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Learning from Home

Why Learn From Home?

So what are the key benefits of learning from home? Many distance learners have discovered a number of advantages of studying in the home environment.

Learning from home:

  • Allows you to work at your own pace
  • Allows you to study when and where you choose – in the dining room, the bedroom and at any time of the day and night, so you can fit your studying around your work and domestic commitments

Are there any disadvantages to learning from home?

  • You might miss the stimulation and camaraderie of working with others in a class
  • You might be tempted to skip your study periods or find yourself studying too much!

Susannah Harris has been learning from home for the past two years and is studying for a GCSE in Maths. This is Susannah’s experience.

“I started learning from home when my second child went to school. I had been a full time mum up until this point and I knew I needed to retrain to get back into the job market. I had always wanted to be a teacher but I failed my GCSE Maths at school. It wasn’t that I didn’t understand the subject, it was just that I wasn’t able to pick things up quite as quickly as some of the brighter ones in the class. Learning from home means I can work through the study pack at my own pace and don’t have to worry about being left behind. I’m actually beginning to quite enjoy it. And if I pass my examination in June, I’ll be able to apply for teacher training college.”

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