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What to do when you’re struggling to study

Posted on 30/08/2017 by

Struggling to stay focused on your studies? Try reaching out to your classmates or your tutor for some support.

It’s inevitable that sooner or later, you’ll hit a ‘study wall’ and struggle to stay focused on your assignments.

The good news is, there are plenty of ways to overcome this mental roadblock. It’s simply a matter of finding the right one for you. Here are some ideas.

Try a new study technique

Perhaps your preferred study technique is to create flash cards and then use them to test yourself. Even if this has worked in the past, if you’re bored it might be time to try something new.

Ask your friends and family for their favourite study techniques and try using one of their ideas. Perhaps they prefer to draw mind maps, talk out loud, or watch online tutorials to help them learn. Sometimes a fresh approach can be all you need to get started again.

Study with others 

Studying with others can make a big difference as you can bounce ideas off each other, help one another to understand concepts, and work together to find answers to questions that you’re both asking.

Even though you study from home, you can still study with others by using the forums to chat with other students all around New Zealand. You could even set up a virtual study group on Skype.

Schedule a chat with your tutor

It’s great to be able to ask questions online, but nothing is quite the same as a real conversation. Schedule a time to talk to your tutor on the phone and let them know you’re struggling with motivation. They will be more than happy to listen to your concerns and share their tips and tricks for success.

Come back to it 

Can you afford to take a short break from your studies? If you’re up-to-date with your assignments, you might need a few days off to give your brain time to recharge. Try to spend a day or two away from your study notes and get plenty of sleep and exercise.

When you return to your studies, you might find you’re refreshed enough to tackle your next assignment with ease.

Study From Home offers a supportive way to learn about airline, travel and tourism from anywhere in New Zealand. Get in touch today to learn about our exciting qualifications. 

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The best apps to help you get a good night’s sleep

Posted on 23/08/2017 by

Sleep like a stress-free seal with these clever apps.

Getting enough sleep each night will help you study from home, especially if you’re juggling study with part-time work or parenting. A proper sleep will allow you to concentrate for longer and get the most out of your study time.

That said, sometimes a good night’s sleep is easier said than done, so here are a few handy apps to help you drift off to dreamland.

Sleep Genius 

With a claim to fame as the ‘World’s most scientifically advanced sleep app’, Sleep Genius was originally created to help astronauts fall asleep. The main function of the app is to train you to fall asleep with specially designed music and sounds, which then help to guide your brain through each stage of the sleep cycle for a longer, deeper sleep.

The app also offers a power nap function and a 30-minute relaxation program.

F.lux

It’s recommended that you put down your phone as soon as you get into bed, as the blue light emitted from your cellphone screen suppresses melatonin, which keeps you awake.

F.lux is clever little app that recognises that many of us aren’t able to simply put down our phones right away.

When you use F.lux, it will adjust the colour of your screen to a warmer hue, so you’ll be able to catch up on social media and news from your phone before bed – without stopping your body’s natural process of shutting down for the night. 

Sleepmaker Rain

There’s nothing quite like falling asleep as rain pounds on your windows, but it’s a rare treat at best.

With Sleepmaker Rain, you can hit the play button and listen to the soothing sounds of rain ‘onto concrete’, ‘with trickling puddles’, or ‘rain against windows’. There are even options for medium and heavy downpours, so you can find the sound that best works for you.

Struggling to stay awake at your current job? Bored with your current life? Make a change and study towards a qualification in airline, travel or tourism. Apply today!

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How to think positively about study

Posted on 16/08/2017 by

Study doesn’t have to be a slog. Follow the below three tips to stay smiling!

“A negative mind will never give you a positive life.”

It’s a famous saying that’s true for practically every aspect of life, from study and work to relationships and self-confidence.

Thinking in a ‘glass-half-full’ way will help you study from home successfully, so here are a few tips for keeping a positive frame of mind.

Stay focused on your big goals

The point of study isn’t simply to pass the next test or to put a certificate on your wall, but it can be easy to lose sight of that when you’re busy or stressed.

Stay positive by reminding yourself of your big goals – the ones that you’ll achieve once you’ve graduated, such as getting a new job or securing a promotion. Focusing on your long-term goals can help to keep your spirits up.

Never forget that it’s a learning experience

It’s only natural to feel a bit stressed or overwhelmed from time-to-time when you’re studying, so try to be gentle on yourself and trust that you will figure it out in the end. After all, you wouldn’t have taken the course if you already knew everything!

Remember that studying is a learning experience and sometimes you will take some time to gain confidence.

Remind yourself of your successes

Did you do well on a particular assignment? Stick the grade on your wall in front of your desk. Did your tutor give you some positive feedback? Write it out at the top of your notepad each day to remind yourself of your strengths. Remember these positive feelings whenever you start to struggle.

Reminding yourself of your successes – large or small – can be a great way to keep a positive frame of mind when you tackle your next assignment.

Would you like to study towards a qualification for New Zealand’s airline, travel, and tourism industry? Get in touch today to learn about ITC’s Study From Home courses. 

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Study From Home students shine at 2017 Graduation

Posted on 09/08/2017 by

Study From Home students and tutors celebrate at the 2017 ITC Graduation at the Langham Hotel in Auckland.

On Friday July 21, several Study From Home students attended the ITC 2017 Graduation Ceremony at the Langham Hotel in Auckland.

Held in the Langham’s magnificent Great Room, it was a stunning evening of culture, canapes, and celebrations. The 2017 theme was ‘Your Own Culture’, so everyone dressed up as something inspired by their cultural heritage.

“It was wonderful to see so many Study From Home students at Graduation. They all looked fantastic!” says Richard Euston, Study From Home Team Leader.

Graduation is one of the highlights of Richard’s year, as it’s a chance to catch up with students from around the country and celebrate their achievements. One student travelled all the way from Roxburgh in Central Otago.

“Achieving a Study From Home qualification takes motivation, commitment, and lots of hard work. It’s amazing to be able to congratulate each student on their success,” he says.

The evening began with drinks, canapes and networking, before the official ceremony opened with an impressive Kapa Haka performance by Edgewater College, followed by a presentation by guest speakers Sam Mooney and Clint Maskell from STRAY.

Next, students were called up on stage to receive their certificates – their chance to shine!

“Giving out certificates is one of my favourite parts of the evening. It’s great to be able to shake each student’s hand, acknowledge their amazing effort, all while their friends and family cheer from the audience,” says Richard.

Richard also awarded three special awards to high performing students.

Communication Excellence: Mary Rivera
Academic Excellence: Leah Tapu Tuia
Student of the Year: Rachael McIlroy

After the special awards were presented, the official ceremony came to an end. Students and tutors then gathered in the foyer to take photos and say their goodbyes.

Professional photos from the evening are available on ITC’s Facebook page. Don’t forget to tag yourself and your friends!

Do you want to graduate with a tourism qualification next year? Study From Home is enrolling now for courses starting August 21. Apply today!

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Report reveals need for more skilled tourism workers

Posted on 02/08/2017 by

Thousands of additional skilled tourism workers will be needed by 2020, a report has revealed.

An additional 200,000 workers will be needed in the service sector (which includes tourism) by 2020, a report commissioned by At Your Service Aotearoa has revealed.

At Your Service Aotearoa is an organisation created to draw attention to the skills shortage in New Zealand’s services sector – or, as the website reads, “to issue a call to arms over mounting skills’ shortages”.

Tourism is one of the industries in need of skilled workers, especially as visitor numbers to New Zealand continue to grow.

This is positive news for anyone considering studying towards a tourism qualification, as it suggests that their skills will be in high demand upon graduation.

Study From Home offers the following qualifications to prepare students for a career in the airline, travel, and tourism industry:

 
Each of these qualifications can be achieved via distance learning from anywhere in New Zealand. Study From Home students also have the option of studying part-time or full-time.

As the At Your Service Aotearoa report reveals, New Zealand is in need of skilled tourism workers – so now could be an ideal time to gain a formal qualification and enter the tourism workforce.

Study From Home graduates have embarked on exciting careers around New Zealand. You can read some of their success stories below.

 
Would you like to embark on a tourism career like Sharon, Stacey, and Maria? Contact Study From Home today to discover how you can become a skilled worker in New Zealand’s thriving tourism sector.

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5 things every Study From Home student needs

Posted on 26/07/2017 by

A reliable computer and internet connection is essential for studying from home – and coffee helps, too!

New to studying from home? Here are five things every distance learning student needs to thrive in a study from home setting.

1. Reliable internet connection

Our study from home tourism qualifications are taught online, so a reliable internet connection is a must. Make sure you have enough internet data to check your emails, submit your assignments, participate in forum discussions, and make the odd video or Skype call. It’s also a good idea to have a backup plan if your internet becomes disconnected due to circumstances out of your control, such as bad weather. For example, your backup plan might be to study from the library or a friend’s house.

2. Laptop or desktop computer

You’ll also need a reliable laptop or desktop computer to work on your assignments – a tablet probably won’t quite cut it, unless it comes with an excellent keyboard and mouse. If you don’t have a computer, keep an eye on Trade Me for second-hand options, or consider borrowing one from a friend or family member for the duration of your course.

3. Cellphone or landline

Although most of your studying will be done online, it helps to pick up the phone every now and then. Your tutors are available to answer any questions you might have – be sure to give them a call whenever you encounter a challenge or are uncertain about any of the topics you’re studying. It’s also a good idea to speak to your tutors on the phone if you’re struggling to keep up with the workload. The sooner you let them know you need help, the easier they can help you find a solution.

4. A study plan

A realistic study plan is essential to your success as a study from home student. Without regular classes to attend or tutors to look over your shoulder, you need to be organised and self-motivated. A study plan helps you plan out your week and stick to a schedule so you stay productive and make the most of your study hours.

5. A study space or ‘study kit’

If possible, create a space in your home that’s dedicated to studying and set up your desk, computer, printer, and other essentials. If it’s not possible to create a home office, put together a ‘study kit’ instead – this is where you keep your laptop, study notes, and everything else you need to study in one portable box or bag, so you can set-up your study space anywhere from the kitchen table to the local cafe. The point is to make it as easy as possible for you to start studying, so you don’t waste precious time gathering your things together or looking for your computer cord.

Study From Home is enrolling now, with courses starting 21 August. Get in touch today to learn how a Study From Home qualification could get your airline, travel, and tourism career off to a flying start. 

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Study From Home graduate Maria Vaifale shares her story

Posted on 19/07/2017 by

Studying from home with ITC allowed Maria, a single mother of three, to rediscover her love for the travel industry.

Every Study From Home student has their own unique story to tell. In this week’s blog post, recent graduate Maria Vaifale shares her special journey. From her very first tourism job to the moment she decided to study from home, Maria’s story is an inspiration to all.

“I knew a part of me was missing”

Maria, a Kiwi born Samoan, has always loved the travel industry. Her first job was as a Travel Consultant for AMA Travel in 1997. However, she gave up this job when she settled down and started a family.

It wasn’t until recently that Maria realised “a part of her was missing”. She realised that she still loved the travel industry and wanted to return to work in this sector.

“Despite all of the great jobs I had over the years (with awesome salaries), I knew a part of me was missing. I analysed my situation and automatically Travel Consultant came to my mind,” says Maria, who worked in sales for companies like Avis Rental Cars and NZ Post during her break from the travel industry.

“I knew I could be a Travel Consultant again as I had the experience and knowledge of the job itself. I also had support from friends who had faith in me, as they too were confident that I’d be able to restart this career.”

Maria started to look for correspondence courses so she could work around her kid’s school hours (she’s a single mother of three) when she came across Study From Home – and she hasn’t looked back.

“ITC radiated so much positive energy”

Maria says ITC’s website and student success stories inspired her to apply, and that she was even more impressed with the College when she attended the Study From Home Orientation Day.

“There was so much positive energy in the atmosphere, not just from the tutors but also from the students. I was even more excited to commence my studies.”

“I enjoyed being able to complete the course at my own pace”

One of the main reasons many people choose to study from home is flexibility. For Maria, this was a huge bonus.

“I also loved having the awesome online team supporting me all the way, whether via phone call or email,” says Maria.

She adds that she was especially grateful for their constant motivation and encouragement.

“I’m thankful to have had such empathetic tutors, who were not going to give up on me but walked with me through my journey. I enjoyed the service from ITC and will miss everyone.”

“Now I work for Tourism Holdings as a Booking Host”

After completing her Level 4 qualification, Maria was accepted to work for Tourism Holdings in Mangere as a Booking Host (Reservation Agent).

“This job works with clients from America, Europe, and Australia. I provide pre-travel and on-hire guidance and advice, as well as issue accurate quotations and bookings for car and motorhome rentals to domestic and international clients,” says Maria.

She hopes this role will get her one step closer to her dream job, which is to work as a Travel Consultant for Air New Zealand.

“Your tutors are there for you – to guide you and answer your questions”

Maria has plenty of advice for people who are considering studying from home.

“You need to be motivated, focused, and determined to persevere through the ups and downs of your course. Ask your tutors a lot of questions via phone or email. Don’t be shy, otherwise your question will never be answered. No question is stupid, so don’t doubt yourself,” says Maria.

“Also, set a time for you to study with no interruptions. Be consistent with your studies but also realistic. Remember why you’re doing the course and think of the end line, because that’s what you’re aiming for – to graduate!”

Her final words are if she can do it, anyone can.

“I am 40 years old and a single mother… if I can complete my Travel Level 4, so can you. Go for gold and all the best!”

Are you inspired by Maria’s story? Study From Home is enrolling now with courses starting on 21 August. It’s not too late to apply – get in touch today to register your interest.

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How to stick to your study routine

Posted on 12/07/2017 by

Stay focused and submit your assignments on time with these tips for sticking to your study routine.

Creating a study plan is a great strategy that helps you feel organised and well-prepared – but it only works if you follow it.

Family, friends, and the latest episode of your favourite TV series can all get in the way, so here are a few tips to help you stick to your study routine.

Reward yourself for all achievements 

Studying can be tough and tiring, but it’ll only seem worse if there’s no end in sight. Reward each milestone you hit with a treat for yourself that matches the magnitude of the task.

For example, if you need to read a chapter of a book, place a jelly bean at the end of each page. Or, if you reach your goal of four full hours of study during the day, give yourself the night off to enjoy a movie. And if you manage a full week of productive study time, treat yourself to a day off on the weekend.

Identify and remove distractions

Start by singling out all of your biggest distractions. Your mobile phone is often the worst culprit, but other distractions include open social media windows on your laptop, a good novel sitting by your bed, and even a pile of washing that needs to be put away.

Be it something enjoyable or a task you can use to procrastinate, put it out of sight and out of mind so you can focus on your study.

Study at times that suit you best

By now, you’ll know if you’re a chirpy morning lark or a wide-eyed night owl. For some, early mornings are the most productive time of day, while others would prefer some extra time to sleep in and are better suited to working in the evenings.

Know the times that suit you best for study, and make the most of them. 

Remind others that you can’t be disturbed

If you have others in your home that could disrupt your routine, post your study times on the fridge or your door (or both) so they know not to disturb you during those hours.

Study From Home is enrolling now for airline, travel and tourism courses. Get in touch today to register your interest and learn how you can study from home anywhere in New Zealand. 

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How to get a good reference from your Study From Home tutor

Posted on 05/07/2017 by

A glowing reference from your Study From Home tutor could help you stand out from other candidates.

When you start to apply for tourism jobs, a glowing reference from your Study From Home tutor will go a long way.

It’s worth keeping this in mind as you complete your studies – you want to do everything you can to get a good reference at the end of your course.

Here are some tips:

Treat your studies like a first job

A good way to make a positive impression on your tutors is to treat your studies like a first job. Be professional, punctual, and polite. Take your studies seriously, but also show plenty of enthusiasm and curiosity. Be excited to learn, ask questions, and let your passion for travel and tourism shine through.  

Form a positive relationship with your tutor

When you study from home, you can be relatively independent and do a lot of your work online. That said, take the time to call your tutor every now and then – they are there to help you succeed. Talking on the phone regularly will also help your tutor get to know you better, allowing them to provide a more detailed reference when the time comes.

Hand in your assignments on time

When providing a reference, a tutor will be honest with the potential employer about your commitment to your studies. If you handed in assignments late or missed important deadlines, they may feel obliged to reveal this information to the interviewer. If you’re falling behind on your studies, talk to your tutor as soon as you can – they may be able to help you find a solution.

Ask your tutor if they’d be willing to provide a reference

The Study From Home tutors love providing references for their students and helping them get their first job – but it’s still important to ask if you can include their contact details on your CV. That way, they will know to expect a phone call and won’t be caught off-guard if it comes out of the blue.

Ask your tutor for interview tips and tricks

Your tutor wants to see you do well. They want nothing more than for you to ace your job interview and start working in the industry. Take advantage of their expertise and ask for feedback and advice. This shows that you’re motivated and focused, and will inspire them to give you a great reference when the time comes.

Study From Home is enrolling now. Get in touch today to find out how we can help you kickstart your airline, travel and tourism career. 

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Local i-SITEs still well-used by tourists

Posted on 28/06/2017 by

A group of ITC students outside the i-SITE centre in Matamata. i-SITEs are still well-used by visitors and form an important part of local tourism communities.

Local i-SITE centres are still popular with international visitors, despite the rising availability of online bookings and travel apps – in what is likely welcome news to tourism workers throughout regional New Zealand, where i-SITEs form a strong part of small tourism communities.

i-SITE executive director Paul Yeo recently spoke about the performance of i-SITE centres at a one-day conference in Wellington. He said that around eight million visitors use i-SITEs every year, resulting in a collective spend of about $76m.

Mr Yeo says this spend is decreasing as many visitors choose to book activities and tours through alternative sources – but that i-SITEs still have an important role to play.

“i-SITEs play a critical role in promoting local business, events and council and community services to those eight million visitors,” says Mr Yeo in a press release.

“They are central to keeping people in a region for longer, to experience more of a region than they might have first considered.”

He adds that i-SITEs also play a critical role in informing visitors (both domestic and international) about safety, such as safe driving and freedom camping. i-SITEs are also an important source of information in the event of a natural disaster.

At Study From Home, we believe i-SITEs can be an excellent source of information for tourism students, too. If you’re interested in working in the tourism industry in your local region, paying a visit to the nearest i-SITE is a good place to start. You can get a feel for what types of tourism businesses operate in the area – and, therefore, what types of jobs might be available.

With Study From Home, you can study airline, travel and tourism from anywhere in New Zealand – all you need is a reliable internet connection, a computer or laptop, and a motivation to succeed.

To learn more about our Study From Home courses, including how you can enrol in 2017, get in touch today. We’ve love to help you kickstart your career in airline, travel and tourism.

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Five reasons to study from home in Auckland

Posted on 21/06/2017 by

Just because you live in Auckland doesn’t mean you can’t study from home. Distance learning might be the best option for you.

If you live in Auckland, you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to on-campus study options. That said, have you ever considered studying from home? Just because you can commute to class doesn’t mean it’s the right option for you.

Here are five reasons why you might want to consider studying from home in Auckland instead.

1. Escape the commute

It’s no secret that public transport in Auckland is expensive, especially if you live far away from the city centre. Save money (and time!) by ditching the commute and studying from home instead. Just think of how much study you could get done in the time you’d spend sitting on a bus, train, or ferry.

2. Study part-time

If you need to study part-time hours due to childcare or work commitments or even just personal preferences, then studying from home is a good option. Our on-campus courses are all full-time (at least 40 hours a week), but with distance learning you can choose to study for 20 hours a week if you prefer.

3. Enjoy a flexible lifestyle

Are you one of those people who thrive on flexibility? Do you love mixing up your routine every week and do you have great time management skills? If so, you will love the freedom of studying from home. You are able to set your own schedule and study when it suits you best. As long as you meet the deadlines for your assignments, you’re free to create your own hours.

4. Juggle study and kids

Many Auckland-based parents choose to study from home so they can juggle getting a qualification with looking after their little ones. You can choose to study full-time or part-time and fit your study schedule around your childcare obligations.

5. Get the best of both worlds

Studying from home in Auckland offers the best of both worlds. You live in New Zealand’s biggest city, which is overflowing with tourism jobs, so you won’t be short of job opportunities when you graduate. Yet, you can enjoy the flexibility of studying in your local community without needing to commute every day. By the time you graduate, you will be able to choose where in Auckland you’d like to kickstart your career. The opportunities are endless!

Study From Home is enrolling now for our airline, travel, and tourism courses. Get in touch today to find out how you could gain a qualification in this exciting industry.

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Tips for talking about studying from home in job interviews

Posted on 14/06/2017 by

When you go for a job interview, make sure you let potential employers know the benefits of studying from home.

Studying from home requires motivation, focus, and commitment. It shows that you’re driven, determined, and willing to succeed – and that you can work well independently with minimal supervision. With this in mind, a Study From Home qualification makes you an ideal candidate for many tourism jobs around New Zealand.

However, not all employers will understand how distance learning works. Some of them might wonder if your Study From Home qualification is the same as an on-campus qualification (it is, by the way!). Others might wonder how you will work in a team environment.

That’s why it’s up to you to talk about your study from home experience in a positive light at job interviews. An interview is your chance to show potential employers how studying from home makes you a great candidate.

Here are some tips for talking about your experience in a way that will help you impress potential employers.

Always use positive language

Frame your decision to study from home in a positive light.

Don’t say: “I decided to study from home because I didn’t want to spend money commuting to campus.”

Instead, say something like “I chose to study from home because it allowed me to be more productive with my time.”

Use language that draws attention to the positive aspects of your decision.

Focus on your qualification

Whether you study from home or on-campus, you still graduate with the same qualification. Make sure your employers understand that your study from home qualification is not inferior in any way.

Talk about the skills you learned, the assignments you completed, your favourite topics, and showcase the quality of the qualification.

Be a team player

Studying from home may be physically isolating, but you still study as part of a team. Explain in your interview that you interact with classmates using online forums and the telephone. Talk about how you’re confident talking to people both in person and online, and how this is a great customer service skill.

Make it clear that although you chose to study from home, you love working with people and you can’t wait to be in an office environment. Dispel any doubts they may have about your ability to be a team player.

Talk about your strengths

As mentioned above, studying from home requires many strengths, so don’t forget to mention this in your interview.

Draw on examples from your study from home experience to show how it makes you:

  • Independent
  • Resilient
  • Focused
  • Determined
  • Self-motivated
  • Willing to learn
  • Adaptable
  • Flexible
  • Able to self-manage
  • Able to work autonomously
  • And more!

 
Be sure to add your own strengths to this list. And remember, a job interview is your time to shine – so don’t hold back from talking about your positive qualities. Good luck!

Study From Home teaches four airline, travel, and tourism qualifications throughout New Zealand. Enrolments are open now for upcoming courses – get in touch today to discover if studying from home is right for you.

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Solo mum of three finds dream job as travel consultant

Posted on 07/06/2017 by

Rachael McIlroy rocks a new haircut ahead of starting her dream job as a travel consultant for You Travel in Eltham.

When Rachael McIlroy was thinking about enrolling with Study From Home, she read the success stories on our website.

At that moment, she felt a spark – a strong motivation to become a Study From Home success story herself.

“From the beginning I said to myself ‘I am going to be a success story’ – and I set out to do it,” says Rachael.

It’s safe to say she achieved her goal. Rachael is now working her dream job as a travel consultant for You Travel in Eltham, Taranaki. In this role, she helps people book overseas trips by offering professional advice and selling travel packages.

The solo mum of three has wanted to work in travel since she was just a toddler, when she started flying with her grandfather in his Cessna. Studying tourism from home helped her confirm this passion.

She’s thankful she had the opportunity to study from home and encourages other tourism hopefuls to do the same.

“If you’re unable to attend campus training, I encourage you to take the first step and take hold of your dreams by studying from home. With the fantastic and helpful staff, you will not regret it,” says Rachael.

She has a few tips for future Study From Home students.

Dress to impress

Wearing professional attire is not something most Study From Home students think about until they graduate – but Rachael made a point to dress professionally from the start. She found this helped her take her studies more seriously.

“From the word go, prepare yourself professionally. Even at the Orientation Day, I wore professional attire to help me prepare for this industry,” says Rachael.

Try to finish early

Another tip from Rachael is to try to hand in assignments early if you can.

“Try to complete the units early, as you never know what may come up that may hinder your studies for a short time,” she says.

“That said, if this happens the tutors are very helpful,” she adds

Treat study like a first job

“When doing assessments, think to yourself: ‘If I was in this industry already, how would I answer this question to my boss?’ This method helps you produce top quality results of a very high standard,” advises Rachael.

It’s hard work – but it’s worth it.

“I’m happy to say I have my dream job because of this hard work.”

Would you like to find your dream job in airline, travel or tourism? Get in touch today to learn how a qualification from ITC Study From Home can help you become a success story just like Rachael.

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[Quiz] Is studying from home right for me?

Posted on 31/05/2017 by

Could you study from the comfort of your own home? Take our short quiz to find out!

Are you thinking about studying from home? Here are ten quick questions to ask yourself to discover if studying from home is a good option for you.

1. Do you live outside of Auckland?

You can study airline, travel or tourism from home with the International Travel College from anywhere in New Zealand. You can also study from home in Auckland if you’d prefer to skip the commute!

2. Are you a parent?

Studying from home is a great way to juggle getting a qualification with looking after your kids. Many parents choose a part-time course so they can balance studying with childcare.

