There is a lot of scepticism flying around currently about the practices within the higher education system, especially in America. Many are concerned about the exhaustive student fees and others fear the Marxist indoctrination they sense taking place in the universities. So, it is worth considering if there is the possibility to ensure the ability to learn at a higher educational level without paying the extortionate costs or receiving the much-feared Marxist indoctrination. It turns out there is a way, however it is worth considering you won’t get a certificate or qualification for your time but just the knowledge. This is how you get a higher education for under £500 and without indoctrination.
Many people are selling their old school books on internet sites such as eBay, Amazon, Gumtree etc. This is all good and well but how do you know what to read? More than that how do you know you have learned the information adequately if there are no set questions or exercises to test this knowledge? There is a way and I over estimate it to cost at £500 but I have been able to obtain an entire university degree for £7.63 including P&P, and it was completely legal.
So, what did I buy? I have bought full length Open University courses from various retail sites. Why is Open University so good? Open university is a global online university which even takes on students who have not obtained secondary education. This means the material is very easy to read and within the modules it will state which text books need to be read alongside the module books. These cost an extra fee if you decide to buy them, but the total spend will still likely be less than £500.
What is particularly good about this material is that the books contain exercises to test your knowledge and understanding of the information you have read. Admittedly there is no tutor to look over what you have written, mark it or give you feedback, however what you can do is type in the questions to a search engine and sure enough you will come across various essay websites to make a comparison. Another consideration is that with certain courses you may find you need a subscription to access certain tools needed for studying and resources. Also information could be outdated depending on the course you choose, such as computer technology for example. This means you won’t get the full course privilege. There are various courses available with the Open University, including mathematics, science, art and design, creative writing, social science, psychology, law, history... the list just goes on.
Obviously reading up a degree level course takes a lot of time and effort. You won’t receive financial assistance while you read the books and you won’t receive any celebratory/qualifying certificate either. This means it is something that takes a lot of self-determination to stick it out and read, which isn’t very easy without a physical award. Sometimes that certificate is necessary, and knowledge isn’t reward enough. But for those who enjoy reading this could be right up your street.
As someone who has done this myself, I have really enjoyed it so far and have felt a lot of pride in myself for doing this. I am currently reading the psychology course although I haven’t participated in the exercises. I have also bought the creative writing course as I have a love for reading and writing. Writing was something I did as part of my own therapy after my traumatic experience, in which I managed to write a 90,000-word fictitious story in less than six weeks. I have since started writing another story but yet to finish it. So understandably a creative writing and psychology course would be of interest to me. The creative writing course cost me £7.63 off eBay and the psychology course cost £23.00 including P&P also Ebay. I have noticed Philosophy course books go for a much higher price as do Masters courses at a cost of around £100+. It is also note worthy that some sellers sell each module (course year) separately.
So, this is how we can all get a low cost higher education without the indoctrination or shoulder burdening loan. What do you think? Is it something you would consider? Is it something you feel you have the self determination for?