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Monthly Archives: August 2016

Tips for Paying College

Paying for school is getting more troublesome, yet it ought to be moderate in the event that you prepare.

In the event that you have or are anticipating having kids, you have likely effectively thought about to how you are paying for school. This is certainly something that you ought to begin considering as right on time as could be expected under the circumstances – particularly when the cost for a year of training is ascending with every scholarly year. The most ideal approach to ensure that you have cash to pay for school is to begin with an investment account early. Notwithstanding, you ought not put your cash in a standard investment account – the loan costs that you will get are generally not by any means sufficiently high to stay aware of expansion.

Instead, you should look for a better type of savings account. Certificate of Deposit accounts, for instance, usually give a much better interest rate – especially if you are willing to keep the money in the account for a long period of time. (The longer you keep the account, the higher the interest rate is). You should also consider purchasing bonds or making other investments – not all investments are as risky as the open stock market, and long term investments are generally safer.

Another thing that you should consider when your child is older, and you’re about to start paying for college, is that there are a lot of options available for scholarships – and even small scholarships will help. You should start looking for scholarships early, and have your high school student apply to some of the scholarships that apply to him or her.

There are more than just national scholarships available, as well! Most communities have scholarships that have been put forth by groups in the community, or by the high school itself. Essentially, there is nothing lost in applying for a scholarship – so your might as well!

In addition to scholarships, it is also possible for your student to receive grant money from the federal government in order to pay for college. In order to get this money, you’ll need to fill out a lot of financial aid forms – but it will be worth it.

Finally, while student loans are dreaded, you should prepare to take a few of them. Luckily, if you use the other advice in this article, you should not have to take student loans for the entire cost of your child’s education. Your best option for paying for college is to go with a mix of scholarships, loans, and grant money.

Online University Degree, The Pros and Cons

The inquiry that is frequently asked is whether a degree earned through an online organization is worth as much as a degree acquired from a customary college. Late studies, including one did by the University of Phoenix, have demonstrated that there is no huge distinction between separation learning and classroom learning.

Be that as it may, an online degree has its offer of advantages and disadvantages. The undeniable preferred standpoint of an online degree project is that the understudy can be found anyplace on the planet, but then select and seek after a degree course at a main instructive organization, for example, the University of Phoenix Online. There are no altered classroom timings, and it is up to the understudy to choose and pace his or her degree program. The understudy gets to all study material on the web, and communicates with the workforce through straightforward email messages.

It is sometimes argued that in an online degree program, the classroom environment is missing, and the student either depends on material that is supplied by the University, or needs to reach out to the online resources such as online libraries.

The success or failure of an online degree program also depends on the student’s self-discipline. While a traditional classroom situation ensures that the student adheres to the timetable, an online program often leaves it to the student to define the timetable—if the student is unable to exert self-discipline, there is a possibility that the course might overrun the acceptable timeline.

There are also some doubts expressed about the value of an online degree as compared to a traditional degree. However, if the institution imparting online courses is trusted in the academic world and accredited, an online degree is held in high esteem. The University of Phoenix is both trusted and accredited, and has an experienced faculty that is able to communicate effectively with students online.

The study conducted by the University of Phoenix compared its own campus-based students to distance learners and came to the conclusion that the current online format is the most effective vehicle for distance education. But while this study revealed that on campus learning at the University of Phoenix provides no significant advantage over distance learning with that same University, it would be presumptuous to assume that the analogy also extends to other online universities.

About Mind Map

Do you ever feel like you have some incredible thoughts, yet when you take a seat to think of them, they’re not all that good? Alternately much more dreadful, you can’t generally get a feeling of what the thoughts were? In one of my graduate understudy honing bunches we have been talking about the trouble of making an interpretation of halfway shaped thoughts into words on paper. One strategy that makes utilization of a regularly underutilized piece of our cerebrum is called “Mind Mapping.”

What is a Mind Map? Tony Buzan, who made “Mind Map” and has composed widely on it, portrays it as an intense realistic system that makes utilization of the way our brains normally work. He says it has four qualities.

# The main subject is crystallized in a central image
# The main themes radiate from the central image as branches
# Branches comprise a key image or key word printed on an associated line.
# The branches form a connected nodal structure

How Do You Mind Map? Mind mapping is best done in color. If you have some markers or colored pencils, and a sheet of white paper, you’re ready. If you don’t, just use what you have. Start with the central idea that you are trying to wrap your mind around. It could be the big picture (e.g. your next chapter) or a smaller idea (e.g. the next few paragraphs.) Write it down in one or two words at the center of the paper, and draw a circle around it. If there is a symbol or picture that you can put with the words, sketch that in. The idea is that you are activating the non-verbal side of your brain. The quality of what you draw is not important, since you will be the only one seeing it. The same is true for the ideas you come up with. Don’t edit, just put in what comes to mind.