3. Do you have good time management skills?

Are you highly organised and a pro at managing your time? Studying from home requires a lot of self-planning and sticking to a schedule.

4. Do you enjoy your own company?

You won’t be coming into a classroom every day, so it’s important that you feel comfortable spending time alone. That said, you’ll be able to interact with your tutors and classmates online and on the phone.

5. Is your family supportive of your studies?

Studying from home is often a family affair – the support of your loved ones can help you stay motivated and on-task. You may also need to share the load of childcare and household duties with your partner or extended family.

6. Do you want to study part-time?

Studying part-time is not an option for on-campus courses, so if you want the flexibility of part-time hours, studying from home could be for you.

7. Are you motivated and determined?

You’ll need to the motivation to focus on your studies when the TV and the fridge are only a few steps away.

8. Do you want to work while you study?

You can study from home part-time and work part-time – a great way to earn an income while you gain a qualification.

9. Do you have a laptop or computer and a reliable internet connection?

Our study from home courses are taught online, so make sure your technology is reliable.

10. Would you be prepared to travel to Auckland for a day?

We hold an Orientation Workshop for our study from home students in Auckland. This is a great way to meet your classmates (and a great excuse for a trip to the city). It’s not compulsory but it is well worth attending if you can.

If you answered mostly “yes”… then you’d thrive when studying from home! It sounds like distance learning is the perfect fit for your lifestyle. Get in touch today to find out about our upcoming classes.

If you answered mostly “no”… then on-campus study might be a better fit. If you live in Auckland, you can study on-campus in the city centre or in Botany. Contact ITC to book a free tour of one of the campuses.

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Three tips for remembering your study notes

Posted on 24/05/2017 by

Did you know that drawing colourful diagrams or flash cards could help you learn faster?

Do you find it hard to remember what you learn each day? Do you feel like you have to read the same paragraph ten times to make the information stick? And do you get really bored of reading?

There is a better way!

Instead of just reading pages and pages of notes, try these three tips to help you retain information. You’ll be surprised at how much quicker you learn.

1. Read your notes out loud

Find a quiet room and read your study notes out loud to yourself in a clear, slow voice. When you read out loud, you’re forced to slow down and really notice each word and its meaning. Do this when you’re trying to process a complicated idea or you’re finding it really hard to concentrate.

It’s also worthwhile to read your assignments out loud before you submit them for grading, as you’re more likely to pick up on typos and spelling mistakes.

2. Make flash cards

Whenever you’re trying to memorise information – for example, for a job interview or a presentation – put your notes on flash cards to prompt your memory. Keep these flash cards handy and review them whenever you have a spare moment, such as during the ad breaks on TV or waiting in a queue.

Keep a copy of your flash cards in your hand bag and on your bedside table so you remember to review them regularly.

3. Draw diagrams

Are you a visual learner? Do you respond better to pictures and diagrams than words on a page? If so, turn your study notes into colourful diagrams and drawings. Get out your felt tips and create pretty mind maps, symbols, illustrations, and whatever else helps you remember information.

Many people find drawing a fun and relaxing way to learn – it’s far less boring than sitting still and reading notes for hours on end.

Give these three tips a try to see if they help you learn faster. Remember, it’s all about studying smarter, not harder!

ITC Study From Home is enrolling now. Get in touch today to learn how we can help you study towards a qualification in airline, travel or tourism.

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Aviation, travel or tourism? Which qualification is right for you?

Posted on 17/05/2017 by

Which career pathway will you choose? Aviation, travel or tourism?

You know you want to study from home with ITC – you just have one big decision to make. Should you study aviation, travel or tourism?

We teach three courses via distance learning:

  • New Zealand Certificate in Tourism Level 3
  • New Zealand Certificate in Tourism with a Strand in Aviation Level 3
  • New Zealand Certificate in Travel Level 4

 
Which qualification is right for you? Here is some more information about each course to help you decide.

The New Zealand Certificate in Tourism Level 3 is perfect if you:

  • Are at the very beginning of your tourism career
  • Want to keep your options open and discover your “dream job”
  • Love learning about New Zealand tourism destinations

 
Even though it’s called the ‘New Zealand Certificate in Tourism’, this qualification covers some aviation and travel subjects, too – making it the perfect introduction to the entire industry. It’s a great place to start if you’d like to discover a wide range of career options.

The New Zealand Certificate in Tourism with a Strand in Aviation Level 3 is perfect if you:

  • Know you want to work for an airline or at an airport
  • Love all things aviation – planes are your jam!
  • Want some help to find your dream aviation job

 
This qualification is a great introduction to a career with an airline or at an airport. If you want to be a flight attendant, check-in agent, customs officer, or work in customer service at an airport, then this course is a perfect fit. You’ll learn all about passenger handling, online ticketing & reservations, what it’s like to work for an airline, and much more.

The New Zealand Certificate in Travel Level 4 is perfect if you:

  • Have already completed a Level 3 qualification
  • Want to take your education to the next level
  • Love learning about international travel and tourism

 
There’s a reason this qualification includes the word travel – it teaches you about the exciting world of international travel and tourism. If you dream of one day working overseas, you’ll love this course. It’s also ideal for students who wish to apply for management roles – having a Level 4 qualification will help your CV stand out from the rest.

So there you have it – three fascinating courses. What will it be: aviation, travel, or tourism? If you’d like some more help deciding, get in touch with the friendly Study From Home team. We’ll help you discover which course is right for you.

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How to involve your family in your studies

Posted on 10/05/2017 by

The support of your family will help ease the challenges of studying from home.

When you study from home, the support of your family can have a huge impact on your success. A supportive family will help you stay motivated and on-task. They will remind you why you started and help you get to the finish line.

A good way to get the support of your family is to involve them in your studies. Make them feel included – take them on this journey with you.

Whether you seek the support of your children, partner, parents, or extended whanau, here are some ideas for getting your family involved.

Be enthusiastic

Enthusiasm is infectious. Never underestimate the power of a positive attitude and a big smile! Show your family that you are excited about your studies. Tell them all the reasons why you chose to study travel and tourism. Talk about your dreams and goals and the amazing jobs you will be able to apply for when you graduate.

When your family sees how happy and enthusiastic you are, they will find it easier to support you – and they will come to associate studying with positive thoughts. If you only talk about your studies when you’re stressed, anxious, or grappling with a challenging assignment, they might associate studying with negative thoughts. It’s up to you to show them that studying is a positive experience for you.

Share your study plan

You will create a study plan before you start your course. Your study plan will show the times you’re dedicating to study, as well as the times you’re dedicating to other commitments in your life – such as childcare, part-time work, or household chores.

Print out this study plan and put it somewhere the whole family can see it, like on the fridge. That way, they will know exactly when you need quiet time to concentrate on your assignments and when you’re available for family time.

Celebrate milestones as a family

When you hand in a big assignment or get a good grade, find a way to celebrate with the whole family. Have a family movie night at home or go out for an ice cream – whatever you do, do it together. Use this opportunity to thank your family for their support so far.

You might also like to find a way to celebrate on your own. Give yourself a sleep-in on the weekend or treat yourself to a quiet coffee at your favourite cafe. A small celebration will motivate you for your next assignment.

These simple ideas are fun, easy to implement, and will help your family feel included in your study from home journey. Take them along for the ride – they’ll be the ones clapping the loudest at your graduation!

Study From Home is enrolling now for June courses. Get in touch today to learn how we can help you get your airline, travel and tourism career off to a flying start.

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“Don’t let life get in the way of your dreams” says SFH graduate

Posted on 03/05/2017 by

Study From Home graduate Stacey Harris has some great advice for mums who would like to juggle studying with raising kids. Here she is pictured with her family at one of New Zealand’s famous Maori landmarks, Te Kohatu o Hatupatu. 

Study From Home graduate Stacey Harris started dreaming about travel as a young girl, listening to her aunt’s travel stories.

“My aunt told me stories about her OE. I found it so fascinating to hear about all the places she visited at the young age of 24!” says Stacey, who recently completed a travel and tourism qualification with ITC Study From Home.

Stacey was also inspired by her high school social studies teacher, who regaled the class with stories about Ancient Egypt and Greece.

One thing is for sure: Stacey is passionate about travel.

But she also understands the challenge of juggling travel with study and motherhood. As a mum to three children (aged 10, 4, and 2) Stacey knows what it’s like to be a busy, multi-passionate mum – and she has some advice for other mums who are thinking about studying from home.

“Take the plunge. Take the first step. APPLY!” says Stacey.

“If you are anything like me, and you’re passionate about travel, I urge you to take this amazing opportunity to further your skills and knowledge. Life sometimes gets in the way of the career you always wanted, but with Study From Home you can make it work.”

She says studying as a mum is not always easy, but it’s so rewarding – and so worth the effort.

“Your studies will challenge you like never before. You may lose sleep (but sleep, what is that?). You may stress to meet deadlines and bite your nails waiting for your results. But, when it’s all said and done, and you graduate with that Certificate or Diploma in your hand and those little faces looking up at you – up TO you – smiling with pride and joy, well… there’s no greater reward!”

Stacey adds that studying with ITC isn’t all hard work – it’s also a lot of fun. Her favourite part of the course was learning about all the different travel options and experiences.

“From overnight luxury train travelling to luxury coach tours and my favourite, cruises! I loved learning about all the different cruise options, from the big cruise lines to the small ships. It was amazing, so the next holiday on the bucket list is definitely saving to do a family cruise,” says Stacey.

But before she sails away, she’s settling into her new job as Reservations Consultant for Millennium Hotels – a role she found soon after graduating.

“Upon completion of my course I took a short, much-needed holiday with my partner to Fiji, and then I got stuck into job hunting. I was extremely lucky to get an interview and be offered the job all in the space of 10 days,” says Stacey.

“I love my new job. It’s exciting, fun, and challenging all in one,” she added.

If you love travel as much as Stacey, and you’re looking for a fun new career, a travel and tourism qualification could be perfect for you.

“Travel and tourism is not just a job. It’s not even just a career. It’s an adventure, it’s a challenge, it’s a journey. And it’s YOUR journey!” says Stacey.

“The world is your oyster, you get to personalise it however you like. So get out there and start your journey today. Start it here with the International Travel College of New Zealand.”

Study From Home is enrolling now for the second half of 2017. Get in touch today to learn how we can help you get your travel and tourism career off to a flying start.

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How to study in distracting places

Posted on 26/04/2017 by

Sometimes it’s hard to find a quiet place to study. Here are some tips for studying in distracting, noisy places.

If life was perfect, we’d all study from a beautiful home office, tucked away from distractions like our kids, the fridge, and that never-ending pile of washing. But for most of us, studying from home looks less like Pinterest and more like revising notes on a messy kitchen bench while your kids ‘play the drums’ on pots and pans in the background – right?

Sometimes the dream of a gorgeous home office just isn’t practical. Maybe you don’t have the space? Or maybe you just never sit at your desk because you always need to be somewhere else?

If this sounds like you, it might be time to give up on the dream of a home office and instead learn how to study from anywhere – be it a friend’s couch, a noisy cafe, the local library, or your messy bedroom floor.

While these study spaces aren’t ideal, sometimes you have to start somewhere. It’s better to be flexible about where you can study than to procrastinate until you create the ‘perfect’ environment.

Here are three tips for channeling your inner Jedi so you can study in distracting places.

Create a portable ‘study kit’

If you’re always studying in different places, you need to be able to take your study things with you wherever you go. Create a portable ‘study kit’ – fill a backpack with everything you need to work on your assignments.

Here are some great study tools to include in your kit:

  • Laptop (and charger)
  • Notebook
  • Pens and highlighters
  • Drink bottle
  • Healthy snacks
  • Post-it notes

 
Keep everything you need in one place so you can find it quickly and easily.

Use a timer

When you’re studying in a new place, there are usually a lot of distractions. Whether the TV is too loud, someone in the library has the sniffles, or the dirty dishes in the kitchen are making you feel anxious, you need to find a way to focus – and fast.

A great way to focus is by using a timer. Set the stopwatch on your phone for 25 minutes and commit to studying. Once the timer goes off, you can take a short break to get a glass of water or look at your surroundings. Then, set the timer again and repeat the cycle. It’s amazing how quickly your brain can focus when it feels like it’s racing against the clock!

Using a timer will also help you keep track of how many hours you spend studying. By focussing intently for 25-minute blocks, you will hopefully get a lot done in just a few hours.

Invest in noise-cancelling headphones

Next time you try to study somewhere noisy, just block out the noise! Invest in some good quality noise-cancelling headphones that you can wear in libraries, cafes, or when your kids want to watch cartoons on maximum volume.

Choose music that helps you focus. Most people find it hard to concentrate when listening to songs with lyrics, so opt for vocal-free classical, house, or electronica instead. Or, just put the headphones on with no sound – it’s amazing how much noise they block out even when you’re listening to nothing at all.

Good luck and happy studying!

ITC Study From Home is a flexible alternative to classroom learning. We’re currently accepting enrolments for our May classes. Get in touch today to get your airline, travel or tourism career off to a flying start.

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Small towns around NZ welcome independent Chinese tourists

Posted on 19/04/2017 by

Many hospitality business owners in small towns around NZ have noticed an increase in independent Chinese tourists recently.

Independent Chinese tourists are contributing to a spending boom in some regional New Zealand towns, Stuff.co.nz recently reported.

According to Stuff’s report, many hospitality business owners have noticed an increase in independent Chinese tourists over recent months. By ‘independent’, they mean Chinese tourists who are organising their own trips and itineraries – as opposed to tourists who are travelling on a pre-organised coach tour.

When people travel independently, they are more likely to spend longer in small towns, and therefore spend more money.

As ASB Bank senior regional economist Nathan Penny told Stuff, “the tourism boom is sharing the love around the regions now”.

Chinese tourism poised for more growth

This Chinese tourism boom is likely to continue over the coming years, especially since New Zealand and China have teamed together to designate 2019 as the ‘China-New Zealand Year of Tourism’.

“The publicity around the Year of Tourism is likely to increase interest in New Zealand as a holiday destination among the Chinese,” Tourism New Zealand’s acting chief executive, Brighid Kelly, said in a press release last month.

“China is our second biggest tourism market and still growing. More than 400,000 Chinese visit each year, creating numerous opportunities for the industry,” Ms Kelly added.

Good news for tourism graduates in regional New Zealand

The growth of New Zealand’s regional tourism industry will likely come as good news for tourism graduates living in small towns.

When tourists go off the beaten track and explore New Zealand’s regional gems, they inject money into local businesses and help local economies thrive.

If you live in regional New Zealand, why not make the most of the tourism boom by embarking on a career in airline, travel or tourism?

ITC’s Study From Home courses are open for enrolment now – a great opportunity for you to gain a tourism qualification from wherever you live in New Zealand. Get in touch today to learn more about our exciting distance learning qualifications.

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How a morning routine can help you study smarter

Posted on 12/04/2017 by

What you do each morning can have a powerful impact on the way you study. Aim to start the day in a way that makes you feel happy and focussed.

Do you have a morning routine that sets you up for a productive, successful day?

Several studies have found that following a healthy, positive routine each morning can have powerful benefits for your wellbeing and productivity.

There’s something about starting your day “on the right foot” that helps you stay focused and calm, no matter what challenges are thrown at you. If you start your morning feeling good, then you’re more likely to apply yourself to your studies – whether you hit the books at 9am or 9pm.

Here are some tips for creating a morning routine that works for you.

Start the day with something you love

Try to wake up slightly earlier so you have time to do something you love every morning. This might mean getting up before the kids so you can enjoy a cup of coffee in peace. Or it might mean reading a few chapters of a book, writing in your journal, going for a walk, or even watching some TV. Give yourself 30 minutes to do something just for you.

When you start the day doing something you love, it becomes easier and easier to wake up feeling positive. You might even find yourself looking forward to your alarm instead of dreading it!

Eat a nutritious breakfast

Fuel your body and your brain with a healthy breakfast jam-packed with nutrients. A good breakfast should leave you feeling energised and keep you going until lunch. Some yummy ideas include eggs, homemade smoothies, porridge, and fruit and yoghurt.

When you eat well, your brain will have more energy to learn and you’ll find it easier to concentrate on your assignments.

Write down your ‘why’

Every morning, write down why you’re studying on a piece of paper. For example, are you studying so you can start an exciting career in tourism? Or do you want to get a better job so you can support your family? Or maybe you want to travel overseas in the not-too-distant future?

Whatever your motivation to study from home, write it down every single morning so you don’t forget. Doing this will help you stay focused on your studies.

Do you have a morning routine? What’s your secret to starting your day with a smile? Share your tips in the comments below.

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Distance learning vs. classroom learning: What’s right for me?

Posted on 05/04/2017 by

Are you better suited to distance learning or classroom learning? Read on to find out.

You know you want to study towards a qualification in airline, travel or tourism with ITC. You just have to decide whether you want to study from home or in the classroom.

Here are five questions to ask yourself to help you decide which option is right for you.

Would you like to study part-time?

One of the best things about distance learning is that you can choose to study part-time (you can’t do this on-campus). This means you can juggle a part-time job with your studies and earn some money as you learn.

Studying part-time is also a great option if you have young children or other personal commitments.

Are you self-motivated?

Are you the sort of person who loves goal setting and writing to-do lists? Do you motivate yourself to achieve your dreams? Are you good at staying focused without someone else to tell you what to do?

To enjoy studying from home, you have to be self-motivated. There’s no teacher standing at the front of the classroom reminding you to stay on track. You can get plenty of support via email and on the phone, but it’s ultimately up to you to make the best of your time.

Do you have young children?

Commuting to College five days a week can be exhausting when you have young children. Many parents choose to study from home part-time so they can look after their kids and save money on childcare costs.

It’s not easy to juggle study and parenthood, but it’s totally possible! You’ll find lots of your classmates are parents, too, so you’ll always have plenty of people to turn to for support and encouragement.

Are you comfortable communicating online and on the phone?

If you struggle to communicate via email or hate talking on the phone, you might prefer the classroom environment.

Almost all study from home communication happens online or by phone, so you need to be comfortable using technology to connect with your tutors and classmates.

Don’t worry – we’ll train you how to use our online forums and guide you through each step of the process. In the meantime, here are some tips for communicating online.

Do you live in Auckland?

ITC has two campuses in Auckland – one is in the heart of the CBD, and the other is at Botany Town Centre.

Both campuses are located near public transport and reachable from most areas in Auckland. If you live locally, the best thing to do is pop into your closest campus for a tour to see if you like the classroom environment.

If you live outside of Auckland, then your mind is made up for you! We only have campuses in Auckland, but we offer distance learning throughout New Zealand, from Cape Reinga to the Bluff. No matter where you live, we can help you achieve your airline, travel or tourism qualification.

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How to make friends when you study from home

Posted on 29/03/2017 by

One of the best ways to make friends when studying from home is to call your classmates at least once a week.

Are you scared you will become a social recluse if you study from home?

Don’t worry – there are plenty of ways to make friends when you study tourism via distance learning. You just have to get a little creative.

Here are some of our favourite ways to expand your social circle, both online and offline, when you study from home with ITC.

1. Attend Study From Home’s Orientation Day

We host an Orientation Day at the beginning of every Study From Home qualification. It’s the perfect opportunity to meet your tutors and your classmates and get your studies off to a social start.

You do need to make your way to Auckland for the Orientation Day, but we will give you plenty of time to book ahead so you can secure affordable transport and (hopefully!) stay with friends or family.

If you can’t attend our Orientation Day, don’t worry – you can email us a video introduction instead.

2. Organise an ‘e-meeting’ with your classmates

There are so many ways to ‘e-meet’ people online. Arrange a Skype date with your classmates, use FaceTime, or create a class group on WhatsApp, Viber or Facebook.

Make the most of social media to get to know other people on the same course. After exchanging a few Snapchats, it’ll feel like you’ve been friends for years!

3. Pick up the phone

Take it “old school” and give your classmates a call. You could form a wonderful friendship with someone just by chatting on the phone once a week. Schedule in a regular chat to exchange study notes and catch up on life.

4. Join a local coffee group

Do you study from home because you have little ones? Connect with local mums by joining a coffee group nearby. This is a great chance to get out of the house and meet like-minded souls. Your kids will make new friends, too.

5. Volunteer for work experience

Make friends in the tourism industry and give your career a headstart at the same time by volunteering for work experience. Offer to help out at a nearby business once a month or as a one-off.

You’ll get a glimpse into the tourism industry and make new friends – a win-win situation.

6. Switch up your study space

Just because you study from home doesn’t mean you need to stay at home all the time. Take your study notes to your local library or a nearby cafe every now and then. Chances are you’ll run into other people studying or working from home.

At the very least, you might make friends with your barista!

7. Get a part-time job

If you study from home part-time, you’ll probably have the flexibility to apply for a part-time job. This is a great way to earn some money while you study and maintain your social life.

Look for part-time jobs in the tourism industry or in customer service. These will set you up well for your first full-time tourism role after graduating.

We hope these tips help you make friends when you study from home. We know it’s not always easy, but the flexibility of setting your own study schedule is often worth the extra effort.

Remember: you don’t need to see people in person for them to become close friends. With social media and modern technology, you can meet new people all over the country. Good luck!

Study From Home is enrolling now for airline, travel and tourism courses beginning in May 2017. Contact us today to register your interest.

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Study tip: Stay up-to-date with NZ’s airline, travel and tourism news

Posted on 22/03/2017 by

Sign up to the ITC Industry News Bulletin (link below) to stay up-to-date with the latest news from New Zealand’s exciting airline, travel and tourism industry.

Staying up-to-date with New Zealand’s airline, travel and tourism news is a great way to prepare for a career in this exciting industry.

If you follow the news, you’ll learn things such as:

  • What regions are attracting the most tourists
  • Where there’s a huge demand for skilled workers
  • The types of jobs available for tourism graduates
  • How much money the government is investing in tourism
  • The number of jobs created by the tourism industry
  • New flight paths and airlines coming to New Zealand

 
The more you know about the industry, the better you’ll be able to prepare for your first job. You’ll be able to impress potential employers with your knowledge – it’s a great way to show them that you’re passionate about your career.

How to stay up-to-date

The International Travel College has made it SUPER easy for you to keep up with NZ’s latest airline, travel and tourism news.

Every Thursday, ITC sends out an ‘Industry News Bulletin’ – a short email that summarises the week’s top airline, travel and tourism stories.

ITC does the hard work of selecting the most interesting stories, so all you need to do is pour yourself a cup of tea and take 10 minutes to read through the headlines and summaries.

Signing up is simple – just follow this link, enter your email address and click ‘Subscribe to List’. You’ll then get sent a confirmation email to your inbox (make sure you click ‘Confirm Subscription’).

It’s that easy! Within a few weeks, you’ll be “in the know” about the latest airline, travel and tourism trends from around New Zealand. Keep an eye out for trending stories in a town near you – you could stumble across the job of your dreams.

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ITC Study From Home donates $1,000 to community playground

Posted on 15/03/2017 by

Children love the new Waimauku Playground, to which ITC Study From Home generously donated $1,000.

The children of Waimauku have a wonderful new playground thanks to the generosity of the Waimauku Lions and supporting businesses, including ITC Study From Home.

Study From Home donated $1,000 to the Waimauku Lions Centennial Adventure Playground, which officially opened on February 25.

Former prime minister John Key opened the playground alongside a local boy, Jamie Harnett. Jamie celebrated his 5th birthday last year, and instead of asking for presents, he asked all his friends and family to donate some money towards the playground. The community-minded five year old (pictured right) raised $350.

ITC’s Level 5 Programme Leader, Carla Sutton, says the Waimauku playground was an ideal project for Study From Home to sponsor.

“The Waimauku community and its surrounding suburbs are just far enough away from the city centre to make commuting to College a challenge for locals, especially those with children,” says Carla.

“With Study From Home, they can study towards an airline, travel or tourism qualification from home in Waimauku, without battling the traffic or public transport every day.”

Carla is also a longstanding member of the Waimauku Lions. On behalf of the community group, she thanks ITC and the rest of the contributing businesses for their support.

“We couldn’t have done this without all the generous donations we received from local businesses. We know the families of Waimauku will cherish this playground for decades to come.”

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How to boost your attention span when studying from home

Posted on 08/03/2017 by

Increasing your attention span can help you stay on task and tick more items off your to-do list.

Do you struggle to stay focused on one task?

Do you find yourself constantly checking your phone or browsing Facebook when you should be studying?

Do you spend ages staring into the fridge even though you’re not hungry?

You probably have a short attention span.

When studying from home, it’s tough to stay on task. There are so many distractions vying for your attention – the couch, the television, the pile of washing in the corner of your room (just to name a few).

If this sounds familiar, here’s a technique that will help you increase your attention span.

Use a timer

Did you know that most people can only focus for around 20 to 40 minutes before they need to take a short break?

Set a timer for 20 minutes and promise yourself not to give in to any distractions during that time. Ignore your phone and stop checking social media. Just give your full concentration to your study.

After the timer goes off, take a short break. Set another timer for 5-10 minutes. During this time, you can do whatever you like – stare into the fridge, browse Facebook, watch funny cat videos. Just make sure as soon as the 5 minutes is finished, you go back to studying.

Repeat this cycle (20 minutes study, 5 minutes rest) for as long as you can. After about 4-5 cycles, take a longer break (30 minutes) to eat some food or go for a stroll.

