Self Improvement: Distance Learning

Thursday, June 11, 2020
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Lockdown has been stressful for everyone and I'm sure we've all had ups and downs over the past three or so months. However, I don't think it's all negative as we've seen community spirit bringing neighbours together, support for wonderful NHS workers and more free time for self care and self improvement. During lockdown I've had much more time as freelance work almost stopped completely so I've spent my time helping with jobs around the house, reading books I've wanted to read for a while and looking into distance learning. I've already started a couple of online courses online which I'm loving and it has helped me to have something to focus on and a goal to complete. 

Online Courses 
There are many courses to choose from online including university led courses and paid options to free short classes. As well as online options from larger companies and education centres, it is also a great idea to look into the local classes in your area that may offer courses online - a college in my area is offering online courses for free which I need to look into! 

Distance Learning Centre
Another option to look into is the Distance Learning Centre which is one of the longest establish centres for online and distance learning in the UK. They offer over 250 courses online which range from GCSE and A-Level courses to teacher assistant courses, marketing, wellness, psychology, human recourses and online IT training, along with many others. The courses range in difficulty, price and the time required to complete and all of the information you need is easily available and clearly displayed for each course. 

If you have the free time while we are still in lockdown (I personally won't be rushing out on Saturday when more services and shops open), I think it's a great idea for self improvement, for your career or for future job prospects to look into the current online distance learning courses. The Distance Learning Centre is a great place to start due to the wide range of courses available and the accredited certificates that accompany some of the courses. 

Studying At Home Tips 
I have been studying and working from home for years and I think I've amassed a few useful tips and tricks to help you focus at home, when you would probably rather watch Netflix! Whether you are still studying from home, working from home or taking part in distance learning classes, I hope some of these tips will help!

  • Schedule time for breaks and time to study 
  • Get dressed everyday (although comfy clothes are still required)
  • Make notes and lists to track thoughts and your progress
  • Write a to-do list every week with a list of goals to accomplish
  • Create a clutter free and dedicated study or work space

Have you tried any online courses or is it something you want to look into? 


  1. There are so many great online courses you can do xx

  2. I definitely want to look into online courses at some point. Lockdown has made me realise just how I much I want to do xx

    Tiffany x

  3. I've always wanted to get started on some online courses. I always struggle with making time for it.

  4. I did a semester of university online and it was a challenge, but worth it! I got to backpack around Australia but definitely struggled to stay motivated and on top of my studies.

  5. This is such a helpful post. I've looked into a couple of free courses to break myself back into learning gently and I've really enjoyed them.

  6. I've been focusing on revamping my Media Kit—although I'm keen to learn about nutrition x

  7. The study at home tips are fab! xx

  8. I enrolled in a couple of online courses at the start of lockdown but haven't had the time to get through them yet. I thinks it's so great that we have the option to do that kind of thing though x


  9. Now is definitely a good time to get involved in online learning

    Jasmine xx

  10. Now is the time. I’ve been thinking of doing some online courses myself while off.

  11. YOu have to be so disciplined to study at home - everything else becomes very important all of a sudden!
    Em x

  12. I've HATED distance learning - its been rubbish :(


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