CASE STUDY 1

PHAROS TU­TORS

Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine - - FAMILY HISTORY COURSES - pharos­tu­tors.com/cours­es­mainsd.php

WHICH COUR­SES DID YOU DO?

I’ve com­pleted Pharos Tu­tors’ Fam­ily His­tory Skills and Strate­gies (In­ter­me­di­ate) course, and am now into the fi­nal year of the twoyear Ad­vanced course.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THOSE COUR­SES?

Be­cause be­ing on­line, the cour­ses fit around my life and it doesn’t mat­ter where you live. I started with the five-week ‘Vic­to­rian Fam­i­lies – Your An­ces­tors in the Cen­sus’ be­fore com­mit­ting to the Cer­tifi­cate, opt­ing for tu­tor-led be­cause I pre­fer hav­ing an ex­pert to guide me.

HOW MUCH DID THEY COST?

The cost varies de­pend­ing on length, whether they are tu­tor-led and if your Ad­vanced five-week work is as­sessed. The cour­ses cost £62 unassessed and £76 of the as­sessed, and can be paid for as part Ad­vanced cer­tifi­cate course – £1,364 over two years.My five-week course cost £49.99.

HOW LONG DID THEY TAKE TO COM­PLETE?

It ac­tu­ally ranges from three to five weeks. I spent a min­i­mum of 10 hours a week go­ing through the course ma­te­rial and do­ing the ex­er­cises, be­cause I wanted to get as much as I could from them. The as­sign­ments took me about two days.

WHAT WAS THE EX­PE­RI­ENCE LIKE?

Although the cour­ses are on­line, there is sup­port via the tu­tor, plus on­line chats. The cour­ses have in­tro­duced me to a wider range of sources, and taught me how to plan re­search strate­gies and con­duct re­search – and the im­por­tance of keep­ing ac­cu­rate records. I left my job in the Civil Ser­vice, was ac­cepted as an AGRA as­so­ciate, and now do re­search for oth­ers!

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