• December 31, 2017 /  Education & Study
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    Study abroad programs become the first choice when it comes to pursuing higher education. The advancement of technology and increasing liberalization have also elevated education abroad as a viable option for many. However, what has made these programs popular among the students of developing countries and other hitherto marginalized sections of the population is the availability of numerous study abroad scholarships and International fellowships.

    Over the years, USA seems to have captured the imagination of the youth who wish to pursue higher education abroad. Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, New Zealand and Singapore are some other places that have witnessed tremendous flow of International students. India and China are two other countries that are attracting a growing number of foreign students at present.

    However, taking the decision to go abroad for studies is not an easy one as it involves considerable expenses. But with numerous education loans and scholarships around, it has become much easier today. Most of the countries that seek to attract students from other countries offer scholarships on a wide variety of study abroad programs that may include courses in medicine, engineering, arts and humanities, science, management, law, fashion design & technologies, and various other courses. For example, if you are willing to study in USA, you can think of applying for Fulbright Scholarships, Marshall Scholarships, AFLSE Scholarships, Miss America Scholarships and so on. In order to qualify for certain scholarships you may have to fulfill certain criteria like merit, need, ethnicity etc.

    For specific information on a country’s study abroad programs, it is always helpful to visit the local office of the country’s embassy or the office of the High Commission. Moreover, certain countries has also opened office specifically to cater to the needs of the International students. Certain good educational websites also provide information about the study abroad programs that are available in a country and other related information. Another option to take the right decision is to go for professional help and visit an experienced education consultant.

  • December 31, 2017 /  Education & Study
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    Distance education is as old as the wide availability of written materials and literacy. As textbooks and written guides became increasingly common, skill seeking or curious people had another way to learn alongside lectures and apprenticeships. From historical records of newspaper advertisements, we know that correspondence courses were available as early as 1728. Today, distance education can be taught be anyone, from individual private instructors to accredited colleges, in virtually any subject from a health science program to an accounting diploma.

    Why Distance Education?

    Because theres no cost for classrooms and other facilities, distance education is often cheaper than an equivalent traditional program. In very basic courses, the overhead costs are the instructors marking time, and how long it takes to assemble the initial materials, and even in courses where theres more communication between the teacher and the learner, theres less need for formal office space and the only transportation costs are the internet bills or postage.

    Delivery Systems

    The quality and means of delivery varies between courses. For much of their history, educators and schools relied on the post, with teacher or institution and student mailing each other assignments and course materials. These days, many courses are taught over the computer and students can review recorded lectures, participate in interactive tutorials and even have face to face conversations with instructors through video conference software.
    Furthermore, theres a plethora of systems to administer and score quizzes on the computer.

    Who Does Distance Education Suit?

    People who live in sparsely populated or where a program of this nature is not available get particular benefit from distance education. For example, Canadian children in the arctic can stay with their parents and still get a basic education this way. Correspondence courses are also perfect for people who need a flexible schedule. Because study and course materials are completed at the pace of the student, whether its a new career or continuing education, its possible for students to juggle responsibilities and study at the same time. Another category includes students in a regular program, who want to supplement their studies with a course thats not available in their school. For example a student could be in a health science program and discover that a new medical technique is only taught at another school. Rather than transfer schools, they might learn about it through distance education and then apply the credit to their degree.

    In addition to learning skills, a popular topic for distance education is exam preparation and professional certification. In this case a student may have already have been working in a field or completed studies, but is missing professional credentials or industry membership. An example of this is a person with an accounting diploma who wants to become chartered. In this case they know the material and just need to extra practice for the test that proves it.

  • December 30, 2017 /  Education & Study
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    Education helps to transform lives and this has been evident from time immemorial. In order to promote higher education among the masses, administrators and planners advocated the promotion of distance education. These courses were mainly conducted with the help of study centers and weekly or in certain case monthly classes and contact programs. With, the passage of time and the increase in the development of technology, particularly of the internet distance education appeared on the online format.

    An increasing number of educational institutes, particularly the foreign universities are going for the online format. This will be particularly helpful for the technically qualified students.

