Frequently Asked Questions

It’s been years since I studied anything. Will I cope?
Do I need to attend classes?

When can I enrol?

How do I sign up?
How do I pay for the course?
Why do some of your course have set start and finishing dates?
How do I get my course material?
What will happen if I miss a week due to work or other reasons?
Will I get a certificate at the end of the course?
Will I thrive in your courses?
Who will not thrive?

It’s been years since I studied anything. Will I cope?

You certainly will. Adults learn best when they actually apply new information and materials and exchange ongoing feedback with others about their experiences.

But just in case, we also give you access to material and articles on improving your study methods; reading and comprehension skills; how to form your own study group; how to set study goals and how to avoid procrastination.

Do I need to attend classes?

No, all our courses are distance learning (e-learning) courses. This means that you can do them from anywhere in the world. Some courses do have voluntary chat rooms. You need to be online at the same time as your fellow students to participate. Attending chats is a social activity and therefore not compulsory.

When can I enroll?

You can enroll right now in most courses.

To enhance your learning experience you can also be part of a small group of people who all share your interest.

This makes for a very unique and valuable learning experience. You immediately get the benefit of not being alone. Your facilitator is there to help and you can learn from the experiences of your ‘class mates’ as well.

How do I sign up?

Simply go to the Sign up page and follow the instructions

how do I pay for the course?

Simply go to the Sign up page and follow the instructions

Why do your courses have set start and finishing dates?

There are three reasons for this. All have to do with giving you the best learning experience possible.

The first is that this enables us to appoint a course facilitator (or tutor if you like) to help you with the material should you encounter problems.

Next is that you and your fellow learners (or class mates if you like) will all be at more or less the same point in the course which means that you can use the forums to learn from and help each other.

Lastly is that research has shown that you are more likely to complete a course if it has definite start and completion dates.

How do I get my course material?

Your course manual(s) is in Adobe pdf format which you download from the Online Learning Centre and print for offline studying. Some courses also have additional resources and learning material in the form of web pages, e-books and offline publications.

What will happen if I miss a week due to work or other reasons?

We know that our students are busy and have other demands on their time. Our courses are therefore designed to be as flexible as possible. As long as you communicate with your course facilitator and are prepared to do some catching-up, you can safely miss out a week.

Will I receive a certificate when I complete the course?

If applicable a certificate of completion from the Organic Health Institue is given upon completion.

Will I thrive in your courses?

Distance Learning has emerged in the last decade as a major delivery method of education, losing the previous stigma attached to “Correspondence Course” education.

This method of learning suits the needs of millions of people who are highly motivated to learn, but cannot leave their localities to obtain the education they want.

It is especially well-suited to the study of herbology and optimum nutrition.

You will thrive in our nuts-and-bolts courses if you:

  • Wish to master the key concepts, principles, practices and terms of herbology.
  • Have limited time and/or money.
  • Are unable to attend classes, or are geographically remote from classes.
  • Prefer to manage and schedule your own learning experience.
  • Prefer highly practical results from programs.
  • Can see the value of self-directed, ‘home-schooled’ learning with the support of peers and a knowledgeable facilitator in an atmosphere of trust.
  • Understand that in learning you don’t always get what you pay for but you get out what you put in.
  • Have a sense of adventure about new experiences and the patience for learning new ways of doing things and taking care of yourself and your family.

Who will not thrive?

Perhaps the best way to convey the nature of people who won’t thrive in our courses is to point out certain myths about learning many of us have come to believe over the years.

Our courses won’t appeal to you if you believe (consciously or unconsciously ) that:

  • The prettier the content and materials, the more valid the learning must be.
  • The more expensive the course, the more the learning that will be accomplished (the fallacy of ‘executive-level’ pricing).
  • The more physical books and binders in the course, the more the learning in the course.
  • Program certification and diplomas represent guaranteed learning that was accomplished by participants in the course.
  • Learning occurs primarily in a classroom.
  • Educators can always manage your learning better than you can yourself.

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