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Right now, I am about to enroll myself in one of the courses I have found on the web. I am quite new to this and having absolutely no clue if this would be a straight thing for me because I have tried the typical college environment and it did not work me at all. Care to share your experience when you first tried distance learning? (If Yes, just reply below and let me know your opinion and thoughts...) :tut:

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I just visited the office of the distance learning school, almost 2 hours away from home. It was a very exciting experience for me as I asked for the qualifications of beig a new student in their school. Although the ride from my house to the office was tiring, I had a fun time exploring the city. I'm now going home to talk to my family about enrolling myself in the course English.

For anyone interested in enrolling in Distance Education themselves feel free to share your experience here. Don't be shy because I am very open to new ideas and opinions...

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Last night, I talked to my mom and we decided that I'm to take half of the usual 21 units this February. I'm looking forward to study again and I'm hoping that I last this time. It's still about $200 but I think it's worth it. Education is very important and I won't waste anymore time.

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Hi Styxx. I've done lots of distance learning and have very much enjoyed it and benefited from it.

I did an Open University degree before the Internet and learning material came by mail and that's how you sent your work to your tutor. It's much better now online, I think. You can make contact more quickly if you get stuck and there aren't postal delays. (Though, of course, electronic technology can let you down too!)

It's good if you can make a workspace for yourself with your materials there. That always helped me be more focused, though I've been known to carry reading materials with me to all kinds of places.

I hope this works well for you. If you're doing something that *you* have chosen to do, that should keep you going. And good luck!

PS You can't work very well with your fingers crossed. smile


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Hello, Mona!

I agree with you that studying online is better and I think the pros outweighs the cons. I'm quite ready to study again and sharing it with you and other people helps me know that this is really happening to me.

About making a workspace, do you have any ideas on what to have? Share? (^____^)

I think distance education might be the thing for me as I'm more comfortable studying alone than studying with a group of people. The time planning alone is not so bad after all since it would help me develop the responsible "me".

P.S. Funny! I'm imagining it right now, hahaha XD

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Styxx:

So glad you are pursuing distance learning education. I think you will find it to be a very convenient way to pursue a degree. My only recommendation to you is to make sure to schedule regular study times, same day, same time, etc. This is a great way to improve motivation, particularly if you are taking more than one course. Good luck!

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Hello, Patricia!

Thanks for the tip on the schedule. I think you're right about it. I need all the luck and prayer I can get! Thank you (◍•ᴗ•◍)

I'm so looking forward to learning!

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Styxx, I'd say your workspace should be a place without distractions. A table where you can write or type, your paper and writing materials (pencil, eraser, pen, whatever) handy. Any books or printed course material that you're using - if you have a shelf for it, that's extra handy. I also liked having a pinboard where I could put a calendar showing when things were due, and useful notes. (You don't even need pins for the notes, if you have post-its.)

It's good to give yourself the message that this is where you work.


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Mona, thanks for suggesting the shelf and pinboard. I'll definitely think of something for those things. Good thing I have a big square table that I am already using. You gave me an idea on where to have workspace and I really appreciate your suggestions.

Thank you very much! o(〃^▽^〃)o
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Mona!

Good news I did your idea of the pinboard and it's ready to use. I only needed to use 1 white cartolina, some plastic cover, gift wrapper (for the border), scissors and scotch tape. Since I found that a big cork board costs a lot, I improvised instead using these materials.

Thanks for the suggestion! ೭੧(❛▿❛✿)੭೨

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A relative of mine keeps on asking if I'm really sure about this distance learning education. S/He is so freaking annoying. Does s/he want me to study or not? Ugh.

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Sorry, but I laughed about the relative who keeps having a go at you. I guess it all depends on your personality. Mine is a bit contrary, and that's how I ended up with a science degree.

I vaguely suggested I might study science, but what made my mind up was having family being doubtful about whether I could do it or not. ("Oh, why don't you do social science or literature?") So I was then absolutely determined to do what people suggested I couldn't.

Encouragement is good, but just let other people's doubts make you stronger!


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It's totally okay, Mona. Hours later, I was so entertained by what s/he had done but it's good now. A Science degree? Wow! That's absolutely impressive.

You're right about the last thing you said. People's doubts should be one of my motives to pursue my English degree. Thanks, Mona, for that tidbit. It made me feel better just now.
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Give me some more advice, Master! (((o(*゚▽゚*)o))) Just joking xD

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I'm ready for the end of the month because that's when I'll start my education. I'm so exhilarated!
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==Update==
Things are going well and I'm so sure about this time, it will be different. I'm just waiting something from my doctor and I'll be set.

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Hello Everyone!

Great News: I am one step nearer to enrolling at my new school. Just a few more obstacles. I'm so freaking ready. laugh

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Had a major setback... I'm not so sure when I'll be enrolling.
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Things are looking up. That's all I can say right now. (´ω`♡%)
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==Advantages and Disadvantages – Why Choose Distance Learning?== ヽ( ̄ω ̄( ̄ω ̄〃)ゝ


The main advantage of distance learning is that it allows you to fit your learning around your work and home life.

*You can usually also set your own pace of study.
*It is your decision as to when and where you study.
*It doesn't matter where you live – you can gain a degree from anywhere in the world.
*As with a full-time degree, students may find that they gain useful, transferable skills, such as planning and research.
*A distance learning course often costs less than a full-time degree.


The downside is that you will not enjoy the conviviality of being on a campus and rubbing shoulders with fellow students on a daily basis.

*Loneliness and feelings of isolation should be avoided however by frequent online contact with tutors and taking part in virtual forums, virtual help groups and discussion rooms.
*Distance learning providers usually offer dedicated support to their online or distance learning students.


from: www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk/distance-learning/advantages-and-disadvantages-%E2%80%93-why-choose-distance-learning/
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**Update**

I got 3 weeks, more or less until I can process my enrollment in Distance Education. I'm looking forward to studying again! (*゜ー゜)ゞ⌒☆

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I frequently take genealogy classes through the National Institute of Genealogical Studies in Canada. I have a basic certificate in Genealogical Librarianship and I just completed a DNA class. The second one begins next week. These classes have an exam at the end of the session which lasts six weeks or so. Genealogy webinars are great too.

When I was working I often would find free classes that would help me with Word and Excel. And then there was Virtual University too which charged a small fee for some of the classes.

I thoroughly enjoy learning and being able to stay at home and work on my own schedule is the way to go.

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good thing, the best thing! yes, you should understand that is it lazier and your concentration will be not on the high level. but there are some advantages: cheaper price, opportunity to stay where you want, to choose time when you want to study.

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There is another key advantage to distance learning - other people don't hold you back. In a classroom environment, the class can typically only move as fast as its slowest student.


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