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How to study finance at home

29 April 2021

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If you’re keen to embark upon a new career in financial advice or mortgage advice, you’ll first need to study for the necessary qualification. 

You could travel to a training centre for a course or look for finance education evening classes that will fit in around your working hours. However it is also possible to study finance online, either through self-paced study or through scheduled live webinars.

In this blog post, we’ll take a look at the type of online finance courses you can study from home and what is involved in a home study course. We’ll also give you some simple tips to help you get ready to study online.

What courses can I study at home?

All of Simply Academy’s range of online finance courses can now be studied from home as well as from our training centres in city centre locations nationwide.

This includes CeMAP (Certificate in Mortgage Advice and Practice) which is the benchmark FCA-approved qualification for aspiring Mortgage Advisers. Once you hold this qualification, you can also study CeRER (Certificate in Regulated Equity Release) from home, allowing you to add Equity Release advice to your portfolio of services.

You can also study the Diploma for Financial Advisers (DipFA) qualification from home and passing this course will qualify you to work as a Financial Adviser.

And our AdviserSkills course complements all of the above courses, helping you to develop the soft skills that you will need for a successful career in Financial Services.

What is involved in home study?

Our Live Webinar courses combine the structure of traditional classroom study with the freedom to study from your chosen location. Our experienced tutors deliver the course through scheduled webinars, and our small class sizes mean that you can easily interact with both your tutor and fellow students. 

The webinars are all recorded so you can rewatch them at any time to catch up on any sections you may have missed or to consolidate your learning. You’ll also receive high quality course materials which make learning simple and provide a great point of reference when you want to revisit the course.

You can study CeMAP, CeRER, DipFA and AdviserSkills via Live Webinar.

On the other hand, if you want CeMAP training that allows you to study at your own pace and at times that suit you, our self-paced e-learning course is ideal. You’ll receive 12 months’ online access to the same high quality course materials that our classroom and webinar students use. Our online study portal is iPad and tablet-friendly which means that you can study wherever and whenever you choose. 

You’ll be assigned your own personal tutor to help guide you through your studies, as well as access to our online helpdesk where our experienced tutors are ready to answer your queries. And online FAQs and a mock exam will help you prepare to take your CeMAP exams.

How to study at home

Once you’ve booked your home study finance course, you may be feeling a little apprehensive about starting your studies. Here are a few tips to help you get ready to study at home.

Establish a study area

It can be hard to set aside a dedicated space for your studies, but you are likely to be more productive if you’re sitting at a desk or table rather than trying to study from your bed or sofa.

Before you start a study session, clear your study space and make sure that you have everything that you will need close at hand. This may include your laptop and charger, course materials, stationery and a drink.

Plan your study time

It’s all too easy to put your study off until another day, especially if you’re tired at the end of the working day. So it’s really important to schedule your study sessions if you want to make your home study a success. 

Set a realistic schedule for when you will be able to study and then try to make sure that you stick to it. If you really don’t feel like studying, try committing to just doing 30 minutes or so. Once you get into the swing of things, you’ll probably find that you’re able to complete your scheduled session.

Give yourself rewards

As well as planning study sessions, it’s also a good idea to plan small rewards for when you complete blocks of study. This doesn’t need to be anything big, but it can really help to keep your motivation levels up.

And try to keep in mind why you are doing this course. Reminding yourself of your ultimate goal will help to drive you towards the finish line.

Ask for support when you need it

It’s really important to ask for support if you run into difficulties or don’t understand something on your course. 

Every Simply Academy student has access to their own personal tutor as well as the experienced and friendly staff on our helpdesk. They are all ready to answer your queries and help you on your way to achieving your qualification.

If you have any queries on how to study finance at home, choosing from our range of online finance courses or the best study option for you, you can email us or call Freephone 0808 208 0002.

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