Try to work your way up to 40 minutes of study, 10 minutes of rest if you can. Your attention span will increase with practice.

Here are some of the things we love about using a timer:

  • You get to “treat yourself” every 20-40 minutes with a quick break – so you always have something to look forward to.

  • It’s amazing how much work you can get done in 20-40 minutes when you’re truly focused.

  • Pretty much everything can wait 20-40 minutes, so there’s no reason to cheat.

  • You will start to learn how much you can get done in a few hours, which will help you plan ahead.

  • If you’re short on time, you don’t need to study for hours – just 40 minutes of timed, distraction-free study is better than nothing.

  • You can teach your family to respect the timer, too. Let everyone know not to interrupt you until they hear the buzzer!

  • It becomes a fun game – you can get competitive with yourself to see how much work you can complete in each 20-40 minute cycle.

 

So what are you waiting for? Try using a timer today! Just remember to turn your phone on silent or put it in another room. The timer system doesn’t count if you cheat. Good luck and let us know how you get on!

Study From Home is enrolling now for 2017. Get in touch today to find out how we can help you kickstart your career in airline, travel or tourism.

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Regional tourism boom creates jobs throughout New Zealand

Posted on 01/03/2017 by

Regional tourism expenditure grew in most regions around New Zealand in 2016, creating jobs throughout the country.

Do you live in regional New Zealand? If so, you might want to consider studying towards a qualification in tourism.

According to the latest estimates from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), tourism expenditure grew in most regions around the country throughout 2016.

The three fastest growing regions are located in the South Island. Nelson is leading the way with a 14 per cent increase in tourism expenditure. The West Coast is hot on its heels (up 13 per cent), followed by Otago (up 11 per cent).

More spend = more jobs

Tourism Minister Paula Bennett said tourism created thousands of jobs last year.

“Domestic and international tourism creates immense value for New Zealand, with tourism employing over 180,000 people in 2016,” Mrs Bennett said in a press release.

She added that the Government will continue to support the sector through investing in local infrastructure, especially in earthquake-affected areas.

“There is more work to do. The earthquake last November heavily affected the North Canterbury region, and though we are starting to see tourist spending recover slightly, it’s important we continue to market the area internationally, and encourage New Zealanders to keep visiting,” Mrs Bennett added.

Study tourism from anywhere in New Zealand

ITC’s Study From Home programme accepts enrollments from students all around the country, from Cape Reinga to the Bluff.

With Study From Home, you can access all course materials online – there’s no need to travel to a classroom. You will have support from dedicated Study From Home tutors via phone, email or video. You’ll also have access to an online forum, where you can ask questions and interact with other students studying the same course.

Contact us today to find out how you can kickstart your career in tourism.

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“Eat the elephant”: What it means and how it can help you study from home

Posted on 22/02/2017 by

“Eat the Elephant” – what does this strange metaphor have to do with studying from home? Read on to find out.

Does the thought of completing a qualification make you feel anxious and overwhelmed?

Is your to-do list spiralling out of control?

Do you feel like there’s not enough time in the day?

Here’s a weird idea that might help you stay calm: “Eat the elephant one bite at a time.”

This strange saying has been around for years. It means to “approach a task one step at a time”. You can’t eat an elephant all at once. That would be impossible! Instead, you have to break it down into tiny portions.

(Note: if the thought of eating an elephant weirds you out, replace the word elephant with something equally giant – like a life-sized chocolate castle or the Great Wall of China made out of cake).

The same concept applies to studying travel or tourism. You can’t complete your qualification in one quick step – you have to break the task down into bite-sized chunks.

As soon as you realise that you don’t need to do everything at once, you will begin to feel better.

Every morning, instead of looking at the whole “elephant”, just focus on the one or two bites you need to finish before you go to sleep.

If you do this every day, you will look back and be surprised at just how much you’ve “eaten”!

While we’re enjoying this metaphor, here are a few more tips to keep in mind:

  • Try not to “binge eat” – eating one bite a day is much better for your sanity than trying to cram 20 bites into one evening. In other words, don’t leave everything to the last minute!

  • Make a plan. Figure out at the beginning exactly how long it will take you to “eat the elephant” based on your projected pace. For example, will you need to study part-time or full-time to complete your qualification?

  • Start every day fresh. Don’t worry about yesterday’s failures or tomorrow’s anxieties; just focus on ticking off your tasks for that day.

  • Track your progress. At the end of each week, look back to see how far you’ve come. Reward your efforts with a small treat, such as a movie night or some chocolate.

  • Ask for help if you’re struggling. Your tutors might have some ideas on how you can get back on track.

 

Study From Home is enrolling now for 2017. Contact us today to begin your journey towards a qualification in airline, travel or tourism.

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Study tourism for an exciting future

Posted on 15/02/2017 by

Want your career to make you feel like this? Study tourism from home with the International Travel College of New Zealand.

Imagine your life ten years from now. What do you see? Where do you live? What kind of job do you have?

If you dream of an exciting, rewarding career, then a job in New Zealand’s tourism industry could be perfect for you.

The tourism industry is booming. Last year, 3.5 million international visitors came to New Zealand – and whose job was it to show them our beautiful country? You guessed it: tourism workers.

With a qualification in airline, travel or tourism, you can be part of this fun industry and meet people from all around the world. Our graduates work as tour guides, travel agents, flight attendants, cruise ship workers, customs officers, and many more exciting roles.

It’s never too early to follow your dreams

Perhaps you’re thinking: “I’d love to work in tourism but now isn’t the right time” or “I’ll start my tourism career once my kids have gone to school”.

It’s natural to want to wait for the ‘perfect time’ to begin a new career. But it’s never too early to start studying towards a qualification.

Our part-time courses take nearly a year to complete, giving you plenty of time to prepare for a job in the industry.

Besides, you don’t have to apply for a job straightaway. Once you have your qualification, you can enter the workforce whenever you’re ready.

That’s what one Study From Home graduate, Lexi Hegh, decided to do. She was recently approached by Flight Centre to work as a travel consultant – but she decided to turn down the role to look after her new baby. But now she can enjoy motherhood with the peace of mind that there will be opportunities for her in the future.

“Unfortunately, because it’s 45 hours a week I won’t be taking it due to my dedication of being a stay at home mum for one year,” Lexi posted in the Study From Home students Facebook group.

“Thanks so much ITC for all of your help. Studying through you works!!”

Qualifications last forever

Just like Lexi, you might have other plans that overlap with your tourism ambitions. But that doesn’t mean you have to wait to get started.

Tourism qualifications last forever. Once you have put in the hard work and achieved a qualification, it will open doors for you for years to come.

Start studying today so you can enjoy a brighter future. Tomorrow always comes quicker than you think.

Study From Home is enrolling now for 2017. Contact us today to find out how we can help you kickstart your airline, travel and tourism career.

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Course spotlight: New Zealand Certificate in Travel Level 4

Posted on 08/02/2017 by

Discover the exciting world of international travel, ticketing and reservations, cruise ships, and more with the New Zealand Certificate in Travel Level 4.

Want to take your travel and tourism training to the next level?

The New Zealand Certificate in Travel Level 4 is a comprehensive qualification with a special focus on international travel.

You will cover topics such as travel, tourism, aviation, ticketing and reservations, and working on cruise ships. You will also get the chance to participate in some practical work experience.

Course length: 21 weeks (full-time) or 42 weeks (part-time)
Next start date: 23 October 2017

To find out more about this exciting qualification, we spoke with head tutor Ali Rigby. Here’s what she had to say about this course.

What is your favourite part of the course?

I love the Cruise and Coach & Overland topics. You learn all about the ins and outs of how each industry works. There’s also a research element which gives students a great opportunity to see what’s out there. By the end of these topics, you will feel really motivated to travel and experience it all for yourself.

What types of jobs could the NZ Certificate in Travel Level 4 lead to?

Jobs with airlines, hotels, travel agencies, wholesalers, adventure tourism… the sky’s the limit! The Level 4 qualification is a step above the Level 3 which means it will be favoured by most employers, especially if you also have some customer service experience. There is a huge range of jobs out there and I think the Level 4 course helps students figure out their career direction as you learn about each sector in-depth.

What advice would you give to students starting the course?

Stay motivated and stay on track with your study plan. Keep reminding yourself of the goals you want to achieve upon completing the course. Definitely use the tutors (that’s what we’re here for!) and fellow students for support. As you don’t have the classroom environment, it’s very important to reach out and communicate. Lastly – enjoy it, you’re already on the road to an exciting new career!

Applications for the New Zealand Certificate in Travel Level 4 are open now. Get in touch to register your interest and kickstart your career in airline, travel and tourism.

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Course spotlight: New Zealand Certificate in Tourism with a Strand in Aviation Level 3

Posted on 01/02/2017 by

Do you dream of working at the airport or for an airline? The New Zealand Certificate in Tourism with a Strand in Aviation could be just the course for you.

If you love airports, planes, people and of course travel, then you’ll probably love the New Zealand Certificate in Tourism with a Strand in Aviation.

This Level 3 qualification teaches you tourism with a particular focus on aviation. You’ll study topics such as airport security and passenger handling, and you’ll find out what it’s like to work as a flight attendant or member of the cabin crew. You’ll also learn about online reservations systems such as Amadeus.

Course length: 25 weeks (full-time) or 49 weeks (part-time)
Next start date: 21 August 2017

To find out more about this course, I spoke with head tutor Joy Carter. Here’s what she had to say.

What is your favourite part of the course?

Orientation Day. It is a real buzz to meet new students and see them embarking on a new journey. It’s a great introduction – a chance for them to meet fellow students, get to know more about the exciting travel and tourism industry, and how they will study online.

What types of jobs could this qualification lead to?

Airport-based roles such as check-in, ground support staff, customs, Ministry of Primary Industries, security, airport operations, customer service, retail.

It could also lead to airline roles, such as ticketing, flight attending, ground crew, customer service, baggage handlers and aircraft cleaners.

What advice would you give to students starting the course?

Immerse yourself in the industry. Take an interest in what is going on – this will be your future.

Be prepared to invest your time and energy into your studies for the short time it takes to complete the course.

Also, ask for support from family and friends.

Any further comments about this qualification?

Be fully prepared before starting. Make a plan and stick to it. Your tutors are there to support you – please make use of us.

Applications for the New Zealand Certificate in Tourism with a Strand in Aviation Level 3 are open now. Get in touch to register your interest and learn more about this exciting qualification.

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Course spotlight: New Zealand Certificate in Tourism Level 3

Posted on 25/01/2017 by

The New Zealand Certificate in Tourism Level 3 could really take you places.

Thinking about a career in travel or tourism? The New Zealand Certificate in Tourism Level 3 could be the perfect course to study from home.

An introduction to the world of travel and tourism, this qualification will teach you all about New Zealand geography and popular tourism destinations. You will also learn valuable communication and customer service skills to thrive in the industry.

Course length: 20 weeks (full-time) or 40 weeks (part-time)
Next start date: 23 October 2017

To learn more about the New Zealand Certificate in Tourism Level 3, I caught up with head tutor Richard Euston. Here’s what he has to say about this exciting qualification.

What types of jobs could this qualification lead to?

The list is endless – pretty much anything in the travel and tourism industry. Recently we’ve had graduates start work as travel agents, airport ground crew and on cruise ships.

There are also opportunities with hotels, car rental companies, coach tour operators and working at tourism activities, such as Auckland Bridge Climb and Bungy.

One important thing to remember is that your first job in tourism won’t be your last, so take any opportunity you can to get started somewhere. You will find that career progression can happen very quickly!

What is your favourite part of this course?

Meeting our new students at our Orientation Workshop. It’s really the only time we get to meet the students after a lot of correspondence by phone and email, so it’s always great to put faces to names and find out what their aspirations are.

I would also say our annual graduation event is right up there, as it’s an opportunity for our students to celebrate their achievements and take a chance to reflect on all the hard work they have put in.

Having friends and family there makes it even more special, and there’s always such a great feeling of pride in the room.

What advice would you give to students starting the course?

Make sure you put together a study plan! Studying from home brings it’s own challenges so you need to be really organised and ensure that you have a plan in place to help you achieve. And don’t forget to ask questions and communicate with the ITC team – we’re here to help and we love talking to our students.

It’s also important to come to the course with an open mind and be ready to learn, and also with the knowledge you will be working hard and challenging yourself. And potentially in less than 6 months you can have an internationally recognised qualification which will get your new career started.

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7 fun activities to keep your children happy while you study

Posted on 18/01/2017 by

Studying at home with kids? Make sure you have plenty of toys on hand.

Juggling looking after kids with studying from home can be a challenge. It’s a good idea to have a few clever tricks up your sleeve to keep them entertained while you hit the books.

Here are 7 fun activities that are worth a try.

1. Set them a creative assignment or challenge

Make your children feel like grown-ups by giving them their own “assignment”. For example, give them the challenge of building a castle out of blocks or writing a short story (depending on their age, of course). This will help them feel involved in what you’re doing – as if you’re studying together.

When they’ve finished their mini assignment, give them a small reward such as half an hour of television or some new stickers. Try to choose a reward that will distract them for a little longer so you can squeeze in a few minutes of extra study.

2. Colouring in or paint by numbers

Buy your children a special colouring book or paint by numbers set that they can only use while you’re studying. This will make it feel like a treat. You could even give them some special felt tip pens or colouring pencils, too.

3. Study outside

Do your kids have cabin fever? Take your study notes outside and let them enjoy some fresh air. Children often love playing in the garden and can entertain themselves for hours chasing bugs or playing tag.

Keep an eye out for discounted sand pits or playsets on Trade Me to create the perfect backyard fun.

4. Invite a playmate over

Older children love having friends over – they are the perfect distraction! Arrange a play date while you study so your kids don’t complain “I’m bored” every three seconds. Just make sure to keep an eye on them while you revise.

5. Build a “study fort”

Kids love forts! Build a “magical study fort” with sheets and tell your children that they need to be extra quiet inside. It might not work for everyone, but if your kids have an overactive imagination they might just fall for it!

6. Arts and crafts

It’s amazing how much fun can be had with a few old toilet paper rolls, some felt tip pens and a glue stick. See what crafty things you can find around the house and set the kids to work creating something special.

If you have a birthday or special occasion coming up, give them the task of creating handmade birthday cards.

7. The ‘Electronic Babysitter’

If all else fails, there’s always the “Electronic Babysitter”. Otherwise known as the TV (or the iPad), this “babysitter” can be a lifesaver when you’re trying to study. Let your kids enjoy a movie on the TV or play an educational game on the computer or tablet.

Try not to feel too bad about the extra screen time – if it helps you achieve a qualification, then it’s going to be great for your family in the long run.

Do you have any ideas for keeping the kids entertained while you study? We’d love to hear them – share in the comments below.

Study From Home is enrolling now for 2017. Contact us to learn how we can help you kickstart an exciting career in airline, travel and tourism.

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Forget New Year’s Resolutions – set Intentions instead

Posted on 11/01/2017 by

Make 2017 a year to remember by setting some thoughtful Intentions.

Happy New Year! Before you set some New Year’s Resolutions, can we make a tiny suggestion?

Set some New Year’s Intentions instead.

What’s the difference? we hear you ask.

A Resolution is “a firm decision to do or not to do something”.

An Intention is simply “an aim or a plan”.

Resolutions tend to be firm, strong, and non-negotiable; Intentions are flexible, gentle, and sustainable.

How to set an Intention

Resolutions usually pose the question: “What do I want to achieve?” (E.g., lose weight or save $1000).

Intentions pose a different question. They ask: “What kind of person do I want to be?” (E.g., healthy, wealthy, joyful).

Take some time to deeply reflect on who you want to be in 2017. How do you want to feel on a daily basis? What kind of attitude and energy do you want to bring to your work and study? How do you want to interact with friends and family?

Intentions are often just one word, such as “joy” or “creativity”. Their power is in their simplicity.

“Intentions aren’t to be confused with goals,” writes author Marla Tabaka for Inc.com. “They are about who you want to be, what you wish to contribute to the world, and how you choose to touch the lives of others.”

That said, Intentions will help you achieve your goals. If your goal is to finish studying in 2017, then an Intention such as “focus” or “curiosity” will help you stay on track.

“Intentions give you purpose, as well as the inspiration and motivation to achieve your purpose,” adds Marla.

Are you ready to set your 2017 Intention? Here are some more tips and ideas to get you started.

Applications for Study From Home are now open. Contact us to learn more about studying towards a qualification in airline, travel or tourism.

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The best of 2016

Posted on 21/12/2016 by
It's been an amazing year for ITC Study From Home! We reflect on some of our favourite blogs.

It’s been an amazing year for ITC Study From Home! We reflect on some of our favourite blogs.

With just eleven sleeps until 2017, now is the perfect time to reflect on the past twelve months. At ITC Study From Home, it’s been a big and rewarding year. In case you missed any of our updates, here are some of our highlights from the blog.

1. How to create a study plan (and stick to it!)

“A goal without a plan is just a wish.” This quote by Antoine du Saint-Exupery sums up our approach to study plans. Creating a study plan will turn your ‘wish’ to graduate into a concrete, achievable goal. Read more.

2. Meet the Study From Home team

Ever wondered who the friendly faces are behind Study From Home? Meet Carla, Richard, Joy and Ali, the four fabulous tutors that are on-hand to answer any questions you might have throughout your studies. Read more.

3. Record numbers of tourists visit regional New Zealand

2016 was a bumper year for New Zealand tourism, and not just in the big cities. Record numbers of tourists are flocking to small towns and regions, making tourism a great career option wherever you live in the country. Read more.

4. How to motivate yourself when you feel like giving up

It’s normal to feel exhausted and unmotivated every now and then – but that doesn’t mean you should think about giving up. Here are three tips to help you re-find your study mojo! (Tip: Bookmark this post and read it again in the new year). Read more.

5. Studying travel & tourism from home has never been easier

Thinking about studying in 2017? Or maybe it’s time for a career change? It’s now easier than ever to study tourism from home, no matter where you live in New Zealand. Here’s why.

Study From Home is closed for the festive season. We reopen on Monday January 9. Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year!

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Ten ways to treat yourself over the Christmas break

Posted on 14/12/2016 by
The Christmas break is the perfect time to relax, unwind, and get ready for next year.

The Christmas break is the perfect time to relax, unwind, and get ready for next year.

With the Christmas holidays just around the corner, it’s nearly time to set aside your study notes and relax for a few weeks. After months of putting study first, you can finally treat yourself to all your favourite activities.

Here are ten ways to make the most of your break so you come back to study feeling refreshed and rejuvenated in 2017.

1. Bake Christmas cookies with family

Nothing says “holiday season” like a Christmas baking session with family. Get together with loved ones to make some delicious spiced cookies or Christmas mince tarts.

2. Catch up on your favourite television shows

When you’re studying from home, there’s not much time to indulge in reality television or addictive Netflix series. Spend a day in your PJs and get up to speed with all your favourite shows.

3. Spend a day at the beach

Remember that day a few weeks ago when you were stuck inside studying while your friends were at the beach? You can make up for it this Christmas! On the next sunny day, grab your togs and head to the coast for a day of sun, sea and sand.

4. Go camping or hiking

Studying requires spending a lot of time inside. Make up for all the days you spent in the library by getting some fresh air. Go camping, fishing, on a long hike – whatever you do, enjoy time outside.

5. Be a tourist in your own backyard

You might be on a study break but that doesn’t mean you have to stop learning. Do a nearby tourist activity to experience your local tourism industry firsthand. Check out these ideas for inspiration.

6. Donate some food to families in need

Christmas isn’t just about relaxing and getting presents – it’s also about giving. See if you can donate some food (or time) to a local charity this year. Giving is good for the soul, and will help people in need.

7. Decorate the Christmas tree

If you haven’t done so already, spend a day putting up fairy lights, getting out the tinsel, and hanging baubles on your tree. This is fun and relaxing and will most definitely get you in the holiday spirit. Don’t forget to listen to your favourite Christmas carols as you decorate!

8. Catch up on sleep

Enjoy the sweet, sweet feeling of switching your alarm off for a few weeks. Nothing beats waking up naturally!

9. Read as many books as you like

Does the thought of curling up with a good book sound like pure bliss? Get out a stack from the library and read for pleasure instead of study.

10. Dedicate a day to doing “nothing”

Can you remember the last time you woke up with zero plans? Keep one day of your break completely free and enjoy having “nothing” to do – you’ll be surprised at how relaxing and indulgent it feels!

ITC Study From Home will be closed from Friday 16 December and reopens on Monday 9 January. Enjoy your study break and we will see you in the new year!

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Four ways studying from home can save you money

Posted on 07/12/2016 by
Being able to cook home-cooked meals is just one of the ways that studying from home can save you money.

Being able to cook home-cooked meals is just one of the ways that studying from home can save you money.

If you’re considering studying travel & tourism from home, you’ll be pleased to know that it could save you money.

Here are four ways studying from home could be good for your bank account.

1. You don’t have to commute to class

Forget paying for public transport, petrol, or parking – commuting from your bed to your desk costs absolutely nothing (except a little bit of self-motivation). It’s amazing how quickly transport costs can add up, so make the most of this unexpected saving.

2. You can eat at home

Eating out can burn a huge hole in your wallet and, depending on your choices, might not be great for your health. Save your money (and your waistline!) by swapping takeout for home-cooked meals. Here are 10 healthy study snack ideas to get you off to a good start.

3. You can wear whatever you want

Dressing up for class can dig into your savings – but not when you study from home! You can wear comfortable ‘house’ clothes and save your best outfits for job interviews or social outings. You’ll also save money in makeup and shoes.

4. You can juggle study with childcare

If you’re a parent, you can save on the cost of childcare by keeping your kids at home with you throughout the day. That said, it’s important to schedule in some quiet time for your assignments. Try to share the childcare responsibilities with your partner or other family members. If you can’t get any help with the kids, you may want to consider switching to a part-time course.

Thinking about studying travel & tourism in 2017? We’re now accepting enrolments for the new year. Get in touch today to learn more about studying from home with ITC.

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How we take the ‘distance’ out of distance learning

Posted on 30/11/2016 by
Studying from home doesn't have to be an isolating experience. At ITC, we're committed to making it social, fun, and inclusive.

Studying from home doesn’t have to be an isolating experience. At ITC, we’re committed to making it social, fun, and inclusive.

One of the biggest myths about distance learning is that it’s isolating. At ITC Study From Home, we do our best to make sure this isn’t the case.

Here are three ways we take the ‘distance’ out of distance learning so that you can enjoy a vibrant, social learning experience from the comfort of your own home.

1. Dedicated Tutor Team

From the moment you register your interest with ITC Study From Home, you’ll be put in touch with a member of our dedicated tutor team. Richard, Ali, Joy, and Carla respond to enquiries personally and are available to answer any questions you may have – you won’t be talking to a ‘machine’ but a real person!

If you decide to enrol, you will be assigned a tutor and they will be your go-to point of contact throughout your studies. You’ll touch base regularly via email, phone, and maybe you’ll even meet your tutor in person at an Orientation Day (see below for more info).

Our tutors make sure you have the support you need for your unique situation. You might be studying from home, but that doesn’t mean you’ll be alone.

2. Orientation Day

We host an Orientation Day for every new course intake. At the start of your qualification, you’re invited to make your way to Auckland for a fun, interactive day at either ITC’s City or Botany Campus.

On Orientation Day you will meet your classmates and tutors – for many students, it’s the beginning of lifelong friendships. You don’t need to sit next to your peers every day to become great friends – you can Skype, text, email, and chat on the phone.

Although Orientation Day isn’t compulsory, we highly recommend making the effort for this trip. We will give you plenty of warning so you can book transport and accommodation in advance to secure good rates.

3. Marvellous Moodle

“What’s Moodle?” We hear you ask.

Moodle is an online learning platform that we use to guide you through your studies. When you enrol for a qualification, we will create a Moodle account for you. Here, you can login see upcoming assessments, read College news, chat with your peers on tutors on a private forum, and much more.

With dedicated tutors, a fun Orientation Day, and marvellous Moodle by your side, you’ll soon realise that studying from home isn’t as isolating as people lead you to believe.

We’re now accepting enrolments for our 2017 courses. Get in touch today for more information.

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Studying travel & tourism from home has never been easier

Posted on 23/11/2016 by
It's never been easier to gain a qualification in travel and tourism from the comfort of your own home.

It’s never been easier to gain a qualification in travel and tourism from the comfort of your own home.

ITC Study From Home is making it even easier for students all around New Zealand to access a high-quality travel and tourism education.

Earlier this year, the College made amendments to its Study From Home programme to ensure that more New Zealanders could achieve a travel & tourism qualification.

Previously, students were required to attend an on-campus Orientation Day in Auckland and to attend classes at either the City or Botany campus for up to four weeks in certain courses. These restrictions – which were largely out of ITC’s control – meant that students who could not make it to Auckland were unable to enrol in the courses.

Now, thanks to changes to the AMADEUS curriculum, students no longer need to attend any in-person classes as part of their studies. They may also choose not to attend Orientation Day if they submit a video recording to the Study From Home tutorial team.

These changes make it much easier for students who live far away from Auckland to study travel and tourism via distance learning. Whether you live in Kaitaia or the Bluff, you can enrol in one of Study From Home’s leading travel and tourism qualifications.

That said, it’s still worth coming along to the Orientation Day if you can find affordable transport and accommodation to Auckland. The Orientation Day is a wonderful opportunity to meet your classmates and get to know your tutors – not to mention it’s a good excuse for a little trip to the City of Sails!

