March 31

The Wonderful World Of Correspondence Courses & Distance Education

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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.

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March 30

Study Guides – Are They Helpful

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Have you ever purchased a study guide that promises to teach you the the great and amazing study secret that no one has ever heard of? In most cases, this type of hype does not carry any real content or any fulfillment to the many promises they make. Hence, It will be my intention today to try to guide you on how to find out the real study techniques that lead to success in your studies. First of all, let me start out by this premise:

There are no real short cuts or secrets to gaining knowledge, it’s a matter of hard word and patience. Hence the saying: Patience might be sour but its result is sweet. Although there are no (or very few) real study secrets, there do exist certain study techniques that will make your studying a whole lot easier and even more effective. As you yourself might know, there are numerous ways of studying and I can’t compel you to choice a certain way that doesn’t fit you, hence I strongly urge you to do the following:

No matter how you learn the best (by visual experience, kinetic etc) make sure that you do not change horses in midstream concerning the way you learn, ie do not flip flop between different learning approaches. This will inevitable confuse you and may even worsen your study results in the long run. Remember that studying a small amount of information each day on a long time period is several times better than studying an immense amount of information over a short time frame. Contingency is a vital component in your studies, never forget that!

This article was not written in order to spell out all the thousands of different study techniques found under the sun but in the hope of making you realize that one can systemize the way one studies and that this change really can make a difference. Therefore, I urge you once again to sit down and reflect for a moment; how do you learn the best? Be sure to write down your answers and review them with your self and see if you can make any general conclusions, you might be stunned to see that you might have had a bad approach for too long.

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March 29

More from the Sister Study

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In the March 17, 2009 issue of Life Extension Update, we reported the finding from the Sister Study, a cohort of healthy sisters of breast cancer patients, of a beneficial association between multivitamin use and telomere length, a biomarker of aging. Telomeres, which are repeating DNA sequences that cap the ends of chromosomes, shorten with increased cellular aging.

In articles published in the February and March, 2009 issues of the journal Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention, further findings from the Sister Study concerning the impact of lifestyle on telomere length were revealed.

In the February, 2009 issue, Christine Parks, PhD, of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and her associates evaluated the effect of stress on telomere length in 647 Sister Study participants. Telomere length in DNA from blood samples was measured, and stress hormone levels in urine were assessed. Questionnaires completed by the subjects provided information on perceived stress levels.

Study participants, on average, reported low stress levels. “Even so, women who reported above-average stress had somewhat shorter telomeres, but the difference in telomere length was most striking when we looked at the relationship between perceived stress and telomere length among women with the highest levels of stress hormones,” Dr Parks observed. “Among women with both higher perceived stress and elevated levels of the stress hormone epinephrine, the difference in telomere length was equivalent to or greater than the effects of being obese, smoking or 10 years of aging.”

In the report that appeared in the March, 2009 issue of the journal, the effect of past and current body mass index (BMI) on telomere length was examined. Sister Study participants whose BMI categorized them as overweight or obese before or during their thirties and whose weight status was maintained were found to have shorter telomeres compared to subjects who became overweight at an older age. “This suggests that duration of obesity may be more important than weight change per se, although other measures of overweight and obesity were also important,” stated lead author Sangmi Kim, PhD, also of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. “Our results support the hypothesis that obesity accelerates the aging process”.

“We anticipate a wealth of information to come out of the Sister Study,” predicted Dale Sandler, PhD, chief of the Epidemiology Branch at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and principal investigator of the Sister Study. “Not only do we hope to find out more about the environmental and genetic factors that might lead to breast cancer, we also want to learn more about how factors such as stress, diet and exercise might impact cancer and other disease risks.”

“Together these two studies reinforce the need to start a healthy lifestyle early and maintain it,” National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences director Linda Birnbaum, PhD, concluded. “These papers remind us that there are things people can do to modify their behavior and live healthier lives, such as maintain a healthy weight and cultivate healthy responses to stress.”

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March 28

Looking For A Violin Teacher Here Are Some Pointers

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If you are reading this article, congratulations on your decision to pick up the skill of playing the violin. Alternatively, you may be in the process of looking for a suitable violin teacher for your child. In either case, you will need to be aware of the following points:

1.A good violin teacher doubles up as a good mentor

Yes it is true. A good violin teacher is not only a skilled violin player, he or she must be passionate about educating his or her student. If you find a responsible violin teacher, this will all the more accelerate your learning progress. You will find that the process of picking up the skill of playing the violin is smoother.

