Online learning, distance learning, e-learning – whatever you’d like to call it – is a great option for many people to enhance their professional knowledge and progress their career, but it’s often overlooked as it’s often thought to be the easy option that’s for lazy people and there’s no tutor support.
But that couldn’t be further from the truth.
Reasons to study online
1. Study exactly what you want and need
Have you ever found yourself looking at the courses that are available locally and trying to justify that the content will be OK for your needs when you know in your heart of hearts that it’s not the right course to you?
Instead, through a simple Google search for your ideal course you’ll be able to find the perfect course for you that’s available online so you’ll be able to move your business forward more quickly in the direction you want it to go.
And through online programmes, you’ll be able to choose a tutor who’s an expert in his or her field who is perhaps in another country, is more progressive or holds an alternative view to tutors who may be based more locally to you.
2. Studying online is convenient and flexible
By studying a course online, you can plan your studying around the rest of your day. You’ve probably heard the old adage ‘pay yourself first’ when managing your time. It’s so important to add your personal priorities to your diary first before anything else, whether that’s family time, your childcare commitments, time for your personal yoga practice or your Thursday morning art class, and then you can schedule time for your online course around everything else you want to do. Studying online gives you the freedom to live your life to best suit yourself and your family.
And as long as you’ve got an internet connection, you can study from wherever you are in the world – time doesn’t matter, location doesn’t matter, there’s no one else to consider but you and what’s right for you as the course material is always available online.
3. There’s often more interaction with your personal tutor when you study online
During a traditional face-to-face course, the tutor is managing questions from all the students in the room, they also have other classes to rush off to and other teaching commitments.
But when you’re studying online, you’ll tend to get more dedicated support from your tutor rather than less. Generally, your tutor will be hopping in and out of the Facebook support group throughout the day answering questions, posting comments and sharing interesting articles. And if you book a one-to-one Skype or Facetime session, your tutor will be focussed only on you and the issue you wish to discuss – none of your classmates will be around; there will be no distractions; it will be just you and your tutor.
4. It’s easier to concentrate when studying online
We’re all different – some of us are night owls and some of us are morning larks; some of us are more productive at night and others in the morning.
When you study online, you can work to your strengths. If you prefer to burn the midnight oil, you can. But if you find it better to get your studying done before your family wakes in the morning, you can do that too. That’s the beauty of an online course – the course resources are always available online ready for when you’re ready.
And of course, there are no distractions from sitting for hours in an uncomfortable college chair or from other classmates around you, unless of course you choose to join in with the discussions going on in the Facebook community, but when you do that and for how long is entirely up to you.
5. You can review online course materials over and over again
Have you ever wished you could listen to a lecture or watch a presentation again because you’re not sure about something?
Well, you can with online learning.
It’s 3am and you can’t sleep, your mind is going round and round, you’re trying to remember but can’t. Admittedly, 3am isn’t the best time to watch a video lecture again or check your course notes, but if you’re studying online and want to, you can. Once a lecture is over at college, it’s over!
6. Online learning is a less stressful way to grow your business
It’s often difficult to attend a face-to-face course if you’re also working full time or have family commitments.
There’s the commute to consider, racing off after work in the rush hour to get to the evening class, or having to work late because you went to your class earlier in your working day. And then who’s going to pick the children up from school? And your disappointment at missing out on family time as you’ve got a Saturday morning seminar to go to.
While online learning isn’t an easy option as it requires considerable self-discipline (but who says that developing self-discipline is a bad thing?), it’s free from the uncontrollable stress that’s inevitable when trying to fit a face-to-face course into an already busy schedule.
Many online courses are self-paced which means you can start them when you want to and work through the course material at your own pace as it’s always available for you to access online.
Online yoga teacher training courses
At allwoman, we offer online yoga teacher training courses in Fertility Yoga, Pregnancy Yoga and Postnatal Yoga for experienced yogis, existing yoga teachers, personal trainers, midwives, doulas, NCT educators and health practitioners.
They are everything you’d want an online yoga teacher training course to be.
Developed by experienced yoga teachers and women’s wellbeing experts, the courses are split into modules with an assignment at the end of each module that will be marked by your personal tutor. There’s a vibrant Facebook support group where your personal tutor will be available to answer questions and offer suggestions. And she’ll also be available by email and for one-to-one Skype or FaceTime sessions to help you with particular issues or queries.
Once you’ve enrolled, you’ll have access to the course resources for the Fertility Yoga Teacher Training Course and Postnatal Yoga Teacher Training Course for six months and you’ll be able to access the Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training Course for nine months, so we ask that you complete the courses within these timescales. However, we understand that life sometimes gets in the way, so we will usually offer an extension if you ask us.
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