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Studying Online

October 26th, 2018 Comments off

If you are looking to further your education or learn new skills, it is not always practical or financially viable to attend a college or university. If you are working, have children to look after, or if your local college or university does not offer the right course for you, an excellent alternative is to study online.

Known as ‘distance learning’, studying online means you can study in your own time around your other commitments. There are a wide range of courses leading to qualifications online, and they carry the same weight as an equivalent course studied face to face at a college or university.
Often, if you wish to change direction or progress your career, having additional qualifications are necessary. Additionally, if you wish to go to university to study, you will often need evidence of recent study, or need to meet entrance criteria.
Studying online through distance learning can help you meet the criteria for entrance to a university.
A wide range of online courses are available, some that require you to sit a formal exam at an exam centre at the end of the course (such as with GCSEs or A-Levels), and those that have assessments and essays that can be submitted online and marked by your course tutor.
Whilst many people prefer the routine and structure of attending a further education college, those who are not able to attend for whatever reason can study online in the comfort of their own home and at their own pace to gain additional qualifications that can help them progress in their chosen career.

Studying Made Easier

October 25th, 2018 Comments off

Very often, the trick to being a successful student and academic isn’t about how naturally intelligent you are or how much you know off the bat; it is about how effectively and productively you are able to study. For some, studying comes naturally, but for others, getting in the right frame of mind can be more difficult. Here are some great tips for making studying an easier experience.

Limit Distractions

Try to eliminate all unnecessary distractions from your working environment. Turn off the television, switch off music, and put your smartphone out of immediate reach. These are the kinds of things that will make you more likely to procrastinate.

Group Study

It is often helpful to work in a group with other students rather than on your own, because your shared focus will keep people from drifting off in to procrastination, and your pooled knowledge will be most more effective for raising everyone’s understanding of a topic.

Good Sleep

Don’t try to pull all-nighter revision sessions because your mind won’t take in information when it is tired, and losing out on precious sleep during the night will only serve to make you tired in the day during classes too.

Library

Make the most of your school or college library rather than trying to study at home all the time. Not only do they have all the appropriate resources there ready for you, but the scholarly and quiet atmosphere will also help to get you in the right frame of mind for dedicated revision. There are far fewer distractions in a library than at home.

Easy ways to learn new things

October 24th, 2018 Comments off

College is an all-round learning experience but there are ways you can make it easier on yourself. When you learn new things, you want them to stay with you. This makes it easier to revise come exam time. It’s no fun forgetting everything you learn. Here are some easy ways to learn new things.

Know your learning “style”

Everyone has a preferred way of assimilating new information. When you know your learning style, you will be able to better choose how to conduct your studies. Understand if you are a visual learner or tactile learner etc. and find ways to make your studying fit this way of learning.

Make learning fun

Reading text books is a very dry way of learning. So is taking copious notes in lectures. There are so many information sources available so seek them out. If you are mentally stimulated while you learn, it is much more fun. Need to read a boring set novel? Watch the movie adaptation. Need to conduct a chemistry experiment? Watch a YouTube video.

Make it a social occasion

There are times when you will need to close yourself off from the world to complete an assignment or revise for an exam, but outside of these times, make the most of the resource you have all around you with your classmates. Join a study group for discussion about the subject can be stimulating and it also offers different perspectives.

Take it Extra-Curricular

Not all your studying has to be done on campus or in a classroom. Keep an eye out for local events such as talks and exhibitions around your subject. Even if the topic is not specific, having a much wider view of your subject makes studying any topic easier.

Any way you can make studying fun is going to make it easier.

It’s healthy to keep learning!

October 11th, 2018 Comments off

Learning. It’s something that we associate with long days of study, with the result of gaining a qualification and, hopefully, a job.

However, medical professionals frequently stress that we should make learning a constant part of our daily routine. Physicist Albert Einstein certainly agreed, making the statement that “once you stop learning, you start dying.”

Grim words indeed.

But is there any truth in them? Neuroscientists have now been able to give us a fascinating insight into how the brain develops when it is learning. Here are a few examples

Improve your poker play

Poker might seem like a fun way to spend time with a few friends, and that’s certainly often the case. However, competitive poker is one of the most deeply mathematical and cognitive games around. Professional players are not only experts at reading body language, they are also capable of memorising hundreds of cards and patterns whilst applying advanced logic skills.

Sounds tough? You’d be right. Most players don’t start out as poker masters. However, like any game of skill, experts tell us it’s a case of learning, practicing, and finally mastering strategies. This is a skill that accumulates as the brain learns, which builds and strengthens neural pathways. This improves overall cognition, as well as helping with emotional control

Take up knitting

Ok, this one might sound a little unusual, but the Crafts Council argues that learning through craft has a range of learning benefits. These include training the parts of the brain needed for science and engineering, as well as art and design.

Knitting has the added bonus of being proven to reduce stress and anxiety. The type of concentration needed for knitting is similar to the brain state found in meditation, something so remarkable that doctors are now calling for the humble ball of wool and knitting needles to be prescribed for the treatment of high blood pressure.

Learn to build a table

In even more proof that brains are much more complex than most of us realise, woodworking has the benefit of triggering whole brain development. This is because it involves many different aspects of the creative mind, including planning, imagination, and decision-making. It also develops the fine motor skills that are so important in many scientific and medical professions.

Closing thoughts

Persuasive arguments? We think so. With a range of benefits from improving your brain function, your emotional health, and your physical health, learning is something that the human brain has evolved to thrive by. Einstein was perhaps more correct than he realised. Learning is the ultimate brain-food, so pick up a hobby menu and give your mind a treat.