2.Look for a qualified violin teacher

A qualified violin teacher imparts the right technique to a new student. He or she will teach the student the correct posture when playing the violin, how to hold the violin bow and correct bowing techniques. Learning the violin is very much like picking up any other skills such as swimming. If during the learning stage, you pick up the wrong techniques, it will be difficult to correct the techniques later.

3.Location of the violin lesson

You will also need to consider if you require the violin teacher to travel to your home to teach you or your child, or if you prefer to have the lessons in a studio. A studio would be a better choice as it is sound proof and will not disturb neighbours.

Some teachers prefer to be based in a school or studio, so they save travelling time and can handle more students. There is also the option of taking up group classes in a school or studio.

4.Budget

Finally, you will need to decide on a budget for engaging your violin teacher. Very experienced and qualified violin teachers may command a rate of $100 per hour while those who are just starting out may start at a rate of $50 per hour.

5.Track record of the teacher

If possible, find out the track record of the teacher. Does he or she have a high percentage rate of students who pass the ABRSM exams with merit or distinction? These results tell a lot on the capability of the teacher.

Also, check if the teachers existing pool of students have been with him or her for many years. If the answer is yes, then you have very likely found the perfect violin teacher for you or your child.

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March 28

Reasons Why Students Avail of Custom Essay Writing Services

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Although the obligation to accomplish academic writing tasks with success belongs to the students, there are circumstances that do not allow them to write essays. In some cases, students are able to write their academic papers, but with lesser focus. This eventually leads to lower quality papers that could be incoherent, hard to understand and full of grammar and spelling errors. Pressured to submit essays as part of the requirements, a student may opt to avail of a Custom Essay Writing Service

The decision whether to avail of an essay writing service solely lies with the student. For some students, they do not have the time, energy and resources to cover and accomplish all the assigned academic tasks and activities. A student may be loaded with academic assignments more than he could handle. If he insists on doing all of them, he might be too pressured and might end up writing low quality compositions. He might not be able to accomplish all of the tasks, which could result to missed submissions. Instead of writing low quality essays or missing submissions, a student would opt to avail of a Custom Essay Writing Service.

For other students, they have distinctive fears that prevent them from writing quality essays. Some of them fear that they do not have ample writing skills. There are students who fear that they may not be able to organize their thoughts. Others also fear that if they write something, they could be wrong. Because of these fears, a student would opt to avail of a Custom Essay Writing Service.

It is undisputable that there are students who cannot write quality essays because of lack of time, energy and resources and because of inexplicable fears. But they could always avail of outside help from credible custom essay writing services.

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March 27

Dinorama – Entertaining Dino Education for Your Kid

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If you are looking for a decent education software for the kid you can look on iTunes store to get the best app for your smartphone and tablet. There is lots of title out there that offer enjoyable and entertaining education for your kid for instance alphabet understanding, animal learning, and much more. one of those applications is Dinorama, Dinorama is a fun as well as interesting application to instruct your kid about the great creature in the past, dinosaur. Having cute graphic and straightforward control Dinorama surely has plenty to give. Let’s find out what this application is offering under.

Feature

Quite simply, the game is a time management skills game where being a park owner you have to feed, make habitat for dinosaur, selling popcorn, and even more. Although there are numerous thing to complete, this game is not hard to learn and quite addicting for some part. Your kid can learn to manage a park as well as understand the financial as well because they must take care of the snacks selling, feed fee, and ticket. Next to handle all the stuff that’s must be carried out your park, you’ll be able to hire an worker to assist you run the park effectively.

This app really train your kid the way to be a young entrepreneur, there are lots of random circumstance that occurs during the day such as rainstorm that make the ticket sale change, crop disaster make the food cost high, and even piggy bank to make them fascinated. Those random circumstance could make your kids think and study from what they’ve to do in order to make the park continue running. Near the management, your children can also play of course together with the dinosaur by providing them with food and even touch them while using touch screen.

