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College Musings from a Reflective Alumna: What You Need To Stop And Think About Regarding College

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College, for many fortunate Americans, is like “Adulting.Beta.” There are way more responsibilities than there were during high school, but there are still some safety nets in place. This can be a crucial time of self-discovery, where children enter the system and something closer to adults leave.

The range of experiences — and privileges — is quite extensive. Some students will have to work or may choose to work while also taking classes. Some students may be older and attending for the first time, while others still may have children or other dependents under their care. Some may be disadvantaged economically or come from an ethnic minority. Some may finish in two years, while others may not finish at all.

The real college experience is far removed from smiling faces scattered before a leafy autumnal collonade, which is what many promotional pamphlets might have you believe. But, in truth, there are as many college experiences as there are college students. Each one is unique, and though some may fall along the bell curve in terms of a “traditional experience,” no two can be quite the same.

Active College vs. Passive College

If there is any advice I can offer — as a legal assistant, professional writer, and college alumna — it is to wrest as much control as you can out of your college experience. Don’t let college happen to you. Use college as a springboard to get you to where you want to be (or closer to it because many of you won’t know what you want to do). Move through college actively, don’t get pulled along through it.

If You Are Undecided, Decide To Wait

And what if you don’t know what you want to be doing? Well, you really have two options ahead of you if you aren’t sure what to do. Either go undecided or don’t go. I recommend not paying a dime before knowing at least what field you want to work in. There is a terrible myth that you must go to college even if you don’t know what you want to do. This myth originates from the same people raising tuition and forcing students into terrible amounts of student loan debt. (I’m still paying off mine, and I graduated in 2006).

You don’t HAVE to go to college right out of high school just because what seems like your whole world is pushing you to do so. Have you ever read the quote from Elon Musk, one of the wealthiest people on the planet?

In the interview, he explains that Tesla doesn’t require a college degree in its hiring requirements because Musk believes that college doesn’t necessarily prove exceptional ability, which is one of the hiring requirements. He states that some of the most successful people in our modern, tech-driven era — i.e., Steve Jobs and Bill Gates — were college dropouts. To sum it up, he says you don’t need college to learn stuff. (Note that Musk has completed degrees at prestigious universities, so he isn’t saying college isn’t useful — just that it isn’t necessary).

It is my belief that a college degree and all its component experiences are a tool. Like any tool, it is only worth having when used appropriately. Having the best set of knives and a top-of-the-line oven range doesn’t make you Rachel Ray. Therefore, having a B.S. in physics doesn’t make you Stephen Hawking. College is way too expensive for you to show up, not knowing what you want to do.

You need a general plan! And yes, plans change, and you might discover a new path while trekking on the old one, but you need to be thinking ahead. It’s simply too expensive for you to move through college passively. Consider a gap year if you find yourself already enrolled and not knowing what you want to do.

What About the Connections, Networks, and Social Life?

Some might argue that it’s not necessarily about the education, but rather it’s about the social networking and connections you make while at college. And it is true that many of the connections you forge while at college will, in fact, last you a whole career’s worth of time. But stop and consider that you can find human connection all around you for free.

Nothing is stopping an eager — yet unenrolled — mind from reaching out to a department and requesting information or asking to attend a meeting or club. My point is that you don’t need to take out a loan to send an email or go to a public lecture.

Let’s also address the sloppy elephant in the room. When it comes to the “social life” college offers, nothing is stopping you from going to a frat house on a Saturday night with a five clutched in your hand. If the movies are any indication, people try that even after they graduate.

To Sum It Up

College might be one of the most amazing experiences of your life, but it can be the first of many marvelous and unforgettable experiences if you do it right. I am by no means suggesting that you do not go to college. Rather, I suggest that you take the time and try to grasp what you want to do first. If that means waiting a year, then so be it! If that means taking a gap year, and working, so be it. Your wallet and future self will thank you.


About the Author

Veronica Baxter is a writer, blogger, and legal assistant operating out of the greater Philadelphia area. She writes for David Offen, a successful bankruptcy attorney in Philadelphia.

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How Students can Choose the Right Subject to Study at University

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Are you stuck deciding which subject and course to study at university? If so, you are not alone. Numerous high school students are unsure about which subjects to study at college and university due to the immense wealth of options presented to them. Furthermore, the subject that you choose and the degree you graduate in will greatly impact your career choices. 

For instance, if you graduate with a BA in English Literature but want to become a nurse, your degree will not help you secure a job in nursing. Therefore, you need to think long and hard when deciding which subjects you want to study and the type of career you would like to have once you have graduated. 

Not sure which subjects to study at university and which careers certain subjects lead you towards? The following guide is here to help you decide which subject is right for you.

Ask Yourself: Which Subject is Right for Me?

There is a plethora of subjects to choose from, making the process much more difficult. However, try your best not to get too overwhelmed or overthink the process. Ideally, you should have a list of subjects already in mind that you enjoy over other subjects, making the decision much easier. If that is not the case, you may want to take the time to list out all the subjects that you currently study for during high school.

When writing down your subjects, keep in mind which jobs and careers certain subjects may lead to as well as your career goals (if you have any). Once you have written down all your subjects, put them in order from ‘Most Enjoyable’ to ‘Least Enjoyable’. Ideally, you should consider studying for a degree in a subject that brings you joy over one that provides you with the least enjoyment. 

