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USA based student Sophie was reticent to study online, but realising she needed a degree to progress her career decided to take action. Sophie has not looked back and is very proud of finally accomplishing what she’s been meaning to do for many years.
Having a BA Honours Degree will enable me to apply for teacher training in the future. Currently, I am temporarily living in the United States where a BA degree is a minimum requirement for most positions in the education sector and therefore having a degree will hopefully increase job opportunities whilst I’m here.
I am very proud of myself for finally accomplishing what I have been meaning to do for many years and it has given me the confidence to undertake further study in the future.
Dispelling worries about online learning
One of my key worries before starting this course was whether I would feel alone, but the support and guidance is there – it’s just delivered electronically rather than face to face. I made time to regularly check Canvas and contribute where I could, and this helped me to feel more connected. The online platform (Canvas) is fantastic as you can engage in online dialogue, conferences and message one another directly. If I didn’t understand something or felt like I needed support I’d ask.
A chance to explore your strengths
The modules were interesting and thought-provoking, some of the tasks allowed for creativity and there was some freedom to select topics of specific interest or relevance to you as an individual. Being able to research what interests you makes studying much more enjoyable. Although there were traditional written assignments to complete, we had the opportunity to be more creative. I was able to focus on the topic of literacy in my Undergraduate Major Project. This is an area I am passionate about and would like to work within in the future.
Go for it!
I would advise anyone considering studying here to go for it! Don’t put it off for as long as I did. I was so fearful about online learning that I deferred studying year after year. My concerns were quickly allayed by my first tutor when I began this course – the tutors understand the challenges and do what they can to help and support you on your journey. The online library is also great – there was no shortage of online books, journal articles and other resources. I am very proud of myself for finally accomplishing what I have been meaning to do for many years and it has given me the confidence to undertake further study in the future.
Top tips for students considering online learning
Create a timetable – set aside time each week to read, plan assignments and keep updated with Canvas. If possible, study in a place where it’s quiet and conducive to studying.
When an assignment is set, it might be helpful to make a mind-map with your initial thoughts and ideas in response to the assignment title.
For me personally, I preferred to set more time aside during the week rather than rely on weekends and that way I could still enjoy my weekend time and relax. Balance is important. I also selected the part-time option to undertake this course, which allowed me to focus on one module at a time.
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I’m impressed with the support I’ve received during my foundation degree. For this reason, and to fulfil my aspirations of becoming a teacher, I have chosen ARU to extend my studies.
Discover your strengths
My course has given me the skills and confidence to make changes and improvements in my place of work.