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Monthly Archives: May 2017

Home Study Courses

There are some people who know that they can, with a little studying, learn to make some extra money from the comfort of their own home. With computers, today, you can study from home but it would be preferable to study with a teacher who can mentor and guide you. This can be done through a video course, an eBook course or a live webinar once a week. If you have never done anymore on your computer, than occasionally surf the net using your favourite search engine or you send a few emails, you have to really ask yourself-what is the best place for me to start? Don’t fall for a lot of advertising hype telling you that it is easy to make thousands of dollars in the first few months.

If you want to learn to how to make money on the internet- how do you know what course to pick? I would suggest you look very carefully and review several courses to see if you can ascertain how good each one is. There are some very good courses on the internet marketing available. There are some very committed teachers who have written their own courses and present them in a logical fashion that allows you to learn and follow what they are doing.

They set the foundations of your online business and without strong foundations; you could be doomed to fail. So if you are reviewing a course, look at the remarks left by former students because most courses are accompanied by testimonials. See what each offers and how long it will take you to complete and how do you pay for it. Some students like to pay a monthly fee while others are happy to pay up front. All courses should tell you how to pay for it and that sometimes is why people choose that particular course. Take the one that you believe will offer you exactly what you are looking for.

Minimize Cheating With eLearning Software

Teachers and examiners today have to deal with more ingenious and more diverse cheating tactics than ever before. Some students still rely on traditional, time-proven methods like writing crib notes and concealing them on their person, sometimes even in intimate places in order to prevent the examiners from checking. Others have embraced the marvels of the Information Age and found new, wonderfully devious ways of cheating. A thread on social media Quora revealed some of the ingenious ways that students, in pursuit of the highest marks, use to cheat on exams. Invisible ink, hollowed out pens, writing answers on the inside of water bottle labels are some of the more crude ideas. Among the more sophisticated are printing the design of a water bottle label and replacing the original text with cribs, flesh colored earpieces which are practically invisible unless you’re very close and calculators with memory function. Besides all that, smart phones and watches with wireless internet access provide students with all the information they need to ace an exam.

One of the more extreme examples has been reported by The Telegraph, in May of 2016. Arthit Ourairat, rector of Rangsit university, Thailand announced that some 3000 students would have to retake the entrance exam since sophisticated cheating devices were discovered. Namely, three students had glasses with build-in wireless cameras which they used to take pictures of the test and send them to a group of coconspirators, who then sent answers to their smartwatches.

Students face serious consequences if they are caught cheating, at best they instantly fail the test; at worst they might be expelled. Yet research indicates that an astounding 60-70% of college students admit to cheating. One has to wonder why would anyone go to such great lengths and risk serious sanctions when all that time and effort could be invested in learning. The answer is simple; there’s an inherent fault in our education system which evolved to emphasize the importance of high grades instead of actual learning. Students and teachers alike feel that one’s entire future depends on one’s GPA while the learning process has taken a back seat. Students no longer study to acquire knowledge on the subject matter; they learn how to pass tests. The goal of testing is no longer to evaluate one’s progress, rather passing a test has become a goal in and of itself. When students adopt this mindset, it is easy to see why they are ready to do whatever it takes to beat the test, especially if they feel desperate or left behind.

Changing the way we see grades and testing is the only way to eliminate cheating entirely. Changing everybody’s perspective on testing is crucial, but it would be a long and arduous process, so let’s look at what can be done right now.

Cheating and student dishonesty is a problem that plagued teachers since the beginning of formal education, and it seems that it will continue to do so for ages to come. This particular problem proved to be amazingly persistent and difficult to overcome. Luckily the advent of new technologies provides us with a number of useful features and mechanisms which can help teachers and instructors combat this issue as long as they are willing to implement them.

In order to answer the question how eLearning software can help us eliminate, or at least lessen the number of occurrences of cheating in any particular exam situation, first we need to understand its causes and circumstances which facilitate it. To put it simply, we need to look at how and why it happens.

