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If you’re about to start studying from home, one of the best ways to prepare is to set up a productive study space before you begin.
This will be your go-to spot for all of your coursework and study, so it needs to be comfortable and offer a supportive learning environment.
Not sure where to start? Here’s how to set up a productive study space in your home.
A quiet spot
One of the hardest parts of study is keeping your focus on the task at hand, which is why it’s important to try to find a quiet area where you can study.
Ideally, this would be away from the television or living area where family members or flatmates spend time hanging out – it can be far too tempting to join in their conversations or watch whatever’s on TV instead of studying!
As you will be looking at a screen and reading for a lot of your study, you will need to have good lighting to ensure you can see well without harming your eyes.
Natural light is great, but a desk lamp or well-lit room as just as beneficial for helping you see clearly.
Keep in mind, you also don’t want to be squinting into bright light. This can happen if you’re facing a window, so consider either facing away or turning your desk and chair sideways to the window.
A good desk and chair
Your goal for a study space is to be comfortable – but not too comfortable.
You want to be able to sit down for a couple of hours at a time without getting uncomfortable enough that you have to move, but you also don’t want to feel like you’re lounging. If you are too comfy, you might struggle to focus.
Similarly, be sure to get out of your pajamas when you study! You don’t need to be in formal office attire, but the act of getting dressed can help you to get in the right mindset for study.
All we ask of our students is that they have a personal laptop or computer to work from. This is technically all you need, but you may wish to stock up on other items if it helps your study style.
This might include:
- A notepad or book
- Pens in different colours
- A ruler
- Post-It notes
Snacks and drinks
Study is hard work, and while it’s best to get up and leave your desk for actual meals, you should also have something on hand at your desk.
A full drink bottle of water is a must, and a couple of pieces of fruit will help to keep you alert. Fruits like grapes or berries are great to nibble on throughout the day.
Of course, less healthy snacks like lollies and chips are always delicious, but keep them to a minimum!
Remove any distractions from your study area to help you keep your focus where it needs to be.
This means everything from closing non-study tabs on your laptop such as Facebook or YouTube, turning your phone off or leaving it in another room, and even locking the cat out if you have to.
Even music can be a distraction, so switch it off or opt for calming background noise rather than music with lyrics.
Only use it for study
Finally – and importantly – only use your new study space to actually study.
If you start sitting there to watch Netflix, cut your nails, or chat to friends, you’ll quickly start blurring the lines between study and normal life. By only sitting there when you intend to study, you’ll help to get into the right mindset to focus on your course as soon as you sit down.
Do you have a study space ready? Are you looking to try distance learning with Study From Home? Get in touch to learn more about our courses and the qualifications you can earn from the comfort of your own home.
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Study From Home is one of New Zealand’s leading providers of distance learning options. And we’ve just got even better.
We have recently made a range of updates and changes to our study platform, each designed to improve the learning experience for our students. We started by asking students what they would like to see more of, and went from there.
Read on to find out just what’s changed.
Study From Home platform updates
Lynelle Panton is one of the Study From Home distance learning tutors. When speaking about the changes, she explained that the goal was to make the courses more engaging and more interactive.
This included adding a range of eBooks, activities, informative videos, and forums to start discussions.
“We have also introduced assessment guides to ensure students have more understanding of what they can expect in the assessment and hopefully ensure a more successful outcome,” she said.
“We are also wanting to make sure that we use the improvement in online learning tools to further cover all learning styles with the new improvements as everyone learns in different ways,” Lynelle added.
Additionally, the Study From Home team has been busy creating interactive video lessons for each topic. These have been created to give students an understanding of what they will learn, why they are learning it, and how it will relate to working in the industry.
Added one-on-one support
As well as changes and updates to the platform itself, the tutorial team at Study From Home have been providing a lot more one-on-one support for students.
“We have recognised that each student is different and so that sometimes there does need to be some more ‘tailored support’ for some students, while others may be happy to just get on with it. So what we have done is engage in more conversations with the students to ensure they are supported every step of the way. From this we have had good results coming through and good feedback,” explains Lynelle.
The Study From Home platform is definitely “not a box of books in the mail”, or a case of reading through a dull website and answering questions.
“I think this is what makes us different from the other course providers, and the students really appreciate it,” says Lynelle.
The result of the recent platform updates
Lynelle goes on to explain exactly what kind of an impact these changes have had on students.
“We can definitely see them engaging more with the course work and the tutors. And as a result we have gotten to know our students more. This is really important to us as we can then recognise any challenges they may have and work with them to ensure they achieve their goals. This again is where ITC stands out from others as we are flexible.”
