setting a new course for a home study degree

by Fabian Toulouse

Most people grow up with hopes of what they would like to become when they grow up. When you are a teenager, anything seems possible, but at some point reality intrudes. Reality is a harsh mistress that often forces people to put their hopes on hold. Circumstances require some to bypass education in favor of taking a job, getting married, or going in a different direction than intended. Caught up in the current of life, many are carried helplessly along in a life they seem unable to escape. Fortunately, however, there are ways of putting your dreams back on track without making huge sacrifices or turning your life upside down. Distance education can change your direction.

Distance learning is nothing new. It has been around for nearly two centuries in the form of correspondence degrees by mail. The first known instance was in 1728 when a Boston teacher named Caleb Phillips offered his services to teach short hand through weekly correspondence with his students. With the advent of the postal service, more and more people took advantage of the concept of distance learning, and today, it is an enormous industry.

Today, the internet makes a home study degree more easily obtainable than ever before possible. One on one help is immediately accessed, feedback is faster, and the amount of resources at your fingertips is phenomenal. The flexibility and affordability of internet classes makes them especially attractive to people with set schedules and limited time and money resources. Course work can be worked on at the student’s pace without slavish attention to deadlines, as in a traditional classroom.

A home study degree can be had in almost any career and any educational level from a high school diploma through a college Masters Degree. Hundreds of schools offer classes, and an accredited school can provide you with the learning and skills to compete for jobs in your chosen area. Whether you are interested in a trade, want to learn more about a subject that interests you, or want to get the college degree you missed in your youth, distance learning is a powerful tool.

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