Whatever you decide, the good news is it’s never been easier to study travel and tourism from the comfort of your own home. If you’ve been thinking about a career in this exciting industry, get in touch today. We’re now taking enrolments for 2017 and we’d love to hear from you.

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Three tips for climbing the (travel & tourism) career ladder

Posted on 16/11/2016 by
ITC graduates share their advice for climbing the travel & tourism career ladder.

ITC graduates share their advice for climbing the travel & tourism career ladder.

Calling all travel and tourism students and professionals: do you dream of one day getting promoted to a supervisory or management position?

If you want to advance your travel and tourism career, but you’re not sure where to start, look no further – here are some tips from ITC graduates who are currently doing amazing things in the industry.

1. “Work while you study”

“Work while you study, no matter what job it is,” says Aish Rangarajan, Marketing Manager at Tourism Malaysia.

“Every experience gets you that much closer to your dream job.”

At ITC Study From Home, we offer a part-time study option for all our courses. Learn while you earn and advance your career at the same time as gaining a qualification.

Our Level 3 courses are a great option for people at the start of their career, and our Level 4 course is best suited to people with some travel & tourism experience who are looking to get promoted in the near future.

2. “Make a name for yourself”

Nick Steele, the Executive Concierge at Barclay Suites Hotel, believes success is one-part hard work and one-part ‘who you know’. His advice is to work hard and make an excellent impression on everyone you meet.

“Never forget how small the tourism industry really is. If you make a positive (or negative) impact in your job, this will be spread around the industry,” he says.

“Many of the managers are good friends – and tourism providers are very friendly with each other. Make a great name for yourself and this will stead you in good hands for the rest of your career.”

3. “Never lose your sense of wonder”

If you’re curious, enthusiastic, and open to new learning opportunities, you can’t go too far wrong – at least according to Anita van der Mespel, a Retail Travel Consultant at House of Travel.

“Learn everything you possibly can from every opportunity (both in the interviewing stage and once you get a job that may be your ticket to more experience),” says Anita.

“You’ll get there. Never lose your sense of wonder.”

To summarise: invest in your education, work hard, make a name for yourself, and stay curious. With these tips on your side, you stand a great chance of finding your dream job.

Want to learn more about studying travel & tourism via distance learning? Call 0800 788 394 or send us a message. We’d love to hear from you.

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Five ways to stay motivated when job hunting

Posted on 09/11/2016 by
Here are five ways to stay motivated when looking for a job in airline, travel or tourism.

Here are five ways to stay motivated when looking for a job in airline, travel and tourism.

The airline, travel and tourism industry is booming – there’s never been a better time to start a career in this sector.

That said, finding a job still takes practice, patience and perseverance, especially if you’ve just graduated and you’re trying to build up experience.

If you’re currently job hunting, here’s five ways to stay motivated and keep faith, even on the days when it feels like a challenge.

1. Polish your CV

Aside from a friendly smile and a professional, can-do attitude, a well-written CV is your biggest job-hunting asset. Spend some time polishing your CV to make sure it’s free from spelling, grammar and formatting errors.

If possible, try to keep it to one page – most employers prefer short and sweet CVs that clearly demonstrate your experience without going into unnecessary detail.

You might also like to write a brief ‘personal statement’ at the beginning of your CV, outlining who you are, what you can bring to an organisation, and what type of work you’re looking for. Just be sure to change this to suit each job application.

2. Volunteer for work experience

Doing some unpaid work experience is an excellent way to bulk up your CV and get to know potential employers in your area. Plus, it will keep you busy and teach you some professional skills so that you don’t feel like you’re wasting time at home.

Check out our post from last month for tips on how to approach employers for work experience.

3. Talk to your tutors

Did you know your Study From Home tutors might be able to help you with your job search? Ask them for some tips and pointers – no matter what, you can definitely count on them to provide some motivation and cheer you on from the sidelines.

4. Sign up to job alerts

Don’t miss out on the job of your dreams – sign up to alerts from Seek, Trade Me Jobs, and other job sites, so you get opportunities delivered straight to your inbox.

It’s also a good idea to set aside at least an hour per day to send out applications and trawl through job boards.

5. Make the most of every opportunity

Your first job might not be your dream job – nor your second job, or even your third. It takes time to build your dream career, and the only way to speed the process up is to make the most of every opportunity. Every job can teach you something and will get you one step closer to your goals.

As ITC graduate Jen Fiddes summarises: “Your dream job will come along – if it doesn’t straight away, just be patient, because it will happen eventually.”

This post was written for graduates of ITC’s Study From Home qualifications. If you’re interested in studying with ITC via distance learning, please contact us to find out more about our exciting airline, travel and tourism courses.

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What to do when life gets in the way of study

Posted on 02/11/2016 by
Feeling distracted or a little blue? Here are some tips to help you get back on track when "life" gets in the way.

Feeling distracted or a little blue? Here are some tips to help you get back on track when “life” gets in the way.

You’ve written a study plan, mapped out your goals, and you’re on track to graduate in six months. You’re feeling good. Then BAM! Out of nowhere, “life” happens and throws you off track. Maybe you get sick or have a fight with a friend. Or maybe something really exciting happens – like you fall in love.

Whether the distraction is good or bad, the outcome is the same: you can’t concentrate on your studies and you start to feel stressed and anxious about meeting your deadlines.

We can’t predict life’s unforeseen events, but we can control how we respond to unexpected changes in our environment. If you find that “life” is currently getting in the way of study, here are some things you can do to stay focused and get back on track.

1. Don’t beat yourself up

Guilt is a huge energy-sucker. It feels awful, and it will only distract you more. If you fall behind, try not to beat yourself up – instead, look for ways to solve the problem. You’re only human and sometimes life doesn’t go to plan. There’s no point in feeling guilty for days or weeks on end – it won’t move you any faster towards a solution.

2. Write it out

When you fall behind, it’s very easy to get stressed and anxious. One of the best ways to overcome stress is to write down everything that’s on your mind. Scribble all your thoughts in a notepad or write a giant to-do list. Once your anxiety is out of your head and on paper, you can start making a plan of action.

3. Talk to your tutor

Don’t be embarrassed to talk to your tutor if you’re running late – they can’t help you if they don’t know you’re struggling. Your tutors want to see you succeed and will offer solutions and support if they can. Keep the lines of communication open and trust in their advice. Our tutors have decades of teaching experience between them and will be able to help you move forward.

4. Talk to your friends & family

Just like it’s important to talk to your tutor, it’s also important to chat to your friends and family. Let them know that you’re feeling distracted and would appreciate any extra support. In some situations, this might mean not seeing your friends for a few weeks (hard at the time, but worth it in the end).

5. Be honest with yourself

Ask yourself honestly: “why am I falling behind?” The answer might surprise you. Is it for reasons you can control? For example, are you spending too much time with friends or staying up late binge watching TV? Or is it due to circumstances outside of your control, such as challenges with a friend or family member?

If the reasons are within your control, it might be time for some ‘tough love’. Say no to social outings with friends and keep the TV turned off. If it’s for external reasons, see if you can gently remove yourself from the situation. If there’s “no avoiding the problem”, make arrangements with your tutor and make plans to come back to study when you’re ready.

6. Schedule in ‘fun time’

A good compromise is to let life get in the way – but only on your terms. For example, if you love hanging out with your friends and family, schedule in time to catch up with people on a Sunday afternoon, but don’t let them distract you at any other time during the week. This can be easier said than done, but in most cases people will respect your boundaries and do what they can to help you succeed.

7. Give yourself permission to try again

One of the worst things you can do when “life” gets in the way is to give up and stop trying. Just because things didn’t go to plan this time doesn’t mean they won’t go to plan next time. Give yourself permission to try again, again, and again! You will learn and get better as you go. And remember, your tutors are here to help you along the way.

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How to ask for work experience

Posted on 26/10/2016 by
Asking for work experience is a great way to get a foot in the door of the airline, travel & tourism industry.

Asking for work experience is a great way to get a foot in the door of the airline, travel & tourism industry.

Do you dream of a career in airline, travel or tourism? In addition to gaining a qualification, the best thing you can do is get some work experience in the industry.

Here are some tips for good ‘work experience etiquette’: how to ask for it, how to handle rejections, and what to do if you’re successful.

1. Make a list of businesses to approach

Write down all the airline, travel and tourism businesses in your area. A good way to do this is to visit your local i-SITE and browse the marketing brochures. Don’t forget to factor in nearby transport hubs, such as airports or ferry terminals.

Once you have a list of employers, highlight three businesses you’d really like to work for, and make a plan to approach these ones first. You can always come back to your list later if you have no luck with your preferred options.

2. Write a CV

Even if you have limited experience, it’s a good idea to put what you can on a professional, well-formatted CV. Include any high school qualifications or relevant life experience (babysitting, volunteer work) and write a brief personal statement outlining why you are pursuing a career in airline, travel and tourism. Keep your CV to one page or less.

Please don’t hesitate to approach your Study From Home tutor if you’d like some help with your CV.

3. Drop your CV off in person

Choose a smart, professional outfit, make sure your hair is tidy and your shoes are polished, and drop your CV to your chosen employers. Let the person on reception know that you are currently studying with ITC and looking for work experience opportunities while you complete your qualification.

4. Try to relax

If the thought of approaching employers makes your stomach do flip-flops, try to relax. Remember: there’s no harm in asking, and it’s okay for people to say no. This doesn’t mean you did anything wrong – it just means it’s not the right time. Think of this as a fun experiment and don’t take anything personally. Smile, relax, and try to enjoy the challenge.

5. Decide what you’re willing to offer

If an employer expresses interest, first of all – congrats! You’re on your way to securing a work experience placement. The next step is to negotiate a fair and reasonable arrangement.

Think of work experience as an exchange; you’re willing to give your time (for free) in return for knowledge. Consider how much time you have available and make a suggestion that you believe is reasonable (and won’t distract you from your studies). This might be one afternoon, a weekend-day, or an entire week.

The employer is under no obligation to accept your suggestion, but it will provide a useful starting point for discussions. If anything, the employer will likely be impressed that you have taken the time to think carefully about your availability – it shows good time management.

6. Follow-up

After you’ve completed your work experience, write a kind follow-up email expressing your gratitude and asking politely for a short written reference. Again, not all employers will be able or willing to provide this, but it’s always a good idea to ask. You might also want to drop the hint that you’re graduating soon in case they have any permanent roles available.

The airline, travel and tourism industry is all about cultivating relationships. Being polite, friendly, and approachable will take you far – so try not to be scared about work experience and instead see it as a chance to meet new people and grow your network. Good luck!

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Record numbers of tourists visit regional New Zealand

Posted on 19/10/2016 by
Dunedin city on a sunny day. Otago is one of the fastest-growing regions for tourism in New Zealand.

Dunedin city on a sunny day. Otago is one of the fastest-growing regions for tourism in New Zealand.

There was once a time when winter would leave the streets of ‘small town New Zealand’ deserted. As the weather cooled, summer holidaymakers would head back to their homes, and communities would prepare for a lull in visitors.

Times are changing. This winter, many of New Zealand’s regions showed no signs of slowing down. The streets were still bustling, bars and restaurants heaving, cash registers chiming. A variety of languages could be heard in any coffee shop.

According to data from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), most regions saw an increase in tourism expenditure in the year to August 2016.

Nelson, for example, saw an 11.7 per cent increase in spending to $304 billion – making it the fastest growing region. Otago was hot on Nelson’s heels, with an increase of 9.6 per cent (to $3.2 billion).

New Zealand is well and truly in the midst of a tourism boom. And this is just the beginning. The tourism industry has set the goal of growing to $41 billion by 2025 – a big ambition that will need a strong, skilled workforce to become a reality.

In other words, there’s never been a better time to study travel and tourism. And thanks to the widespread growth of the industry, you don’t have to relocate to Auckland, Wellington, or Christchurch to make your dream tourism career a reality.

Whether you live in the winterless north or the stunning south, on the east or west coast, or anywhere in between, there’s most likely a tourism job just around the corner from your home. You might find work at a local i-Site, a hotel or a bungy jump operator. Or maybe you will enjoy the vibrant atmosphere at a youth hostel or work as a tour guide showing off the attractions in your region.

Whatever your dreams, ITC Study From Home can help you kickstart your travel & tourism career. We deliver airline, travel and tourism qualifications to students all around New Zealand via distance learning, meaning that you can study without needing to relocate to a bigger city. The only catch? You must be available to travel to Auckland for a workshop throughout your course – but what a great excuse to plan a trip to the big smoke!

Does this sound like the opportunity you’ve been waiting for? Contact us today to learn more about our travel and tourism courses. 

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Study from home tip: Stay curious

Posted on 12/10/2016 by
One of the best things you can do to succeed at distance learning is to stay curious and open to new knowledge.

The travel industry is vibrant and ever-changing. Stay curious and open to new knowledge, and you will go far.

Welcome to Part 6 of our six-part series ‘Becoming a Successful Distance Learner’. Every week, we share one practical tip to help you excel at your studies. This is the last tip in the series – be sure to check out the five other tips (see the end of this article for links).

We’ve written about the importance of getting organised, building a support network, improving your reading and writing skills, and becoming a great communicator, but this week’s tip is a little different. It can be applied not just to studying from home, but to your life in general.

If you remember anything from this six-part series, remember these two words: stay curious.

By this we mean: remain open-minded about all the things you don’t know. Ask questions. Soak up knowledge like a sponge. Listen to your tutors and peers and be interested in what they have to say. Cultivating curiosity will help you learn and ensure you remain interested in your coursework.

But you don’t just have to be curious about your studies. It’s also a good idea to be curious about the travel industry in general. Be on the alert for opportunities to widen and enhance your learning experience. For example, read the travel section in newspapers, borrow travel magazines from the library, or keep an eye out for travel-related TV programmes and documentaries.

Believe it or not, SKY TV is actually a superb source of travel information – as long as it doesn’t interrupt your study schedule! The Discovery Channel often has excellent travel shows, and CNN covers the world news in detail.

The good news is, it shouldn’t be difficult to “stay curious” – the travel industry is vibrant and ever-changing. There’s always something new to learn or observe. Anyone who dreams of working in this industry must be ‘up with the play’ on a daily basis.

What are your favourite sources of travel information and inspiration? Share in the comments below :)

Check out the other posts in our series ‘Becoming a Successful Distance Learner’.

Part 1: How to Get Organised
Part 2: How to Improve your Reading and Writing Skills
Part 3: How to be a Great Communicator
Part 4: How to Build a Support Network when Studying From Home
Part 5: How to Make Contacts in your Community

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Study from home tip: Make contacts in your community

Posted on 05/10/2016 by
A great way to learn about the tourism industry is to visit local travel and tourism businesses in your town or region.

A great way to learn about the tourism industry is to visit local travel and tourism businesses in your town or region.

Welcome to Part 5 of our six-part series ‘Becoming a Successful Distance Learner’. Every week, we share one practical tip to help you excel at your studies. Be sure to check out the other blog posts in the series (see the end of this article for links).

When you study via distance learning, the world is your classroom! You can study where you want, when you want – as long as you hand in your assignments on time and put in the hours, you can enjoy a very flexible lifestyle.

However, one downside to studying from home is that you can’t rely on your tutor to arrange industry visits or famil trips. Instead, we encourage you to take this into your own hands and get out there to experience the tourism industry for yourself.

All you need to do is find some tourism businesses in your region or town. You’d be amazed at how many there are to choose from. Make a list of local contacts and industry employers, such as travel agents, airports, car hire companies, attraction operators, hotels, and visitor information centres – just to name a few.

These businesses will be a great resource for you throughout your studies. Make a point of visiting them during their quiet periods – you can grab a free brochure or simply take a look around.

If approached professionally, most employers will be more than happy to answer some of your questions and be supportive of your studies. Who knows, they might even offer you some work experience in the future?

Another idea is to pretend to be a tourist for a day. Catch a bus or ferry, splash out on an adventure tourism activity, or enjoy a meal at a nearby hotel. You will have some fun and learn a lot along the way.

So what are you waiting for? Get out and about and discover the tourism industry in your backyard.

Check out the other posts in our series ‘Becoming a Successful Distance Learner’.

Part 1: How to Get Organised
Part 2: How to Improve your Reading and Writing Skills
Part 3: How to be a Great Communicator
Part 4: How to Build a Support Network when Studying From Home

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How to build a support network when studying from home

Posted on 28/09/2016 by
We know that students who are supported by family and friends are more likely to do well - so get them on board early!

We know that students who are supported by family and friends are more likely to do well – so get them on board early!

Welcome to Part 4 of our six-part series ‘Becoming a Successful Distance Learner’. Every week, we share one practical tip to help you excel at your studies. If you’re new to the series, be sure to check out Part 1: How to Get Organised, and Part 2: How to Improve your Reading and Writing Skills, and Part 3: How to be a Great Communicator.

Becoming a successful distance learner is often a team effort – the road to success is rarely travelled alone. Behind every ITC graduate, there is a supportive friend, family member, tutor or mentor.

We recommend that you enlist the help of your friends and family throughout your studies. While they can’t write your assignments for you, they can help you manage your time and cheer you on from the sidelines.

So how can you go about building a support network?

The first thing to do is to inform your close friends and family of your intention to study from home (or, if you’re already studying, to keep them updated about your progress). Tell them your reasons for studying and let them know that you might be busier than usual throughout the duration of your qualification. Also tell them your career goals and what you’ll do with the qualification once you graduate.

Telling your friends and family will help them feel involved in your decision, and they might even offer to help! For example, they might offer to babysit the kids one day a week or take on some extra chores around the house.

If they don’t offer, and you feel like you could use some extra support, try asking – they probably didn’t realise you needed help, and will be more than willing to lend a hand. The most helpful thing they can do is give you time and space to focus on your studies, especially when you’re working on an assessment or preparing for a telephone role-play.

That said, no matter how supportive your friends and family are, if they have never studied from home then they probably won’t “get it”. Sometimes the best support comes from your fellow classmates. Connect with people taking the same course as you online through the Moodle forums or ask your tutor to pair you up with someone in your course. Two minds often make better than one.

If all else fails, you can always rely on the tutors for support. Whether you need some extra guidance about an assignment, or just want someone to cheer you on, the tutors are there to help you succeed.

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How to be a great communicator

Posted on 21/09/2016 by
What do all airline, travel and tourism jobs have in common? The need for excellent communication skills.

What do all airline, travel and tourism jobs have in common? The need for excellent communication skills.

Welcome to Part 3 of our series ‘Becoming a Successful Distance Learner’. Every week, we share one practical tip to help you excel at your studies. If you’re new to the series, be sure to check out Part 1: How to Get Organised, and Part 2: How to Improve your Reading and Writing Skills.  

New Zealanders are famous around the world for being friendly and polite communicators. For example, in London you’ll find many Kiwis working in pubs and hotels – tourism and hospitality employers just love our charming approach to customer service.

Although we have a natural talent for communication, there’s always room for improvement. At ITC Study From Home, we don’t just teach airline, travel and tourism – we also give you the skills you need to be an effective communicator in a professional environment.

When you study with us, your natural communication skills will be supercharged!

In the meantime, you can start practising good communication skills from today.

The first step is to be aware of how you – and others – communicate. Start reflecting on your own habits, and observe those of others around you. For example, do you remember to say please and thank you when appropriate? How do customer service representatives treat you in shops and restaurants? What makes you feel valued and respected, and what makes you feel unseen or unappreciated? By being aware of other people’s habits, you can start to refine your own.

Another tip is to listen carefully. Most people think of communication as talking – when in fact, the best thing you can do is listen. Pay close attention to what people say and you will naturally find it easier to respond to them in a polite and genuine manner.

When communicating online, it’s also important to write clearly. Did you know that around 90% of communication is nonverbal? This means people pay a lot of attention to the tone of your voice, your hand gestures, and your overall ‘presence’. When you’re writing an email, all of these important communication cues disappear – you only have the words on the page to convey your true meaning. So try to write as clearly as possible, and always remember to be kind! See our Online Communication Tips for Distance Learners for more advice.

Becoming a great communicator takes practice and patience, but if you remember to listen carefully and be polite, you can’t go too far wrong! Just remember the wise words your mother told you: ‘treat others as you’d like to be treated’.

As always, if you have any questions, feel free to ask your tutor or post a comment below. We’d love to help. 

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How to improve your reading and writing skills

Posted on 14/09/2016 by
Becoming a great reader and writer can help you achieve your Study From Home qualification

Becoming a great reader and writer can help you achieve your Study From Home qualification.

Welcome to Part 2 of our six-part series, ‘Becoming a Successful Distance Learner’. Every week, we will share one practical tip to help you excel at studying from home. Be sure to check back every Wednesday for the next tip.

Last week, we published Part 1 of the series: How to get organised and ace your studies. Hopefully by now you’re a whiz at time management and you’re sticking to your study schedule.

This week’s tip is all about reading and writing. These two skills are important for any course or career. Here are some ways you can improve your reading and writing abilities.

Practice makes perfect

Let us start by saying: no one is born a brilliant reader or writer. It takes practice. So even if you hate reading and writing, have faith – the more you do it, the less difficult it will become.

Our best tip for new distance learners is to keep trying. Don’t give up on your assignments, even if they seem hard at first. Good things take time. By the end of the course, you’ll be surprised to see how far your reading and writing skills have come.

Proofread assignments

Did you see our article from last month about the power of proofreading? When you’re writing an assignment, try to leave time to proofread it with fresh eyes before you submit it for final approval. You’d be surprised at the small mistakes you pick up on.

Try ‘real’ writing – with a pen!

Sometimes writing with a pen – instead of typing on the computer – can help you concentrate and figure out exactly what you want to say. Plus there’s no distractions – just you, your thoughts, and a blank piece of paper. Give yourself 30 minutes to brainstorm some ideas and see what you come up with.

Take notes as you read

Many people struggle to retain information through reading. If you find that you forget a sentence as soon as you read it, taking notes might help. Jot down key points on a small notepad, or highlight important sections of text so you can come back to it later. Another tip is to read everything through twice.

Pay attention to feedback

No one gets it 100% right the first time! When you hand in an assignment, ask your tutor to provide feedback about how you could do better in the future. They will be more than happy to provide ideas for improvement.

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How to get organised and ace your studies

Posted on 07/09/2016 by
One of the best ways to get organised is to plan for the week ahead on a Sunday afternoon. Pour yourself a cup of coffee and do some planning - you'll be surprised at how 'in control' it makes you feel.

One of the best ways to get organised is to plan for the week ahead on a Sunday afternoon. Pour yourself a cup of coffee and do some planning – you’ll be surprised at how ‘in control’ it makes you feel.

Welcome to Part 1 of our six-part series: ‘Becoming a Successful Distance Learner’. Every week, we will share one practical tip to help you excel at studying from home. Be sure to check back every Wednesday for the next tip.

Do you ever feel like “there’s just not enough hours in the day?” or “no matter how hard you try, you can never cross everything off your to-do list?”

We understand. Life is busy, and it can be incredibly difficult to fit study around work, family and personal commitments.

Difficult, yes. But impossible? No. All you have to do is get REALLY organised!

Don’t worry – we can help. Getting organised is often a matter of creating positive, productive habits. And like any habits, they can be learned with patience and practice.

Here are three habits of highly organised students – incorporate these habits into your weekly routine and you’ll be amazed by the results.

1. Create a study plan (and stick to it!)

Every Sunday afternoon, sit down and plan for the week ahead. Use a calendar, diary, or planner to block out all of your non-negotiable commitments (such as picking the kids up from school or going to work), and then dedicate time to study around these commitments.

There’s an art to creating a study plan and everyone has a slightly different approach. The most important thing is that you stick to it! For clear instructions on how to create a plan, including a free study plan template, check out this blog post we wrote on the topic earlier this year.

2. Choose your Study Spot

Successful distance learners study in the same spot all the time (or at least as often as they can). This could be a corner of a bedroom or living room, a spare room, or even the garage – try to choose a spot where you will be comfortable and uninterrupted.

The reason why it’s good to choose a Study Spot is that it means you can keep all of your ‘study tools’ in one place. For example, your computer, pens, notes, and books. This will save you from getting up every five minutes. Try to make sure all your tools are within arm’s reach.

Studying in the same spot all the time also means you can separate ‘home life’ from ‘study life’. When you sit down at your desk you know it’s time to concentrate. And when you leave your desk, you know you can relax and not worry about study again until the next day.

3. Set small goals and reward yourself as you go

Another habit of highly organised students is that they reward themselves for hard work along the way. Staying organised can be tiring, so you might as well give yourself a pat on the back when you do well.

Here are some examples of small goals and rewards for being organised:

  • If you stick to your study plan all week, you can go to the movies with friends on Saturday night
  • If you finish your assignment on time, you can sleep-in on the weekend
  • If you don’t look at your phone during any of your study sessions, you can buy yourself some new stationery

 
Set rewards based on what will inspire you the most – for some it might be a cup of hot chocolate at a nearby cafe, for others it might be a brand new pen from the stationery store.

Staying organised takes time and commitment, but once you form good habits you’ll find it becomes easier and easier to stick to your study plan. Remember to celebrate small wins along the way, and if you have any questions, be sure to reach out to your ITC Study From Home tutor.

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Meet the Study From Home team

Posted on 31/08/2016 by
Get to know the friendly Study From Home team by reading our bios (below).

