6 jobs you’ll have while at college

6 jobs you’ll have while at college
6 jobs you’ll have while at college   Going to college and getting an education can take a lot of energy and time. Not to mention, going to a good college can result in debt for upwards of $50,000 or more. For those that put themselves through college, it can be a very daunting and scary moment for their finances. However, rather than just stare at an overwhelming amount, many college students decide to get jobs. Below a list of the six jobs most college students will work and what you can expect with each. Continue reading “6 jobs you’ll have while at college”

Five helps for graduates trying to handle life after college

Five helps for graduates trying to handle life after college
Five helps for graduates trying to handle life after college Every year, millions of students graduate college and head out into the real world. But not all new grads are ready for the trials that await them. Here are five helps for graduates trying to handle life after college and how to handle this new transition.  

Maintain old friendships while building new ones

Keeping the friendships you made while in school can be tough after you go your separate ways. However, the friendships you established in college can be a valuable support system, and making new friends after school can provide both a needed source of socialization, as well as a new network of contacts. It is said that over half of all people meet their spouses through a friend, and over 25 percent of new hires get their jobs from referrals.  

Brand a “useless” degree

Not all graduates had the foresight to pick a degree in a high-paying field and even if you chose to study political science instead of computer science all is not lost. Any college degree looks better on a resume that just a high-school education. If you have a weak degree, look for ways to put a spin on your field of study so prospective employers will notice you. It could be as easy as additional volunteer work or a new certification.  

Organize your finances

Most people’s financial picture changes after graduation. Handling student loans and other debt, without support from your parents, can be a burden for new grads. Learn how to make a budget and stick to it. New graduates have several options for deferring student loan payments and don’t overlook the break you get on student-loan interest at tax time. Contacting a tax or bankruptcy attorney like Wiesner & Frackowiak, LC for guidance may be a wise choice.  

Find a real job

While you probably had a job in college, delivering pizzas isn’t going to pay the bills after school. You will need to craft a stellar resume and polish your interview skills to have a chance at landing a good job in a competitive and depressed job market. Most local job-service offices can help with both. Be sure to ask advisors and professors for contacts and internship opportunities as well.  

Life beyond work

Even through your career may be your main focus after graduation, just remember that work isn’t everything. Take some time to enjoy life and look for fun things you can do for free. Concerts in the park, tubing down a river, and just going for a walk with friends can be a great way to relive stress without killing your budget. Above all, don’t despair if you don’t land your dream job the first week out of school, or your college sweetheart moves away. After all, you just graduated and the rest of your life is waiting for you to become whatever you choose. Brooke Chaplan  

Safety secrets all college freshmen should know

Safety secrets all college freshmen should know
Safety secrets all college freshmen should know Heading to college is an exciting time for first year freshmen, and marks a major transition towards independence. However, new students can easily develop a false sense of security when surrounded by the illusion of a safe college campus and their trusted friends. While no one wants to be paranoid, it is important to remember that college campuses are public spaces, where anything can happen. Every freshman should keep these safety secrets in mind so you can avoid risky situations, and protect yourself in any event. Continue reading “Safety secrets all college freshmen should know”

Top tips to motivate students in classroom

photodune-4380917-happy-faces-par1-1200x661     Sometimes even the brightest student in classroom needs motivation and by adopting quick, small strategies teachers and parents can make a huge difference in motivating. By adopting these strategies, boost up the student involvement with the particular lesson and stop distractions and interference. Each of the ideas given below was developed in order to meet the needs and requirements of students and can produce great results. Continue reading “Top tips to motivate students in classroom”

7 Career fair mistakes that can cost you a job!

7 Career fair mistakes that can cost you a job!   A career fair may seem intimidating if you think about what to say to the recruiters present there, what to wear at that special day and whom to talk to in order to increase your chances of landing a good job, but it is not that difficult if you keep in mind some basic things. Take a look at the following few mistakes and rookie moves that you need to stay away from at the career fair so that you can present yourself in a much better way: Continue reading “7 Career fair mistakes that can cost you a job!”

Prevent identity theft

Prevent identity theft How does identity theft occur? Approximately 10 million individuals each year are affected by identity theft but not many people know about the sophisticated ways that thieves and hackers are able to gain access to their account information. In addition to physical theft of checks, credit cards and Social Security numbers, fraudsters can get your information online or through your computer in a number of different ways. One such tactic is by spying on you while you are paying for items at the store. If someone is able to peer over your shoulder and pick up your PIN while you enter it, they will be able to access a great deal of information in addition to your money. Install firewalls and security programs on your electronic devices and be catious of emails from senders that require you to click links and enter in private information. Should you receive such messages, call the company in question to verify their authenticity. You can get more helpful tips for protecting your identity by reading the infographic below. Created by Britni Zandbergen, Senior Director of Marketing at Idology. Britni has years of experience in identity management as well as dynamic SaaS solutions.  

Tips to break into a good legal career

justice So, you’ve dreamed of having a successful legal career, but turning your dreams into reality isn’t always easy! Even after finishing school, finding a good stepping stone job can be a challenge. If you’re trying to get your foot in the door don’t forget these ideas to help you find your way into law and a solid career. Continue reading “Tips to break into a good legal career”

Difference between words that sound alike

Difference between words that sound alike Snipping or sniping? Pray or prey? Desert or dessert? Knowing the different meanings and variations of words will allow you to properly use them and spell them correctly without worrying that you are making a mistake. Continue reading “Difference between words that sound alike”

Which language is easiest to learn?

