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5 Benefits of studying online

by Marianne Stenger

**Updated post**

Distance education has progressed in ways people 100 years ago would never have thought possible.

Today, online learning has become the new norm. It allows people a flexible study option that they can fit in around their life’s other commitments, whether that’s family, a full-time job, or both. It’s also a great choice for people who are in rural areas without easy access to a physical campus, and for people with mobility issues.

More and more Australians are recognising the value, flexibility and freedom that online study can give them.

Open Colleges has a rich history in distance education. We’ve been at the cutting edge of distance education for the past 125 years, and we’re always looking for new and exciting ways we can improve our delivery methods.

So, if you’re wondering whether an online course might be right for you, we’ve lined up some of the most important advantages of online learning to help you make a decision.

1. Can studying online save me money?

Online learning, when compared to on-campus learning, is usually a lot more affordable. Of course, in order to earn a certification or diploma online, you’ll still need to pay tuition fees and in some cases, invest in course materials. But an online course will generally be a lot more affordable than an on-campus course at a traditional college or university.

Studying online also means you won’t have to travel or relocate in order to attend your university of choice, so you’ll end up saving money on housing and transportation costs too.

2. Is online learning flexible?

Online learning is good for students who can’t afford to study full time due to other responsibilities such as raising a family or working. Studying online allows you to balance your studies with your existing responsibilities and study when it is convenient for you.

Of course, having good self-discipline is vital in order to succeed in online learning, because the more flexible the deadlines, the more room there is for procrastination. But in the long run, studying online can actually improve your self-discipline and help you develop valuable time-management skills that will serve you well for the rest of your life.

3. How can online learning be customised to suit my needs?

Online learning, when compared to classroom learning, allows for a more customised learning experience and study environment. Research shows that it is possible to optimise our environment and study routine to learn more efficiently. For instance, some students may feel more focused in the morning, while others prefer to study at night. Similarly, some students may need total silence in order to concentrate, while others might prefer some background noise.

4. How can online study help my career advancement?

Online courses can be a particularly good option for working professionals who would like to update their existing skills or develop new ones that will allow them to advance in their career.

The best part is that thanks to its flexible nature and affordability, online learning makes it possible for anyone investing in their professional development to pursue new career opportunities – or switch careers entirely. Who said you have to stay in the same line of work for your entire life? Today, it’s perfectly normal for people to have two or more different career paths over their professional working life.

5. Can I study anywhere with an online course?

Taking an online course means you will not be bound to any one place. For those who live in rural parts of Australia, this is one of the biggest benefits of online learning. Rural students are often at an educational disadvantage, because in order to attend university, they often must commute long distances or relocate entirely, which can be expensive.

Are you ready to begin an online course with Open Colleges?

Whatever your passion, whatever your goals are, Open Colleges offers a wide range of different online courses that can help teach you the skills and knowledge you need to succeed. Because once you take that first, decisive step, you’ll realise that everything can happen. Your potential is only limited by your own drive and imagination. It’s a powerful and exciting feeling, right?

Our online courses cover Health, Business, Trades, Childhood Education, Design and Technology, so there’s sure to be a course that can offer you exactly what you need to succeed.  

Take a look at our online courses today, or speak to an Enrolment Consultant to get a better idea of how online study can help you unlock your potential.

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