The ITC Study From Home team is here to help you achieve your airline, travel or tourism qualification via distance learning.

At ITC Study From Home, you may study by yourself – but you’re never alone. The friendly team is here to support you every step of the way. From informative phone calls to encouraging emails, we help guide you through your coursework and ensure that you learn just as much as you would in a normal classroom environment.

You’ll also have the opportunity to meet us – as well as fellow distance learning students – in person at one of the Orientation Days on campus.

In the meantime, you can find out a little bit more about us by reading our bios below. As you will see, we’re a friendly, positive team backed by years of practical experience. We look forward to getting to know you better.

Carla close up colour 2010

Carla – Distance Learning Tutor & Program Manager

Originally from the Netherlands, this is where Carla completed her travel and tourism training – gaining the equivalent of ATTTO level 3 and 4, as well as the IATA Instructors Foundation Diploma. Upon graduating, Carla worked in a large corporate travel agency for four years, before moving to New Zealand in 1989.

Once she arrived in New Zealand, Carla worked as a senior travel consultant and, later, a branch manager for Budget Travel (now known as Harvey World Travel). She then joined ITC in 1997, as a travel and tourism tutor, and then moved into an administrative role. Today, she manages the ‘Study From Home’ program.

“I really love managing the distance learning program,” says Carla.

“It’s great to meet people that share my passion for the travel and tourism industry, and who are keen to work in this field. Then to witness their success is simply the cherry on top!”

Carla enjoys her life in New Zealand with her husband Wayne and their daughters Louise and Monique. When she’s not working or studying, you’ll probably find her walking the dog at Muriwai Beach, pottering in the garden, or going on camping holidays around our beautiful country.

Richard Euston

Richard – Distance Learning Tutor

After Richard left school, he worked for the New Zealand Herald in the advertising department. After four years there, he decided to follow his dream of travelling the world. First destination? The 1994 football world cup in the USA, followed by London.

His love of travel inspired him to take a break from advertising and apply for a job as a tour guide with Top Deck. He was successful and spent two European summers travelling to places like Russia, Morocco and Turkey – and getting paid for it!

When he eventually returned to New Zealand, he continued his travel career by working as a consultant for Flight Centre. He spent 10 years with the Flight Centre Group, then moved into an account management role at APX.

Now, he’s joined his wife Stacey (a tutor at the Botany Campus) and is working for ITC. Outside of this job, he’s involved in a business called Bumper Ball, plays social football, and enjoys spending time with friends and family. Together, he and Stacey have three beautiful daughters.

Joy

Joy – Distance Learning Tutor

Joy’s first career was in accounting, before her love of travelling attracted her to the tourism sector. After gaining a travel and tourism qualification, she spent ten years working as a travel consultant for the likes of Travel For Less, House of Travel, and Harvey World Travel. She found great fulfillment in selling many varied travel destinations and providing excellent customer service in order to satisfy customer needs. She developed a loyal customer base and many lasting relationships.

Joy joined ITC as a tutor at the Botany Campus in 2006. She loved working with the young, on-campus students and providing them with the training they needed for a career in travel and tourism. She was pleased to be given the opportunity to join the Study From Home team in 2015, and is now supporting and encouraging students who have taken on the challenges of distance learning.

An avid traveller, she has visited many exciting places all over the world.

“Amongst others, Santorini in the Greek Islands stands out as a magical place,” says Joy.

“In saying that, I have also been fortunate to visit many of our beautiful Pacific Island neighbours and their friendly people.”

She still thinks New Zealand is the best country in the world to live in, with its beautiful scenery and diverse culture. She enjoys her life here with her husband, two daughters, and four grandchildren. She works part-time at ITC so she can spend plenty of time with the little ones – the best of both worlds!

Ali Rigby

Ali – Distance Learning Tutor

Ali started her journey into travel and tourism in 2008 when she moved to Canada on a working holiday. She lived in Vancouver and worked in a rental shop at Grouse Mountain Ski Resort, doing fittings and taking bookings. Ali then spent the next year working and travelling around Canada and the United States.

“I soon realised that the travel bug was well and truly alive in me and just how much I loved working face-to-face with the many different cultures I met each day,” says Ali.

She then went on to live in Melbourne, where she worked in customer service for two years, before moving to the Netherlands. She was welcomed as a Meeting Point Manager for Sandemans New Europe Tours in Amsterdam, which operates walking and bicycle tours throughout the city and the rest of Europe. She loved being able to live in and travel around, Europe taking in its beautiful culture and history. After the Netherlands, she moved to Berlin before returning home to New Zealand to pursue another of passion – education!

Ali started working at ITC in the Schools/Marketing department delivering short courses to high schools in Auckland and various locations around the country. Absolutely loving teaching, she then moved into a full-time tutor role on-campus at the City Road campus.

Along with her partner Ryan, she has now moved to beautiful Raglan in the Waikato where she has begun working as a tutor for Study From Home.

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The power of proofreading

Posted on 24/08/2016 by
Worried that your assignments are riddled with spelling errors? Get out a red pen and mark them the old-fashioned way!

Worried that your assignments are riddled with spelling errors? Get out a red pen and mark them the old-fashioned way!

Is there any better feeling than writing the last word of an assignment?

But wait! Before you jump for joy and hit ‘send’, there’s one more thing you need to do: proofread your work.

So many students skip this important step, but proofreading your work with fresh eyes (ideally a day later) can do wonders for your overall grade.

Of course, you will only have time for proofreading if you finish your assignment before the deadline. If possible, try to work ahead so you have at least one extra day to proofread your work before you submit it to your tutor.

Here are a few proofreading tips to get you started:

Proofread with fresh eyes

What time of the day do you feel the most focused and awake? For most people, this is in the morning after a cup of tea or coffee. Choose this time to proofread your work. You’ll be more likely to pick up mistakes if you’re not sleepy.

Print out your work

It’s hard to catch typos on the computer screen. Print out your assignment and go through it the old-fashioned way – with a red pen!

Read it out loud

Sometimes you won’t realise something is wrong until you read the words out to yourself. Find a quiet room and read your assignment out loud and see if you can find any errors.

Ask for help from a friend

Find a ‘study buddy’ and proofread each other’s work. This is a great way to get feedback – just make sure you don’t copy each other’s ideas.

Use spellchecker

When all else fails, use the spellchecker on Microsoft Word or a free editing software such as Grammarly.

While typos aren’t the end of the world (we all make them), it’s good to get in the habit of regularly proofreading your work. This habit will serve you well during your studies, and also in your career (for example, when sending emails). Good luck and get out those red pens!

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How to stop multitasking and focus on your studies

Posted on 17/08/2016 by
Do you struggle to stay focused when studying from home? Below we share five tips to help you kick your multitasking habits to the curb.

Do you struggle to stay focused when studying from home? Below we share five tips to help you kick your multitasking habits to the curb.

We live in a multitasking society. At any one moment you might be checking your phone, watching TV, eating dinner, and maybe even talking to your family at the same time. And although you might be able to multitask with ease, it’s important not to make this a study habit.

When it comes to studying, multitasking is the enemy of productivity. It’s much better to sit down for 45 minutes of uninterrupted, focused study than to sit down for 1.5 hours of ‘multitasking study’. Imagine how much more you could achieve if you studied in focused bursts instead of checking Facebook every ten minutes.

Finding focus is hard when you study from home. There’s always dishes to be done or washing to be hung out. We understand that the temptation to multitask can be strong, especially if you have young kids.

Below we’ve outlined five tips to help you focus.

1. Try the Pomodoro technique

Have you heard of the Pomodoro time management technique? In a nutshell, this technique is about working in 25-minute bursts. You set a kitchen timer for 25 minutes and focus 100% on the task at-hand during that time (for example, the task might be reading study notes or completing an online test). You can’t veer from the task for 25 minutes (no Facebook or checking your phone).

Once the timer goes off, you’re allowed a 5-minute break. Then, once you’ve completed four ‘pomodoros’ in a row (four 25-minute bursts), you can take a 15-20 minute break.

Many people love the Pomodoro technique because it gives them a small break to look forward to every 25 minutes. Often it’s easier to not check your phone for 25 minutes than it is to not check your phone for four hours. Why not try this one at home?

2. Hide your phone

Your smartphone can be a real productivity killer. Turn your phone on silent and leave it in another room while you are trying to focus on your studies – out of sight, out of mind. If you’re expecting a phone call, leave it in another room but turn the ringer on loud. That way, you’ll have to get up if it rings – saving you the temptation of checking Instagram every five minutes.

3. Study without internet

If possible, print out your study notes or download them to your computer and ‘go offline’ for a couple of hours. The internet is full of distractions and can be a huge time-waster. Alternatively, you could try blocking the most distracting websites, such as Facebook and YouTube. There are several apps that will do this for you – check out this list from Mashable to get you started.

4. Go to the library

Do you find studying from home really distracting? Maybe it’s impossible to concentrate unless your house is clean? Or perhaps you keep finding yourself at the fridge door? Sometimes the best thing to do is leave the house for a few hours. Go to the library and study in the peace and quiet. Many people also find that they are more productive at the library because everyone else is in a ‘working’ mode. The atmosphere can help you stay motivated and on-task.

5. Ask your family for support

Sometimes your family can be the biggest distraction. Let them know when you need to focus so they know not to interrupt you. Ask for their support and understanding, and remind them that you won’t be studying forever – once you have your qualification you’ll have more time for your family again. If you have young children, maybe try to study after they have gone to sleep or when they are having an afternoon nap.

What do you do to stay focused and stop multitasking? Do you have any tips that aren’t on this list? Let us know in the comments below!

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The power of studying in the same spot every day

Posted on 10/08/2016 by
Studying in the same spot every day can help you stay focused.

Studying in the same spot every day can help you stay focused.

One of the perks about studying from home is that you can technically study anywhere – from bed in your pajamas, from the library, from your local cafe. Wherever you can get electricity and an internet connection, you can study!

Yet, just because you can study from anywhere, doesn’t mean you should. There’s power in creating a designated study space and studying in the same spot every day.

Here are three ways this makes you more productive.

1. Everything you need is in one place

How many times have you gone to the library only to realise that you’ve left half your study notes at home? It’s easy to forget things when you’re rushing from one place to the next. With a designated study space, you can enjoy peace of mind that everything is right where you left it.

2. Your study space is a distraction-free zone

If you study somewhere different every day, you’re more likely to stumble across distractions. But if you’re studying in the same spot, you’ll start to associate it with learning. When you sit down at your desk, you’ll know it’s ‘study time’. The good news is, this also works in reverse – when you leave your desk, you’ll know study time is over and that you can relax.

3. Better study-life balance

Following on from point number two, creating a designated study space helps you enjoy better study-life balance. When you’re studying from home, it can be hard to switch off – especially if your study notes are scattered throughout the house. Many people find that keeping their study notes in one place helps them to feel more organised and less overwhelmed. And the good news is, you don’t need a home office to make this work: check out this motivated mum who created a study space in her wardrobe.

These are just some of the benefits of studying in the same spot every day. Have you tried this technique? Do you find that it makes you more productive? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Online communication tips for distance learners

Posted on 03/08/2016 by
When you study from home, most of your communication with classmates and tutors will be done online. Read on for some tips on how to communicate effectively via email and forums.

When you study from home, most of your communication with classmates and tutors will be done online. Read on for some tips on how to communicate effectively via email and forums.

What do long distance relationships and studying from home have in common? The importance of communication.

Anyone who’s in a long distance relationship will know that communication is key. It’s hard to keep the love alive if you’re not regularly communicating with your partner.

The same ‘rule’ applies to distance learning. Fortunately, it’s easier than ever to communicate with others, no matter how many miles keep you apart (thank you internet).

When you study from home, you’ll spend a lot of time chatting with tutors and classmates via email and online forums. Below we’ve outlined a few tips to help you navigate the world of online communication with ease.

1. Keep it real

The first thing to remember when communicating online is that you’re chatting to real people with real feelings! Your online classmates are just like you. Make sure you communicate with the same level of respect and compassion as you would in a classroom environment.

2. Keep it clean

Take care not to swear, make insensitive jokes, or use too much slang. You don’t have to be completely formal – the use of some ‘text language’ is okay within reason – but try to remember that not everyone will understand what you mean. Where possible, use polite and friendly language, and avoid making jokes that some people could find offensive.

3. Keep it concise

Try to communicate in a clear, concise manner so you don’t overwhelm your classmates with long messages. If your note is more than a few sentences, use paragraphs and subheadings to break up the text for easy reading.

4.Keep it appropriate

Online forums are for study purposes, so don’t use this tool to have private conversations or share inappropriate content. We understand that some conversations will naturally veer away from study, but try to stick to the topic at-hand where possible.

5. Keep it friendly

If you take one thing away from this article, make it this. As long as you communicate in a nice, friendly manner you can’t go too far wrong! Treat other people as you would like to be treated, and you’ll find that the world of online communication can be a warm and welcoming place.

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How to motivate yourself to study when you feel like giving up

Posted on 27/07/2016 by
Sometimes studying can feel a lot like climbing a steep set of stairs - sometimes you want to quit and go down before you get to the top. But stay motivated - the view from above will be worth it.

Sometimes studying can feel a lot like climbing a steep set of stairs – sometimes you want to quit and go down before you get to the top. But stay motivated – the view from above will be worth it.

“I’m so tired.”

“I don’t understand.”

“It’s too hard.”

Do you ever feel this way about studying? Like it’s all too hard, and it might be easier to give up on your qualifications completely?

We’ve all been there. We’ve all had days when we’d rather not write assignments, or read study notes. When we’d prefer to blob out on the couch in front of the television instead.

But although giving up might seem like the easy option, it’s actually the hardest. It might provide you with some short-term relief, but in the long run, you’ll always be wondering: “what if I kept going? What if I didn’t give up my studies?”

Don’t spend your life wondering. We’re here to remind you that you can achieve your qualification. When there’s a will, there’s a way, and we’ll do our best to help you on your journey to success.

If you’re in need of some extra motivation this week, here are three tips to help you stay focused and get back on track.

1. Talk to your Study From Home tutor

When you’re unmotivated and overwhelmed, the first step is to talk to your Study From Home tutor. Let us know how you’re feeling and we’ll happily give you some advice. We’ve helped many students throughout the years and we understand that sometimes motivation can be a struggle – but we’ve got plenty of tips to help you on your way.

2. Look after your health

Do your best to look after your health by getting plenty of sleep and eating a healthy diet. Have you ever noticed how things feel worse when you’re tired or hungry? Don’t let a lack of sleep or too many takeaways make you feel like giving up on your studies. Get a good night’s rest and see how much better you feel in the morning.

3. Write it out

Feel like you have so much to do but don’t know where to start? Write a list? This will help to get your anxieties out of your head and onto paper. Once you’ve written everything down, see if there’s anything you can cross off the list, or put off to a later date. For example, if you allocate two hours for cooking dinner every night, maybe you can stock up on frozen veggies and frozen meals so that you have more time in the evenings? Sometimes what we think we ‘need’ to do is more flexible than we realise.

Remember: you won’t feel this way forever

It’s totally normal for you to feel fed up with your studies every once and awhile, but try to remember that this feeling won’t last forever. It will pass. But do you know what will last forever? Your qualification. Once you graduate, a world of new opportunities will open, and any tough times will fade away. You’ve got this!

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What are you willing to give up in order to achieve your dreams?

Posted on 20/07/2016 by
In order to achieve our dreams, we need to make some small sacrifices along the way.

Sometimes in order to achieve our dreams, we need to make some small sacrifices along the way.

This is a big question, but try to put some thought into it, as your answer could lead to big success.

Whenever we think about achieving something, our focus tends to be on what we’re going to gain – not on what we might have to give up.

But ask any successful person and they will tell you they didn’t get to where they are today without making some sacrifices.

“The most important decision about your goals is not what you are willing to do to achieve them, but what you are willing to give up.” – Dave Ramsey.

There are only so many hours in the day, and when you start studying, you might have to give up a few things to stay on top of your assignments.

It’s all about making the best use of your time.

When Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of Eat, Pray, Love set out to be a writer, she gave up television so she could focus on her creative projects.

“What are you willing to give up, in order to become who you really need to be?” – Elizabeth Gilbert.

Grab a blank piece of paper and write down everything you spend your time doing. Next, highlight everything you would be willing to sacrifice in order to achieve your qualification.

This simple exercise will help you identify the things that you can say no to when life gets busy. You don’t need to give things up for good, or all the time – just when you’re behind on your studies.

For example, you might highlight things like television, going out with friends, or baking. Even though these are things you love, they won’t help you achieve your goals – and therefore they can wait until you’ve finished studying.

As hard as this sounds, we promise it will make it easier to reach your dreams.

What’s one thing you would be willing to give up? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Study tip: Don’t be afraid to ask for help

Posted on 13/07/2016 by
It's always a good idea to reach out to friends or family when you need a helping hand.

It’s always a good idea to reach out to friends or family when you need a helping hand.

One of the best study tips we can share with you is this: don’t be afraid to ask for help.

If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed by your studies, see if there is anyone in your network who can lend you a helping hand.

For example, ask your family if they can help you with some of the household chores so you have more time to study in the evening.

Or, if you have children, see if you know of anyone who would be willing to babysit for a couple of hours a week.

We understand it can be hard to ask for help, but you’ll never know unless you try. From our experience, people are often really supportive.

Here are a few tips to make asking for help easier:

  • Ask as early as possible. Ideally, you should ask for help before you really need it. Talk to your friends and family before you start studying, and let them know you might need some support along the way.
  • Offer to return the favour. You won’t be studying forever. Offer to lend a helping hand once you have more free time.
  • Be open to suggestions. When you ask for help, people will probably give you some advice. This is their way of showing they care, and some of their suggestions might be really helpful. Try to keep an open mind and take some of their tips on board.

 
Don’t forget that we’re here to help you, too. You can contact your tutor through Moodle or by calling 0800 788 394. We’ve all studied via distance learning, so we’ve got plenty of tips and tricks up our sleeves to help you succeed.

Good luck, and remember – asking for help is a strength, not a weakness!

Asking for help is a strength, not a weakness

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Are you ready to study from home?

Posted on 06/07/2016 by
Follow our simple checklist to figure out if you're ready to study from home.

Follow our simple checklist to figure out if you’re ready to study from home.

Studying from home is a big commitment, so it’s a good idea to wait until you’re ready to fully immerse yourself in the learning experience. Rushing into study could cause stress and compromise your success – it’s best to be as prepared as possible.

So, how will you know when you’re ready?

We’ve compiled a checklist of things you should do before you enrol on a distance learning course. These steps will help you prepare for student life.

Please note, this checklist is intended as a guide only. If you have any questions about any of our courses, please contact us.

1. Talk to friends and family

Tell your loved ones that you’re thinking about studying from home. They might have some valuable advice for you, or even offer to help out from time to time. Studying is much easier with the support of your friends and family.

2. Speak with an ITC Study From Home tutor

You probably have lots of questions about studying from home. The best people to ask are the ITC Study From Home tutors. They will be able to help you figure out which course is right for you. Call 0800 788 394 to request to speak with a tutor.

3. Decide whether to study part-time or full-time

We offer two study options for distance learning – part-time or full-time. Part-time courses take on average 40 weeks to complete, and you must do a minimum of 10-15 hours study each week. Full-time courses are 20 weeks on average, and require a minimum of 20-25 hours of study each week. Figure out which option will suit you best.

4. Create a draft study plan

The best way to see whether you have the time to study from home is to create a draft study plan. Follow the steps in this helpful guide to see if you have enough ‘study hours’ each week. Sometimes we don’t know how much spare time we actually have until we see it on paper.

5. Write down what you would be prepared to give up in order to study

One of the hardest things about study is that it often requires you to make some short-term sacrifices. What would you give up for six months or a year in order to achieve your qualification? Write a list of things that you could “live without”. Some examples include television, going out on the weekends, and spending time on social media. You probably won’t have to give these up completely, but you may have to go without them for a week or two during busy times.

Being aware of these sacrifices before you start your course ensures you’re not in for any surprises. We promise all your favourite TV shows will be waiting for you once you’ve achieved your qualification!

We hope this checklist has helped you figure out if you’re ready to Study From Home. If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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How to create a study plan (and stick to it!)

Posted on 29/06/2016 by
Don't let time get away on you. Follow our tips for creating a study plan and re-take control over your schedule.

Don’t let time get away on you. Follow our tips for creating a study plan and re-take control over your schedule.

“Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations.”

“In order to succeed, we must first believe we can.”

“The harder you work for something, the greater you’ll feel when you achieve it.”

We’ve all read the motivational quotes – we know that in order to reach our goals, we need to work hard and put in effort.

Yet although these quotes might inspire us to get off the couch and get to work, they don’t tell us how to achieve our goals.

It’s fantastic to feel motivated – but it’s not enough. The secret to success is actually this: creating a plan, and sticking to it.

“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.”

The best way to create good study habits is to stick to a study plan. Here’s how to create one.

Step 1: Start with a blank study timetable

First, decide how you will keep track of your time. Choose a calendar format, such as:

  • A diary or journal
  • A wall calendar
  • A digital calendar (e.g. Google Calendar)

 
Or, to get started right away, download our free study timetable (Microsoft Word).

Step 2: Block out prior commitments

On your study timetable, block out all of your prior commitments, such as:

  • Work
  • Travelling to/from work
  • Caring for family/dependants
  • Church, sports, hobbies
  • Eating, cooking
  • Housework and chores
  • Relaxing and socialising

 
Step 3: Block out study time

Once you have entered all of these commitments in your study timetable, count how many ‘spare’ hours you have leftover each week.

Remember, if your course is 20 weeks you must complete 20-25 hours of study each week. If your course is 40 weeks, you must complete 10-15 hours of study each week.

Block out time for study in your spare time. Try to dedicate at least one full day to your studies per week if possible.

If you don’t have enough time to study, consider dropping one of your prior commitments to make room, such as socialising. You will probably find that each week looks a little different – the key is to be flexible and juggle things around to make study fit.

Tip: Plan for disruptions! Don’t fill every available minute with study – you need to keep some free time every day to deal with all those unexpected situations that pop up.

Step 4: Stick to it!

The plan only works if you stick to it! Treat your study plan as your daily schedule/guide and follow it as best you can. Here are some tips for staying on track:

  • Print your study plan and put it somewhere you will see it every day, for example on the fridge or above your desk. If your calendar is digital, set reminders on your phone and refer to it throughout the day.
  • Be prepared to change your plan. Sometimes unexpected things come up and you will need to reshuffle your commitments. For example, if the kids are late to bed one night and you can’t study, try to fit those ‘missed study hours’ in later in the week. Some weeks will go better than others.
  • Reward yourself for following your plan – not every day, but maybe once a fortnight. This could be with some chocolate, a movie – pick something that will motivate you to keep going. Note: a week off studying is not a supportive reward!

 
Habits don’t form overnight, but after a few weeks of sticking to your plan, it’ll begin to feel like second nature: have faith in yourself and keep going.

And don’t forget to ask your tutors if you need any help along the way. Contact us via Moodle, or pick up the phone and give us a call. We’re always here to help. Good luck!

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What are SMART goals and why are they important?

Posted on 22/06/2016 by
The 'SMART goals' approach is a well-known style of goal setting that can be applied to your studies. Here's how SMART goals work and why they matter.

The ‘SMART goals’ approach is a well-known style of goal setting that can be applied to your studies. Here’s how SMART goals work and why they matter.

If you’re struggling to keep up with the demands of studying from home, you may find that setting SMART goals helps you to stay on track. SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-Bound.

Here’s some more information about SMART goals and how to set them.

Specific

Goals are more likely to be achieved if they are specific. For example, telling yourself ‘I’m going to read five pages of course notes this Saturday morning’ is far more effective than telling yourself ‘I’m going to do some study this weekend’. What does ‘some’ study mean? It could mean anything from five minutes to five hours. Don’t leave your study goals up to chance – be as specific as possible.

Measurable

You must be able to measure all of your goals. For example, ‘learn section B of the textbook’ is not as clear as ‘correctly answer all the practice questions of section B of the textbook’. Consider using number quantities (how much, how many etc) to set your goals and make them measurable.

Achievable

Make sure achieving your goal is actually possible. Too often we set unrealistic goals for ourselves and this leads to disappointment and frustration. Remember to leave more time than you think you need, and to plan far ahead – the last thing you want to do is get behind because you thought you could cram all your assignments into one weekend.

Relevant

A relevant goal is one that has meaning – one that matters. Ask yourself: ‘If I achieve this goal, will I be helping myself to get ahead? And does it fit in with my long-term plans?’. When it comes to study, we often convince ourselves that things like shopping for new stationery or cooking three-hour meals are really important. When in reality, pretty pens and gourmet meals won’t help you get any closer to your dream job. Focus on the goals that will get you the best results.

Time-bound

Last but not least, all goals should have a time limit. Without a sense of urgency, there will be no real motivation to complete the task before a certain time. Give yourself deadlines for all of your assignments (or follow the ones set out by your tutor!). Stick to them, no matter what – it might be tough at the time, but it will be so worth it when you’re graduating with your qualification.

If you are having time management troubles, please don’t hesitate to reach out to your Study From Tutor and ask for advice – we have plenty more tips and tricks about staying on track.

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How to motivate yourself to exercise in winter

Posted on 15/06/2016 by
It’s common to drop exercise as soon as it gets cold, but there are many reasons why you should keep it up. Here’s how to stay fit in winter!