It is true that English is the lingua franca of our times, but inspite of this fact, there are still many languages that one can learn in order to enrich himself/herself, to develop skills, to improve the business developing. Have a look at the infographic below and see for yourself which language is less or more difficult to learn. Have fun!
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21-st century teaching in Macedonian primary schools

21-st century teaching in Macedonian primary schools This interview is conveyed with Dobri Joveski, Primary school teacher for 16 years, who is a leading utilizer of the new technologies in education in the Republic of Macedonia When did you begin using the social media for educational purposes? The grounds for communication among all parties involved in the creation and participation in the education-upbringing process is the e-mail. I would like to emphasize its role, since apart from being a personal communication among two entities, it offers an opportunity to exchange information and to create among limitless number of users. The initial idea for communication and presentation of the educative content and the project activities was my participation in the creation of the blogs through www.bloger.com, ThinkQuest, E-twinning, Edmodo, Facebook, Skype, YouTube, Partners in learning, as well as educative and social portals that I use in my every day work. The social media in educative purposes has become our common practice. The necessity of following the news, has become part of the educative content for the teachers. This necessity lead to creating a new community of teachers that exchanges its good education practice in teaching through webinars. In the Republic of Macedonia, this type of education has been ongoing for two years and it comes as a result from the cooperation between Microsoft-Partners in learning and the good practices shared by the teachers in Croatia. What are your future plans in expanding the activities? Organizing of the webinars as a successful project activity will continue and it will be expanded with the participation of other interested teachers that are following the innovations in the education on a global level. If pre-conditions for this type of training are created, it can be used by the diaspora students, for the purpose of introducing the traditional and the cultural values of the entities that live in the Republic of Macedonia. Through the cooperation with the relevant institutions on a state level, primarily Ministry for Education and Science,  Ministry of Information Society and Administration, Directorate for education development and State education inspectorate, the future plans are in the direction of expanding the activities of webinar development in Macedonia, i.e. online trainings for professional training of the teachers. How do you experience the current rise of using the Internet in educational purposes? The utilization of the IT communication in the education of children is no longer a matter of choice, but a necessity. This is the way through which the children’s potential is stimulated, enabling them enriched intellectual development. The Internet offers limitless possibilities in gaining ideas to create the class content for all school subjects, being an unquenchable source of knowledge and teaching resources. With the correct directing and awareness of safe utilization, the Internet educational process is enriched with a valuable source of exploring and teaching, enabling communication on all levels, among all entities in the education-upbringing process. What would you like to recommend to your colleagues in the utilization of the interactive tools and the new technologies in education? If the teachers make an analysis and evaluation of their own work in education, they would conclude that the utilization of the information communication technologies and the interactive online tools is becoming a necessity and an advantage in the presenting of the educational content. In this way, the teaching and the tutoring is becoming a pleasure, a natural process, efficient and effective training of the teachers and the pupils in their future challenges. About :Dobri Joveski, Primary school teacher Upon graduation, he was working in rural areas in mixed classes, meanwhile participating in trainings organised by Step by step, With reading and writing towards critical thinking, trainings organised by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Macedonia-Development of the democracy and the children’s right, implementing the teaching techniques in practice.  An important step in his professional development is the participation in the initial trainings for computer learning introduction via e-school. He was an educator and master trainer for the teachers in several regional schools, where he lectured about the computer and Internet utilization in the education process, through MS Windows, Linux, i.e. Edubuntu. He is a primary school teacher for 16 years. By being an active utilizer of the IT in his every day life, as well as through the communication and the exchange of the experiences of the teachers in Macedonia, Serbia, Kosovo, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Bulgaria and wider, as well as through the fruitful cooperation with Microsoft Partners in learning on numerous school projects Dobri has reached recognised results on global level. He is working in presenting the innovative approaches in teaching content, including creative utilization of many online programs and applications (good school practice with Flip camera recording, utilization of ToolKid, G-Compris, Jumpido programs), using Classmate computer, Smart Board, tablets, mobile phones, Kinect that enable pupils various educative resources and experiences. The professional development of the teachers, the exchange of the experiences and the proven school practice were used in the organising of the webinars through Microsoft Live Meeting и Microsoft Lync in which he participated with much enthusiasm. Constantly upgrading the knowledge on IT communication content, makes him transfer the gained skills to the pupils and develop professionally, all contributing to become a teacher of the 21st century.

Online program when going back to school

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Online program when going back to school In this job market, going back to school is more than a good idea–it is necessary to maintain a competitive edge in your field. Even if you are already employed, you will probably learn that more schooling is going to be necessary to earn a promotion or just keep the job that you have. Continue reading “Online program when going back to school”

e-learning v.s. hybrid

e-learning v.s. hybrid hybrid or e-learning, or maybe blended… difficult to decide!! Probably a lot of you are wandering whether the wave of online courses and education will benefit your future and what is the best possible way to use them. Here is an explanation of three type of learning: 1. Web-enhanced courses Face-to-face courses have a presence in the learning management system and Blackboard. They have web accessible materials: syllabus, readings, discussion questions, quizzes, etc., add the face-to-face class experience and are nice ways to web-enhance your course for students. Continue reading “e-learning v.s. hybrid”