For that dinosaur, you are able to breed it with 8 different colors in every kinds. Not just that could make your park much more colorful, you can also have several dinosaurs with all your favourite color. There are numerous mini games that you could have fun with like finding lost items, getting a tour guide to assist you see the dinosaur, and even help your visitor found their most favorite dinosaur. Even though the day seems okay, sometime your park requires some servicing and you have to do the repair by yourself. This application really offer lots of things to find out and to carry out for your kids, you’ll be able to download this game on iTunes for free.

Rendy Rembana is one of the author at Paseban Portal. Covering information, review and tips about Mobile Apps and Games

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March 27

Conference Brings Educators, Students and Businesses and Organizations Together for Career Minded Hispanic and Latino Students

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This years annual conference sponsored by Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) and Advancing Hispanic Excellence in Technology, Engineering, Math and Science (AHETEMS) will bring together educators, students, and leaders in government and industry. The purpose of this summit is to advance scientific and technical education, career paths, and life goals for a variety of Hispanic and Latino students across the United States.

The annual conference held by SHPE and AHETEMS will be in Cincinnati, Ohio, October 27-31, 2010, at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza and the Duke Energy Convention Center. The conference will include a Deans Summit, an Educators Forum and ample opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and high school students to learn about scholarships and internships to advance their learning opportunities and professional growth in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

In the “Rising Above the Gathering Storm” report, the National Science Board (NSB) raised concerns about statistical data that indicates a “troubling decline” in the number of U.S. citizens who are studying and training to become scientists and engineers. The NSB projections show that the number of jobs requiring STEM skills is growing at more than four times the rate of the U.S. labor force as a whole. To complicate matters, the present workforce employed with federal agencies that focus on scientific professions is readying for retirement. In 2010 alone, 71% of the U.S. governments permanent employees in STEM fields will be eligible for retirement and 40% are expected to exercise this option.

Since a huge number of professionals in the STEM fields are due to retire, high profile government agencies are interested in properly preparing bright and motivated students for successful STEM careers. The foundation for a successful career begins in high school, college, and graduate school. At this time especially, the opportunity is ripe for organizations such as SHPE and AHETEMS to provide the necessary funding and mentoring to improve career opportunities in high paying fields for Hispanic and Latino students. Over thirty years of working to advance Hispanic and Latino students opportunities has shown those who are traditionally underrepresented in these lucrative and well-respected professions flourish when financial, study, and career opportunities are introduced.

This annual conference is a unique opportunity for Hispanic and Latino high school students who are focused on careers in technological fields to see what college is all about, prepare for SATs, learn how to write effective essays, and obtain a wider view of the jobs available in the technical fields. High profile government agencies, such as NASA and the Department of Energy, participate in this conference. Representatives from these and other agencies and companies attend this conference to speak directly to students aspiring to work in scientific and technical fields and study at colleges and universities across the United States.

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March 26

The Importance Of Studying Zoology

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Zoology is the aspect of science that deals with the study of the animals’ evolution, habitat and behavior. Many students wonder why they need to study zoology. It is a branch of science that does not have anything to do with people so they are left wondering why they have to learn it.

1. The first answer to the question, why is zoology important to us is for humans to have an appreciation for nature. Our nature is not just composed of the humans but of plants and animals as well. Everything in our environment is connected in a complex cycle. If you have a better understanding of how animals would behave and interact with us then you would appreciate nature better. You would feel nature should not be taken for granted.

2. The second answer to the question, why is zoology important to us is for people to have a better understanding of the animals. Some animals are usually misunderstood by people like sharks and snakes. These creatures are thought of as human killers, and this is mainly because we don’t understand why they behave that way. In this branch of science you would be able to learn their natural behavior as well as their habitats so you would completely understand why they would behave in a defensive manner when they seem threatened. Studying zoology would help people achieve clarity over the common myths we have on different wild animals

3. The third answer to the question, why is zoology important to us is to understand the urgency of preserving the animals. Studying this subject would help people know the real facts about animals. One of the negative facts is the dwindling numbers of some species of animals. It makes people realize that there is a need for nature to be always balanced. We need animals to maintain the balance in our environment and for humans to survive as well. This branch of science would help us learn the needs that animals lack and we can respond by thinking of solutions we can give to the endangered species of animals.