Play to Classrooms

The time when we embrace the need for children to be active not only in the playground but also in the educational setting has never been higher. There is a significant amount of research that supports the idea of experiential learning. So it begs the question: why not utilize playgrounds and preschool playground equipment to help teach the curriculum in active ways? Playgrounds can help make possible an interactive introduction of these classic children’s stories to young children. Play can be coupled with regular curriculum to aid learning and multiple literacy activities can be setup by teachers for students.

The literacy activities involve finding words, letters and images from the stories on the play equipment. Children must actively partake and look around the play area during these activities or perform events from different stories. This would in turn help to support literacy skills such as reading, speaking, listening, and comprehension in active, creative and fun ways on the school playground and in the classroom.

The simple matter of fact is that children are energetic and love movement, and since we’ve established that they learn better during play, it only helps further the cause for bringing play to classrooms. When you have children them actively participating in learning, they feel in control and remember better. Every child can benefit from teaching of this sort. It is the duty of every teacher and parent in our opinion, to be more creative when finding more ways for children to learn. And it is even more so important to have them learn through physical activities. Children are built to learn while moving and having hands-on experiences and there’s simply no better way to do that than the classroom.

Learned While Preparing for Exams

Time Management –

My schedule during exams started at 6 am, ran through the day till 10 pm. In between, I scheduled lots and lots of breaks and naps to ease my mind; so I could refresh myself and then concentrate better on the study material. This skill had been imparted in me only because of the fact that I had to study for exams.

Depending on our course-work, my entire schedule was planned a couple of days earlier because I feared the lack of enough time. Funnily enough, I had ample time for each course in the time period between each exam, which was the result of the schedule I’d planned.

Creativity –

I’m sure most of you have had that “holy shit!” idea while studying for an exam which is only two days away. You can’t get your mind off it, but you can’t afford to lose study time thinking about the idea.

Here’s what I did to deal with the creative surge AND to keep up with your study schedule – Allocate around 30 minutes to think about your idea. It could be anything. I’ve had ideas for novels, for startups, and music. Brainstorm with yourself about this idea for 30 minutes to figure out whether it is feasible or not. After that, you’ll be less excited about it, or your fear for the exam will take over and make you study 30 minutes extra.

In fact, I had the idea to write this article during an exam, and I’m writing this on the day before an exam! ( just for half an hour )

When you try to distract yourself from the idea, you end up thinking about it more and more. For the ones that don’t have any ideas, you’re both lucky and unlucky!

Optimal Planning –

If you’re an academic person and you love studying ahead in time, then you’ve nothing to worry about. There is no optimal planning required. For the ones that procrastinate, optimal planning strategies are a life saver.

Imagine you have 2 days to study for an exam, and the maximum marks is 100. You have all the study material with you; you also have the questions which were frequently asked in the previous exams. Now you know which topics are to be prioritized. Even if you can’t prepare for 100 marks, you will create strategies to study as much as you can, and as fast as possible.

If you replaced studying with some industrial work in the previous paragraph, it effectively becomes a business model for that industry!

Handling Pressure –

An exam may last for 2 weeks, or maybe 3. Some students might be relaxed about it, but some face a lot of pressure and start to panic.

Handling pressure isn’t an innate skill; it comes with practice. You don’t learn to handle the pressure; you just get used to it. You might learn ways to reduce that pressure, such as taking naps, or going out for a jog; but you can’t get rid of it.

Being anxious about serious events is normal for everyone out there; but to deal with it effectively requires repeated exposure to such ordeals.

The Value of Time –

Most of the days, I used to disregard time and treat it as an abundant resource. This “abundant” resource was severely cut short and I noticed it slip out of my hands during exams. I had to make use of every minute preparing for exams, and there was simply no time to even think about time as abundant in any sense.

If your study plan is rigorous, then you will appreciate time as an important resource. This must be the case in general, rather than realizing it multiple times foolishly.

Creating Innovative Strategies –

There were a couple of topics in a couple of courses that required mugging stuff up. This isn’t something I’m good at; so I devised a method to learn the topics as an entire Game of Thrones story, using keywords as mnemonics. As long as I remembered the story I made up, I remembered the topics. It goes against the whole point of having exams in the first place, but I’d have failed that course if I didn’t do that!

Similarly, there are multiple strategies that you can come up with if you’re desperate to get through a course, and that is a benefit to you when you apply that mentality to solve real world problems.