How to choose a high quality online course?

  questionmark Online education is attracting more and more attention worldwide due to its flexibility and availability. Nowadays, major institutions proudly offer a variety of courses ranging from technology to administration. Since the competition is huge, it’s very easy to get lost going through numerous offers. How do you make sure you choose a high quality course that’s just right for you? We’ve put together tips that will help you make the right decision. State your goal Before you even start looking at endless lists of courses, you need to answer one simple question – what is it that you really want to achieve? Do you want to finally land the promotion you’ve been waiting for? Or maybe you want to build new skills or just broaden your horizons? Whatever reasons you have, you need to set a clear goal, so that you are not disappointed at the end of the course. High quality course providers offer free advice from admission counselors, so if you are having a hard time deciding, just write an e-mail or chat online with a trained career adviser. Carefully read the syllabus Every course provider is obliged to publish a syllabus containing the topics of consecutive classes together with detailed descriptions of topics covered during each class. Read it carefully and assess if the presented material meets your expectations and will help you reach your goal. Find out how many classes the course covers and remember that if the syllabus doesn’t seem to satisfy your educational needs, neither will the course itself. Check out the institution After you’ve decided on a specific course, it is advised to research the institution. Check if your course provider has been accredited by a respected agency. Also, look up online reviews and opinions, which will help you determine if the institution is trustworthy. Value for money Let’s talk about money now. You need to make sure that admission costs won’t hinder your finances more than expected. Inquire about all costs of the course, but also research the prices of additional materials. Check if you will have to buy your own textbooks,or if they will be provided by the institution. Get the facts straight Last, but not least, contact the course provider to inquire about the information flow and feedback. Find out what technology is necessary to go through the course without any trouble. It is important to know how the course provider will distribute necessary materials. You should be aware that during the course you might be asked to submit papers or take part in online discussions. You may need to take weekly quizzes or midterm tests as well, so find out how the assignments will be distributed and then submitted. It’s no secret that choosing a high quality online course and collecting all necessary information is crucial when going for distance education, but we hope that with these tips you will be able to make the right decision more easily. Kelly Smith is a dedicated tutor and writer. Currently, she develops her passion at Career FAQs, one of the leading providers of career and educational resources in Australia, where she provides career advice for students and job seekers.

Organized and clutter free dorm improve grades


Organized and clutter free dorm improve grades

We know that once you leave “the nest ” and head out to college you are relieved to not have to hear your mom nag you about keeping your room clean, only to find out that keeping your dorm room clean and clutter free actually can improve your grades. Here we go all over again. This time around though, it is your own responsibility to keep your room clean. There likely won’t be anyone doing room inspections and keeping you on cleaning duty. Instead, it is time to step out into the real world and take some responsibility in keeping your room from looking like a disaster zone. Continue reading “Organized and clutter free dorm improve grades”

Take a loan, but spend it wisely!

student-loans College can be a tough time. You’re out on your own for the first time, but you don’t have a real job yet. Unfortunately, it’s a time a lot of college kids start to rack up debt. And sometimes the debt stays with them way too long. Continue reading “Take a loan, but spend it wisely!”

Companies offering best terms of employments

You have finished your studies and now you are looking for a job. Or you have been stuck with the company that does not offer any promotion, nor values your skills and ambitions. If you want to know which company can offer you good or better conditions them maybe the data in the infographic will help you. Companies offering best terms of employments are selected on several criteria and the text is just a digest on their positive conditions. You should go to their web pages and read more about each and every one of them. Continue reading “Companies offering best terms of employments”

Get your student excited about school

Get your student excited about school Learning can and should be one of the great adventures and joys of childhood, however school sometimes becomes a monotonous chore or even a battle for some. There are many ways parents can help keep their children engaged and excited about different subjects, specifically science. With so many branches of study, new discoveries being made every day, and an infinite ways to explore, there is no reason for science to be anything less than thrilling. Continue reading “Get your student excited about school”

5 Major advantages of online classes that you can’t ignore

5 Major advantages of online classes that you can’t ignore
5 Major advantages of online classes that you can’t ignore   Most of the traditional educational institutes have been facing troubles in the form of course shortage and budget cuts, which have made a large number of students look for the alternative solutions rather than striving for traditional colleges or university for getting higher education. It might be quite surprising for you to know that, so far, more than 3 million people have got themselves enrolled on different online places for getting full fledge degrees programs. In addition to this, you might also find it quite surprising that at least 6 million other people have also taken different courses through online learning institutes. Continue reading “5 Major advantages of online classes that you can’t ignore”

4 things every professional should not do

4 things every professional should not do
4 things every professional should not do When you step into the professional life from your college or university life, it is the type of change that will take you as a surprise. No matter how mentally prepared you are for things to come, there will be times when you will be shocked and shaken to the core. This is because the sudden change in roles and demands, as well as your objectives in a matter of overnight is not easy to accept. At one moment you were giving exams, taking classes and now you have to look for a job, earn money and assume the responsibility. Continue reading “4 things every professional should not do”

What does your workspace say about you?

The average American worker spends between 6 hours, 54 minutes and 8 hours, 16 minutes at work.
One study in 2012, from UK researched showed that the average person spends about 5 hours, 41 minutes sitting at his or her desk.
No matter which data you trust or want to compare the fact that that’s a lot of time spent at your desk remains the same. This is a reflection of who you are and how you work, both researchers agree.
So, go and see what does your workspace say about you and have fun sharing it with your friends!
What does your workspace say about you?

