Distance Learning - What students like about it:

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Individual support

For me studying online is perfect: No overcrowded lecture halls but individual feedback to keep me focused in my studies

Jake
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Easy Access

Starting an online programmes is literally just clicks away; no need to be physically present at all!

Edward
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Raise in status

Suddenly, my boss looks at me in a different way. Even my salary increased!

Maria
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Psychological an biological factors influencing your study results

There are plenty of factors influencing your learning process either in a positive or a negative way. In addition to what is already determined by your genes, according to various sources the following biological and psychological factors play an important role.

Biological factors

  • Nutrition is essential for organs to develop (building material), but also to let it operate (fuel). On average, as much as 25% of all energy a human daily takes in with ones food goes directly to the brains. At those moments when the brain goes through major developments such as during childhood and adolescence this percentage may increase to 65%.
  • Caffeine is one of the most consumed psychoactive substances around the world. Caffeine is not bad for health, some researchers even show positive effects. Caffeine appears to reduce fatigue. And in this way also has an indirect effect on learning. Regarding cognitive function, caffeine has an effect on reaction time. Some studies also show a positive effect on long-term memory.
  • Sport is healthy, as more and more research shows. For example, sport ensures that certain substances in the body are released, which have a significant effect on the brains. These compounds support brain functions and increase the ability to learn and perform. Research has shown that elderly people who on a daily basis have a medium to heavy physical effort of at least 30 minutes have a better cognitive performance than people who do not.
  • Sleep is a biological factor that can affect the learning performance of people. In particular, too little sleep has a major impact. It leads to memory and concentration problems, people have more difficulty responding flexibly to new situations and there is a stronger response to emotionally negative stimuli.

Psychological factors

  • Learning strategy: everyone has their own preference for a strategy to learn and study. Some prefer to make a summary, others highlight or underline important text, and read the same text several times. But the preference that someone follows is not always the most effective strategy. There is a distinction between learning strategies at a superficial level, and at a deeper level. Learning through repetition is an example of learning at a superficial level. Learning at a deeper level involves, for example, the ability to determine important information and make connections between certain concepts. Learning at a deeper level has proven to be a better predictor for successful learning in the long term than on a superficial level.
  • Self-regulating capacity has a positive relationship with academic achievement. When someone has a large self-regulating capacity, he / she is well able to orient, plan, monitor and adapt his / her behaviour or learning processes and strategies during learning tasks.
  • In addition it also appears that self-directed learning has a positive correlation with academic success. Such a person is able to assess his / her own learning needs, establish personal goals, take decisions about which learning strategies to use and is able to assess the outcomes.
  • The literature shows a positive correlation between self-esteem and academic achievement, but it is not clear which way this effect works. The assumption is that the higher your self-esteem, the better you perform in school. But it is also possible that the effect works the other way around: the better you perform in school, the higher your self-esteem is as a result.
  • A factor which generally has a negative influence on the study-success rate is fear of failure.
  • Self-efficacy is a term used in education to indicate whether a person believes he or she is able to successful complete courses or certain specific tasks. Multiple studies have shown that there is a positive correlation between self-efficacy and academic performance actually achieved. Someone with as a high self-efficacy for English writing, strongly believes that he or she is well able to write an English text and as a result will get a good grade for an English writing assignment.
  • Someone with a persistence to study from an intrinsic motivation (internal drive by person self to study) will in the long term perform better than someone with persistence from an extrinsic motivation (i.e. showing behaviour because of a certain reward).

Universities in the spotlight

Ferris State University

Big Rapids, United States

Ferris State University is nationally known for excellence in combining career-oriented and general education in more than 170 degree-programs through nine academic colleges. This mid-sized university offers degrees unique within Michigan in such areas as health-care, business and technology. The University's 16:1 student-to-faculty ratio assures personal attention in the classroom and laboratory. Students have regular contact with faculty members, not teaching assistants, highlights the priority Ferris places on personalized learning. Founded in 1884 by educator and U.S. Senator Woodbridge N. Ferris, the University's mission is to be a national leader in career-oriented technological and professional education.

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University of Newcastle

Newcastle, Australia

Built on the principles of equity, excellence and engagement, the University of Newcastle has a reputation as a world-class institution making an impact within its own region, throughout Australia and across the globe. Our research is world-class and diverse. Our degree programs are internationally recognised and our partnerships and collaborations drive innovation. Our alumni are leaders and our students are preparing to make a difference in the world. We are ranked in the top three per cent of universities world-wide and we have not yet turned 50.

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Kingston University - Distance Learning

Kingston University

London, United Kingdom

The Distance Learning MBA (DLMBA) from Kingston Business School will help you to take ownership of your career. This innovative course is designed to be both academically rigorous as well as immediately applicable to real-life business situations. Accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA), this stamp of approval means your MBA is highly valued anywhere in the world. Delivered in a flexible format, the Distance Learning MBA will inspire you to make a difference to your personal and working life.

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Brighton School of Business and Management

Brighton, United Kingdom

We are a self-study online distance learning College specialising in Management and Business qualifications. All courses are completely online and classroom attendance is not required. All our qualifications are UK accredited and are accepted as entry qualifications for higher level courses. All our students are provided with support and contact with a UK tutor. We provide flexible start dates with students starting courses every Monday. Flexible payment plans for fees are also available. Our Management and Business Qualifications have the same status as those studied at University.

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Sustainability Management School (SUMAS)

Gland, Switzerland

SUMAS successfully delivers to its students’ traditional business programs as well as innovative and specialized Bachelor and Master Programs based on managerial practices. To ensure your future success, while providing unique and specialized programs, SUMAS also guarantees that you receive the relevant professional and entrepreneurial skills, through networking and hands-on collaboration with corporate partners.

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