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Learn your way: 5 flexible benefits of studying an online degree

Don’t think you’ve got the time for university? Here’s five ways that online degrees can work perfectly around your personal life.

Most of the decisions we make in life are linked with time or the lack of it. When things like family and work come into the mix, it can feel impossible to make time for learning. Similarly, you may be time rich, but at a stage in your life where a traditional university experience isn’t the choice for you. 

Fortunately, we live in an age where studying online is easier than ever and in the 2019/20 academic year, 129,400 students in the UK were enrolled with Open University, alone. The reasons for this upsurge in online study are multifaceted, but we’re going to focus on the flexibility of remote learning and why anyone can get an amazing education. 

1. Work to your own schedule

Regardless of what stage you’re at in your life, there will always be other commitments that occupy your time. As a result, studying to a regimented timetable can be hugely disruptive and unmanageable. With an online degree you can choose when you learn and can adapt this when unexpected circumstances arise. 

Additionally, studies have shown the value of learning at a time that suits you. While opinions vary on when the brain is most receptive to different types of learning, you will soon discover when you’re at your best and can adapt your schedule to get the most out of your study time. 

2. Learn at your own pace

There’s a lot of new information to take in, and in a traditional classroom, there’s only a set amount of time to get your head round it and ask questions. Online learning gives you the freedom to spend as much time as you want in understanding what’s being taught, whether that’s through extended study or rewatching content. Doing this means you will retain and understand more information and be better equipped to apply what you have learned.  

3. Your classroom can be anywhere

Firstly, wherever there’s a strong internet connection, there’s a chance to learn. Online study does not have to be confined to your home and when it comes to the creative side of learning, a change of scenery can work wonders. 

Secondly, online degrees are available to everyone in the world. You may not have any dependents or commitments preventing you from learning, but you may be in a part of the world where the course you want to study is not offered in your home country. Don’t forget - dBs’ online courses are open to all UK and international students.  

4. Develop a global network

With the world of education at your fingertips, you now have the opportunity to meet and develop relationships with people from across the globe. Teachers, classmates, professionals; an online degree will introduce you to all of these and more and equip you with a diverse network that you may not have been able to develop through in-person learning. 

5. Save money

We’ve spoken at length about the cost-effectiveness of online learning, but it’s worth mentioning again. Regardless of whether you’re still living with your parents or independently with friends or family, studying online removes the cost of moving to a new - potentially more expensive - city and commuting to and from university. As you’re able to set your own timetable for studying, it becomes easier to maintain part-time work alongside your studies, too.

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