It’s common to drop exercise as soon as it gets cold, but there are many reasons why you should keep it up. Here’s how to stay fit in winter!

As soon as the days get darker, shorter and colder, exercise tends to drop off the to-do list. Staying inside where it’s warm and cozy is far more appealing than heading outside for a run, walk or swim!

However, it’s important that you stay active during the winter months, especially if you’re studying from home. If you spend too much time cooped up inside, this could negatively impact your productivity and lead to feelings of tiredness, lethargy and even anxiety.

The benefits of exercising in winter 

Exercising during winter will help keep you fit, but you will also benefit from better moods. Many people find they feel happier, stronger and more focused after some physical activity. It doesn’t have to be difficult – a short stroll through the park can do wonders for your energy levels.

Other benefits of exercise include:

  • Health, vitality and a strong immune system
  • Vitamin D and fresh air
  • Keeping warm!
  • Stay in shape

 
How to maintain an exercise routine

So how can you keep exercising when the weather turns moody and the couch is much more appealing than the treadmill?

If you’ve never been much of a gym goer before, this could be the time to sign up. Gyms are much quieter through winter so you can get used to the gear before it gets busy again, and all the new equipment and on-site trainers will help boost your enthusiasm for exercise.

For those who are already gym fans, try signing up for regular classes to mix it up a little. Spin classes, boot camps and dance sessions can help you make the extra effort.

Another incentive is to sign up for an event in early summer. A 10-kilometre run, half marathon or even full marathon all require training before you can complete them, so signing up will give you no choice but to commit to regular exercise in the lead up to the day.

You could also find a friend and plan to work out together. If necessary, sign up for one of the above options or simply create your own plans, and hold one another accountable if either of you fail to do the exercise.

Of course, nothing works quite like a great incentive, so promise yourself some kind of treat each week if you manage to exercise on three days, for example. Whether that’s lunch at your favourite café or a new book, the reward will help you stay motivated to achieve your goals.

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How to reset a bad day

Posted on 08/06/2016 by
Baking a delicious treat is one way to turn your bad mood into a good mood!

Baking a delicious treat is one way to turn your bad mood into a good mood!

We all have them. Those days when nothing seems to go right, when you run out of milk and can’t have your morning coffee, or when you just can’t seem to focus on your study, let alone get anything done.

Bad days happen to everyone, but you don’t have to let it run its course. Instead, hit the reset button. Even though it can take some time, ‘resetting’ can significantly increase your productivity and mood afterwards – saving you from toiling away and not getting anything done at all.

Here are a few great ways to start fresh, even if it’s 2pm!

Clean your house

There’s something about the act of cleaning that simply makes you feel good. Whether it’s vacuuming the whole house, scrubbing the oven or getting the bathroom spotless, the feeling of accomplishment after achieving a tidy, clean home is undeniable. Put on your favourite tunes and get ready to scrub, because this activity can completely reset your day (not to mention, give you a clean house and win you brownie points from the flatmates/family, too).

Exercise

Pull out your yoga mat, put on your running shoes or head to the pool for a swim – any form of exercise can work wonders for your mood. This is because when you get the body moving, your brain releases endorphins, which are chemicals that create a positive feeling.

Once you’ve had your workout, you should be in a much more positive frame of mind, and ready to start the day over.

Phone a friend

Phoning a friend isn’t just a game show shortcut, it’s a legitimate way to improve your day. Give a good friend a ring and catch up, make plans for the weekend and have a good whinge about how badly your day is going. The kind and understanding voice at the other end of the line will help get you out of that rut.

Make a good meal

Cooking and baking can be an extremely cathartic exercise. As you give your hands and mind something specific to do with a set outcome, you’ll quickly lose yourself in the process of making a delicious meal or treat. By the time you’re ready to try studying again, you should feel refreshed, and at the very least, you’ll have something yummy to eat!

Have a nap

If all else fails, head back to bed for a nap. It’s entirely possible that you’re just a bit tired and need an extra hour before you’re truly ready to face the day.

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5 tricks to boost your memory

Posted on 01/06/2016 by
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A great memory helps you be a great student – here are five ways you can improve yours.

No matter what you’re studying or how much you need to learn, a good memory can help you achieve better results and gain confidence in your abilities. The good news is, there are ways you can train your brain to retain more information than usual. Try these five tricks to boost your memory to make studying that much easier.

1. Practice

Even when you’re not studying, practice training your brain to remember things. For example, try to learn your friends’ cellphone numbers, or remember the number plate of a passing car. Simply by forcing your brain to remember things, you can make small improvements. Think of it like exercising a muscle!

2. Eat well

Nutrition plays an important role in your ability to remember things. If you’re too hungry to concentrate on what you’re learning, or you consume too much sugar and then crash, you will probably find it hard to retain information.

Try to enjoy a healthy, balanced diet that doesn’t include too much sugar or processed foods. Specific foods, such as oily fish, pumpkin seeds and other sources of omega-3 fats, have been found to be good for brain function.

3. Play games

Who knew playing games could be good for your studies? Games give your brain a good workout, which can help to strengthen your memory.

Visit the app store on your phone or head online to find a new game. You’ll want something that you haven’t played before, that’s challenging and rewarding.

4. Exercise

It’s good for boosting your mood, for fitness, and of course, it can help your memory, too. Look for any workout that gets your blood pumping (it’s good for the brain in the same way that it’s good for the heart). Sports that include hand-eye coordination (such as tennis or netball) are extra helpful.

5. Get enough sleep

A good night’s sleep is extremely important for everything from your energy levels to your mood, and it can also play a role in your ability to learn new things and remember them. Adults need anywhere from seven to nine hours of sleep to function properly, so spend a week recording how many hours you’re clocking, and aim to improve it if you’re falling behind.

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The pros and cons of studying with others

Posted on 25/05/2016 by
Studying with a friend or in a group has pros and cons – here are the ones you need to know if you’re considering it.

Studying with a friend or in a group has pros and cons – here are the ones you need to know if you’re considering it.

When you’ve been studying from home for a while, it’s easy to become bored with your environment, or simply to want a change to keep things interesting. One way to do this is to get together with friends who also have studies to work on.

Here are the pros and cons of working with others for study!

Pro: They can keep you motivated

If you’re working with someone who is a hard worker, you’ll quickly pick up similar habits. For example, they might be particularly good at knuckling down and working through tasks, which can inspire you to do the same.

Con: They can be a distraction

On the other hand, someone who doesn’t have the best work ethic may actually slow you down. They might find reasons to chat about non-study matters, or end up spending time surfing the net. Similarly, you may be inclined to pick up similar habits or give in to chatting about weekend plans instead of the task at hand.

Pro: You can ask for help

Your study buddy may be able to answer tough questions that you’re struggling with, explain confusing concepts or simply be there to bounce ideas off. A second brain to untangle a puzzle is always a big help, which can really improve your progress.

Con: Timing doesn’t always work

When your studies rely on someone else to be around, it can be tough to make sure it happens as often as it should. If your study buddy is hard to get hold of or tends to pull out at the last minute, you might need to switch back to solo study or find a new partner.

Pro: It can make it more fun

Making studying from home fun is a great way to become more engaged in your work. With a partner there to talk about concepts with, take short breaks with, and troubleshoot with, the time can pass more quickly and leave you feeling like study was less of a chore and more of a rewarding and enjoyable work session.

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5 tips for a good night’s sleep

Posted on 18/05/2016 by
Sleep is an important part of being able to study well from home without feeling tired. Try these 5 tips to sleep better each night.

Sleep is an important part of being able to study well from home without feeling tired. Try these 5 tips to sleep better each night.

The difference between a good night’s sleep and a bad one is more than just a bit of tossing and turning. Sleep poorly and you’ll struggle to concentrate during the day, and you may even feel grumpier or eat more. Sleep well and you’ll be better prepared to focus, and more mentally able to tackle tough tasks – all vital for a productive day of studying from home.

As much as 36 per cent of New Zealanders feel tired or fatigued every day, according to a Southern Cross Healthcare Group survey, so it’s important to aim for the best night’s sleep possible.

Here are our five top tips!

1. Exercise during the day

Exercise is an essential part of a healthy body, but it can also help you sleep. Wear yourself out with sports, walking, a trip to the gym or even just yoga at home. Any amount of exercise is better than nothing, but aim for 30 minutes per day.

2. Create a routine

Your body may respond well to a nightly routine that will help train it into knowing it’s time for rest. This may include a cup of non-caffeinated tea, reading a magazine or book, or writing a to-do list for tomorrow. Ensure that no part of this routine includes exercise or stress, as it should wind you down rather than wake you up.

3. Invest in proper bedding

We spend roughly a third of our lives in bed, so it makes sense to feel comfortable and supported during that time. If your mattress or pillows are old and worn down, you may sleep considerably better on higher quality products.

4. Eat well in the evening

A large, heavy meal for dinner (especially when eaten late) can make it difficult to fall asleep, as can going to bed hungry from not eating a nutritious dish. Aim to eat a balanced meal well before you go to bed, and avoid anything with caffeine that could keep you awake.

5. Stop the naps

One of the most tempting things to do when studying from home is to take a nap when you feel tired. Once you get into this habit, however, you may struggle to fall asleep at night. If you’re tempted to sleep during the day, try some light exercise, drinking water, or giving your brain a break to keep you awake and focused.

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Could these habits be killing your productivity?

Posted on 11/05/2016 by
Being productive is what will get you through your assignments when studying from home, so it's important to be aware of things that kill your focus.

Being productive is what will get you through your assignments when studying from home, so it’s important to be aware of things that kill your focus.

When it comes to studying from home, productivity is the one thing that will get all your tasks completed on time – that, and caffeine!

That’s why it’s important to always be aware of things that can kill your productivity. Many of us have ‘productivity killers’ in common – here are a few of them and what you can do to stop them from stopping you.

Trying to do too much

Everyone knows a to-do list is a great way to move through your workload, so it’s a good feeling when you write one and see all the things you’re going to tick off. For that reason, it’s tempting to write a to-do list that has far, far too much on it. However this can actually have a negative impact on your productivity. Instead of feeling motivated to do the work, you might feel overwhelmed or exhausted. The trick is to push yourself to work hard, but still be realistic. You will need to allow time for breaks, meals, and one or two distractions.

Working on X, Y and Z

You know you have a lot to do, so won’t it save time to do it all at once? Perhaps you cook yourself lunch while reading over important notes and coming up with new ideas for a project on the side? Contrary to popular belief, multi-tasking isn’t great for your brain. By tackling multiple tasks at once, your brain will switch from one to the other, which means you won’t be focusing on any one of them in the way you should (cue a burnt lunch, forgotten notes and lacklustre ideas). Do one after the other to give each task your full attention – it will take a little longer, but the results will be much stronger.

Only aiming for perfection

Aiming for perfection is an honorable goal, but you need to keep in mind that the effort is not always worth the time, as it can mean that your other projects suffer. Naturally, you should still aim for high-quality work, but once you’re satisfied that you’ve done a good job, move on to the next task so you can do a good job on that too rather than rushing it. Save striving for perfection for when you have the time to invest everything you’ve got into a single task. It’s better to consistently pass all of your assignments than do fabulously on one and fail the other.

What kills your productivity? Do you have any tips or tricks that help you stay focused? Share in the comments below.

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Study From Home student achieves Disney dream

Posted on 04/05/2016 by
Donna Cowie

Study From Home graduate Donna Cowie is absolutely thrilled to have landed her dream job, working on a Disney cruise ship.

When Donna Cowie enrolled with ITC Study From Home, she had one dream in mind: to work as a youth activities counsellor on a Disney cruise ship. After completing her studies, this bright student from New Plymouth has achieved her dream – she recently joined a Disney cruise ship based out of Florida.

“Studying with ITC turned out to be one of the greatest decisions I have made as it led me to my dream job,” says Donna.

“I’m so blessed to get this job and believe it’s going to be a great start to my travel and tourism career.”

Donna will be at sea for approximately four months, before taking a six-week vacation. Then she has the opportunity to repeat another four-month contract. If everything goes well, she can repeat this cycle (four months on, six weeks off) for as long as she likes.

The ship spends the majority of its time cruising from Florida, but in mid-May it will be heading to Europe for the summer season – a trip Donna can’t wait to experience.

“I am extremely excited at the opportunity to travel the world, explore many different countries, gain cruise industry knowledge and make friends from different areas of the globe – all while working,” she says.

Donna completed the New Zealand Certificate in Tourism Level 3 and the New Zealand Certificate in Travel Level 4. She said the information she learned on both courses has proven invaluable so far.

“In the few weeks I have been on the ship I’ve already noticed many different aspects I learnt from my courses, and how they play a role in ship life. For example, building client relationships, cultural and language differences, the importance of product knowledge and much more,” says Donna.

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to learn more as I go, with the hope of working myself towards a managerial position.”

Donna has a few final words of advice for anyone else looking to pursue their own dream job.

“I want to encourage everyone out there to work hard, take your study day-by-day, have a plan but at the same time be open-minded to what could happen. The whole world is out there and your opportunities are endless, so go after them and best wishes.”

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Posture check! Is your study space set up correctly?

Posted on 27/04/2016 by
This desk may look gorgeous, but it's probably very supportive for your back, arms or wrists. Read on to find out what you need to ensure you stay comfortable throughout the day.

This desk may look gorgeous, but it’s probably not very supportive for your back, arms or wrists. Read on to find out how to set up a safe and comfortable study space.

Do you ever get to the end of a long study day at home and realise that your back has been aching for hours? How about your shoulders, neck, or wrists? When it gets bad, these pains could be you experiencing RSI (repetitive strain injury), and they are caused by an improper set up at your desk.

It’s almost impossible to simply stumble upon the perfect sitting position for an ergonomic work station at home – you really have to set it up purposefully to get it in the best position for your body.

The chair

Your chair is an important part of your set up. If you don’t already, invest in one that has an adjustable height and back, and has a comfortable (cushioned) seat. Ideally, it should also have arm rests.

The back should be set up quite straight, as if it leans back, you will likely end up slouching at your desk. A chair with lumbar support (or a cheap add-on support) will also help you sit in a way that’s good for your back by pushing your lower spine away from the chair.

The height of the chair should be so that your feet sit flat on the ground, but if you don’t have an adjustable seat and you’re sitting too high with your feet off the ground, put a box or phonebook under them for a makeshift footrest. Likewise, if you are too low, add a cushion to the seat to lift you up.

The desk

Your desk should be arranged so that when you pull your chair in front, sit down and stare straight ahead, the screen is directly in front of you.

If your monitor is too low and you don’t have an adjustable desk, you may consider putting something under the screen so you’re not bending your neck to look down at it. If your monitor is too high, you may need to adjust your chair to be a little higher and add a footrest.

The keyboard

Most keyboards are asymmetrical because of the number pads on the right, but for a good set up, the alphabet should be directly in front of your hands. Rather than placing the whole board right in the middle in front of you, look at the ‘B’ key and put it in front of your nose to ensure the letters are where they should be.

And of course, just doing all of the above isn’t necessarily enough – it helps if you mentally remind yourself to sit up straight and keep your feet flat on the ground!

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How to set up a distraction-free study space

Posted on 20/04/2016 by
Are you someone who gets distracted easily? You'll probably learn better if you strip your study space of any unnecessary distractions - read on for some tips.

Are you someone who gets distracted easily? You’ll probably learn better if you strip your study space of any unnecessary distractions – read on for some tips.

Distraction: “Something that makes it difficult to think or pay attention.”

Distractions are easily one of the toughest parts of studying from home. Whether it’s your kids, your pets, a sunny day outside, a new game on your phone, or even a pile of laundry that needs sorting, distractions will get in the way of your study and can slow you down significantly.

So how can you avoid them? Start by setting up a study space that’s as distraction-free as possible with these simple tips.

Remove your phone

We’re all guilty of idly picking up our mobile phones to see what’s happening on Facebook or in the news. When it’s sitting right in front of you, it’s hard not to.

So remove it.

It’s unrealistic to suggest to turn it off completely, so leave it on loud in case someone tries to get in touch with you, but place it on the other side of the room where it’s out of sight, and out of reach.

Make your decorations boring

Nobody wants to sit at an ugly study space all day, so many people decorate it with photos of loved ones, fun calendars and other cool items. As great as they are, they will ultimately distract you as you stare at them.

Keep some decorations, but make them simple things you won’t stare at – such as a pot plant or set of fairy lights.

Move your desk

Where does your desk currently face? Out the window and into a garden or over a nice view might sound blissful, but it quickly becomes a distraction when study becomes tough.

The trick is to keep the natural light but avoid facing directly outside, as this can help you focus on what’s in front of you on the screen, rather than what’s in front of you out the window. Save those scenic views for your breaks!

Store snacks at your study space

When study becomes a slog, the kitchen can suddenly start looking like a beacon of light. You’ll find yourself opening the fridge and cupboards looking for snacks and ultimately wasting time.

Start each day with healthy snacks and plenty of water at your study space so you don’t have an excuse to leave and look for something to eat.

Warn others

Flatmates, family members, and children can all be effective distractions from your studies. While some things are important, and some kids won’t understand why they can’t talk to mummy or daddy, make it as clear as possible to others that you need time to focus.

Setting up a routine will help those in your household to let you have your alone time for study. One idea is to let them know when you are planning to take breaks so they can talk to you then.

What’s your biggest distraction when studying from home, and how do you manage it?

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5 signs you’re studying too hard

Posted on 13/04/2016 by
Studying too hard can be just as bad as studying too little. Here are five signs you might be overdoing it (+ how to avoid burnout).

Studying too hard can be just as bad as studying too little. Here are five signs you might be overdoing it (+ how to avoid burnout).

When you study online via distance learning, it can be all too easy for your study to take over if you don’t set some study-life boundaries.

While keeping busy with study is a fantastic way to learn and grow, it’s important that you’re not overdoing it. Here are five signs that you might be studying too hard and need to find a way to cut back!

1. You’re not sleeping well

Sleep is a vital component in everyday life – from health to happiness and energy. Unfortunately, when you study too hard you can become stressed and anxious, and by the time you go to bed, you can’t get to sleep because it’s still all churning through your mind.

Stress about your study might also lead you to wake up throughout the night, or wake up earlier than you need to in the morning. It may help to write a to-do list before bed so that you can get those thoughts down on paper for the next day, rather than letting them circle around all night and keep you awake.

2. You don’t have much to show for your study

As much as this one doesn’t sound like it makes sense, it’s actually a common indicator that you’re studying too hard. If you get to the end of the day and can’t really say what you managed to achieve, it’s possible that your brain was too tired and unfocussed to actually achieve much at all.

It takes focus to get a lot done, and you can’t focus 24/7 no matter how hard you try. Make sure you’re taking regular study breaks to give your mind some reprieve from its workload so that you’re refreshed for the next task.

3. Your friends are giving up on you

Did you turn down that coffee date or miss out on that movie you wanted to see with friends because you were too busy studying? Your mates are probably almost as tired of your study schedule as you are.

Don’t forget to give yourself breaks to see your friends and family. Study is important, but you should never have to miss out on seeing the ones you love.

4. You procrastinate more

Procrastination is a normal human behaviour that you shouldn’t worry about too much. However, if you’re getting to the point where your day is more procrastination than study, it’s a good sign that you’ve already burnt out and simply can’t face getting anything done.

Rather than feel guilty about procrastinating, plan time out so you can do other things, then return to your study ready to get started – without checking all your social media accounts first.

5. Your health is suffering

This is a serious one – if you’re eating poorly, missing out on regular exercise, or simply spending too much time sitting still, you won’t be doing your body any favours.

As it’s all too easy to find an excuse to skip the gym or order takeaways instead of cooking a nutritious meal, health is one of the first things to go out the window when study comes a-knocking. If it goes on too long, it can adversely affect your studies and leave you feeling listless and tired.

Look for ways you can fit exercise and nutrition into your days to maintain good health and put yourself first.

Do any of these signs apply to you? Share your ideas for reducing your stress and workload in the comments below.

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How to make studying from home fun

Posted on 06/04/2016 by
Struggling to find the motivation to study from home? See our three tips below to help find the fun in learning.

Struggling to find the motivation to study from home? Read our three tips to help find the fun in learning.

We share a lot of study tips on this blog. From the best snacks to eat to stay focused, to how to study in summer when the beach is calling your name, we’re dedicated to helping you ace your travel and tourism assignments.

But all of our tips might be worthless if you don’t find any enjoyment in studying. Sure, there’s no avoiding some tedious tasks, but there are ways you can learn to love learning – you just need to think outside of the box.

Here are three tips to help make studying from home fun, so that it becomes less of a chore and more of a passion.

use colour to make study fun

1. Invest in fun stationery

Studying is the perfect excuse to buy cute stationery (as if you needed another one!). Swap boring plain lined paper for a sketch pad, journal or even a whiteboard – whatever works for you. Also, try to use plenty of colour. Think bright felt tip pens and post-it notes. The aim of this is to help get your creative juices flowing. Not only will this make studying more fun, it’ll also encourage you to think creatively about what you’re learning.

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2. Find real-world examples

Many people find study boring because they can’t connect what they’re learning on paper to what happens in the real world. Where possible, look for ways to experience what you’re learning first-hand. For example, if you are learning about what it’s like to work at the airport, why not visit your nearest airport for lunch and observe your surroundings? Or if you are learning about customer service, see if you can do some work experience at a local tourism operator.

the aural learner

3. Create a study playlist

Some people find music distracting when studying – if this is you, move right along to the next tip. But if you love bopping along to the beat while you learn, turn up the tunes and enjoy! Create a new study playlist every week as motivation to hit the books. Songs without words are best as they aren’t so distracting, but listen to whatever works for you.

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Five study break ideas to boost your concentration

Posted on 30/03/2016 by
One of the best ways to recharge your mind when you're studying is by taking a quick break to exercise and stretch.

One of the best ways to recharge your mind when you’re studying is by taking a quick break to exercise.

As counter intuitive as this may sound, one of the best study tips we can give you is this: take regular breaks. Many studies have shown that the human mind can only concentrate for short blocks at a time and requires a ‘pause’ approximately every 45 minutes.

Studying for hours and hours on end, without taking breaks, may actually negatively impact your ability to retain key information. For better results, aim to step away from your notes and recharge your batteries at least once every two hours.

Before you get too excited and turn on the television, ‘recharge your batteries’ doesn’t mean binge-watching your favourite television programme. Ideally, study breaks shouldn’t last any longer than 30 minutes and should be something which relaxes and clears your mind, and reenergises you to tackle your next assignment.

Unsure what constitutes a ‘healthy’ study break? Don’t worry, we’re here to help. Below are five study break ideas which are guaranteed to boost your concentrate levels.

1. Exercise

The best thing you can do for your brain is get your blood pumping. Go for a walk around the block, hit the gym, do some weights in your lounge – whatever you do, aim to get out of your computer chair and increase your heart rate. If possible, exercise outdoors – the fresh air will do you good!

2. Meditation

Studying can be stressful and overwhelming. If you begin to feel anxious, take some time away from your desk to practice meditation. Never meditated before? Don’t worry, there are several free smartphone apps which can guide you through the process. Download one today to be one step closer to relaxation.

3. Nap

As indulgent as it may feel to take a nap in the middle of the day, this is often exactly what your brain needs. Just remember a nap is about 20 to 30 minutes maximum, so remember to set an alarm. If you sleep any longer than this, you will likely feel worse.

4. Colouring In

There’s a reason adult colouring in books are flying off the shelves – this arty activity is incredibly relaxing and brings out your creative side. Many people view this as a form of meditation, as the act of colouring allows your mind to freely wander and break free from anxious thoughts. Grab your colouring pens and give it a try.

5. Clean

Feel like you have ants in your pants and can’t concentrate on your study? Put on some gloves and give your home a spring clean! The simple act of doing dishes or vacuuming can help to relax your mind and give your body a much-needed break from the computer chair. Plus you’ll get to enjoy a sparkling clean house!

How do you enjoy your study breaks? Share your favourite break ideas in the comments below.

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What is your learning style?

Posted on 23/03/2016 by
Take your study sessions to the next level by finding out what type of learning style suits you best.

Take your study sessions to the next level by finding out what type of learning style suits you best.

We all have different ways of learning. Some people are visual learners and respond to bright pictures and flowcharts. Others need to study by themselves in peace and quiet before they can fully absorb information.

These are just a few examples – there are so many styles out there! Which learning style do you most identify with? Read on to find out, and for tips on how to make your learning style work for you.

The visual learner

Visual learning style

You learn best when looking at bright pictures, photos, videos and other visual media. You’re happiest when doodling ideas on a big piece of paper with coloured pens, or scribbling on the whiteboard.

Study From Home tip: invest in a vision board and decorate it with drawings, flowcharts and other visual aids to help stimulate learning. Surround yourself with colour!

The verbal learner (aka the writer)

verbal learner

Words are your friend. Whether they are written or spoken, you learn best when given detailed explanations. You’re very articulate, love language and adore reading.

Study From Home tip: Always keep a journal close by. You never know when you’re going to need to work out an idea on paper!

The doer

Physical learning style

Not one to sit on the sidelines, you like to get amongst the action. You prefer to be hands-on and you absorb information when physically doing whatever you’re trying to learn, for example through role play.

Study From Home tip: Look for ways to apply your travel and tourism study to real life, through volunteering for work experience or visiting popular tourism hot spots in your town.

