8 Jan, 2023 - 5 min read

How to fit learning into your busy life

Thinking about learning something new? Our flexible courses make it easier to fit learning into a busy schedule.

Learning is for life. At academyEX we believe you should be able to learn at any point in your career, to get skills that keep you moving ahead and feeling capable and confident.

That is why we design all our courses to be flexible and practical - to fit in with work, balance it with home life and be accessible wherever you are.

The best of both worlds - online and personal

Online learning has become a popular choice for upskilling in recent years. But there’s a big difference between absorbing new information and engaging with it. 

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are called massive for a reason - there’s no limit on the number of people learning at any one time. That can leave you alone in your learning journey, because while you can pace your learning, there’s not always someone to bounce your ideas or discuss your thinking with. Plus course facilitators find it almost impossible to be available to support all the learners.

At academyEX we think learning is done better together. We run our postgraduate programmes as intakes with limited places, which means you join and progress with your cohort. 

Whether it’s a micro-credential or a masters, programmes are structured with a mix of self-paced, self-directed online learning and regular class sessions. 

We call this blended learning and it’s a great way to get the most out of your study. Online learning makes it easy to fit with your schedule while class sessions provide time for engaging conversations with your peers and industry experts.

The class sessions will become a highlight of your learning and the connections you make may last well beyond your programme.

Understand more with flipped learning

Everyone has different schedules and learns in different ways. Some of us are morning people, others do better in the evenings.  To make it work for you, we use a flipped learning model.

When you’re learning something new, like contemporary leadership models, resources such as articles, videos and podcasts are available online through our learning management system  to explore before a class session. That gives you time to digest, to think critically and search out more resources if you’re really keen. Then, when you come to the class session, everyone has a foundational understanding and the discussion can build upon that.

What you get is deeper engagement, an enriched learning experience and space for you to bring your thoughts to the group.

Part-time learning for full time change

It’s a busy world and the demands on our time are real. But the busyness shouldn’t get in the way of what you want to know and where you want to go. 

That’s why all our programmes are part-time. We’ve designed them to fit in alongside a full time job yet be challenging enough to extend you. The skills and knowledge you gain are practical too, so you can learn one day and apply the next. That gives you the opportunity to test and get real time feedback on new approaches and ideas.

There’s no better way to learn than to try it out and see how it works in your workplace, with your team or for you.

Share and learn for broader knowledge

Postgraduate learning often brings people together who already have enjoyed life and career experience. You may be learning new ideas but what you’ve done before still counts for a lot.

At academyEX we go to great lengths to encourage reciprocal learning. We have facilitators, not lecturers or teachers, who bring experience and knowledge, but also appreciate what you have to bring to the group.

We build in plenty of opportunities to contribute, to collaborate and to share stories with one another. The outcome is that every cohort across every one of our programmes has a unique experience. 

Make time to get more out of the future

At times it may feel like you can’t possibly fit another thing into your busy life. But you’ll be surprised at how learning actually frees you up, especially when it’s about building capabilities in future focused topics like we offer at academyEX.

So take time to learn today and get more control over your tomorrow.