New things to be learned every day

New things to be learned every day Since there are a lot of things to be learned in the world, you could begin your path to increase your knowledge right now, by reading a book, learning a new phrase, taking a course, enroll to online learning or get a degree. The determination is what it counts. The amount of knowledge possible to be learnt is literally endless. This fact should not discourage you and just because you will never learn everything there is to know, does not mean that you should not make an effort to be getting an education from life, at all times. Continue reading “New things to be learned every day”

Parents’ influence in children’s education

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Parents’ influence in children's education

The importance of parental involvement, as an accelerating and motivating factor in their children’s education is an accepted fact. It can fall into three types: 1) behavioral, 2) intellectual and 3) personal. The effect of multi-dimensional participation of parents and the resulting progress of children in their studies is well-established fact. Active participation of the parents help their children in their academic development, by going to schools and participating in open houses. By closely observing the behavior of their children they can rightly judge the kind of behavior or the allocation of resources required by their children. Continue reading “Parents’ influence in children’s education”

Can you learn a language laughing?

Can you learn a language laughing? The simple answer would be, yes – but not all of it. What you will learn laughing will most probably remain longer in your memory. Humor and Learning You should know that humor is important in learning a language. It enables the student to learn new vocabulary in context, it motivates you to want to learn more and it is more enjoyable than traditional lectures. Continue reading “Can you learn a language laughing?”

How to succeed in online learning?

The idea behind online learning is quite simple – to enable more people to learn for less money. The mission of empowering students of all ages is a noble one, but however it is not always easy to fulfill it. Online learning is difficult for many and you have to really want to do it. The determination is not the only parameter of success. Distance learning requires big time commitment and you have to know exactly what you are going to get out of any online program before starting if you want to succeed. Knowing some of the challenges, you might want to hear about the benefits of e-learning. (The info graph can help you understand the benefits and positive sides of the e-learning Digital learning) How to succeed in online learning? Continue reading “How to succeed in online learning?”

Social media spring cleaning for graduates

Social media spring cleaning for graduates When applying for jobs, it is customary to go through a mental checklist. A stunning CV? Check. Snappy covering letter? Check. Up-to-date LinkedIn profile? Of course. Appropriate Facebook, profile? That’s the one that seems to be catching more and more people out. Last month, seventeen year old Paris Brown, a youth crime commissioner, came under intense media scrutiny for the controversial content of her official Twitter feed. According to Victoria McLean, Director of City CV, this is proof that “all it takes is a few poorly judged status updates to well and truly stall your career before it has even begun.” These days, an individual’s online identity can be as much of a deciding factor in the selection process as qualifications and experience. After all, your social media profiles could be interpreted as the ultimate CV: personal, honest, and 100% you. Which is why employers are increasingly looking at the online presence of their candidates before making a decision. If you are a student preparing for graduation and steeling yourself for the notoriously competitive job market, then it is absolutely crucial that you get your social media profiles in order before sending out a single application. Says former technology recruiter Nick Bryan: “As someone who has reviewed CVs for IT jobs: yes, we look at your Facebook. And Twitter. And blog.” While it is hardly an exact science, evidence exists to suggest that certain traits (such as intellectual curiosity, conscientiousness and agreeability) can be determined through the nature of the content that people upload to Facebook. A wide range of personal interests and photographs of travel are generally well received, and even snaps of nights out can demonstrate an extroverted, sociable personality (within reason). However, a recent study conducted by YouGov found that 42% of university students are concerned that their Facebook photographs, status updates and comments may end up causing them some embarrassment when they go on to seek work. To further complicate matters, it has been found that in some cases, deleted Facebook content can be viewed up to three years after removal. The constant changing of the settings regarding security and privacy on Facebook also means that a user may believe their profile to be only viewable by approved members, but it is in fact visible to a much wider audience. In these cases, using your own judgement is vital. We would advise, as a rule of thumb: if you wouldn’t say it in the office, don’t say it on the Internet. If you’d like further help with your CV or online profiles then call us on +44 20 7100 6656 or email enquiries@citycv.co.uk We’re always happy to help. You’ll also find us on citycv.co.uk, on Facebook and LinkedIn.

How do students learn in 2013?

Students of our days have changed their manner of learning. They rarely use books and choose other online variants or technology of getting information needed.

Brave new learning

Brave new learning The technology is transforming the traditional classroom, blackboards, chalks and brick-thick textbooks are being replaced by tablet computers and classrooms with virtual learning rooms. Worldwide governments are advancing electronic learning in local schools by rolling out pilot schemes and granting funds, maximizing the benefits of e-learning. Ambient Insight, has researched the e-learning, and has established that inquiry-based learning paves the way to a successful future for students in a digital economy. Student – centered scheme is becoming a global trend. Apart from the new and interesting modes of learning, another important aspect in this industry is the level of earning. According to the report from Ambient Insight it is estimated that that the world’s e-learning market will be worth US$49.6 billion by 2014 and that Asia will be the fastest-growing region. Continue reading “Brave new learning”

