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4 benefits of self-study

By Jana Angeles

Are you someone that considers themselves an independent learner? Do you enthuse in the idea of working autonomously and prefer this over working with others? You may be someone that could benefit from self-studying a course with Upskilled, where you'll get the opportunity to study an online qualification that has the potential to enhance your current skills and knowledge.

While others prefer structure to their learning with lectures and tutorials, some may want more control with how they use their time and would rather structure their study experience on their own terms.

What is self-study?

Self-study is the method where students learn outside of the classroom without direct supervision. This is where they get the opportunity to take control of their studies and choose when and where they learn. 

Students who generally undertake self-studying find it valuable because it gives them a chance to take learning into their own hands, searching for information they need to complete assessments and also finding resources that are supplementary when learning about key concepts.

So, what are the actual benefits that come with self-studying and how can one adopt this learning method? SkillsTalk explain the core benefits that come with self-studying and why it can be an effective way to upskill. 

What are the benefits of self-study?

  1. It encourages you to learn effectively.
  2. You learn at your own pace.
  3. An opportunity to strengthen problem-solving skills.
  4. You learn how to manage your time and priorities. 

1. It encourages you to learn effectively.

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Self-studying encourages independent learning and one of the perks of being able to undertake an online course is that it pushes you to complete the work at a time of your choosing. This method of learning also encourages you to do your own research and find information that can help you with your studies. 

Studying with an online course provider like Upskilled means that you'll get the opportunity to do your own research to complete your assessments, which can help you become a motivated and efficient learner as you'll be taking the reins when it comes to sourcing the answers. 

2. You learn at your own pace.

Ever wanted to completely focus on an assessment task but felt rushed because you had to meet a pressing deadline? One of the main benefits of self-studying is that you get to learn at your own pace. Similarly to the world of online learning, this also applies when you study an online course. 

While most courses with Upskilled have a general duration of 12 months, you get to pace yourself with your studies and complete assessments that suit your personal and work schedule. So, even in the event where you find yourself being unable to progress with your studies in one week, you'll have the opportunity to catch up again when your schedule frees up again. 

3. An opportunity to strengthen problem-solving skills.

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Self-studying promotes independence when it comes to your learning but it also pushes you to become a better problem-solver. When you're an independent learner, you're left to your own devices in terms of researching the information and finding resources that can help you complete work in a timely manner. While self-studying can be difficult if you cannot find the resources you need to complete assessments, you're not completely alone if you study with Upskilled. 

You'll receive support from a dedicated trainer and have a Student Support consultant checking in to see how you're progressing with your studies. Many of their alumni students say that access to these support services has been beneficial to their course, providing them with the momentum to progress with their studies and complete their qualification in a timely manner.

4. You learn how to manage your time and priorities. 

Self-studying requires you to thoughtfully plan ahead when it comes to your learning and in order to make it work, you need to know how to manage your time and prioritise. This type of learning is more self-directed and less reliant on having the guidance of someone else to do the work. 

Self-studying provides the opportunity for you to be self-motivated and persistent, helping you own your autonomy when it comes to your studies. For some, this may be difficult to do so the assistance of productivity apps could be useful. 

Self-study with Upskilled! 

If you want to be more autonomous when it comes to your learning and have an understanding on how to work around your personal and professional commitments, consider studying a course with Upskilled. 

With a range of courses in business, community services and IT, you'll have the flexibility of being able to study anytime, anywhere since all courses are delivered online. Get in touch with the Upskilled team on 1300 009 924 and enquire about a course to help kickstart your career goals. 
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