    Many traditional degrees are available in a new format and the online university courses are also offering various types of professional degrees. Some of the popular online degrees are mostly related to management and associated degrees, like
    MBA in Finance
    MBA in Marketing
    Hospital Management
    Travel & Tourism Management
    Applied courses in Advanced Psychology
    MBA in Human Resource Development

    Apart from the above there are many more in the offing. Many newly setup universities are also offering some combined courses in order to help the students to diversify their career prospects.

    Since the concept of online education is to diversify as well as seek some advancement in their career prospects. This very concept popularized the distance courses among the masses and it also helped in the promotion of the higher education. Technology has helped tremendously in the promotion of higher education and this is mainly through the online format. Some of the major technological advancements of education are,
    Online classes
    Flexible timing and fee structure
    Choice of courses
    More emphasis towards professional qualifications
    Foreign and internationally recognized degree
    Job opportunities abroad
    Technical training opportunities
    Apart from the above, the students can save a lot and it is also equally recognized as a regular degree.

    Time is one of the major constraints of the modern age and the value of time is money. This has helped online university courses to become popular among the working professionals. Nowadays distance courses are also available in the online format. With the tremendous advancement of technology like the internet, students are getting plenty of opportunity in making the right choice of the required courses. Management degrees are gaining in popularity and this has proved to be very helpful in improving the career prospects of a growing number of technically qualified students. This will help them to make the next progression in their career.

  • December 28, 2017 /  Education & Study
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    Dont sabotage your study time. Do first things first. Hopefully, youve already decided to make the Praxis II exam a priority for the next few months, so do the things that are most important to your overall life plan prepare for your success!

    Get a Praxis II study guide and make it a priority to do the most important things first (like this career-determining test preparation) before going shopping, seeing friends or even watching a movie.

    2) Spend the money and get the most current study guides available.

    Unfortunately, not all Praxis 2 study guides are created equal. You want to spend the money and invest in your future invest in yourself! Get a Praxis study guide that is up to date for the year you are taking the exam. Get a study system that will teach you informative tips and productive strategies that will position you for passing the exam. Most important of all, get a study system that provides you with a mentor.

    3) Make time to have focused study.

    Create 30 to 60 minutes of uninterrupted time in your schedule that you can use for study purposes. During that time, study and review Praxis II practice tests and learn valuable test-taking strategies. If you feel you need a break, then take one, but always come back to your studies and make this time a priority for your Praxis II study.

    4) Know yourself.

    As simple as that sounds, many people underestimate or overestimate their abilities and thus end up sabotaging their own efforts. If youre not going to do well by studying alone, then get in a study group. Conversely, if youre not going to do well in a study group, then study alone. The Praxis 2 test is so critical, youll need to understand your limitations, but youll also need to balance that by pushing yourself beyond those same limitations.

    If you dont create your time to study, then taking that time will get squeezed out of your day and you’ll end up doing less important things that dont really impact your life. Prepare yourself for the success you deserve by sticking to your studying!

  • December 28, 2017 /  Education & Study
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    Most students know someone who’s gone oversees to study abroad but most have never considered the option for themselves. There are many advantages to spending a semester in another country, but is this right for you or your child? First and foremost, what is study abroad? The basic premise is to travel to another country and continue normal studies while also learning about the country’s culture, history and language. Students who study abroad must normally have a certain amount of school credit hours to qualify for the opportunity; must be willing to be gone for either a semester, summer or year; and must typically pay their own way unless they’re on scholarship. Before deciding to take this journey, both students and parents are interested in hearing the advantages of this option. So what are they?

    One major benefit in most people’s minds is the opportunity to experience a different culture for a short period of time. The student will have the chance to become accustomed to new foods, arts, music, history, political systems and holidays. Another plus is if you decide to travel to a country whose national language you’ve studied, you’ll be able to gain first-hand experience putting that language to use. The best way to become fluent in a language is to put it into practice; what better way to do that than to rehearse it in its natural environment? Having this kind of practice with a foreign language can look very good to a perspective college, grad school and even to future jobs.

    The ultimate way to ensure you’re choosing the right plan is to be absolutely comfortable with the overall idea. If you don’t like leaving home for a couple of days, odds are high that adjusting to studying abroad would take some time. It’s critical to weigh your options. Obviously it’s natural to fear becoming homesick, but most students who’ve chosen to study abroad find that they’re so busy participating in amazing new opportunities that the time flies by and home is a faraway thought.

