Is distance learning right for you?

Is distance learning right for you?

We are living in a world that is becoming increasingly digitised. Teaching and learning is constantly being improved through technology. People are no longer forced to physically attend school to get a qualification.

The importance of distance learning

Distance learning allows students to study from anywhere. Distance learning has played an important role in accommodating working students. Distance learning is convenient.

It does not matter how far your college is from where you stay. Distance  learning helps you save time and money. Students do not have to spend thousands of rands on accommodation or transport. 

Here are my top 5 reasons to study via distance learning:

  • Affordability
  • Self-paced study
  • Save money
  • Get more disciplined
  • Save time


Most online education programs are  more affordable than on-campus programs.

Self-paced study

With distance learning, students can manage their time. Students develop an independent routine. 

Save money

Studying from home helps you cut down on daily expenses that would have been spent at an on-campus institution.

Become disciplined

Distance learning requires you to be disciplined. Studying through distance learning helps you manage your study schedule.

Save time

With distance learning, you don’t have to spend hours going from classroom to classroom. Distance learning allows you to manage your time.

Tips for distance learning students

Online courses aren’t easier or harder than face to face learning. It is simply a different environment. Learners who are new to distance learning can find ways to adjust to it. Distance learning requires discipline. There is no one to monitor your actions. To succeed in distance learning, students need to;

  • Have a study space that has no distractions  
  • Reach out to your tutors for help
  • Stay updated with your school work
  • Plan and organize your work ahead
  • Have a backup plan for when technology fails
  • Be self-disciplined 

Distance learning colleges in South Africa

Searching for a distance learning college needs you to be cautious. You need to research and check if the institution is accredited. Students also need to look into the courses that are offered.

Matric College offers a variety of distance learning courses you can choose from. At Matric College, we also give students a second chance at matric. You can rewrite your exams or upgrade your matric. If you are older than 21, you can do your adult matric.

Author: Omega Fumba 

Date Published: 31 July 2020