Are you ready for a departure from the traditional classroom?
The way we learn is rapidly changing and with the phenomenal rise of online learning, every course you could dream of is at your fingertips. Nothing is too niche or out of reach. What are you waiting for?
Exercise your brain as well as your body
Yep, physical exercise is so important, we know. But what about working your brain? The fascinating process of neuroplasticity means your brain will grow and develop as you learn new things. Harvard researchers say the new activity you’re learning should tick three boxes: it needs to be challenging to grow your brain, complex to develop thought processes like problem solving and creative thinking, and you need practice to improve your memory.
Knowledge is power
It’s pretty clear – the world is rapidly evolving and in order to stay relevant, our skills also need to. Apart from the obvious upskilling benefits, studying looks great on your CV. It shows you are motivated, disciplined and can manage your time efficiently. And the more adept you become with technology, collaboration and learning remotely, the better for your working life: workplaces are becoming increasingly flexible and remote work is a reality for many.
It’s not second-best
You’re not buying a piece of paper from some dodgy college you’ve never heard of. This is no mail-order degree. The best educational institutions in the world are now embracing online study and the learning outcomes are top notch: you’ll find established providers, quality delivery and assessment, reputable qualifications and the same high level of student support and supervision.
Embrace the digital age
You have the flexibility to learn – pause a video to take notes or re-watch something later that you didn’t quite understand. Technology is only ever getting better. Even in terms of interaction with other students, there are forums, Facebook groups and so many ways to share discussions and get to know your classmates.
Make yourself at home
It seems like a no-brainer but it’s worth mentioning: no travelling to class, no lugging books around, no sitting in a packed lecture theatre or classroom. Stay in the comfort of your own home, or take your laptop, your phone or your iPad wherever you like and log on to attend your virtual campus. It’s easy to access your materials. You can fit online study in around your existing job, family commitments, lifestyle. Got a sniffle? No worries, stay home and still get to class. And, most importantly, you can attend in your pajamas. Enough said.
It’s never too lateThe joys of lifelong learning are immense and far-reaching. You’ll expand your horizons, discover new passions, or simply add an extra layer of enrichment to things you already enjoy. There are emotional, mental and physical benefits to learning, a sense of fulfillment. If you’ve ever said “I’d love to...” or “I wish I had…” just remember, Julia Child published her first cookbook when she was 49. J.R.R. Tolkien published the first volume of the Lord of the Rings series at 62. If not now – when?