Why 2018 will be the year of learning – you have no excuse
Safeera Sarjoo

Why 2018 will be the year of learning – you have no excuse

We've thought this through and have an answer for everything here at Hotcourses!

First published date January 15 2018 Amended date January 15 2018

You may have started 2018 with the promise of going to the gym or eating healthy. But how many of you have made learning a priority?

We know that learning can be a vital tool to keeping adults healthier for longer, however with distractions all around us, it's easy to drop the bat.

Just like people who start consistently going to the gym, only to abandon their new membership by mid-February, we don’t want you to do the same when it comes to your passions, hobbies and learning goals.

So we’ve taken it upon ourselves to address all the possible excuses  reasons people give, which stops them from doing the things they love the most.


“I have a family to take care of.”

Yes, it’s a huge responsibility, but with a little time management it is possible to learn what you love. We even compiled a list of courses you can do when the kids are asleep to give you an idea of the types of things you can achieve during this quiet time.

This is perfect if you’re studying towards a qualification or if you just want some silence to practice a hobby you have. By carving out a routine that gives you some free time, not only do you get the chance to concentrate, but you’re recharged (depending on how soothing your subject is) ready for when the kids emerge!


“But I’m too old to learn something new.”

To which we say, “Nonsense!!”

You are never too old to learn something. Whether it’s a new language, how to properly tend to a garden or a new sport, there are so many courses all around the UK waiting to be explored. With the added benefit of the internet, if going to an in-class course seems daunting then online learning gives you the chance to develop your skills and knowledge in a place you’re comfortable in.

Don’t believe us?

Here are five people who should take an online course. You’ll be surprised what the power of the internet can offer you!


“Is it really worth my time?”

Is scrolling through social media for three hours beneficial?

Look, learning doesn’t have to be this scary, formal thing that determines whether you pass or fail at the end. Something as simple as watching a YouTube tutorial on how to cook a dish can be counted as learning.

There have even been studies that suggests taking one hour a day to learn something new can lead to you becoming smarter and more successful. It’s a good habit to get in to, which some of our team have embraced; Joyce, our Regional Marketing Manager, serenades us with her ukulele, whilst a number of our team gets rid of any mid-week stress with boxing classes.


“I can’t afford it.”

Christmas can bleed our bank accounts dry so the thought of investing in something like education or experiences at the start of the year may be the last thing on people’s minds.

We have one word – budget. Taking a very critical look at what you spend your money on and cutting bad spending habits is just one way to put you in a position to invest in yourself.

Our very own financial genius, Dorthe shared some helpful money saving tips – 21 in fact – which means more opportunities to take back the reigns when it comes to your finances and finally give back to yourself in a way that is meaningful and for life.



If you’re ready to make 2018 the year that you learn something new or finally take up that passion you’ve been harbouring for years, start your search with us and let us help you fulfil your potential!


Safeera Sarjoo

Safeera is Editor of Whatuni and a journalist from Kingston University. Always the inquisitive, her writing spans across a number of areas such as sustainability, fashion, lifestyle and now education. Her belief that you never stop learning and passionate nature has taken her to New York City as part of her degree and across the airwaves on national radio talking about the issues that matter to her.