With the challenges of the past year, Study From Home has been able to be flexible with students and courses to ensure the best results. That might mean doing courses slightly out of order, doing them at different times, or moving between full and part time – whatever the case, Study From Home can help.
Get in touch today to find out more about distance learning with Study From Home.
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The travel and tourism industry is incredibly fast moving and always evolving, especially in recent times. From new trends to new travel opportunities, there’s always something happening within the industry.
For those looking to work in travel and tourism, staying on top of the latest will help you keep informed about what’s going on around you. It might help you discover where you’d like your career to go next, or simply help you stay up to date for your current role.
Here are 10 fantastic resources you can bookmark to stay up to date with all things travel, tourism, and aviation.
Tourism New Zealand is one of the biggest and most well-known industry authorities in the country, and their news section is updated regularly with surveys, research announcements, updates, and more.
The Tourism Industry Association (TIA) is a large independent group that represents all sectors of the industry in New Zealand. Their news section is split into three categories: Spotlight, for updates about members; TIA Media, for updates from TIA; and Industry News, for updates about the industry at large.
As Aotearoa’s main airline, Air New Zealand offers an important insight into travel trends. Their regular Media Releases offer interesting updates about all things air travel, as well as industry news.
Stuff is one of New Zealand’s major online news sources, and their Travel Section offers a good mix of industry updates, as well as fun travel and tourism news, photos, and inspiration.
Another of the country’s top online news sources, the NZ Herald offers a dedicated Travel Section. This source offers a range of travel news and updates as well as travel inspiration and lighter stories.
Did you know that ITC offers our own tourism update webpage? We regularly update this page with recent news covering the tourism, travel, and aviation industries here in New Zealand.
For international insights, the World Tourism Organisation offers a News section that’s updated almost every day with news, surveys, research, and stories from all over the world. This is a fantastic resource to get an overview of the industry at large, which isn’t always the same as New Zealand’s travel news.
Skift is one of the largest and most trustworthy websites dedicated to travel and tourism news in the world. It is updated multiple times per day with research, studies, and news from around the world.
Phocuswire is a dedicated travel and tourism news website, with the interesting angle of largely focussing on technology’s role in the sector. This can help you stay up to date with the latest technology changes and how they will impact the industry in the coming years.
Travel Memo is a New Zealand-based weekly digital publication that’s targeted at travel agents. It offers updates, commentary, and tips for those working in the industry, making for an insightful read whether you’re already working in travel and tourism or on your way there.
Spending a little time keeping yourself up to date on what’s happening in the industry will set you apart from other potential hires. Even better, a qualification in tourism and travel will give you a foot in the door at countless businesses around New Zealand and the world.
Take a look at our course options to see what you can learn with us by studying from home.
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Study From Home is a fantastic learning option for students looking to take online courses to earn a qualification in travel, tourism, and aviation. These courses are interesting, informative, and fun, but one of the best things about them is the tutors.
Our team of Study From Home tutors make all the difference, helping our students work through their online courses and get set up for an exciting career in the industry.
That’s why we’re so excited to introduce the newest member of the Study From Home team, Toni Young. Toni is experienced and talented, and we couldn’t be happier that she will be helping Study From Home learners.
Learn more about Toni and her role with Study From Home with our latest interview:
Can you give us a quick background of your career so far?
I started in the Travel and Tourism industry in the 1990s after completing my Travel and Tourism qualifications. I have been lucky enough to have worked in New Zealand, the UK and Australia in roles within Airlines, Travel Agents and Event Management.
Working within the Travel and Tourism industry has enabled me to travel to lots of different countries and have some amazing experiences while doing my dream job. Upon my return back to New Zealand I did my teaching qualifications and now love passing on my experience and teaching skills to students and helping and watching them enter the exciting world of Travel and Tourism.
What will your role be with SFH?
I’m excited about my role with SFH, I will be here to assist, encourage and facilitate learners from Study From Home studying towards their Level 3, 4 and 5 qualifications.
What do you hope to offer the SFH students?
I am looking forward to sharing all my knowledge with them and making their Study From Home journey as informative and fun as I can. You might be studying for the first time or haven’t studied for a long time – the Study From Home team are here to assist as you take the first step towards a career in Travel and Tourism.
Do you have any advice for SFH students this year?
2021 is a great year for studying towards your travel and tourism qualifications. The industry is going to need qualified and motivated students moving forward and they will be skilled up and ready to go. I believe also New Zealand is the most amazing destination in the world and everyone will want to visit us as soon as they are able to!
Where is your favourite holiday destination?
