If you’ve ever thought about pursuing further study, but find it hard to juggle household commitments and motherhood with attending classes on campus, studying online may be the answer. Online learning differs from traditional classroom settings and offers you the flexibility to study at your own pace and in your own space. It’s perfect for the busy mum who wants to add education to the mix of her already competing priorities.

Flexibility & convenience

One of the major benefits of online learning is the flexibility it offers mums. You won’t need to attend classes on-campus according to a fixed schedule.  Studying online offers you the convenience of learning from home at whatever time suits your hectic schedule. As long as you have access to a computer and an Internet connection, you can study at any time or place you choose.

Independent learning

For mums who may not have the same kind of time to dedicate to their education, studying online offers independent learning. Online learning suits mums who don’t require a highly structured, classroom setting to keep up with their studies – you can fit your study around your daily schedule.

Job-ready skills

If you’re looking to up-skill or refresh your work skills, online learning allows you the flexibility to do it while juggling your other commitments. The online learning experience even allows you to get qualified while you’re on maternity leave or parental leave, so you will have the credentials to find a relevant job when you’re ready to return to work.

On-going support

Contrary to popular belief, online learning does provide you the same support as on-campus students. You have one-on-one teacher support available, you can attend virtual lectures or partake in online discussions with fellow students. Online learning is very interactive and you will feel part of a supportive environment.

Is Online Learning the Right Choice for Me?

I chose Online study not only because I live well out of Melbourne city but most importantly so that I could balance study with other priorities. As a single mother of two teenage children my schedule is already very busy. Additionally I have an elderly father whom I am the primary carer for. It is not easy juggling everything but Online study provides me with the flexibility to fit it in and around existing commitments.”- Tracey Kelly, Online Advanced Diploma of Management Student, Martin College.

Online Learning at Martin College

Martin College offers a number of online courses ideal for busy mums available via the online platform, Study Smart, where you have the flexibility to learn at your own pace as well as seek support from staff and fellow students. Visit the Martin College Online Learning page or watch the Martin College Online Learning video to find out more about online learning.




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  • It’s much easier to do it this way but you still have to be really organised and disciplined!


  • Don’t complain! Studying online, at home with your kids….has got to be easier then travelling to school, finding childcare etc


  • Its very good knowledge to know! Thanks for sharing this article!


  • Online learning makes the best of the time and other resources availble to you.


  • Interesting article. Would be difficult but we are lucky these days being able to study online and not always having to go to physical lectures etc. It sure cuts the travelling time down.


  • It is a hard juggle especially when you have the distractions of baby and home around you.


  • I tend to do the actual work while the kids are asleep


  • thankful I never had to presure my self that much to do both at the same time


  • Thank you for this useful article!


  • I found it easy to study while being a mum, but found at times I blocked the kids noise out


  • I’d like to study but there’s so many choices I can’t decide what to study.


  • I am about to start online study and am hoping I can juggle it all to get the qualification I really want.


  • Also, there are now free online classes from reputable schools which it suitable for moms who are unable to commit to year-long classes. These short-courses provides a good foundation to getting a degree and a good and fulfilling job.- Layce of Studygeek.org


  • thank you for sharing, im planning to stud again


  • thank you sharing this article good read


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