4. The fourth answer to the question, why is zoology important to us is for people to learn the importance of the role of humans as caretakers of animals. Modern progress is needed for a country to grow in terms of its economy however it should not force us to compromise our rainforests and oceans. It reminds us that modernization should not just be equated with tall buildings and skyscrapers. People should realize that our modern lives should include the lives of the animals that live with us. They should not be contained in zoos but in their natural habitats as well. We will learn that every living creature on earth has the right to own a habitat and as their caretaker, we need to fight for them to have permanent habitats.

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March 25

Different Scholarship Programs and Their Benefits For Students

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A scholarship for student is nothing but a reward in form of financial help to pursue further studies at school level, graduation level, post-graduations level and for other higher education programs. In almost, every country government and different private organizations and trusts offer Scholarships for Students to encourage them to continue their studies. Besides the local government, there are various universities and colleges, which offer International Scholarships to students for higher studies.

Education Scholarships Programs play a vital role in carving students professional careers by enabling them to keep their studies continue. In country like India, where many students cant pursue desired courses due to financial issue, Scholarships Program is a boon.

The Government of India, through the Department of Science and Technology and the Department of Atomic Energy provide students with different College Scholarships and School Scholarships. Further, there are universities such as Gayatri College of Biomedical Science, Dehradun, UK and Srinagar Garhwal (Central University), which conduct Education Scholarships Programs for those, who want to pursue PhD in any discipline.

Apart from this, NIIT – Bhavishya Jyoti Scholarship, ITC Overseas Scholarships, Joint CSIR- UGC Test for Junior Research Fellowship and Eligibility for Lectureship, HCL CDC-Yuva Pratibha Scholarship, NATIONAL TALENT SEARCH SCHEME, JN Tata Endowment Scholarship Program, Tata Institute of Social Sciences Scholarships, Jagadis Bose National Science Talent Search and Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY) are other well known College Scholarships and School Scholarships in the country.

Selection of students for different scholarships is commonly done on following basis:

Merit: Students, who are brilliant in any area, need to be promoted for higher studies. Government and University Scholarships Programs select such students and help them financially to study the desired subject in highly renowned institutes in country and abroad.

Scholarships for Financially Poor Students: Scholarships programs also recognize financially poor students and help them to continue their studies.

Career Specific Scholarships: Some sectors such as nursing, atomic research, coast guard jobs, and different welfare programs of government, which need professional to work with. Government offer scholarships for students, who wish to work for such sectors that dont usually attract students.

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March 25

Why do credit card companies target college students

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Many credit card companies see the marketing potential in college students. Credit card companies use promotional offers and free gifts like t-shirts, coffee mugs, or CDs to entice students on signing up for their company.

Have you ever asked why? Loyalty is a good reason. Credit card companies are competing to be the first credit card that the student will own. By being their first credit card, it is very likely that even when they graduate from college and enter the corporate world, students will be upgrading their credit cards with the same credit card company.

Students are Big Spenders
Aside from this, college students are great spenders. Lets face it, credit card companies love customers who spend much using their credit cards. The more a person uses his credit card, the better it is for the business. And students are usually prone to over spending or using their credit cards excessively not just for their school necessities but on luxuries as well.

Despite the fact that college students are still in school and most do not have stable jobs to finance them, credit card companies are still doing everything to encourage these students on obtaining a student credit card. Furthermore, credit card companies are encouraging students to use their credit cards as often as they can.

Regardless of whether a student can afford to pay it or not, credit cards are willing to take the risk. Why? Because they can simply charge additional costs on the customers account if they fail to make their payments on time. For instance, credit card companies profit from charging interest rates and penalty fees on their customers. Obviously, customers who fail to pay their balances promptly pay more even if it takes them some time to repay their bill. In the end, the credit card company is still the one who benefits.

Students Need Credit
It is also interesting to know that students will do everything in order to repay their credit card debts. Although, students may fall behind on their payments, they will still find some way to pay off their debts especially as they are about to graduate and find employment. Students may get a part-time job, get a student loan, or borrow from their parents or relatives the money to get off their credit card debts.

Students need to clean up their credit report from any unimpressive records. They need to boost their credit rating so that future employers and creditors can find them worthy of their approval. Thus, credit card companies know that whatever happens, students will find a way to settle their credit card debts sooner or later.

In view of this, it is up to the students on how they will use their student credit cards to their advantage. Credit card companies do not have to be the only ones to profit. A student credit card can provide great help and support during a students college years as long as the student knows how to manage his finances responsibly.

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