My favourite holiday destination is Fiji and love enjoying the fabulous beaches and islands and of course their wonderful culture. Domestically I love the Tasman area, it is just paradise!
Would you like to earn travel and tourism qualifications this year from the comfort of your own home? Get in touch with the team at Study From Home to find out more!
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Study From Home is a wonderful option for distance learning in New Zealand. We offer courses on travel, tourism, and aviation that provide the skills, knowledge, and qualifications you’ll need to work in the industry both here in New Zealand and around the world.
Our course options cover levels 3, 4, and 5, and all of them can be completed online, allowing students to sign up no matter where they are located in the country.
Naturally, if you’re considering signing up with Study From Home, you might have questions about the courses, the commitment, the work, and everything in between. That’s why we’ve collated a list of our most frequently asked questions and have answered them for you here.
Can I enrol with Study From Home if I have a full-time job?
Yes! You can choose to study part-time or full-time with Study From Home, so if you already have a full-time job, you can study with us part-time as well. You will be expected to commit to 15 hours per week of study, which you can do during the evenings and weekends whenever suits you.
Do I have to log on at a particular time?
No. SFH is completely flexible in the fact that you set your own timetable for when you want to study. It is a course that is completely tailored to the individual student around their study times.
Are all my assessments essays?
No. Study From Home incorporates many assessment styles to ensure students are tested in ways that actually relate to the jobs in the industry. There is a mixture of written assessments, roleplays both via phone and video, online quiz assessments, and group Zoom assessments.
Is there any tutor help?
Definitely. There is a team of dedicated tutors available online, via email and phone Monday to Friday. All have industry experience and can draw upon their own work and knowledge.
How many hours a week do I need to study?
Study hours are based on your type of enrolment. Study From Home offers both part time and full time study options, and hours will range from 15-25 hours a week.
What happens if I don’t have a computer?
You absolutely must have your own personal laptop or computer before you enrol. If you currently share one with the family, you will need to ensure you obtain a laptop or computer of your own. This is because you will need to use it regularly for your studies.
I am worried I will fail.
The tutor team is here to help. You won’t fail – you will be given an opportunity to gain further understanding with tutorial explanations and guidance.
I have fallen behind.
The tutors will work with you to catch you up and get you back on track.
Can I do more studies than required and set out each week?
Yes. Once you are enrolled, you will have full access to the course page so you can move through quicker than is set out in your individualised study plan if you prefer.
I can’t start yet as I am going on holiday for a week.
Awesome news you are going away! We can get you a little ahead of schedule before you go away so you don’t fall behind when you return.
I know I love travel and tourism but don’t know what job I want to do. Can I still do the course?
Definitely! Lots of people are not 100% certain of what they want to do in the industry but know that this is an industry that excites them. While on the course you will find yourself exposed to the many different jobs in the industry, which will help you decide along the way. You will also realise that your qualification means you won’t only have a qualification for one job, but for the whole industry. Your skills will be able to be transferred to other areas of the industry.
The industry is non-existent at the moment so I probably won’t get a job.
Not true. While our borders remain closed into New Zealand, New Zealand’s domestic tourism market has never been busier! ITC has two career consultants that work with you to help you gain employment in the industry. We are also very lucky to have such close relationships within the industry, so tourism providers often come to us directly looking for graduates from ITC to join their teams.
I never studied travel or tourism at school, does this mean I can’t study it now?
You most definitely can. It is not a pre-requisite to have studied it before.
On what dates do Study From Home courses start throughout the year?
Study From Home offers ‘rolling start dates’ for maximum student flexibility and convenience. This means that students can begin their course on any Monday throughout the year.
Where are you located?
Study From Home is online, but our sister company, the International Travel College of New Zealand (ITC) has locations in centres throughout the country, so you can visit a campus at any time if you wish to speak to a tutor in person. You’ll find our campus locations here.
How do I enrol?
Enrolment with Study From Home is a straight-forward process. Start by getting in touch with us to let us know you’re interested, then fill out the entry profile we send you. We’ll set up an information session where you can ask any questions and we’ll talk you through our course options and how it all works, then we’ll confirm your place. You can read more about the full Study From Home enrolment process here.
How much does Study From Home cost?
Different Study From Home courses have different fees. You can find the costs for each one by visiting our Course Overview page, then clicking the ‘Find out more’ button for each page. The costs are at the bottom right of the page under ‘course fees’.
How do I find my NSN number?
Study From Home is an affiliated Fees Free provider, which means that our courses are covered by the Fees Free initiative. To find out if you are eligible for the Fees Free initiative, you will need to enter your National Student Number (NSN) into the Fees Free website. If you are unsure about your NSN number, you can either ask your current school, or contact the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) to track it down.
