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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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