The listener

the aural learner

You make a great student in the classroom, as you learn best when absorbing sound or music. To remember tricky information, try making up your own rap, song or rhyme.

Study From Home tip: Listen to music in the background as you study, or record your notes and play them back to yourself.

The social learner

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A great team player, you work best in a group environment and love studying when surrounded by other people. You also love a lively discussion!

Study From Home tip: Get out of the house. Take your study gear to a crowded cafe to boost your energy levels. Or, if possible, create your own study group with other people in your area.

The solitary learner

the solitary learner

You like quiet, clutter-free spaces where you can process information in your own time, at your own pace. You’re highly organised, self-motivated and enjoy setting goals.

Study From Home tip: You are perfectly suited to studying from the peace and quiet of your own home (providing your home is quiet, that is!). Set up a tidy, private study space and let flatmates or family members know not to interrupt.

The logical learner

the logical learner

You have a very ‘mathematical’ brain and tend to approach problems in a very systematical way. You learn best when following a highly organised (and logical!) structure, which makes you great at prioritising and time management.

Study From Home tip: Write a to-do list and the beginning of each day and systematically check off each task as you move through them – this will help you feel in control.

What is your learning style? Share in the comments below!

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10 healthy study snacks to help you stay focused

Posted on 16/03/2016 by
The best study snacks are light and nutritious, providing you with plenty of energy to hit the books.

The best study snacks are light and nutritious, providing you with plenty of energy to hit the books.

For many people, one of the hardest things about studying from home is resisting the call of the kitchen. Do you ever find yourself snacking out of boredom, procrastination or habit? I don’t know about you, but every time I have to learn a difficult topic, I somehow find myself peering into the fridge instead.

Or maybe you have the opposite problem. Perhaps you get so absorbed in your studies that you forget to eat proper meals and end up snacking on whatever’s easiest to prepare – lollies, potato chips, two-minute noodles. This can negatively impact your study, as you won’t be providing the brain with enough fuel to absorb new information.

What you eat throughout the day can have a huge impact on your overall energy levels and your ability to concentrate on studying. To help you make better food decisions (and avoid running to the kitchen every few minutes out of boredom), here’s a list of 10 healthy snack ideas. Give these a try and see how you feel.

1. Carrot sticks and hummus

Fresh, fast and easy to prepare – not to mention delicious – this is a healthy filling snack that will keep ‘hanger’ away.

2. Fruit

An obvious yet underrated choice. Fruit requires minimal preparation and is the perfect thing to eat on-the-go.

3. Nuts

A handful of almonds, cashews or peanuts can be just enough to tide you over between meals. Just watch your portion sizes, as nuts have a high fat content.

4. Yoghurt

Packed with protein, a pot of natural yoghurt is the ideal thing to keep in the fridge for morning or afternoon tea.

5. Brown rice crackers

A healthy alternative to potato chips, these crackers are best enjoyed with sliced tomato or avocado.

6. Popcorn

Believe it or not, without oodles of butter and salt, popcorn is actually a light, healthy snack. Keep a bowl of popped goodness on hand for days when you’re feeling particularly peckish.

7. Muesli bars

Store-bought muesli bars are often full of sugar (you might as well just eat chocolate), but we can’t deny that they are very convenient. Look for low sugar options at the supermarket, or, if you’re feeling really inspired, make your own!

8. Cheese

A few slices of cheese can do much to satiate cravings for fatty foods such as hot chips. Spread a little peanut butter on a slice of cheese for a taste sensation!

9. Milky coffee

Although technically not food, a milky coffee can be filling, not to mention energising. Try this next time you are feeling tired mid-afternoon.

10. Dark chocolate

Sometimes, no matter how hard you try to be healthy, chocolate is the only snack that will do. If you are a self-confessed chocoholic, choose brands that have at least 70% cocoa content. And remember – portion control!

Do you have any go-to study snacks to help you stay focused at home? Share your favourites in the comments below.

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5 apps to help you study

Posted on 09/03/2016 by
Technology can be a massive distraction... but it can also be a huge help! Read on for five great apps to help you study.

Technology can be a massive distraction… but it can also be a huge help! Read on for five great apps to help you study.

Study can be a challenge in a digital world that’s full of online distractions. Between updating Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat, it’s a wonder we find the time to do anything else!

In all seriousness, social media can really undermine your ability to study from home if you don’t find ways to manage the addiction (yes, addiction!). When was the last time you went for an hour without checking your phone? It can be tough to concentrate on bookwork when all you want to do is send funny cat photos to your friend (trust me, I’ve been there).

The good news is, technology is not all bad. There are actually some great apps that can help you study. We’ve rounded up our five favourites below.

1.StayFocusd

Do you find yourself refreshing Facebook every five minutes, not because you want to, but out of habit? This app will make this a thing of the past. A Google Chrome extension, StayFocusd can temporarily block time-wasting websites of your choice. Next time you know you need to focus for a day simply use this app to block Facebook, and watch your productivity soar!

2.Trello

Used by businesses, individuals and of course students, Trello is essentially a fancy time-management ‘to-do-list’ app. It allows you to create a ‘card’ for each task and arrange them in order of priority. You can even invite other people to view your Trello boards, perfect for when you have a group assignment. If you love being organised, you’ll love Trello, which describes itself as “the easy, free, flexible, and visual way to manage your projects and organize anything”.

3.Flashcards

This iOS app – Flashcards by Brainscape – allows you to create your own digital flashcards; perfect for prepping for a test or trying to memorise important facts. It’s free (or a few dollars without advertisements) and works across all iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, etc).

4. Dragon Dictation

If you find it really hard to ‘think on paper’ and come up with better ideas when talking out loud, the use Dragon Dictation to prepare for assignments. This app will record your voice, so you can play your thoughts back when it comes time to actually write your essay or prep for your test. It’s a good way to make sure you capture all of your ideas without having to take physical notes.

5. Alarmy (Sleep If U Can)

This app is quite possibly one of the most annoying apps ever invented, but it is perfect for those of you who are prone to sleeping in late. Alarmy (Sleep If U Can) is very clever; the only way you can turn the alarm off is by taking a photo of a ‘registered object’. For example, you might register a photo of your kitchen sink or your front door – this means that in order to turn your alarm off in the morning, you have to physically get up and take a picture. Sleep if you can!

Do you use any great study apps? Tell us your favourites in the comments below.

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Is ITC coming to a town near you?

Posted on 02/03/2016 by
ITC's Tourism Education Team is hitting the road in 2016! Led by Mel Fey (bottom right), the team is bringing tourism short courses to ten regions around New Zealand.

ITC’s Tourism Education Team is hitting the road in 2016! Led by Mel Fey (bottom left), the team is bringing tourism short courses to ten regions around New Zealand.

The International Travel College (ITC) may be headquartered in Auckland, but we do our best to make tourism education available to students throughout New Zealand. Thanks to our Study From Home option, you can enrol on an ITC airline, travel or tourism course from anywhere in the country.

To spread the word about our exciting courses, ITC’s Tourism Education Team is hitting the road in 2016. This year they are visiting the following ten destinations throughout New Zealand:

  • Paihia
  • Whangarei
  • Tauranga
  • Rotorua
  • Taranaki
  • Wairarapa
  • Wellington
  • Nelson
  • Christchurch
  • Queenstown

 
The purpose of this New Zealand-wide tour is to offer secondary school students the chance to experience a taste of the tourism industry before they graduate.

If you are currently at high school, are interested in travel and tourism, then this is your opportunity to learn all about this exciting industry and gain some credits at the same time!

The Tourism Education Team will be delivering a range of short courses for NCEA Level 2 and 3 covering topics such as Flight Attending, Adventure Tourism and Tour Guiding. Courses range from 1 to 5 days in length.

ITC Tourism Education Team Leader Mel Fey said she’s looking forward to meeting students from all over the country.

“Last year’s short courses were so popular we decided to visit even more regions in 2016. Students will have the opportunity to learn first-hand about the tourism industry and gain experience like no other,” Mel said.

“I can’t wait to inspire, motivate and educate students – it’s amazing how much they walk away with after one short course.”

I want to attend an ITC short course – how do I enrol?

If you are keen to attend an ITC short course, you need to talk to your tourism teacher at school or ask your careers advisor for more information. They will let you know if you are eligible to take part.

When are you coming to my town?

Below is an outline of the Tourism Education Team’s schedule. This could be subject to change, so please email Mel to confirm your booking.

Paihia
May 10-11: Flight Attending Short Course
May 12-13: Tourism Short Course
June 14-15: Adventure Short Course
August 2-3: Tourism Short Course
August 4-5: Adventure Short Course
September 6-7: Tour Guiding Short Course

Whangarei
April 5-6: Flight Attending Short Course
June 16-17: Flight Attending Short Course
September 8-14: Tourism Short Course

Tauranga
August 10-11: Flight Attending Short Course

Rotorua
July 27-28: Level 2 Tourism Taster Short Course

Taranaki
June 21-22: Tour Guiding Short Course
June 23-24: Flight Attending Short Course

Wairarapa
May 3-4: Flight Attending Short Course

Wellington
May 5-6: Flight Attending Short Course
August 24-25: Tourism Short Course

Nelson
May 25-26: Flight Attending Short Course

Christchurch
June 28-29: Flight Attending Short Course

Queenstown
June 29-30: Tourism Short Course

If your region is not included in this list, then don’t worry – we may still be able to come to you. We can arrange a short course in any area by request. Simply get in touch with Mel to discuss.

The Tourism Education Team looks forward to meeting you on the road in 2016!

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Five minutes with Study From Home graduate Chantell Awheto

Posted on 24/02/2016 by
Study From Home graduate Chantell Awhero is enjoying her new career with 360 Discovery Cruises.

Study From Home graduate Chantell Awheto is enjoying her new career with 360 Discovery Cruises.

Chantell Awheto recently completed her training through ITC’s Study From Home programme and is now working in customer service for a leading Auckland tourism company. We caught up with her to learn about life after study.

Tell us about your job

I work full time as a sales representative for 360 Discovery Cruises. I deal with customer enquiries, make bookings and check in for the boats.

What is the best part about your role?

The highs include being able to gain satisfaction when it comes to dealing with customers, and creating memorable experiences for them.

Is there anything you find challenging?

Working well under pressure, especially when you’re doing check-in for the boats or dealing with unhappy customers.

What are some perks of the job?

The perks we get as staff for 360 Discoveries are definitely well worth all our hard work. I’ve been able to travel free aboard all our services and do famils of products we have on offer such as experiencing the Coromandel, Tiritiri Matangi and Rotoroa Island. As 360 Discovery Cruises is the little sister company of Fullers, we also get the privilege to travel free aboard some of the Fullers services such as Waiheke Island, Harbour Cruises and more.

What could this job lead to?

This role is the perfect stepping stone to the travel industry. I have learnt and gained all the necessary qualities for the industry when it comes to dealing with customers on a daily basis. I must admit that in working for this company, I’ve learnt how to work well under pressure because it’s such a demanding job, and you’re working in such a fast environment. I definitely see this job leading me into bigger areas within the industry such as travel agencies or check-in services.

What sparked your interest in travel and tourism?

My experiences throughout high school were definitely what sparked my interest. Just the thought of the travel industry itself and how it’s a growing industry all over the world.

What advice could you give to future graduates of ITC?

One thing I would recommend is for everyone to start applying for jobs well before you finish the course. ITC do an amazing job of helping all students get into work after graduating, and I would definitely take advantage of this. Also, apply yourself with confidence, keep a positive attitude and take every opportunity that passes your way.

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How to study in summer when the beach is calling your name

Posted on 17/02/2016 by
Trying to study but all you can think about is the beach? See our tips below for how to stay focused on beautiful summer days.

Trying to study but all you can think about is the beach? See our tips below for how to stay focused on beautiful summer days.

Studying from home during the warm summer months can be tough. Beautiful blue sky days probably have you dreaming about the beach. It can be tempting to ignore your assignments, pack a picnic and head to the water for a day of sunbathing and swimming.

While trading study for the beach sounds amazing (let’s be honest – we’d all rather be on holiday all summer!), we’re here to help you stay motivated. Here’s how to stay focused during summer, no matter how loudly the beach is calling your name.

Take your books outside

Staying inside on a beautiful day often feels plain wrong – as if you are wasting perfectly good weather. There’s only one way to beat this: take your study stuff outside. Do some reading in your garden, at a nearby park or even outside at a local café. Just be sure to wear sunscreen and sit in the shade where possible. While we wouldn’t recommend studying outside all day, every day, a few hours in the fresh air will help you stay focused and give your soul a much needed dose of nature.

Study in the mornings and evenings

Here’s a genius idea: if you start studying at dawn and study for a few hours after dinner, then you could spend the middle of the day at the beach! This plan only works if you’re disciplined and stick to your new schedule (we’re talking 5am wake-up calls). But, if you think you could totally squeeze in study around your beach outing, then by all means – give it a whirl. There’s nothing nicer than having the beach all to yourself while everyone else is in class or at work.

Buy a fan or study at an air conditioned library

One of the hardest parts about studying from home in summer is staying cool – literally. Unlike classrooms, most homes don’t come with air conditioning. If your house resembles an oven, it’s a good idea to invest in a fan. This will do wonders for your energy levels! Another good idea is to study at the library. These quiet, air conditioned spaces will help you stay focused even on the hottest of days.

Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables

Including a variety of fruits and vegetables in your diet is important all year round, but it’s especially helpful when you’re trying to stay focused in the summer heat. Nothing will put you to sleep faster than a carb-heavy hot meal! Instead of digging into porridge for breakfast and pasta for lunch, try to eat lighter meals such as smoothies and salads. Veggie-packed meals will leave you feeling healthy and energised.

Make the most of your time off

Everyone needs a break every now and then. Next time you have a few hours to yourself, don’t waste them inside watching reruns of Friends. Instead, head straight to the beach to get your fix. Summer is often over before we know it, so be sure to make the most of every bit of downtime you have.

Happy studying!

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Five reasons why it’s never too late to start studying

Posted on 10/02/2016 by
Don't let time pass you by. It's never too late to start studying towards your dream career.

Don’t let time pass you by. It’s never too late to start studying towards your dream career.

“People are capable, at any time in their lives, of doing what they dream of.” – Paulo Coelho

Today, many young people are encouraged to pursue higher education once they finish secondary school – but this wasn’t always the case. Earlier generations often embarked on a different path in life, such as going straight into the workforce or having children. They may have sacrificed studying in order to follow a different dream.

If this sounds like you, you may sometimes find yourself wondering what life would have been like if you had chosen to study your passion. Well, maybe it’s time to stop wondering and give further education a try. Thanks to distance learning, it’s now easier than ever to make studying part of your life.

Here are five reasons why it’s never too late to start studying.

1. Life experience will make you a better student

Some mature students worry they won’t be able to keep up with their younger counterparts. In fact, the opposite is often true! Your life experience will likely give you an edge over other students. You’ll be able to bring real-world experience to the table, and may even act as a mentor or role model.

2. You might have more financial stability

Those who start studying later in life can often afford to pay for some of their courses upfront, hereby reducing financial pressure. Although pursuing a new career path is always daunting, you’ll have peace of mind that you have other experience and jobs to fall back on if needed.

3. There are many flexible study options available

Education has adapted to the digital world, meaning you can now study many courses from home, in your own time, at your own pace! This provides you with the freedom to juggle several commitments, such as part-time work and childcare. Study From Home graduate Rebekah Linton has some great tips for balancing work and study.

4. You’ll be a role model for your children

If you have children, you might be worried that returning to study will leave them feeling neglected. In reality, they will probably admire your motivation. You’ll lead by example and show them it’s never too late to follow your dreams. Who knows, you might even inspire them to study too! This happened to one Study From Home graduate; mum Robyn Hicks studied travel and tourism and now both of her daughters are following in her footsteps.

5. Personal fulfilment will make you happier

There’s nothing quite as wonderful as the sense of achievement you feel when you graduate. Studying is not easy; it takes a lot of hard work and commitment. But the light at the end of the tunnel is increased personal fulfilment and overall happiness. You’ll never regret taking steps to follow your dreams.

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Leap Year Promo: Save 50% on all ITC Online Training short courses

Posted on 03/02/2016 by
Leap into airline, travel and tourism by taking an ITC Online Training short course! To celebrate 2016 being a leap year, all courses are 50% off until February 29.

Leap into airline, travel and tourism by taking an ITC Online Training short course! To celebrate 2016 being a leap year, all courses are 50% off until February 29.

Would you like to study airline, travel or tourism, but are currently unable to commit to a full-time course? ITC Online Training could be the solution you’re looking for. This interactive learning platform offers several online courses with prices starting from just $19.

To celebrate 2016 being a Leap Year, we’ve discounted ALL ITC Online Training short courses by 50 per cent. This could be the perfect time to leap into the tourism industry!

You can purchase as many courses as you like and enjoy this half-price discount. All you need to do is enter the promo code ‘promofeb2016’ at the checkout. This offer runs from February 1-29, so you have plenty of time to make the most of these affordable prices and learn a new skill.

Are you ready to take the leap?

About ITC Online Training

Unlike full-time courses which are taught by tutors and have regular assessments – and usually require at least a six month commitment – ITC Online Training courses can take as little as 20 hours to complete.

When you purchase an ITC Online Training course, you will have access to specialised information about airline, travel or tourism. You can then test your knowledge by taking interactive quizzes. The courses are intended to provide you with an introduction to the industry.

ITC Online Training offers courses in the following subjects:

Ground Handling and Airport Crew
Do you dream of working at an airport? This course will teach you about what it’s like to work at the check-in counter, an airline’s customer service desk or in customs/immigration. Buy now.

Cabin Crew
Would you love to work as a flight attendant? Discover everything you need to know about this exciting career choice. Buy now.

Careers in Tourism and Travel
If you’re thinking about a career in tourism and travel, but you’re still not sure this is the path for you, this course will help you decide. A great introduction to this industry, the course covers topics such as domestic and international tourism, tour guiding, working in a travel agency and more. Buy now.

Selling Skills
Sales is a large part of many travel and tourism jobs. Whether you’re selling holidays, accommodation or activities, it helps to have a few selling skills up your sleeve! This course will help you sell with confidence. Buy now.

Working on Cruise Ships
A job on a cruise ship is a wonderful way to see the world, meet new people and get some amazing experience for your CV. This cruise online training course will teach you what it’s like to work at sea. Buy now.

Winning with Customers
The tourism industry is all about helping people have an amazing holiday – so it goes without saying that you have to be great with customers. Fortunately, this is a skill that can be learned! This course will teach you how to wow your customers with amazing service. Buy now.

Tour Guiding
Working as a tour guide is definitely a lot of fun! You get to show people around and help them have a great time. Take this course and learn if you have what it takes to be an amazing guide. Buy now.

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Earn while you study: part-time job ideas for distance learning students

Posted on 27/01/2016 by
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A part-time job can provide you with valuable experience and some extra cash while you study. Even better if it’s within biking distance of your home!

Would you like to earn some money while you study? Getting a part-time job can be an excellent way to boost your bank account and gain some valuable work experience.

As long as your job doesn’t interfere with your studies (achieving your travel and tourism qualification should always come first), working is a great opportunity to meet new friends, improve your self-confidence and add some skills to your CV.

Below are some job ideas that could fit perfectly with your distance learning lifestyle.

CASUAL JOB IDEAS FOR STUDENTS

Although it can be irregular, casual work suits many students because it’s so flexible – you can often make it fit around your studies, and reduce the number of hours you work when you’ve got large assignments.

Mystery shopper

As a mystery shopper, it’s your job to pose as a regular customer in a store and then rate your experience afterwards. You’ll provide detailed feedback about your shopping experience, which the company can then use to improve customer service moving forward. There are several mystery shopping businesses in New Zealand – a quick Google search will bring up several possibilities.

Babysitting

If you’re responsible, reliable and great with kids then you could find work as a babysitter in your local community. Babysitting hours often fall in the evening or on weekends, freeing up plenty of time for you to study throughout the week. You can also get some study done when the kids go to bed.

Dog walking

Many dog owners lead busy lifestyles and don’t have time to walk their pups. You could make their lives easier by offering to walk and play with their dogs a few times a week. This is a great way to keep fit, get outside and make some furry friends!

Gardening and DIY

If you don’t mind getting your hands dirty and consider yourself a bit of a DIYer, you might find some casual gardening or household work with friends or family. From mowing lawns to helping out in the garden, there’s endless opportunities to lend a hand.

PART-TIME JOB IDEAS FOR STUDENTS

Having set hours each week can make managing your finances much easier, especially if you have to pay rent and make regular bill payments. Here are some part-time jobs that suit students.

Office assistant

If you have great admin skills, a warm personality and a motivation to learn, you could make a great office assistant for a local company. It would be best if you could work in a travel or tourism business, as this would be a chance to learn the ropes and get involved in the industry. Perhaps you could drop your CV into local companies and offer to come in for a few days of work experience to see how you go.

Retail work

Love shopping? Great with people? You could work part-time as a retail assistant in a clothes store, gift shop or alike. These jobs will teach you how to deliver excellent customer service, as well as important cash-handling and stock management skills – all valuable experience for the tourism industry.

Supermarket assistant

Working at your local supermarket is a good introduction to the world of customer service, plus you could get to know some of your community. This is a great place to start if you don’t have any work experience and are looking to build up your CV.

Café assistant

The hospitality and tourism sector are closely linked. If you love the buzz of working in a cafe, chances are you’ll love the fast-paced tourism industry. Gaining some experience in a restaurant, hotel or food chain will likely help you get a foot in the door in a travel or tourism role once you’ve graduated.

Do you have a part-time job?

Are you juggling part-time work and part-time study? Do you have any advice to share with our community? Comment below with your experience!

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Post-holiday blues? Three ways to re-find your motivation to study

Posted on 20/01/2016 by
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Does returning to study have you feeling a bit like this? Read on for some strategies for beating the back-to-study blues.

Finding it hard to get back into the swing of study after a relaxing Christmas and New Year break? We feel your pain. Saying goodbye to sleep-ins, lazy days at the beach and uninterrupted family time can be tough!

Unfortunately returning to work and study is inevitable for most people (unless you’ve somehow managed to find the secret to being on holiday all the time – if that’s you, please share!). The good news is – we’re all in this together. And there’s plenty to be positive about, if only you have the right attitude.

Here’s three tried and tested tips to refocus on study and re-find your motivation to succeed.

1. Create a new study schedule

It’s amazing how quickly we fall out of study habits when we’re on holiday. One week you’re waking up at the same time every day and in a really great study routine, the next you’re sleeping in until noon.

A good way to get back into routine is to start fresh. Write a new study schedule (even if it’s exactly the same as your old one). It’s the process of writing it that’s important – it will refocus your mind on your priorities, and it’s much easier than launching straight into study on day one. In other words, start small and you’ll get there.

2. Add a little bit of fun to your everyday life

Getting back into study is hard because we think we have to be studious 24-7 to get good results. While it is important to put in the work, it’s equally important to treat yourself on a regular basis.

If you find a way to add some fun into your everyday routine, you’ll be more likely to stick to it. We’re not saying ditch your notes and head to the beach; instead, set small goals and reward yourself with something you love doing at the end of each study session.

3. Plan your next holiday

One of the main reasons we get depressed after a holiday comes to an end is because it feels like it will be YEARS before we’ll get a chance to go on another one. So why not start planning for your next adventure now?

It may be months before you can get away, but planning is a good cure for wanderlust. It will also motivate you to work harder and save more money – a win-win situation.

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The best of the internet’s New Year’s Resolutions articles for 2016

Posted on 13/01/2016 by
Grab your journal and some coloured pens - it's time to start jotting down strategies for sticking to your 2016 study goals!

Grab your journal and some coloured pens – it’s time to start jotting down strategies for sticking to your 2016 study goals!

In January every year, newspapers, magazines and social media feeds are filled with tips for sticking to your New Year’s Resolutions. What really works? What will set you up to fail? What are the best strategies for staying on track?

One can quickly feel overwhelmed by the sheer number of articles on the topic – it can be hard to know where to start! So we’ve lent a helping hand. We’ve narrowed down some of the best articles (in our opinion) for 2016. Here at Study From Home, we’re big believers in the power of goal setting. We hope this collection of articles gives you some inspiration to get your 2016 resolutions off to a successful start.

+ 12 tips to ensure you actually achieve your 2016 goals via The Entourage

This informative article includes 12 excellent pieces of advice from leading executives within the Entourage, an Australian business dedicated to educating and empowering entrepreneurs.

Excerpt: “When you start actioning your goals the key thing is to just START. The first step is always the hardest, but once you have taken the first step in the right direction, every step after gets a little easier.”

+ How to keep your New Year’s Resolutions via Huffington Post For Women

Here’s some no-nonsense, straight-talking advice to help get you started. Work through the three steps outlined in this article and you’re on your way to success.

Excerpt: “In order to make lasting change, there must be some passion and true desire to do the work. It’s not enough to want the result. You must want the result so badly that you’re willing to make it a top priority this year.”

+ Determined to keep your 2016 New Year’s Resolutions? Here’s how. via Gretchen Rubin

As bestselling author of The Happiness Project, Gretchen Rubin is more qualified than most to offer great advice for sticking to your goals. This inspirational LinkedIn piece will get you motivated to achieve all your goals and more!

