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Studying at Home: More than Back to the Drawing Board

It is well known that the path to a successful career is greatly improved by further education. If that means going back to the drawing board later in life, or taking on a new subject, studying from home can be the best way to achieve your goals. Doing so alongside life’s commitments can be a challenge for the best of us, but, for the majority that do so, studying at home can be the best way to get that much needed promotion at work.

Whilst working from home in any capacity can be tough at times and might occasionally even feel lonely, today we are lucky enough to live in such a technological age that we are always be connected to other people in some form. We can converse formally or otherwise via various media to aid our progress; We can even meet study partners through social media groups.

What are the perks of studying at home and why should you do it?

Working from home is often much more comfortable and gives you the opportunity to work from a place where you feel safe, relaxed and under no pressure from hourly lessons or meetings. A key thing to remember is that it’s important to make sure you have a dedicated study space in the home. This could be a home office, or your living room table, for example. Sitting on the sofa just won’t work long term, but having your work accessible wherever you are means that if you spend an hour reading through your notes there whilst the kids play is the only option, that’s fine too. That’s the joy of the flexibility studying at home provides.

In the past, many people aspiring to better their original school GCSE results or taking on that IGCSE course their boss has asked them to do could have been under the impression home study was going to be primarily expensive and secondly requiring that they sit at the back of a room full of young students. These perceptions understandably put a bit of a dampener on the idea in the past, but as the beneficial reality has been made increasingly clear in recent years, so open learning is becoming more and more popular. With so many people from all ages and backgrounds looking to update their skills through education, but at the same time not wanting to travel to a local school or college, it can be the best and most suitable option!

Working remotely offers you the flexibility to be just about anywhere and not worry about concrete time restraints such as when you pick up children from school, nor feeling it necessary to schedule a part time job around your studies, or travelling to work. The bottom line is: You have complete autonomy, and can work at your own speed.

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Lucy is a Masters graduate from Oxford Brookes University. She enjoys writing, reading and exploring new avenues of learning across all platforms.

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