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Common Post-Secondary Education Terms

There are many terms used to describe different aspects of post-secondary education. Some important terms to know are listed below:

 

 

Distance EducationDistance Education<p>Distance education is often described as "self-directed" learning. Distance education courses / programs mean that students do not attend classes on campus. The work is completed from their own home. Students may have a textbook, but a fair amount of the material is provided electronically and work is submitted through mail, email or an online system. You do not have face-to-face interactions with other students or your professors. This type of learning requires discipline and self-motivation. </p><p>The flexible schedule of distance education means you may be able to continue working while studying.  Distance education programs and courses may be able to help you upgrade your skills or change careers while still working.</p><p>​</p>
Mature StudentMature Student<p>A mature student refers to someone who has been out of high school for at least one year when they apply to enrol in a college or university.  The evaluation process is different for mature students than for students who apply right out of high school. The application process for mature students takes in to account the many life lessons adults have had.​</p>
Course CalendarCourse Calendar<p>A course calendar is a detailed description of the different courses offered at a university or college.  It outlines the different types of courses a student is required to complete in order to obtain their certificate, diploma or degree. You can get a course calendar directly from the school you are interested in.  They are often available on the school's website. Your local library will also have copies of course calendars.​</p>
Full-Time and Part-Time StudiesFull-Time and Part-Time Studies<p>Student's course loads are either described as "full-time" or "part-time." Studying full-time allows you to finish the program requirements at a faster pace. Studying part-time offers more flexibility to balance your studies with other life priorities, such as work and family.​</p>