Excerpt: “Treat yourself! This is the most fun way to strengthen your resolutions. When we give ourselves healthy treats, we boost our self-command – which helps us keep our resolutions. When we give more to ourselves, we can ask more from ourselves.”

What are your New Year’s Resolutions for 2016? Do you have some tried and tested strategies for success? Share in the comments below – we’d love to hear your thoughts.

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Three reasons to study airline, travel or tourism in 2016

Posted on 06/01/2016 by
The airline, travel and tourism industry is set to grow exponentially in 2016, making it an excellent career choice for motivated students.

The airline, travel and tourism industry is set to grow exponentially in 2016, making it an excellent career choice for motivated students.

Happy New Year from the team at ITC Study From Home! We’re very excited to see what’s in store for 2016. With the tourism industry poised for major growth, we’re looking forward to training more passionate and motivated individuals who want to pursue this exciting career choice.

We think the reasons for studying something as fun as airline, travel or tourism are pretty self-explanatory. But if you’re still on the fence about whether or not to give this study path a try, here are some facts that might convince you.

1. A career in tourism is fun and rewarding

Imagine getting to bungy jump all the time and call it work. Or fly to exotic places. Or show travellers around New Zealand. Whether you work as a bungy jump assistant, flight attendant or tour guide, a career in the tourism industry promises to be full of fun. After all, the industry is centred around helping people have great holidays – what’s not to love about that?

2. The tourism industry is booming

Almost every time the tourism industry is in the news, it’s to highlight how well it’s doing. This industry is expected to see a lot of growth over the coming years as more people discover the beauty of New Zealand. This is great news for tourism students as it means there’s more jobs available upon graduation.

3. A qualification from ITC Study From Home could really take you places

If you dream of one day travelling the world, ITC could help you achieve this goal. Some of our graduates go on to work as international flight attendants or travel agents – both jobs which allow them to visit new places on a regular basis.

Of course getting your dream job won’t happen overnight, but your journey to success will start with enrolling in the appropriate airline, travel or tourism qualification. We offer four great qualifications via distance learning, so no matter where you live in New Zealand, we can help you further your education. To learn more about how we can help you make 2016 a year to remember, please get in touch today.

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Highlights from 2015

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From appearing on a Good Morning Advertorial to enrolling three people from the same family, 2015 was a great year for Study From Home.

At the end of every year it’s nice to look back at what has been accomplished over the past 12 months. For the ITC Study From Home department, 2015 has been a big one! Here are our top three stories from this year.

3. A family affair: ITC graduate inspires daughters to study tourism

We’ve been lucky enough not to have one, not two but THREE members of the Hicks family enrol in a Study From Home course.

Mum Robyn was so impressed with the qualification she received from ITC that she encouraged her daughters to pursue this exciting career choice.

It’s been brilliant having the family with us – we look forward to seeing what they decide to do next.

2. Motivated mum of 7 sets up home office in wardrobe

If there’s ever been a shining example of ‘when there’s a will, there’s a way’, it’s Michelle Laidlaw. This motivated mum of 7 decided to set up her home office in her wardrobe when she was running short on study space.

If this story doesn’t inspire you to achieve your goals in 2016, we’re not sure what will!

1. Study From Home appears on Good Morning

The ultimate highlight of 2015 was going into the Good Morning studios to film an advertorial. ITC Tourism Education Team Leader Mel Fey and her beautiful six-year-old daughter Aria were the stars of our advert – Aria did an exceptional job.

This marketing opportunity allowed us to share our services with a wider audience, and we’ve enrolled several new students as a result. Thanks Good Morning!

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How to succeed at studying from home

Posted on 16/12/2015 by
One of the best ways to ensure study from home success is by creating a weekly or monthly study schedule - and sticking to it!

One of the best ways to ensure study from home success is by creating a weekly or monthly study schedule – and sticking to it!

Nine times out of ten, studying from home feels like a dream. You can revise your notes in your favourite comfy pants, sit outside in the sunshine and drink as many cups of coffee as you want. And my personal favourite? When it’s raining you don’t have to face the elements – you can stay huddled under a blanket with your course books.

But sometimes having the freedom to study whenever you want can work against you. Ever found yourself sitting down to study only to start watching TV or browsing social media? One of the hardest things about studying from home is staying motivated and resisting the temptation of procrastination.

Fortunately over the years we’ve come across some excellent strategies for study from home success. If you’re feeling behind in your course work or worried distance learning isn’t for you, please have a read of these tips – you might be surprised at how one little change in your study habits can make such a difference.

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A family affair: ITC graduate inspires daughters to study tourism

Posted on 09/12/2015 by
Robyn Hicks and her daughters Chelsea and Katharine have all studied tourism with ITC via distance learning.

Robyn Hicks and daughters Chelsea and Katharine studied tourism with ITC via distance learning.

Passion for travel and tourism runs strong in the Hicks family. When mum Robyn enrolled in a course at the International Travel College of New Zealand (ITC), little did she know she would soon inspire her daughters to do the same.

Fast forward a few years, and now Robyn’s two daughters, Chelsea and Katharine, are both well on their way to completing the New Zealand Certificate in Tourism Level 3 through ITC’s distance learning arm, Study From Home.

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Is it time to give your resume a makeover?

Posted on 02/12/2015 by
If you'd like to apply for tourism jobs over the summer it's a good idea to update your CV.

If you’d like to apply for tourism jobs over the summer it’s a good idea to update your CV.

As the busy summer tourism season gets underway, now might be a good time to make sure your resume is up-to-date. It can be all too easy to let your CV gather dust when you’re focused on studying, but reviewing it every few months will ensure you’re ready to put your best foot forward when the perfect job opportunity arises.

So why not do your future self a favour and make some time to polish your CV before Christmas? Below are a few things to keep in mind when you’re updating this important document.

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Tourism Spotlight: Coromandel

Posted on 25/11/2015 by
Cathedral Cove, one of the Coromandel's most recognisable landmarks. Photo credit: Wikipedia

Cathedral Cove, one of the Coromandel’s most recognisable landmarks. Photo credit: Wikipedia

This is the third post in our Tourism Spotlight series. Each month we report on a different tourism region in New Zealand, giving you the lowdown on local career opportunities and attractions. Enjoy!

Visible from Auckland on a clear day, the Coromandel Peninsula is one of the most popular summer destinations in the North Island. With the Hauraki Gulf and Firth of Thames to the west and the Pacific Ocean to the east, the peninsula is dotted with stunning white sandy beaches and quaint coastal townships.

Below is a summary of the region’s key tourism drawcards and the types of jobs it offers.

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Three ways to study smarter, not harder

Posted on 18/11/2015 by
Do you often find yourself daydreaming about where you'd rather be when you're meant to be studying? Although fun, this can actually cause you to study for twice as long as you need to!

Do you find it hard to stay focused and motivated when studying? See below for tips on how to improve your study techniques and get better results.

Do you have a limited amount of time to study each day? If so, this post is for you. We understand that not everyone has eight hours a day to spend memorising their notes. This is why we encourage our students to ‘study smarter, not harder’.

So what does this mean, exactly? Smart study is all about making the most of the time you have available to you – whether it’s 30 minutes or two hours. Here are three ways you can maximise your study productivity so that not a second is wasted. You’ll be surprised at how much you can achieve within a short amount of time if you really focus!

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TIA: ‘Tourism supports 1 in 8 jobs in NZ’

Posted on 11/11/2015 by
The tourism industry is one of New Zealand's largest sectors, supporting many jobs throughout the country, including in small towns.

The tourism industry is one of New Zealand’s largest sectors, supporting many jobs throughout the country, including in small towns.

Wherever you live in New Zealand, tourism could be an excellent career choice. As highlighted in a recent press release by the Tourism Industry Association (TIA), the sector supports many jobs throughout the country.

“Tourism supports one in every eight jobs in New Zealand,” says TIA chief executive Chris Roberts.

Mr Roberts acknowledged the nationwide importance of the sector in a press release about the Productivity Commission’s upcoming Tertiary Education Review. This review will assess New Zealand’s tertiary education system and consider new strategies moving forward.

The TIA is hopeful this review will reveal ways to ensure tourism education in New Zealand is of a high standard. As tourism grows, tertiary providers will significantly help prepare students for a career in this exciting industry.

“Our rapidly growing tourism industry requires many more people with the right skills to deliver outstanding experiences to both international visitors and New Zealanders travelling in their own country,” says Mr Roberts.

The TIA intends to work with the Productivity Commission throughout the review process “to identify the best ways to deliver tertiary education and training to tourism and hospitality students that meets the future needs of employers”.

As it stands, approximately 50 tertiary institutions teach some tourism and hospitality courses. The International Travel College of New Zealand (ITC) is one of few providers specialising solely in airline, travel and tourism training.

If you live in regional New Zealand, you can gain a tourism qualification with ITC via distance learning. We currently offer four national qualifications; three at Level 3 and one at Level 4.

Tourism is one of few industries that has a strong presence in both large cities and small towns. There is a wide variety of tourist attractions throughout New Zealand, creating jobs in most regions – a topic we’ve been exploring in-depth in our Tourism Spotlight series.

Enrolling in a Study From Home course for 2016 could help you get your tourism career off to a flying start, no matter where in the country you live.

For more information about our 2016 courses, please get in touch today.

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Three ways to maintain a social life when you study from home

Posted on 04/11/2015 by
Meeting a friend for coffee is a great way to keep up your social life when studying from home.

Meeting a friend for coffee is a great way to keep up your social life when studying from home.

Distance learning is a great way to gain a qualification in airline, travel or tourism. It offers the flexibility to study in your own place, at your own pace, making it perfect for busy people juggling part-time jobs, children and other commitments.

That said, studying from home doesn’t come without its challenges. Although it’s great to be able to work on the couch in your slippers, some people miss the social interaction that comes with on-campus learning.

The good news is, there’s plenty of ways you can maintain a healthy social life and meet new friends – all it takes is a little motivation!

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Tourism spotlight: Auckland region

Posted on 28/10/2015 by
Home to New Zealand's largest city, the Auckland region has a diverse tourism industry.

Home to New Zealand’s largest city, the Auckland region has a diverse tourism industry.

Welcome to the second instalment of our Tourism Spotlight series. Every month we shine light on a different region of New Zealand tourism, giving you the lowdown on local jobs and attractions. Enjoy!

When most people think of Auckland, they think of the CBD – the Sky Tower, the Harbour Bridge, bustling Queen Street. But did you know the official Auckland region extends much further than this?

The Auckland region begins just north of Te Hana and extends south beyond the Bombay Hills, encompassing towns such as Mercer and Onewhero. What’s more, several islands are also part of the region, including Waiheke, Rangitoto and Great Barrier.

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Which Study From Home course is right for you?

Posted on 21/10/2015 by
Want to work in the airline, travel and tourism industry but not sure which course to pick? We're here to help - read on for information about our courses.

Choosing the right course is the first step to success. Read on to learn all about our different qualifications. 

Would you like an amazing career in airline, travel and tourism but feel unsure where to start? This is a large and exciting industry, so it’s important to carefully research your study options and choose a course that best aligns with your interests and career dreams.

We know this is a big decision, so we have put together a guide explaining the difference between our courses. Read on to find out which course is right for you!

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Study tips for busy parents

Posted on 14/10/2015 by
Studying with kids isn't easy, but with the right support and techniques, it is definitely possible.

Studying with kids isn’t easy, but with the right support and techniques, it is definitely possible.

As anyone with children knows, being a parent is a full-time job in itself! Yet many of our students have kids and study part-time in between nappy changes, school runs and the odd tantrum. It’s not easy, but it is possible – and, with the right approach, it can be an incredibly rewarding experience.

Every situation is different, but there are a few tried and tested techniques for juggling study and kids. We rounded up some of the best tips:

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Get a taste for the tourism industry with an ITC online short course

Posted on 07/10/2015 by
ITC Online Training is an affordable way to learn more about the tourism industry without committing to a full-time course.

ITC Online Training is an affordable way to learn more about the tourism industry without committing to a full-time course.

Choosing what to study is a big decision. How do you know which industry is right for you? What if you’re torn between multiple subjects? If only there was a way to help you make up your mind…

Introducing ITC Online Training: a range of short, interactive online courses that you can take from home, at your own leisure.

These courses are the perfect opportunity to get a taste for the tourism industry without committing to full-time study.

Even better, there are courses to suit all budgets. ITC Online offers FREE taster courses and several introductory lessons for as little as $19. The most expensive online course is less than $250 – an affordable alternative to a six-month qualification.

Here are some of the topics you can learn more about with ITC Online Training:

 
ITC launched these courses as a way to make education about the airline, travel and tourism industry more widely available to people all around New Zealand and the world.

“You can sign up for a short course from anywhere – so long as you have access to the internet and a computer or tablet,” says ITC Marketing Director Claire Huxley.

“This means people are no longer limited by their location or circumstance – everyone has the opportunity to learn more about this exciting industry. With several free taster courses to choose from, as well as a range of options available for less than $250, this is an affordable way to advance your education.”

The full list of online courses is available on the ITC Online Training website. If you have any questions about our courses, please don’t hesitate to get in touch – we’d love to hear from you.

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Tourism spotlight: Northland New Zealand

Posted on 30/09/2015 by
Ocean Beach, Northland, New Zealand // Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Ocean Beach, Northland, New Zealand // Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

The New Zealand tourism industry is thriving. Almost every news article that is published about the sector is brimming with positivity – tourism businesses across the country are enjoying high visitor rates and steady growth.

One thing that is especially great about this growing industry is that it impacts the whole country – not just Auckland and the main cities. People travel to the far corners of New Zealand, from the tip of the North Island to the bottom of the South and everywhere in between.

The tourism industry offers a wonderful opportunity for those living in regional New Zealand to become part of something special – to show both domestic and international travellers the wonders of our beautiful country.

We thought we’d celebrate our amazing tourism industry by putting the spotlight on different regions each month. As ITC’s distance learning branch, we are passionate about ensuring qualified, experienced tourism professionals are able to work in small towns and cities. And what better way to encourage people to go to these areas than by shining a light on what makes them great?

It makes sense to start at the top. Let’s take a look at what makes Northland Tourism in New Zealand so special.

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Five minutes with Study From Home student Drue Walker

Posted on 23/09/2015 by
Study From Home student Drue Walker shares some study tips and advice

Study From Home student Drue Walker shares some study tips and advice

What are some of the benefits and challenges about distance learning? We caught up with Study From Home student Drue Walker about her experience so far.

Why is Study From Home the best option for you?

Study From Home seemed like the best option for me as I have a full time job and want to keep earning while studying.

What are some highlights about distance learning?

I’m able to work my course around my day-to-day schedule, and if I have any questions I can easily access answers or information on the ITC website or contact a tutor.
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Study tips: three time management techniques for when stress hits

Posted on 16/09/2015 by
Feeling overwhelmed by the amount of study you need to do? We share some time management techniques to help you get back on track.

Feeling overwhelmed by the amount of study you need to do? We share some time management techniques to help you get back on track.

Sometimes stress can come out of nowhere. One day you’re feeling focused and in control, the next you feel overwhelmed by the mountain of work in front of you. When this happens, you have three choices:

  • Crawl back under the covers and pretend your to-do list doesn’t exist (aka – procrastinate).
  • Start working frantically, jumping from one task to the next, with barely a moment to stop and eat let alone check whether your work is up to standard (aka – take your stress levels and multiply them by 100).
  • Reassess your priorities (aka – get back in control)

 
Can you guess which approach we support?

When stress hits, the first thing you need to do is get organised and reassess your priorities. If you have a short amount of time to achieve a certain number of goals, then you need to figure out which tasks need to be done immediately, and which tasks can wait.

Easier said than done, right? Don’t worry, we’re here to help. Here are three time management techniques that will help you become more productive and less stressed.
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Highlights from Orientation Day

Posted on 09/09/2015 by
The Orientation Day includes fun group activities, including a short assessment - you'll walk away from the day with your first credits towards the course

The Orientation Day includes fun group activities, including a short assessment – you’ll walk away from the day with your first credits

Did you know all of our courses include an Orientation Day in Auckland? Held at one of our fabulous campuses, this compulsory, full-day workshop is an excellent opportunity for you to get to know your tutors and fellow classmates.

The most recent Orientation Day was in August and held at the ITC City Campus. Our students travelled to Auckland from all around New Zealand to attend this valuable workshop. We promise it’s worth the journey – in fact, according to Study From Home Team Leader Carla Sutton, Orientation Day is often the key to ensuring every student gets off to a flying start.

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New Zealand’s tourism boom: it’s not just about Auckland!

Posted on 02/09/2015 by
Some of New Zealand's most popular tourist activities are located outside the big cities, such as Kaitiaki White Water Rafting

Some of New Zealand’s most popular tourist activities are located outside the big cities, such as Kaitiaki White Water Rafting

When we say the New Zealand tourism industry is thriving, we really mean the New Zealand tourism industry is thriving – we’re not just referring to Auckland. Although our largest city may attract the lion’s share of media attention, tourism is also soaring in the regions. There are plenty of exciting career opportunities in NZ’s smaller towns, from the far north to the deep south.  

This is why we launched our Study From Home programme; so we could deliver excellent airline, travel and tourism training to all New Zealanders, not just Aucklanders. If you live outside of Auckland, and are thinking about your future career, maybe it’s a good idea to consider tourism. This people-focused industry is expected to grow steadily over the next decade and beyond, setting you up for amazing career opportunities.

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Motivated mum of 7 sets up home office in wardrobe

Posted on 26/08/2015 by
Now this is what we call Kiwi ingenuity! Michelle's innovative home office is a shining example of 'when there is a will, there is a way".

Now this is what we call Kiwi ingenuity! Michelle’s innovative home office is a shining example of ‘when there is a will, there is a way”.

Where do you go when you want some peace and quiet away from your children? Why, the wardrobe, of course!

When Michelle Laidlaw decided to study from home, she knew she would need a secluded place where she could concentrate on her work without distractions. So the motivated mother of seven got creative and converted her bedroom wardrobe into a cosy home office.

“With my course related costs I brought myself a new computer and measured up my wardrobe. I then drove to the Warehouse Stationery with my tape measure in order to find a desk that would fit into my wardrobe so I could close the doors when not in use,” Michelle explained.

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Three things successful people do every morning

Posted on 12/08/2015 by
According to several studies, creating time

Setting yourself up for a successful day can be as simple as writing a few pages in a journal every morning.

Picture this: it’s 6am. Your alarm clock is ringing. You hit the snooze button. Is it really time to get up? You begin to feel stressed, thinking about everything you need to achieve today. You hit the snooze button again. By the time you finally get out of bed, you’re running late. You quickly shower, get dressed and eat breakfast as you rush out the door. The day flies by, and you can’t quite shake the feeling that you’re ‘behind’. Before you know it, you’re back in bed, ready to fall asleep and do it all over again tomorrow. You set your alarm for 6am…

Does this sound familiar?

Most of us lead incredibly busy, fast-paced lives, and as a result everything feels rushed – even waking up and eating breakfast! Do you sometimes get to the end of the day and feel as though you’ve barely had a moment to yourself? If yes, it might be time to change your morning routine.

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Strapped for cash? These three budgeting tips could save you money

Posted on 05/08/2015 by
The more money you save, the more you'll be able to spend in the future; it's a win-win situation!

The more money you save, the more you’ll be able to spend in the future; it’s a win-win situation!

Let’s be honest, student life is pretty sweet. Yes, there are exams and essays and deadlines, but most of the time you’re learning about something you love. There’s just one little thing that would make it better; more money!

One of the hardest things about being a student is managing your finances. It can be difficult to earn a regular income when you are studying, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible! Just because it’s hard, doesn’t mean it’s an excuse to get into unnecessary debt, like these students who spent their course related costs on non-study items (this article is a great example of what not to do).

With a little bit of forward thinking and careful planning, you can save some money while you are studying. Feel like you need some help in this department? Here are three of our best budgeting tips.

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How to juggle work and study (and not go crazy!)

Posted on 15/07/2015 by
Feeling overwhelmed by all of the work you have to do? Read on for advice on how to manage study, work and your social life!

Feeling overwhelmed by all of the work you have to do? Read on for advice on how to manage study, work and your social life!

Study From Home student Rebekah Linton is quite the superstar. She is currently studying, working and preparing for her wedding next year. Her grades are outstanding and she is even ahead on some of her courses! We asked her to share some of her study secrets.

How do I do it?

This is quite often the question I get asked when people hear that I am studying long distance while still working full time. And the answer to this question comes in two easy parts – 1. Plan and 2. Get ahead!

How to plan for success

Planning is the key to being successful in studying while working. And it doesn’t take much, just sitting down for a few minutes and writing down a study calendar is a great place to start.

You have to be realistic though! Yes you work many hours a week, and plan to study 15 hours, but don’t forget about meal times, socializing, personal errands and of course SLEEP!  Just dot down all of your fixed hours each week, and slot in some hours for study.

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How to beat procrastination in three simple steps

Posted on 08/07/2015 by
Feel like you're constantly  telling yourself you need to get more done? Read on to find out how you can beat procrastination in three simple steps.

Feel like you’re constantly telling yourself you need to get more done? Read on to find out how you can beat procrastination in three simple steps.

It’s happened again. The clock has mysteriously jumped forward three hours and you’ve done  ‘nothing’. You sat down to study and before you knew it you’d wasted precious hours on Buzzfeed, YouTube and even just gazing out of the window.

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Procrastination. We all struggle with it from time to time, especially when it comes to studying. Do you regularly wonder where all the time goes? Do you find yourself racing to finish assignments mere hours before the deadline? Would you like to take back control over your study schedule and reduce stress?

If the answer is yes, then it’s time to put a plan into action to beat procrastination once and for all. Here’s how you can do this in three simple steps.

1. Find your WHY

The very first thing you should do, before you even pick up pen or turn on your computer, is remind yourself of WHY you decided to study. Often we get so bogged down in our daily to-do lists that we forget why we are doing everything in the first place.

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Remember that feeling of elation, excitement and pride when you enrolled on your first course? You are doing this for you; for a better career, for a better life. Make a list of all the reasons why you are studying and hang them somewhere you’ll see them every day. Whenever you feel like giving up, read this list again and it will help you stay focused.

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Five minutes with Study From Home student Rebekah Linton

Posted on 11/06/2015 by
Study From Home student Rebekah Linton is studying towards becoming a travel agent. This is a picture of her from a recent trip to Disney World

Study From Home student Rebekah Linton is studying towards becoming a travel agent. This is a picture of her from a recent trip to Disney World

What is it like to Study From Home? We caught up with current student Rebekah Linton to find out how her distance learning experience is going.

What sparked your interest in travel and tourism?

Travelling has always been something I have loved to do, as I like visiting new places and learning about new cultures. I’m also a real foodie and love to try out local dishes of the places I visit.

Ever since I was young I was lucky enough to be able to do a fair bit of travelling with my family. I would often go on trips around NZ with my grandparents during the school holidays, and I would usually go on some sort of overseas destination with my parents once a year such as Australia or Vanuatu. I’ve also done Camp America for two years – I spent 3 months at a time working in a summer camp in Maine and Connecticut.

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The top three benefits of distance learning

Posted on 20/05/2015 by
One of the best things about distance learning is the ability to study from anywhere. Study from home one day, work in a cafe the next - the choice is yours.

One of the best things about distance learning is the ability to study from anywhere. Study from home one day, work in a cafe the next – the choice is yours.

What makes distance learning such a great choice? Here are the top three benefits of studying from home.

1. Flexibility

Don’t want to come to class every day? More of a night owl than a morning person? Wish you could just write your assignments at home in your pajamas? Distance learning offers this level of flexibility, allowing you to choose when you want to study, and where.

As long as you put in the required number of hours of study per week, you are free to manage your time as you see fit. And if that means working from the comfort of your couch next to your cat, who are we to judge?

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Travel Q&A with ITC Tutor Lynelle Panton

Posted on 07/05/2015 by
New York City is the next destination on Lynelle's travel wishlist

New York City is the next destination on Lynelle’s travel wishlist. Photo credit: Josh Liba // Flickr Creative Commons

Lynelle Panton is a Tutor on the ITC Study From Home team. She shares some of her favourite travel memories with us in today’s blog.

What sparked your interest in travel and tourism?

I did a lot of moving around when I was younger and always thought I am never going to move as an adult, but quickly realised that with all the moving I got to see some pretty amazing places and experience things I might never have had the chance to if I hadn’t.  I think when I was at high school lots of my friends were talking about studying and going off to do big OE’s and live overseas, and I knew I didn’t want to live anywhere else but NZ but still wanted to travel.  For me the most logical career was in the T and T industry.

What is your fondest travel memory?

When I was about 11 we had a 3 week holiday around the South Island.  I loved every minute of it.  We really do have a beautiful country with lots to see and do.  It makes you realise how lucky we are.

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Five myths about distance learning (and why you should ignore them)

Posted on 29/04/2015 by
Sorry to disappoint, but there's more to distance learning than studying in your pajamas with your cat. We bust some common distance learning myths

Sorry to disappoint, but there’s more to distance learning than studying in your pajamas with your cat (although this is a great bonus!) Photo credit: Luke Redmond // Flickr Creative Commons

Thinking about studying from home? A quick Google search of ‘distance learning’ will provide you with plenty of information about this study option, but there may be a few myths lurking among the helpful advice.

We’re here to help clarify any confusion. Here are five common myths about distance learning (and why you should ignore them).

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