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How To Know When And What To Study

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Is it time to study further? Should you study straight after high school or get some life experience first?

How To Know When And What To Study

When and where you choose to study further can make a world of difference to your academic experience and results.

The high drop rates in universities reveal that students are often unprepared for the demands of a higher education.

The video "What is a higher education" helps prospective students understand their options and the expectations associated with student life.

Where should I study?

The are now more options than ever before to get a higher education. You can study at a university, a public college, a private institution or via online courses. Remember that "no two universities or colleges are the same."

Are you looking for specialist training? This need could narrow down your options. Specialist institutions like medical training centres are often situated close to the field of work.

Take a look at where the college or university is located.

Based on this information you will need to decide whether to live on campus or commute from home during the course of your study programme.

"In the majority of cases first-year students are guaranteed accommodation located on site."

This decision is an important one as it can have a huge impact on your finances, time, productivity and independence.

When should I study

Most students decide to further their education immediately after high school. But this is not the case for everybody and is certainly not the right choice for every person.

You can choose to study "either at 18 when you leave school, after a gap year or two, or you can come back to it later in life".

Their are advantages and disadvantages no matter when you decide to take the plunge.

Young students have fewer responsibilities and more time to study but tend to struggle with subject choices and the distractions of student life.

On the contrary older students know what they want and demonstrate a high level of commitment to their academics, but balancing family and work obligations can prove to be extremely challenging.

Perhaps what matters most is not when you study, but your level of determination to see it through once you start.

What should I study

"You can choose to study something you know you already enjoy." For instance if you have a special interest in accounting or business, it might be a good idea to pursue a BCom degree.

This kind of degree is a typical choice for Grade 12 students entering the higher education sector who want a starting point for their careers.

However if you have a bit more life experience you might decide to study a topic that is relevant to your current career or future plans.

Most degree courses are 3 years. Whatever the length, you should be prepared to commit to your academic programme for the entire duration.

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