With modern life becoming increasingly busy and the Internet revolution making access to services easier every day, distance learning has begun to take hold. There’s no doubt that there are benefits and disadvantages to distance learning and that it is more suited to certain kinds of degrees and courses than others. This article will look at distance learning specifically in relation to finance courses, and will weigh up the pros and cons of taking part in a long-distance arrangement for study in this area. If you are considering taking any kind of finance course, this article will provide helpful in making your decision.
In terms of finance training, a long-distance or distance-education course could fit in perfectly with the type of person who would be attending the course. People needing or wanting to take courses in finance are often tied up with either owning their own business or in another time-consuming job that means they have prior commitments to remaining in their location. In addition to this, many people may want to do finance courses as a refresher or as a means to ask for a promotion, but because the subject of finance is so broad, the specific course they want could be located too far from their current location for them to feasibly complete it in person. Another benefit of distance education for finance is that often the complexity of the issues discussed requires a certain amount of clarification and one-on-one time with the tutor. It is often easier in these cases to pose a question in email form and get a tailored and personalised answer than to raise the question in front of a class and perhaps not be satisfied with the answer.
Having said this, some people work better face-to-face, and may need a conversational setting in order to grasp difficult concepts. People who may have trouble focusing or problems with procrastination may also find distance education in finance challenging as the concepts are complex and require regular work rather than sporadic or inconsistent efforts. Someone learning long distance may not realise that by ‘slacking off’ for a few weeks they have failed to grasp a key concept that will help them further down the line.
A Personal Choice
At the end of the day, because there are so many pros and cons to distance education in finance training, the decision really must rest on a few key factors. The first factor is the type of course that would be most beneficial to your situation. Where the course is located and whether you’re able to attend in person will obviously have a great effect on your decision, The other thing to take into consideration is your personal learning style. If you work better face-to-face then you’re likely to achieve better results in this setting, whereas if you find that you have more confidence working independently and maintaining email relationships with tutors then your results would obviously improve in that forum. Ultimately, knowing yourself and knowing what you want out of your course will help you make the right decision.