Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Home School College

These questions often pop up every time people ask me the type of schooling I do. So I decided to make a write up about it.
I do Home-school education. Some call it distance learning or correspondence with PENN FOSTER COLLEGE

Really? Going to school at home?
Yup! Going to school at home!

How does it work?
Once enrolled Penn Foster sends your materials at home via DHL. Some books can be downloaded through your Penn Foster account via E-book. Exams can be submitted in 2 ways. First, you can use snail mail or you can use the Internet. Either way is okay. For convenience I use the Internet. Right after clicking the submit button I can immediately results of that test. At a glance I can see my lesson average, monitor my progress, check my payments, see school bulletins and announcements.
You Study at your own pace. No competition! If you decide to study at 3am, No problem! If you want to study for just an hour of two, that's fine! Distance learning is designed to fit and adjust to your schedule. The best thing about it is YOU'RE IN CONTROL OF YOUR OWN TIME!

What's the difference between HOME SCHOOL COLLEGE and going to a regular SCHOOL?
These are the benefits I am experiencing while doing Home Study.
  1. No FARE or GAS expense
  2. No BOARD and LODGING expense
  3. You’ll save good money on Food Expense!
  4. NO AGE LIMIT! You can be 17 or 71 to enroll. As long as you’re willing to put time and effort into it.
So with these reasons alone, I was convinced to enroll myself with this kind of education. On a personal level, it’s really more economical. And I can use the saved resources for other needs and activities. Like travel, sports, etc. while doing my course. That’s the beauty of it, you can be anywhere in the world while studying.
Some ask, how about your social life?
I know I had to sacrifice the social life of college. But I can still see friends anytime of the week. I meet other people through other social activities.

What kind of certificate do I receive once complete?
You will receive an ASSOCIATE DEGREE. (Click on the link to read more about it.)

Why do I prefer this?
This is my opinion based on experience. Since this is my blog, I can write anything I want! (haha!)

Home school has helped me push myself to do more than what I’m required to. Since there is no one physically watching me, I have no choice but to push myself. Cause If I don’t, I won’t be able to complete the course and I’d only waste resources. I’ve learned to persevere through my studies.
I remember asking my instructor about memorization of terms and formulas for exams. She replied “Don’t worry, exams are open notes. We don’t push for memorization, we push for understanding.”

I’m writing this as an option to for high school students, for people who want to continue their education but can’t seem to leave work due to current responsibilities, for people who want extra credentials for their resume in the future, for people who want to make their time productive and achieve something in the end.
Ecclesiastes 1:13 says “I devoted myself to study and to explore by wisdom all that is done under heaven. What a heavy burden God has laid on men.”

Even King Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, studied!

I hope this helps.

Other links below:
Pros and Cons
Pennfoster Career Programs
About PennFoster College