How to Make Higher Education Work For You

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Higher Education

Are you looking to extend your learning in 2018?

When today’s guest author wanted to contribute a post about higher education, I initially had concerns.

After all, posts on this blog normally are about blogging.

Then I realized bloggers are life-long learners.

Then I realized, people, in general, are life-long learners.

Bloggers are constantly learning new tips to share with their readers such as new technologies and methods in their niche.

Many people return to school after years away to pursue higher education even in midlife.

Today’s guest author will explain how to make higher education work for you.

Making Higher Education Work For You

Higher education can be an extremely appealing option for so many people. Individuals who are considering pursuing higher education generally fall into one of two categories.

There are those who simply want a qualification to add to their resume, and then there are those who want to continue their studies for the love of the subject.

Either way, these people immerse themselves in an experience that significantly expands their knowledge or understanding of their given area of study. Not only will you leave with a certificate, but you will have a vast amount of knowledge that can be put to good use both in your day to day life and your chosen career.

However, it’s important to remember that higher education is a huge commitment for anyone. Not only is it costly, but you’re going to have to invest a fair amount of time and effort in it too. So, if you want to participate in higher education but are struggling to find a way to fit it into your lifestyle, don’t worry. Here are a few ways to make it work for you.

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Study Online

When people think of higher education, they think of having to attend university campuses, spending their days floating between lectures, seminars, presentations, study groups, and the library. One reason that people turn away from studies is that they already have too many responsibilities in their day to day life.

These activities alongside the commute between the campus and home can prove extremely time-consuming. If you already have a job, or small children to look after, it would seem pretty impossible to keep everything running smoothly at once.

Luckily, things now are a lot easier than they would have been just a decade ago. The internet has brought a whole lot of convenience and ease to the world, and higher education has capitalized on this too!

Consider some of the online courses that are available to you. These make learning flexible, as you can fit your studies around your current lifestyle. If you are busy in the days, you can study in the evenings. It’s as simple as that. Take a look at distance learning business management as an example. You can achieve this degree without so much as stepping foot in a classroom!

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Apply for Scholarships

Another worry that comes hand in hand with higher education is the costs. Sure, you might be able to get loans, but you’re going to have to pay these back at some point, and many of us are hesitant to lumber ourselves with tens of thousands of pounds worth of debt, regardless of the outcomes or opportunities that arise out of having a degree.

But the good news is that universities have various schemes in place to help those who can’t quite afford tuition and maintenance fees. Bursaries and scholarships are sums of money provided by universities or third parties that don’t need to be paid back. Take a look at what’s available at different institutions and apply for them!

While there are facets of education that can be off-putting for would-be students, there are usually ways around them. You just have to be determined and proactive!

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  1. Esther Diaz

    As for this 2018, I’m planning to study through online. Hopefully, I’m more productive and motivated next year. Anyways, thank you for sharing this. 🙂

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Esther,
      I genuinely appreciate your compliments on my education article. Thanks for writing to tell me you enjoyed my publication. Good luck with your studies.

  2. Moss

    Hi Janice,

    Great article again. The concept of going to university campus for a higher education, as you pointed out is one of the many reasons why many developed a cold feet on higher education.

    But with these simple and effective tips on this article, it’s a lot easier to get your degree through online studies.

    For example, I lived and worked in South Korea for 5 years, during those years I began studying online, and before I knew it some of my friends who said the idea of an online education isn’t real, began studying as well.

    The point is, technology has made things a lot easier for everyone.

    Thank you Janice!

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Moss,
      I went back for my Master’s Degree after my daughters grew up. I liked attending school in person but it was right near my work. I liked the camaraderie with the students and the in-person support. For people with young children who are housebound, it’s a dream come true.
      Thanks for writing.

  3. Rohan

    Hello Janice, Very informative as usual, thank you a lot This will really going to help me with my higher studies. keep sharing more on this.

  4. Mark Larcy

    Great article. Technology has indeed been a great enabler. Today, anyone can start learning anything he/she wishes, right from their homes. Age does not matter anymore – anyone can learn at any age, provided only that they have the desire to really go ahead and achieve it. Higher education is important – because it enhances our knowledge and in that process, changes our perspective of things.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Mark,
      I agree. I received my Masters in person but took summer school online in midage. As you said, people can go to school at any age thanks to the internet. I would have responded sooner but your comment ended up in spam.

    • Christian education

      Some schools, especially at the higher levels, also offer optional or required courses in tech-based subjects, such as computer science, programming, robotics, and graphic design.

  5. Leena Madan

    It might be too late. The push for higher graduation rates has already been implemented at the high school level. This was done over the last few decades. The results are obvious. Very high graduation rates, but students, on average, don’t seem to know as much or be able to do as much. In particular, the basic math skills of the average student seem quite poor. I also don’t think that the obsession with standardized testing has helped either. It will be difficult to raise standards for higher education when it appears that secondary education standards have been lowered. I’m just trying to hold the line in terms of quality in my courses.

  6. john daniel

    I really liked your posting about this, and I’ve seen a few more like it recently – the best part about yours is, it’s very informative and useful and full of good information without a bunch of usless rants and BS!

    I’ll be sure to give this URL to some friends

    Thanks Again

  7. MIMIT

    i also start learning online. it is so beneficial and cheap way to learn anything.

  8. Rohini Rai

    Very well written… Even i have done research on about the problems of children not pursuing higher education in India..

    Great information.

    • Janice Wald

      Can they take classes online? Kids love to use computers.

  9. eric elikplim

    Great post Janice. Going back to the university for high education is kind of a big task for me. I think the solution would be taking courses online.

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