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March 22, 2017

7 Reasons to Study an Online Degree

Many of us dream of going to college to get a degree, but worry that it just isn’t worth the investment in the same way it used to be. Tuition fees are rising to astronomical levels. Yet, with more people graduating than ever before, and so much competition for graduate jobs, there is no guarantee of employment, even with a high-class degree. Online study offers a welcome alternative. It’s a way to study, without worrying if it’s worth the cost. Here are some of the fantastic reasons to study online.


Studying online can be much cheaper than studying the same course in school. Online study also offers more flexible payment options, and the chance to take payment breaks. It’s also worth noting that scholarships, bursaries, grants and other forms of financial aid are still available to you if you choose to study for your degree online.


When online study first appeared, very few courses were available, and only from a limited number of institutions. However, as online study has grown in popularity, most colleges have started offering a much wider range of courses, such as an online MMLIS degree from The University of Southern California. In some cases, courses are available to study online that aren’t in schools.


Studying online offers you huge amounts of flexibility. Study around your family or work commitments, at a time and pace that suits you. Online study means you don’t have to put your life on hold to follow your dreams.


One of the things people worry about when considering online study, is that there just won’t be enough support without face to face tutor time. However, this isn’t the case. Tutors are available via email or video chat. You will also have access to support forums and other members of teaching staff.


In many cases, there are online courses you can study, with no previous qualifications, or fewer passing grades. Online study allows people who otherwise would never have the chance to take their education further and build a brighter future.


Not only will you have access to world class teachers, but also to a wealth of learning resources. You’ll learn through written notes, live video lectures and discussions, pre-recorded video and audio clips, and eBooks.


Studying online allows you to develop a different set of skills. You’ll need to be exceptionally well organized and build excellent time management skills, both of which will be incredibly useful in later life. You’ll also be very good at motivating yourself to work and going out there to make things happen for yourself, without anyone pushing.

If you are considering studying online, the best way to make sure it is worth your investment is to choose a course that means something to you. Whether it’s in a subject you feel passionate about, or something that will lead to your dream career. This way, you’ll be more committed to making it a success. With online study available in everything from a library science degree to medicine, and everything in between, there’s bound to be an option to suit your needs.

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