Brilliant outdoor games with kids

outdoor-games “Build an amazing volcano in the backyard with the kids this spring or go outside to preserve a wonderful spiderweb.” There is no doubt that spring time is outdoor time! This is the right time to do simply brilliant things with your child outdoors and have fun yourself. In the direction of helping you find the most amusing things with you the Kids Activities Blog has been established. It is a website created by two moms, who collectively have 9 children, Rachel Miller and Holly Homer from June Cleaver Nirvana. Their daily goal to inspire parents and teachers to play with kids and inspire them to do fun and entertaining things, it is interactive website that publishes simple things to do with kids on a twice a day basis. Kids Activities Blog is a really great tool for moms and teachers to find kid-friendly activities that create memories and sneak learning into the fun. Continue reading “Brilliant outdoor games with kids”

Online learning benefits the environment

ASHFORD-UNIVERSITY-ONLINE-LEARNING It is a know fact that online students have the flexibility to log in and complete their coursework at any time from virtually any place. By customizing their schedules and pace to accommodate work, family, lifestyle and other considerations they save time and energy by taking courses online. The students realize that the cost savings associated with commuting, such as bus fare or gasoline, parking, vehicle wear and tear, as well as time away from work, child care and various other expenses also contribute to the environment print. Online learning benefits the environment: consider the energy consumption associated with on-campus classes, meetings and study groups! Environmental impacts vary from electricity to lighting, heating and cooling campus facilities to the use of consumables, such as traditional textbooks and other paper products. United Kingdom’s Design Innovation Group found out in their study that producing and providing online educational courses consumes up to 90 percent less energy and produces 85 percent less in the way of CO2 emissions per student than comparable on-campus courses. Out of 79,000 plus students who attend Ashford University, approximately 99 percent are enrolled in online classes – the world is their classroom and they’re making the world a greener place. Ashford University’s academic offerings, specifically in environmental studies, prepare students for increasingly popular green-collar careers in private, non-profit and government sectors. “Online higher education is innovative and forward-thinking,” says Dr. Adam Selhorst, who chairs the environmental studies department at Ashford University. “It conserves resources and reduces education’s carbon footprint on our environment.” About Ashford University Ashford University is one of the leading defers of the modern college experience, by combining the heritage of a traditional campus with the flexibility and effectiveness of online learning. The University provides a vibrant learning community, where high-quality programs and leading-edge technology create a dynamic, immersive and stimulating learning experience. The University has practical and progressive associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degree programs online, as well as bachelor’s degree programs at its Clinton, Iowa, campus. Ashford University motto is : where heritage meets innovation. For more information, please visit www.ashford.edu

Which is the best menu while at university?

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Apples are an all-American success story-each of us eats more than 19 pounds of them annually. Français : Les pommes sont célèbres en Amérique pour une alimentation équilibrée (8,6 kg annuellement). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
There will come a point in your children’s lives when they will have to leave home and learn to take care of themselves. Often this will occur when your child sets off for a new life at University, when it will be essential to learn to get along by preparing food at home using inexpensive ingredients. Continue reading “Which is the best menu while at university?”

Home education for children with special needs

special-needs-children Homeschooling is challenging to get going with, but it adds the suspicion of succeeding even more if you are teaching a child with special needs. This does not mean that it can not be done, but that best possible resources need to be used. There are lots of youngsters with disabilities being home-schooled and the rate of successfully at that is increasing. Regardless of this fact, there are some confusions and roadblocks along the way which can be resolved with the following suggestions and advice that you might want to consider and examine when times get arduous.
  • Baby steps: It is especially imperative when homeschooling your special child to make a plan in education him or her. A good way to start is to make smaller steps in going over the material and divide it into smaller units so that you present it and teach it slower. Structure the lectures in a manner that you invest an enduring time on each step, in order to be able to facilitate your son or daughter in education the information.
  • Reading and math: If you decide to teach only these two subject as essential it means that you are running out of time. Supporting subject matter and must be can be taught within the context of these two skills. Do not skimp on reading or mathematics.
  • Disability professionals: You should ask for advice from professional on disability teaching. Read, track down backup groups, see what educating plans work and boost your children developing. You will be only hurting your child if you try to ignore that he/she has some special schooling needs. Society schools may have some resources here and there, so you need to check them too.
You can find more at: Homeschooling Special Needs Children Homeschooling Tips: How to Homeschool Your Child With Special Needs iPad for learning disabilities, elevating our child’s potential Lets Cook Class Curriculum Practical money skills for special needs pupils

18 ways to enhance your language skills

online-teaching – Tips for teachers – You are probably aware that learning a language can be achieved easily id you are determined to learn it. With the available resources in the libraries, schools, and online courses it is only an excuse to postpone the learning of a foreign language that can improve your skills, help you find a better job or boost your self-confidence. Here are 18 strategies that are offered for enhancing language skills and managing language challenges. Continue reading “18 ways to enhance your language skills”

4 Cognitive skills for successful learning

memory There is nothing that any human being knows, or can do, that he has not learned. This excludes natural body functions, such as breathing, as well as the reflexes, for example, the involuntary closing of the eye when an object approaches it. Apart from that, a human being knows nothing, or cannot do anything, that he has not learned. Therefore, all cognitive skills must be thought. Here are the most important cognitive skills:


Paying attention has to be distinguished from concentration. Paying attention is a body function, and does not need to be taught. Paying attention is a function that is quite useless for the act of learning because it is only a fleeting occurrence. Attention usually shifts very quickly from one object or one thing to the next, so this is why the child must be taught to focus his attention on something and to keep his or her attention focused on this something for some length of time. When a person focuses his attention for a certain period of time, we refer to it as concentration.  Concentration is based on two grounds. First: it is an act of will and cannot take place automatically. Second: it is a cognitive skill, that has to be taught. Although learning disability specialists acknowledge that “the ability to concentrate and attend to a task for a prolonged period of time is essential for the student to receive necessary information and complete certain academic activities,” it seems that the ability to concentrate is considered as a “fafrotskies” , a word coined by Ivan T. Sanderson, standing for “things that fall from the sky.” Concentration must be taught, after which proficiency can be constantly improved by regular and sustained practice.


