help you to decide whether this method of study is for you!

What are the benefits of distance learning?

Distance learning can have a number of advantages over traditional face-to-face learning. Here are some of them:

1. You can study wherever you want

Distance learning means no more classes! You can work through your study material from home, at the local library, the coffee shop down the road, or wherever else you feel comfortable. You can also easily submit your assignments through courier, the post, email, or online.

2. You can fit your studies into your life

Distance learning is perfect for people who are working part-time or who have other commitments at home. Because you aren’t bound to a timetable of lectures, you can create a study schedule that is best suited to you and that allows you to strike the perfect balance between work, family time and studies.

3. You’ll save money on transport and accommodation

Travelling to and from a campus every day means that you’re racking up travel costs on public transport or on petrol for your own vehicle. With transport costs rising steadily in South Africa, you’ll find yourself saving plenty of money by studying from home. As an added bonus, you won’t have to consider moving to new accommodation closer to a campus, and there will be no extra rental costs to have to deal with!

4. Your study fees are affordable

You’ll find that the costs of distance learning are much more affordable than most face-to-face learning options. You will be getting the same high standard of study material, but be paying much less! You’ll also have the option to pay your study fees on a monthly basis — without any added interest — which means that you should be able to adjust your budget fairly easily.

5. You can empower yourself and be a role model

Distance learning allows students living anywhere to study. You could be staying in a very rural area with little to no options available for quality face-to-face learning. In this instance, you can still pursue your dreams and complete your studies via distance learning! You’ll be acting as a role model to others in your community, proving to them that circumstances do not have to stand in the way of success.

If you have other questions about distance learning, then read: Distance Learning – Your Common Questions Answered.

We hope that through this two-part series, we’ve given you better insight into what distance learning is all about. If this study option sounds perfect for you, then explore distance learning courses from Oxbridge Academy. We’re accredited with the Department of Higher Education and Training, and offer national certificates and short courses in a wide variety of fields, while providing you with all the support you need.

We’re focused on taking the distance out of distance learning, by making sure that we’re with you every step of the way!