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Academy for Distance Learning Blog - Our Blog is a resource for people looking for courses and information about our courses, education news, real learning stories, student sucess, discussion and anything of interest we can muster up!  

We'll be keeping this page updated with news, course information and real life student sucess stories.

However much a carer likes or loves the person being cared for, the emotional and physical demands of the role can be stressful. Sometimes, it is easy to forget that you, the carer, are important too.

Stress can cause damaging emotional and physical symptoms, and should be faced before it harms your health and makes you a less effective carer.

There is a lot of support available. You may need to ask for help – but pride can get in the way of doing so. Asking for help is not a sign of weakness – it is an acknowledgement of reality. If people do not realise the difficulties you face they may assume that all is well. And that you...

Many of us experience phobic reactions to certain things – fear of snakes, spiders or dogs are commonly known. Some of us have more obscure phobias, such as rubber bands or garden gnomes.  Phobias can create a range of social and personal challenges that can affect the daily living of a person who may be on high alert for the object of fear.

It is well known that unconscious or emotional learning takes place to keep us safe. In primitive conditions, when encountering something dangerous, the mind and body may create the optimum state for survival – a heightened ‘fight or flight’ reaction that readies the body for quick action.

Have you heard ofVeganuary? It’s a movement that encourages people to try out veganism for the whole month of January, much like Stoptober, which encourages smokers to give up smoking for October, it’s aim is to raise awareness for a particular issue for that month and many pledge themselves to fulfil the requirements via social-media.  


For the hardworking student who already has a few New Year’s resolutions under their belt yet to break, why add veganism to the mix? 


You might save a little cash


While there are many vegan supplements that cost an arm and a leg compared to their animal product...

Hundreds of hours of study, lots of volunteering, receiving counselling and more are some of the things those that want to be a counsellor will need to do. If this still makes your eyes go wide with excitement and you feel ready to meet all these challenges, then congratulations! It looks like you might have the makings of a future counsellor! 


Many people go into counselling as their 2nd or 3rd careers and often find themselves at the foot of a four to seven-year journey before they can begin to see a return for their investment of time and money. While this change in career will require a long-term goal in mind, there...

Goodbye 2018 – a year of highs and lows like most. But if I might make an observation, after all this is my letter, things seem to be in general getting worse. Sometimes scarily so.  Now a large part of that is just the daily diet of doom and terror peddled to us by lazy media in order to sell papers, true. Yet even when I have a good long think about just what the problem is, I still come to the same conclusion; things are not getting better.

Our society, the proud western civilization that has given us our knowledge and freedoms is sick. Across the world, information is dismissed as “fake news” if it is not pleasing to the...


Christmas dinner is a meal that many British families enjoy over the festivities. While it's hard to imagine a time when the traditional Turkey, Sprouts and Roasties did not grace our plates, the Christmas Dinner as we know developed over time and with many different factors affecting it.

  Mince Pies

Fruity, sweet and spicy pies of Christmas, the Mince Pie is a classic sweet treat that many people enjoy. Its origins can be traced to the Crusades when soldiers returned with meats mixed with spice and fruits. These were turned into pies that were eaten during the Christmas period, known as Shried Pies at the time. These...

There are a few days left of Christmas shopping and we thought we'd put together a list of great stocking fillers for different types of students! Maybe you'd like to drop a few hints to your family or friends.


A Stocking for a Horticulture Student

Grow It Bonsai Tree Kit


Bonsai is an art form that requires patience and dedication. It is also a great exercise for horticulture students who want to delve deeper into their horticulture skills.


Seeds for Gorgeous Winter Flowers

Sarah Raven has many lovely gifts for gardeners, but a quality and affordable stocking filler is seeds! You could easily fill a...

While we are all looking forward to the break that the holiday season gives us, if you have a study goal to meet before 2018 ends, then you might need a helping hand achieving those goals. Don't fear, ADL is here to help you!


Make a Schedule

Planning your study has two benefits. It helps lay out a timetable and it helps you set out your goals for each study session. If you can set aside two hours twice a week for study, you can also then strive to tackle a specific part of your course in each study session. A learning schedule is also a good way to stay accountable to your time. If you couldn't make a session when you had...


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