The terms “processing” and “perception” are often used interchangeably, so before one can learn anything, perception must take place, i.e. one has to become aware of it through one of the senses. Usually, one has to hear or see it. Subsequently one has to interpret whatever one has seen or heard and then, perception means interpretation. Lack of experience may cause a person to misinterpret what he has seen or heard. In other words, perception represents our apprehension of a present situation in terms of our past experiences, or as stated by the philosopher Immanuel Kant (1724-1804): “We see things not as they are but as we are.” The following situation illustrates how perception correlates with previous experience:  Suppose a person parked his car and walks away from it while continuing to look back at it. As he goes further and further away from his car, it will appear to him as if his car is getting smaller and smaller. In such a situation none of us, would gasp in horror and cry out: “My car is shrinking!” Although the sensory perception is that the car is rapidly shrinking, we do not interpret that the car is changing size. Through past experiences, we have learned that objects do not grow or shrink as we walk toward or away from them. You have learned that the actual size remains constant, despite the illusion. Even when one is five blocks away from one’s car and it seems no larger than one’s fingernail, one would interpret it as that it is still one’s car and that it has not actually changed size. This learned perception is known as size constancy. Interpretation is a sensory phenomenon, that can only be done on the basis of past experience of the same, similar or related phenomena. Perceptual ability heavily depends upon the amount of perceptual practice and experience that the subject has already enjoyed. Perception is a cognitive skill that can be improved tremendously through judicious practice and experience.


The ability to remember things can be defined as a memory. It is essential in gaining new skills, knowledge and behaviour. Memory can be categorised into the following subgroups: Receptive memory: the ability to note the physical features of a given stimulus to be able to recognise it at a later time. The child with receptive processing difficulties invariably fails to recognise visual or auditory stimuli such as the shapes or sounds associated with the letters of the alphabet, the number system, etc. Sequential memory: the ability to recall stimuli in their order of observation or presentation. Many dyslexics have poor visual sequential memory, whereas naturally, this will affect their ability to read and spell correctly. Every word consists of letters in a specific sequence and in order to read, one has to perceive the letters in sequence, and also remember what word is represented by that sequence of letters. By changing the sequence of the letters in “name” it can become “mean” or “amen”. Some also have poor auditory sequential memory, and therefore may be unable to repeat longer words orally, without getting the syllables in the wrong order, words like “preliminary” and “statistical” can be problematic for someone to pronounce them correctly. Rote memory: the ability to learn certain information as a habit pattern. The child who has problems in this area, can not recall with ease those responses which should have been automatic, such as the alphabet, the number system, multiplication tables, spelling rules, grammatical rules, etc.
Short-term memory: lasts from a few seconds to a minute with the exact amount of time varying. When you are trying to recall a telephone number that was heard a few seconds earlier, the name of a person who has just been introduced, or the substance of the remarks just made by a teacher in class, you are calling on short-term memory. You need this memory to retain ideas and thoughts when writing a letter since you must be able to keep the last sentence in mind as you compose the next. You also need this memory when you work on problems. Suppose a problem required that we first add two numbers together (step 1: add 10 + 26) and next divide the sum (step 2: divide sum by 2). If we did this problem in our heads, we would need to retain the result of step 1 (36) momentarily, while we apply the next step (divide by 2). Some space in our short-term memory is necessary to retain the results of step 1. Long-term memory: this is the ability to retrieve information about things learned in the past.  Learning disabled develop adequate skills in recalling information, i.e. they will continue to face each learning situation as though it is a new one. No progress can be attained by either the child or the teacher when the same ground has to be covered over and over because the child has forgotten. Most critical need that the learning disabled have, is to be helped to develop an effective processing system for remembering, as, without it, their performance will always remain at a level much below what their capabilities indicate.  While memory is universally considered a pre-requisite skill to successful learning, attempts to delineate its process in the learning disabled are few, and fewer still are methods to systematically improve it.


“Brain Building” by Dr Karl Albrecht explains that logical thinking is not a magical process or a matter of genetic endowment, but a learned mental process. It is the process in which one uses reasoning consistently to come to a conclusion, where problems or situations that involve logical thinking call for structure, for relationships between facts, and for chains of reasoning that “make sense.” The basis of all logical thinking is sequential thought, involving taking the important ideas, facts, and conclusions involved in a problem and arranging them in a chain-like progression that takes on a meaning in and of itself. To think logically is to think in steps, this is why the logical thinking is also an important foundational skill of math. “Learning mathematics is a highly sequential process,” says Dr Albrecht. “If you do not grasp a certain concept, fact, or procedure, you can never hope to grasp others that come later, which depend upon it. For example, to understand fractions you must first understand division, to understand simple equations in algebra requires that you understand fractions. In addition to this, solving ‘word problems’ depends on knowing how to set up and manipulate equations, and so on.” It has been proven that specific training in logical thinking processes can make people “smarter.” It is good to emphasize that logical thinking allows a child to reject quick and easy answers, such as “I don’t know,” or “this is too difficult,” by empowering him or her to deliver deeper into his or her thinking processes and understand better the methods used to arrive at a solution.