There are no rules for the way to proceed from here. I tend to break rules, anyway. The way my mind works, I start thinking of related ideas, categories, and ideas, which I write in little circles surrounding the circle in the middle. I then use lines to connect them. Tony Buzan likes to draw curved lines emanating from the center, and write the related or associated ideas on the lines. The result looks like a tree emanating from a central spot. My technique looks more like a bunch of lollipops.

As you continue to add associated ideas to your outer circles or branches, you continue to draw the connections. You will notice as you fill them in that there are cross connections that appear. I find it helpful to draw lines between those interconnecting ideas.

How Does a Mind Map Help? The brain is an associative network, and the right hemisphere (in most people) is responsible for non-verbal, visual, associative and much creative thinking. Normally when writing, we are mostly making use of our left hemisphere, which tends towards the analytical, one-thought-at-a-time approach. Our internal thoughts, however, are not shaped like that. Thus we have a roadblock as we try to get our brilliant thoughts on paper.

By using a Mind Map as a starting point for thinking, you can bypass the blockage and feeling of overwhelm caused by overly analytical thinking. The Mind Map allows you to see more than one thought at a glance, and in doing so helps clarify your thinking. It shows the way ideas are interrelated (or less related than you thought.) It allows more access to creative, non-linear parts of your brain.

How Can Grad Students and Professors Use Mind Maps? At this point, you’re probably thinking, “How is it that Gina writes so brilliantly and clearly? How does she keep all her creative thoughts straight?” The secret is that I use Mind Maps to write my articles. So it’s not a high IQ but my Mind Mapping skills that got me where I am today.

Here are some helpful ways to make use of Mind Mapping.

  • Use it for brainstorming ideas for your proposal or new research project.
  • Make a Mind Map of your next chapter or the one you’re currently stuck on.
  • When planning your career, make a Mind Map to show the pros and cons of your available options.
  • Use a Mind Map to take notes.
  • Mind Mapping can help keep you awake and interested in your subject.
  • Prepare for an upcoming meeting with a Mind Map and use it to explain your ideas.
  • Use it in teaching, both to prepare classes and for handouts.

Play around with Mind Mapping. You’ll find it’s a refreshing break from the one-foot-in-front-of-the-other way that we approach many things in life.

Study Tips for Test

You’re in the thick of the school year. It appears as though there are such a large number of things going on, similar to assignments, ventures, and extracurricular exercises. Presently a test is coming up and you must do well on it. In what manner would it be a good idea for you to concentrate so you improve on that test?

Above all else, when you think about for a test, you shouldn’t learn something totally new. It is quicker and simpler to recall something you have officially learned than to learn something totally new. After every day of classes, it is a smart thought to survey all that you have learned. It doesn’t need to be a long survey either. Basically run during that time’s themes. That way, you allow your mind to drench up the data. Ideally, this survey will make future concentrate less tedious and to a lesser degree a learning procedure.

Where you study is important. Find a place that’s readily available with minimal distractions. A popular place to study is home. However, for some, home can be too distracting as it is easy to get sidetracked. What may help is if you study in a place that’s similar to the place where you’re going to take the test. When you study, you might associate certain topics with the environment. So if you take the test in a similar environment, you can more easily retrieve these associations. For example, if you’re going to write a test in a lecture room, it may help to study in a lecture room.

Some people study well in a group since they can get help from others in areas in which they are lacking. They may also gain valuable insight from others on what they have overlooked and which critical areas to focus on for the test. On the other hand, some people study well alone. They know what they have to study. A group can be distracting as they engage in off-topic conversation or try to do absolutely everything but study. You’re the one who knows yourself the best, so determine what works best for you.

There are various methods you can use when studying. For example, when studying for a test, you can do different things, like reading through your textbook, reading through course notes, answering textbook questions, redoing past assignments, reviewing previous tests, researching online, talking with others, and more. You can also use memory-improving techniques like mnemonics, visualization, and association. Try a combination of different studying methods and track your results.

A method that works well for most people is studying in small pieces instead of large chunks of time. Studying in large chunks of time increases the chance that you will overwhelm your brain with information and start forgetting things. If you study in small pieces of time, you aren’t absorbing all of this information at once and get chances to rest. Furthermore, you should rehearse what you study and do it in expanding time intervals. For example, if you study ten digits of PI, you could attempt to rehearse the ten digits in one minute, then two minutes, then four minutes, and so on.

In addition, state of being is important for studying. It has been shown that if you study while intoxicated, you will do better if you take the test while intoxicated. If you study while sober, you will do better if you take the test while sober. The sober case showed better results than the intoxicated case. Thus it’s better to stay away from the drinks while studying and while taking the test.

Finally, make sure you eat healthy and get a good night’s sleep before the test. If you think there is not enough time to sleep, take a look at some time management tips so you can help use and manage your time more efficiently.