    If you’ve weighed your options and decided the journey will benefit you, be sure to check out your options as far as programs go. Most high schools and colleges offer their own programs, but if you choose to go another route or if you’re home schooled then you’ll want to do plenty of Internet research. Terra Education is one option for those wishing to participate in a high school study abroad program. Regardless of which choice you go with, remember that you’re experiencing a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and you should take full advantage of it. Put yourself out there and gain as much as you can from from the experience. Safe travels!

  • December 27, 2017 /  Education & Study
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    A combination of rules and regulations that creates an ambience of safety security, justice and equality in a civilized world is called a Law. Law brings about a transformation in the society and a change in people.

    The process of teaching and training young learning minds the basics and intricacies of law and order and enabling them to practice it is called Legal Education. To learn Law and legal systems, people apply for admission to law colleges and law universities, study in-depth about the subject and then practice in real life.

    These days many students go to study Law in UK. There are many Law colleges in UK which provide studies in UK and International Law. The reason why many prefer to study Law in UK is because of their similarity with Indian Law. This way one who studies law from a good Law College in UK can understand Indian Law also very well. Law Universities in U.K teach prospective lawyers the basics of law at the undergraduate level. After they graduate from the college, they are made to achieve distinction in a bar exam. Once that is done, they are given a certificate and then become eligible for practice.

    There is an examination called the Common Professional examination that students must pass with good marks in order to set the ball rolling to practice Law in UK. Law practice tests are a good source to hone your skills before appearing in the exam. Like mentioned earlier, they can finish the process of learning law in the undergraduate level itself. It also possible to study Legal Education by earning a diploma in a Law college in the UK or a Law University in the UK. After the degree is earned, vocational courses is completed by students to finally finish their process.

    “Education of Lawyers” is the top most body and the governing council for legal education in the U.S. “Juris Doctor” or “Doctor of jurisprudence” is the official law enabling practice degree that is given by law colleges and law universities to students. After this, he has to do a variety of law practice tests to attend a bar exam and pass in it effectively. After a prospective lawyer passes the bar exam, he is given an official license and officially becomes an Attorney of Law. Now he has the option to practice independently or join a law firm.

  • December 24, 2017 /  Education & Study
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    In a developing nation like India with over a billion populations, it is important to have facility which provides free education to poor children. Even the economy is growing fast, though sometimes the markets get into bullish mode, but overall its every where declared that India is the future global leader, a thing that makes every Indian feel proud. But if some one cares to look around, then one grows a little skeptic about the development one gets to hear of. You can notice lots of poor people around who are not getting those basic facilities that we usually take for granted. The condition that strikes terror in anyones heart are the poor children of these poor people whose future as well as the present is so dark.

    With no financial support or a proper place to live, without the guarantee of three time food, they have to start working at a very early age, when they should have been in some school. Those who are not working or begging for living are left for the day by their parents in the street to fend for themselves. Their parents too dont have an option other than these. Sending to school to receive the primary education is adopted by few parents, but most of them ignore this and put their kids to work some where. Life has not allowed these children to have a choice to choose the way of education. But does that mean those of us who have given the opportunity to help someone turn a blind eye on this problem saying that its not our headache to provide for others who are less fortunate than us. Its the work of the state administration. After all we dream of making this world a better place to live. So, start lending help in achieving that target.

    To start with, it would be better if we start concentrating towards providing free education to those who cannot afford it. Setting up education societies would be a very good idea where poor children will be provided with free education and other facilities like medical facilities, sports kits, stationery and clothing kits for free which lead to an all round development of the children.

    Whether you are living in India or abroad, your contribution in some good and dedicated charitable organization working for providing free education would bring cheers in the life of lots of little children who would be living a miserable life other wise. Guru Nanak Garib Niwaj Education Society is founded by Baba Amar Singh Ji is working towards this goal.

  • December 15, 2017 /  Education & Study
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    The Oxford dictionary describes play as: to fulfill, to occupy oneself, to have the ability to perform, to undertake or exercise activities for pleasure.