If you’re ready to enrol or have any further questions for us, use the details below to get in touch.
Study From Home success: We speak to one of the first students completing the level 5 Diploma in Tourism & Travel onlinePosted on 28/10/2020 by Hayley Clark
Study From Home recently started offering the New Zealand Diploma in Tourism and Travel at level 5 on our popular Study From Home platform. It is an intensive one-year diploma that offers students the skills and knowledge they need for a general management career in the industry.
While students of ITC have been able to study this diploma for more than 15 years, it is new to Study From Home, and we have been keeping a close eye on the first group of students to work their way through this fast-paced and challenging course.
One of those students is Marise Barrett, who is currently working her way through the diploma. She has already completed the New Zealand Certificate in Tourism (Level 3) and the New Zealand Certificate in Travel (Level 4), and already has experience working in the industry.
We recently spoke to her to see how she was finding the diploma and the experience of studying from home. (more…)Posted in News, Student Success | Tagged Distance Learning, Online courses, online learning, study from home, Tourism training |
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.Posted in Inspiration and motivation, Study From Home Tips | Tagged Distance Learning, online learning, study tips | Leave a reply
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.
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.
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.
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.Posted in Inspiration and motivation, Study From Home Tips | Tagged Distance Learning, learning, online learning, study from home, study tips |
What makes distance learning such a great choice? Here are the top three benefits of studying from home.
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?Study From Home Tips | Tagged digital skills, Distance Learning, flexible learning, online learning, study from home | Leave a reply
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).Study From Home Tips | Tagged Distance Learning, online learning, study tips | Leave a reply
Studying from home, otherwise known as online learning or distance learning, is an excellent option for people who want a great qualification but cannot attend regular on-campus classes.
At the International Travel College of New Zealand (ITC), we offer the option to study four excellent courses from home. That means you can gain an airline, travel and tourism qualification from anywhere in New Zealand!
Are you thinking about studying from home, but are unsure if this is the right decision for you?Study From Home Tips | Tagged Distance Learning, online learning, study from home, study tips | Leave a reply
The International Travel College of New Zealand (ITC) has been a premium supplier of full-time and part-time training programmes for the airline, travel and tourism industries since 1996, and has campuses in Botany and central Auckland.
Since 2006, ITC has offered several of its courses via and distance and online learning (DOL). ITC DOL graduate Anita van der Mespel recently achieved her goal of entering the travel and tourism industry with a position at American Express.
“Thank you so much for everything you’ve done for me to get me to this place,” says Anita. “You have been truly amazing!”
Anita says that her time with ITC has “created memories that will stick with me for life. I’ve loved my time with you, right from the phone interview at the very beginning!”
“That’s such a wonderful thing to hear,” says ITC’s Marketing Director Claire Huxley. “One of ITC’s strongest features is its sense of being one big family – we really mean that – all the staff know the students by name and we have a huge range of activities that include our on-campus students.
“It’s important to us that our distance and online students feel that same sense of community and connection to the college.”
Many of the DOL courses have on-campus components, such as the Customer Service Workshop run in February this year.
Chantell Awheto attended the workshop and says she had “an awesome time”.
“It was nice to finally meet everyone,” she says. “The hard part is over – graduation, here we come! I look forward to seeing you all there.”
“The workshops give the students a chance to meet each other and their tutors face to face and have some fun in the campus environment,” says Claire. “Learning via distance has many advantages, but it can be isolating. It boosts the students’ confidence when they get together and see how much they have learnt.”
ITC also ensures that its DOL students are included in its prize giving and recognition of special achievements.
“Many of our off-campus students are working and caring for family members as well as studying,” says Claire. “It takes a lot of commitment to remain motivated and connected with your studies when you are not physically surrounded by others who are studying.”
One student who shows such commitment is Greg Bellett, who recently received a Spot Prize for Excellence.
Greg says: “I’m absolutely delighted and humbled to receive such an award. Too much! I’m sure you could have awarded it to any number of hardworking students in any number of classes. I’m enjoying my studies immensely and thank you for your guidance and support.”
“This is our seventh year of offering distance learning,” says Claire, “and its appeal is growing. It allows more people the freedom to upskill in a flexible and supportive environment. We hope it also encourages lifelong learning, where following your interests and passions is an ongoing process.”
Perhaps the best endorsement of that comes from Anita: “I have enjoyed it so much! Should I ever study again, I hope it is with ITC.”Posted in News, Student Success | Tagged Distance Learning, online learning | Leave a reply