Is a GCSE course in maths or English via distance learning right for you?

A GCSE course in maths or English via distance learning could be right for you if you want to gain a qualification while keeping up with your existing commitments - like a full time job or child care. Distance learning allows you to log on and study when and where you choose to, and you can plan your studies around your existing lifestlye so that you can gain a GCSE qualification while maintaining your source of income. However, distance learning isn't for everyone. Here are a few tips to help you decide if it could be right for you...

  • You need to be able to dedicate adequate time to studying for your maths or English GCSE. If you're on a year long course, you should spend a minimum of eight hours per week studying.
  • An online tutor can help you plan your pace of study, but you need to keep yourself be organised. With distance learning, no one will plan your workload for you - you need to plan carefully and ensure that all necessary work and coursework is completed on time.
  • You need to be dedicated. Without a strong desire to complete the course and pass the exam, it's very difficult to succeed.
  • You don't need to own a computer, but you do need regular access to a computer with an internet connection (for example, at a local library).
  • You need to be self disciplined. It can be difficult to study when you're surrounded by all the distractions of your home life. Self discipline is needed to ensure that you get the necessary work done.


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