Studying has never been easy or cheap, but with today’s economy, it has become a herculean task for most people on the low end of the income pyramid. In an effort to save money, time and resources, and trying to juggle classes with working and family, some of you might turn to the Internet for help. Here are some tips on how to study online without murdering your wallet in the process.
If you aim to get a college degree or you just wish to take a particular class on a specific subject for personal or professional reasons, studying online has become a growing trend in the last few years. Online classes are offered more and more frequently by an expanding list of colleges and schools. According to a study by the Babson Survey Research Group, there has been a steady increase during the last nine years on this kind of education. Studying online saves you one of the biggest hurdles of having to actually go to class: the distance. If you are lucky, you might have your educational center within driving distance, or convenient to a public transport system. If not, the expense having to move out of town, state or even country for that desired education can turn it into an unachievable goal. With online classes however, all you need is a steady Internet connection, saving you money on gas or transportation, time, having to eat outside, and better off yet, getting up too early.
One of the benefits of studying online is the possibility of finding true goldmines of free resources. Blogs, fire-sharing sites, student forums and plenty of colleges and libraries offer their material to share with you, from textbooks online to videos, podcasts, audio material, tutorials and student’s very own notes. With a bit of research, you can find almost all the material you need to study without having to pay hundreds or even thousands of dollars on books and reading material.
Tutorials and Other Unofficial Courses
If your budget is very tight and not even online college is an option, don’t give up yet, there is hope for you. Plenty of public institutions and foundations offer free online courses to pick from, and they will give you an official diploma or certificate after completion so you can prove your accomplishments. On the other hand, if what you care about is learning per se, you can find resources almost everywhere. Tutorials on blogs, full courses, tips, eBooks, videos, graphs, free-source software; with all of this posted up on blogs, websites and specialized sites, you can build yourself your own personalized curriculum and learn exactly what you want, at your own pace, and be able to combine it with your other responsibilities. There might be no certification or diploma at the end of the year, but you can learn a set of impressive skills all the same and make yourself shine without spending a penny; and accomplishing that is pretty smart on its own.
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