What do you need to know about distance education?

If you would like to have a concise summary and overview of the characteristics and the advantages of the online education this infograph will get you a brief glimpse: Continue reading “What do you need to know about distance education?”

Choice theory

follow-your-heart You might wonder what is a ‘CHOICE THEORY’ ? Defined in simple words, it is actually an explanation of all human behavior developed. (Dr. William Glasser) Basically, there are five components of this theory: – the basic human needs, – the quality world, – the perceived world, – the comparing place and – total behavior. Continue reading “Choice theory”

Distance learning must be monitored

distance-learning-in-cloud Academics from around the world have gathered in Dubai on 13 November 2012, to address the challenges of the online education, or e-learning. Under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and President of Hamdan Bin Mohammed e-University (HBMeU), H.H. Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, the International Council for Open and Distance Education Standing Conference of Presidents 2012 (ICDE SCOP 2012), a first-of-its-kind gathering in the Arab region was attended by 150 presidents of open and distance learning universities from around the world. Continue reading “Distance learning must be monitored”

Hyperactive child or else?

hyperactive-child I don not think that there is anyone in that has not taken, does not take or will not take a medication for something. Regardless whether it is high blood pressure, diabetes, prostate problems, thyroid dysfunction, ulcers, flue, cold, or depression just to name a few. Not to mention that medication is something that is needed by many, just to stay alive. Preventive medicine and post-preventive medicines are part of this group. Children have always needed medications for childhood illness and some childhood diseases, at larger or at smaller scale. Only within the last 20 years, we have seen school aged children medicated with psychotropic drugs sometimes even as early as preschool. Continue reading “Hyperactive child or else?”

Exercise your mind with e-learning

mind-exercises Every New Year, we are given a clean slate upon which to draw a brand new future. With the New Year’s resolution to exercise your body, it is the right time to consider exercising your mind. Now is the perfect time to continue your education! Of course the big question is, how do you fit it into your already insanely busy schedule? If you have ever hesitated to pursue further education because you couldn’t handle the rigors of a traditional campus, e-learning is perfect for you. Whether you are a handy man ready to take on a new career, a mid-level boomer ready for another challenge, or just somebody who loves to learn, online education can give you the boost you need. Online education, also known as distance learning and e-learning, is rapidly gaining popularity as a convenient, efficient and often lower-cost way to improve your mind, your life and your career opportunities. There are opportunities available for almost everyone: no matter if you are seeking a college degree, a career change, or a new trade, there are a multitude of choices being offered by numerous schools. Some are well-known brick and mortar institutions offering off-site, distance learning or “limited residence requirements” programs to meet every student’s need, plus there are numerous accredited online education programs that meet the criteria for financial ad. Searching the right online education program for you, your child, or your company might be a lengthy, time-consuming process as there are many things to consider – study, finances, and of course, which school to attend.  What is important is to make sure that your chosen distance education program is accredited by the appropriate agencies, so that insures a better chance at financial aid, as well as better opportunities after graduation. Make this a 2013 a year to remember with new attitudes and new goals! Online education can help you improve your self-worth, net-worth and your overall well being.

The future of e-learning

We can hardly predict the future events with accuracy, but in e-learning we have several guiding principles that can show the realistic development scenarios of online education trends. Have a look at the overview below and leave your comments:
The Future of E-Learning  

One simple trick to supercharge your time management habits

time-management What is time management? Time management is a very important skill that can help you finish tasks on time while keeping stress levels to a minimum. Everyone would love to have extra hours in the day. While most think its impossible, the reality is that by disciplining yourself and removing bad habits you will actually surprise yourself by finding extra hours in the day. Continue reading “One simple trick to supercharge your time management habits”

5 online education advantages

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search - advantages A larger number of people is being involved in logging into massive open online courses (MOOCs) and following courses of their interest for free from the top universities worldwide. This is just one way of the distance learning manner of reshaping the way institutions offer learning services. Michael B. Horn, Co-founder and Executive Director of Innosight Institute, specializes in disruption of online education and on November 8, 2012 has had his presentation at Educause 2012 conference in Denver. The Education Dive audience was able to hear his talk about the changes that are currently underway in the new models in higher education. Horn did not stop at higher ed and he also address how MOOCs will influence high schools. Continue reading “5 online education advantages”

Give your classroom a summer revamp



As summer is knocking on the door, teachers and students alike get excited about the holidays.  Thoughts tend to wander off to sunny beaches, picnics in the park, and general serenity.  However, there is one important thing you as a teacher can do before the holiday season begins; prepare your classroom for the coming term. It might be the last thing on your mind, but you will thank yourself for it later.  Whether you are a primary school teacher, a college tutor or a nursery teacher, the classroom atmosphere facilitate your success in a very big way.  There are many tidbits and larger-scale ideas you can pursue to improve your classroom and education supplies and school furniture in ways that enhance the learning process. Continue reading “Give your classroom a summer revamp”

How does a child get used to the classroom environment?

pre-school-child It’s always tough adjusting to new things, and children can get understandably stressed when going to a new school. Whether the family has moved or the child has advanced to a new school, whether it’s a public or private school, it helps to keep these tips in mind when a child faces a whole new experience. Continue reading “How does a child get used to the classroom environment?”

