QUIZ | After matric, should you choose contact or distance learning?

Both methods of learning hold benefits, but it can be tricky to choose between them

If you're a self-motivated student, distance learning can be a great way to achieve your goals.
If you're a self-motivated student, distance learning can be a great way to achieve your goals.
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It has been a year since the news broke of the seriousness of the Covid-19 pandemic. By March 26 2020, SA was in full lockdown. 

Teaching staff at campuses across the country had to find new ways to continue activities that had previously been held in person, in what is known as contact learning. They had to adapt group projects for the online space and use new technologies to help their students, all while grappling with a global health crisis. 

For those involved in distance learning, however, it was business as usual. Course work and teaching remained relatively unaffected and, in fact, as more people shifted their lives onto the internet during lockdown, they also enrolled in online courses in higher numbers.

Stadio Higher Education is an expert in both distance and contact learning. Its students use state-of-the-art virtual learning channels where all learning material is shared. They can easily engage their peers and get help from their lecturers. 

But which mode of learning is the best for you? Take our quiz to find out:

1. Do you:

a) enjoy the energy of being around people according to a timetable, or
b) enjoy your own space and freedom with your time?

2. Do you:

a) have a solid internet connection (Wi-Fi or data), or
b) have transport to and accommodation near a campus?

3. Do you:

a) have the self-discipline and strong internal motivation to study, or
b) need motivation from your fellow students and lecturers to study?

4. Do you:

a) currently work or want to take up a job, or
b) have time to study full-time?

5. Do you:

a) value affordability and convenience, or 
b) value world-class facilities and face-to-face interactions (with masks, of course)?

Scroll down to grade your answers.

Your answers

Mostly As: If you've chosen mostly As, distance learning is a great option for you. You value time, money and convenience without compromising on quality.

Mostly Bs: If you've chosen mostly Bs, you should consider contact learning. You benefit from being around people and learning through tactile methods, and you want the full experience of campus life.

You do you! To choose education your way, apply now.

How to apply

Click here to apply if you know what you’d like to study, or find out more here if you’re still not sure about a study direction.

Need more help? Click here.

At Stadio, an engaged student is a successful student. Whether you choose distance learning or contact learning, you will be supported to give your best to help you achieve your goals. 

You can expect vibrant teaching on relevant and innovative topics by expert lecturers. They focus on disciplined learning, develop your skills and create networks that prepare you for the changing world of work.  

However, your holistic development is also important, and Stadio inculcates the values of social consciousness and responsible citizenship in its graduates.

To speak to a Stadio student adviser, call 087 158 5000 or e-mail  

Stadio is registered with the department of higher education & training as a private higher education institution under the Higher Education Act, 1997; registration number 2008/HE07/004.

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This article was paid for by Stadio.