The Advantages of Home Study
Home study, also known as distance learning is now an established part of education and training throughout the UK and other countries – in the US some of the largest training establishments are distance learning.
The quality of distance learning has greatly improved in the past few years, as both students and training companies have become more comfortable with the technology, and as stories of best practices have been shared and duplicated.
Electacourse have been involved in home study/distance learning for many years – both as a company and from individual members of staff. One of our senior colleagues has been in the field for 20 years and in the past was responsible for the management and education of over a million US university students – all learning whilst at home.
Home study features a number of advantages.
- Accessibility for those living away from a training centre
- No waste of time or other resources in transport, commuting to a central location for each class
- Flexibility to study in any convenient location with an Internet connection
- Self-paced learning: Quickly browse materials you have already mastered, and concentrate time and effort in areas containing new information and / or skills
- Study materials at a personal speed and intensity, without having to wait for slower pace of the average classroom
- Just-in-time learning; more opportunities to study the most current material available
- Flexibility for those with irregular work schedules
- Accessibility for those with restricted mobility
- Accessibility for those with family responsibilities
- Communication with other students (not yet a facility on Electacourse, but one we are planning to introduce)
Recent research has shown that the most significant factor helping students to succeed has been their ability to manage time. The more successful students reported spending time regularly studying and not leaving it until the last minute.
For the 17th Edition Course which concludes with the 2382-15 exam (rated by City & Guilds as requiring 35 hours of study), Electacourse recommend you are regularly achieving high scores with the exam simulator before putting yourself up for the exam.