    Not any particular child, but every child in any nation, environment or circumstance needs play. It’s absolutely necessary for children to play, to express themselves social, emotionally and physically. Play allows itself to be an individual creation or to be shared with others, it can be pulled in any direction letting it be turned into anything a child would like, preparing a healthy start to a lifetime of learning. Play is so special that its generosity even includes having fun; in fact that is one of the most important things about it. It has so many benefits that head off in every direction developing all the important ingredients for strong head start in a child life.

    It is the adults job to explore the conditions which are best for maximizing the potential benefits of play for children to develop these social skills. One of the ways to do this is to provide and encourage games that are fun, exciting and positive for children. Many social skills are learnt through co-operative activities allowing the child to learn how to confidently form stronger friendships and relationships with siblings and parents.

    Activities that involve interacting with others teach children not only about themselves but also about other childrens feeling needs and wants. Since they have learnt to value others’ emotions they develop skills to handle confrontations and conflicts in the future.

    It’s also important for a child to develop physical strengths along with the social and emotional. Play has a huge impact in this development for children of varying ages, abilities and interests. Physical play strengthens a child’s fine motor skills as well as gross motor skills. Fine motor skills include such things as eye, mouth, wrist, finger and toe movements, whereas motor skills are the exercise of the larger muscle groups like the arms, legs and torso. This motor play provides critical opportunities for childrens overall strengthening of muscles, nerves and brain stimulation.

    Play involves social, emotional, and physical learning. Included in all these types of learning comes cognitive development, an important result of play. Play gives children the opportunity to understand the world, interact with others in social ways and to express and control emotions. Play is a child’s opportunity to practice the skills they are building, and to try out new tasks. This gives them the framework and knowledge to solve more complex problems. All these things are needed for a child to get a healthy start in life. But the most important part of play is having fun. Play and fun are inseparable from each other. Without play, fun doesnt exist and without fun play cant exist.

    For more information on early childhood education and the effect of good childcare on a child’s development check out my section on kindergarten and kindercare at our website.

  • December 8, 2017 /  Education & Study
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    The logic of it makes perfect sense: teens don’t function at high levels early in the morning. So the results of a study from the Eastern Virginia Medical school aren’t too shocking: when high schools start too early, teens are more likely to crash their cars on the way there.

    The study compared teen accident rates between Virginia Beach and Chesapeake counties, two adjacent Virginia counties with differing school start times.

    Robert Vorona, a sleep doctor at the school, compiled data on drivers between 16 and 18 in the two counties. In Virginia Beach, the high schools start at 7:20 a.m., and in Chesapeake, 8:40 a.m.

    While the time difference was seemingly minimal, the crash data was drastically different.

    Among students who started school very early in Virginia Beach, there were 65.4 car crashes for every 1,000 teen drivers. In Chesapeake County, there were just 46.2 crashes per 1,000 teen drivers.

    That is a 40% crash rate increase for schools starting a little over an hour earlier.

    While this particular study didn’t account for the time of day of the crashes, this is not the first time school start times have been linked to the crash rate.

    A 2008 study in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine showed a 16% decrease in accidents when a Kentucky school pushed start times back.

    Falling asleep at the wheel is obviously dangerous, but for a new driver, merely being tired can have just as poor an effect on their driving.

    To anyone who has ever lived with a teenager, this need for sleep isnt news. The average teen needs 9.25 hours of sleep and typically cant fall asleep until 11, so its no wonder that later start times help.

    Several lobbyist groups are already pressuring schools to adopt earlier start times. If you don’t have time to get involved, there are a few things you can do to ensure that your teens are getting enough sleep.

    Try turning off cell phones, computers, etc an hour or two before your teen needs to go to sleep so they can start winding down.

    Avoid too many caffeinated beveragesand avoid caffeine entirely after 4 p.m.

    Consider going over your teens daily schedule with them. When alarms start to go off at 6 a.m., and extracurricular activities last until 6 or 7 p.m., it can be hard to find time to juggle homework and a social life. Learning time management strategies from a young age ensures they can make time for sleep well into their adult life as well.

    If your teen still didnt get the necessary amount of sleep, dont let them bike or drive to school. They may hate you for it, but at least they wont be a hazard to themselves or others on the road.

    Copyright (c) 2010 James Parrish

  • November 28, 2017 /  Education & Study
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