Study Differently With the College Alternatives

Study Differently With the College Alternatives
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    Endless coffees from library vending machines, pumping parties in noisy dorms and lecture halls teeming with hungover twenty-somethings – this is the campus lifestyle, and it's not for everyone.


When you’re in your final year of high school, college might seem like the only option. Without it you’ll reach a career cul-de-sac, working in menial jobs and struggling to find your footing on the career ladder.

At least, it feels that way. Your career counsellor is breathing down your neck, your teachers are nudging you in the direction of campus and your parents want a picture on their wall of their child holding a scroll in their hands.

Your options aren’t as limited as they might at first seem. Although gaining further education is still recommended, you don’t have to live it up on campus if you don’t want to.

Various other options are cheaper and, for the most part, less time consuming than heading to a highly esteemed college. What’s more, you’ll still end up with the same qualification at the end of your studies.

But what exactly are these alternatives? We’ve found a few that will interest anyone hoping to make the most of their studies WITHOUT breaking the bank.

Head online

The internet can offer plenty of informational tools, from Wikipedia to Google Scholar. But when you’re searching for an official qualification, the web can be just as helpful – especially if you know where to look.

Plenty of colleges and universities offer an online degree for distance learning – and, usually, they’ll cost a lot less than a qualification from a brick and mortar institution.

These distance learning courses are prepared by the same types of people who’ll create and ratify a course on a campus, meaning you’ll enjoy a similar educational experience, albeit one with a little less socialising.

However, even the problem of feeling isolated can be surmounted by logging onto a virtual learning environment (VLE) and chatting to your peers on a discussion board.

Distance learning is being adopted by an increasingly large number of students who want to work and study at the same time. Make sure you’re not left behind.  

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The free option

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) seem, on the face of it, like a godsend. Free courses curated by professional tutors and provided by colleges and universities, they’re a great way to gain foundational knowledge on a subject without stretching your purse.

It’s not all roses when it comes to MOOCs, however. Although you may have learnt all you can from them, they aren’t accredited, making them essentially useless on a CV.

Think of them as a great taster for a real course, allowing you to try before you buy. Any other suggestions for alternatives to college? Then let us know!


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