What do distance learning institutions need to improve further?

What do distance learning institutions need to improve further? It goes without saying that online education is the future of gaining all the needed knowledge, for every nationality, every social group of people and for everyone’s budget. The benefits from distance learning are well known: ease of access, time stretch studies upon one’s needs, low or no fees, convenience of learning everywhere and at any time. However, online students have to be aware of the following challenges: Continue reading “What do distance learning institutions need to improve further?”

Successful e-learning experience

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instaGrok: new innovative way to learn


instaGrok: new innovative way to learn Research, customize and share! instaGrok is an educational search engine for students and teachers provides kinds of resources on a keyword via videos, images, websites, and quizzes. What is it used for: Continue reading “instaGrok: new innovative way to learn”

Concentrate in 4 magic steps

Concentrate in 4 magic steps


There is no doubt that one of the main problems that deter a person's success is their lack of concentration.Lapses can encourage disturbances to get in the way and stall progress.

However if ones wishes to proceed on their road to success, it is imperative they learn how to concentrate. Here are some easy to learning exercises that are easy to implement.
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Does your “shadow” love you?

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The psychologist, Carl Jung, had described the hidden part of our psyche as “the shadow”. It is the part that sometimes frightens us with the things we do not know, or do not want to know about ourselves. Essentially it is our unconscious mind, telling us what it wants. Sometimes it comes in dreams, other times is welling up of emotion. Continue reading “Does your “shadow” love you?”

How to get started with home schooling?

How to get started with home schooling?
How to get started with home schooling? Education being a very important aspect of a human being’s existence is needed to nurture the child’s craft, hone his/her talents, and provide him/her with all the possible answers to all of the wonders of this world. We, the parents know this fact, and this is why we would always want the best for our children. In this respect, when the concept of homeschooling was introduced into the society, we have been astonished by the fact that there are other ways in educating our children. At first, opting for home schooling is an overwhelming matter, as most of the parents think that it is impossible to teach a child through home schooling method. However, on its basic concept, homeschooling refers to the alternative way of educating children. It is different from the usual type of schooling because the learning process is done at home and the teachers are usually the parents themselves. A particular type of teaching method obtained in a different institution is used and that provides the actual homeschooling programs. Like with many other types of education, homeschooling has provided many advantages and benefits to both parents and children. This is why many parents opted for home schooling in providing their child with the indispensable education that their children need. Some parents may find homeschooling a daunting task. For ones who find homeschooling a bit of an overwhelming task, here is a list of useful tips on how to get you started in homeschooling your child:

1. Decide

The problem that most parents face when opting for home schooling is the fact that they find it hard to finally decide whether to home school their child or not. Deciding on this kind of thing is relatively important especially because the future of the child is dependent on it. The choice should be based on the capacity of the parents to conform to the requirements in homeschooling their child. If they are able to wholly participate with whatever items were entailed in the program in order to provide the best education for their children, then a decision has to follow.

2. Process

You should keep in mind that homeschooling is not a one or two-time event, but rather – it is a process. Since you are aware of this, should take things one at a time. For instance, if you have a pre-school child, you should focus more on what pre-school students should learn. You should not delve more on how to teach higher levels of education that are fit for students in higher levels.

3. State laws

Get familiar with your state laws regarding homeschooling, as each state in the US has its own laws regarding homeschooling. It is best to know what your state asserts about homeschooling so that you can provide the best education for your children in conformity with the law.

4. Support group

Homeschooling should not be the only the responsibility of the parents. This is the reason why it is important to find a local “support group” where you can mingle with other homeschoolers, who can provide you with additional pointers regarding the process. Each member of the “support group” can help each other regarding the best technique in teaching the children.

5. Homework

You will get started on the right track by doing your homework, before beginning the homeschooling. In this manner, you will be able to know the important details you need to be familiar with, in order to provide the best education for your children. Knowing in advance, what you have to do, will give you the best guidance in homeschooling.

6. Child’s learning manner

Lear the way your child learns best. It is best to assess your child’s learning manner before you choose a particular homeschooling method. Conforming to your child’s learning manner will provide the best way to your homeschool your child. As there are many choices available when teaching your child through a homeschool program, it is still best to always pattern the program that you will choose on your child’s learning style.

7. Organize

Get the things needed for the homeschooling organised. Just like in a typical school – homeschooling your children would need different materials and a proper place where they can easily and comfortably learn new things each day. Therefore it is best to organise the place where you will be learning first, by providing an adequate space for the learning. Most children would respond to the process easily if they are comfortable with the place where their classes are held.

8. Budget

Plan how much money you will need to spend on organising the homeschooling. Some parents tend to over indulge with the materials needed in homeschooling, but this is not necessarily a good option. Just because you have lowered your expenses with opting to home school, compared to sending your children into a typical public or private school, does not have to mean that you can spend the equal amount of money or more. Set a budget for homeschooling, as there are many books and other materials that can be found on the Internet which is definitely cheaper. Homeschooling is not just a process, but also a lifestyle. It is something that you should be best acquainted with, in order to give your children the best possible education they need.