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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).

Distance learning is isolating

This is probably the biggest myth about distance learning, when in fact, for many people, studying from home allows them to spend more time with their friends and family. This is especially true for parents, who are able to stay at home with their children while gaining a great qualification.

Plus, if cabin fever strikes and you just have to get out of the house, then what’s stopping you? You can set up your laptop at the library or a local café. Not to mention you will be interacting with your classmates and tutors every day online and over the phone. Studying from home is only as isolating as you make it!

The qualification is less credible

Some people worry that a distance learning qualifiation is less credible than an on-campus qualification. While we can’t speak for every college, we can speak with confidence about our own courses.

At ITC, it doesn’t matter whether a student is studying from home or on-campus – they will walk away with the same qualification at the end of their studies.

There are no teachers

Wrong again! We have dedicated distance learning tutors who all come from a travel and tourism background. They will guide you through each assignment and provide you with ongoing support and subject matter expertise.

You can find out more about the Study From Home team by checking out their staff profiles.

There is no practical training

Our distance learning courses include plenty of practical training opportunities. Many of our qualifications include short on-campus workshops and the Level 4 New Zealand Certificate in Travel includes a work experience placement.

Two distance learning students at an ITC on-campus workshop

Two distance learning students at an ITC on-campus workshop

ITC has industry connections all over the country. No matter where you study, we can help you write your CV and provide you with advice and connections for work experience placements.

It’s just for fun, not for starting a career

Studying at ITC is fun, but our courses are much more than just a hobby. They are hard work! You will be gaining an internationally-recognised qualification which can help you start a career in the airline, travel and tourism industry.

Many of our graduates are now working in exciting roles such as flight attending and tour guiding. We provide people with a real chance to find the job of their dreams.

Bonus tip: There is no right or wrong way to learn

People learn in many different ways; the challenge is to find what learning environment works best for you. It might be distance learning, it might be coming into class – the choice is yours. We’re here to help if you are having difficulty making a decision.

Simply drop us a line if you’d like to chat with one of our course advisers: 0800 788 394.

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