With a list of subjects that you currently study, see what courses universities offer that are within the realms of those subjects you enjoy. You may find that you could combine your love for English and law and study for a degree in English and Law. 

Think Ahead and Consider Life After Graduation

It can be easy to forget that there is life after graduation, and that once you have been handed your diploma, you are expected to find a job and start your career. Therefore, you need to consider the type of career you would like before you enrol into university. 

Choose your career by taking into account what it is that you are passionate about. For instance, are you passionate about helping the public remain fit and healthy? If so, then you may want to consider a career in medicine. Once you have an idea of a career that you may enjoy, look into the requirements needed to earn a place at medical school and which school are best. You may also want to research the different career paths within medicine, the roles, and responsibilities for each role, as well as the average salary. For example, if you are wanting to become a Nurse Practitioner within Texas, you will want to look up the average Nurse Practitioner salary Texas, which is explained by the Texas Woman’s University

It can be easy to consider university as a small section of your life, but the subjects that you study and the diploma that you graduate with can pigeonhole you into an industry or specific career. Therefore, you need to think long and hard about a career that interests you and the right qualifications needed to enter that industry. 

Is There More Than One Course or Subject That Interests You?

What do you do if there are more than one course or subject that interests you? Firstly, you can look up and see whether you can do a joint degree. For instance, English Literature degrees can usually be paired with another degree, meaning you get the best of both worlds. However, if this is not the case, you may need to take the time to thoroughly research both courses and visit each university or college so that you can gain a greater understanding of what each course entails. You may find that once you visit a specific university and sit down for a talk with a department head, it all becomes clear, and you know that this is the subject and environment you want to study in. However, if this is not the case, remember that you can take a year out, providing you with more time to decide what it is that you wish to do at university. 

There can be a lot of pressure put onto a teenager to know what it is that they want to do and head off to university as soon as they graduate. Taking a year between graduating from high school and starting university can be a wonderful experience, however. It can provide you with a lot of extra thinking time so that you are certain about what it is that you wish to study at university. 

How do You Want to Study?

There was once a time when studying at university had to be done in person as you headed off to a university, lived there, and attended lectures and seminars. However, the rise of the internet and advancements in technology have meant that people can now studying completely remotely and earn a degree online. This has opened up the world of education to millions of people who may not have been able to afford traditional university fees or physically attend a university of their choice.

Online study is a great way for students to study overseas, have a better work-study balance (some students need to work in order to afford their tuition), and have more freedom. Traditional university does not work for everyone, so if you believe that you may enjoy online study more, look into the universities that offer this as well as traditional university. 

The benefits of online study include:

  • More cost-effective
  • Offers variety
  • More accessible
  • Provides greater flexibility

Do Not Let Others Pressure You

Parents, family members, and friends all want what is best for you, but they may not realize that the pressure they put on you can be overwhelming and even off-putting. Although this does not mean you should not listen to their guidance or any advice that they present to you, it does mean that you should not allow their thoughts and reasonings to impact what it is that you truly desire. Everyone has their own dislikes and likes, so if you want to become a doctor but your father seems negative about this career choice, you should not let their negative opinions dictate what it is that you wish to study and do with your life. 

Make sure you say ‘thank you’ to any advice they give you, but at the end of the day, it is your decision. Listen to your thoughts over the opinions of others. After all, it is you who will have to attend the classes, take the exams, and then make a career from the degree you have obtained. 

Make a Shortlist

Make a shortlist of the subjects and courses you are considering as well as the universities that interest you. You can then start placing them in order of importance and interest so that you can keep tabs on which subjects and universities interest you the most. To make your shortlist much more informative, include pros and cons for each subject and university so that you can remember what it is that they can offer you and what they fall short on. Your list may adapt over time, so keep adding to it. Seeing how you rank the subjects and universities can help you make a decision much more easily and quickly. 

Do You Have a University in Mind?

Some students have always envisioned attending a certain university. If this is the case for you, you may want to flip the usual decision-making process on its head. Usually, students will decide on a subject and then find a university that offers them the right curriculum for them or that is located close enough to their family. However, others may have dreamt of attending a certain university. If the latter refers to you, then you will want to comb through the subjects and courses that they offer and find a course that speaks to you. Check what it is that you need to achieve to attend and earn a spot at the university and apply. Even though you may be applying for your dream university, you should still apply to others. Here is a list of the best universities worldwide.

Trying to decide which subject and university are right for you can be incredibly overwhelming. Remember to choose a course that you will enjoy and that you are good at, and do not forget that whatever subject you choose to study, will impact the career you lead once you have graduated. 

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How Students Have Benefitted From Digital Learning Solutions In The Health Situation

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The in-person classroom experience was replaced last year by digital learning solutions due to the social norms enforced by the health situation. Even before the health situation mandated it, online courses had gotten quite popular over the past few years because of the host of benefits they offer.

As compared to face-to-face classes, virtual classes allow students to learn at their own pace. For instance, with popular platforms like LMS systems students can access their online classes and learning material on their phones quickly without much hassle.

Here are some of the other advantages students have gained in the health situation from learning online through digital learning solutions:

  • High flexibility:

Undoubtedly the biggest benefit students have experienced due to online learning is the high level of flexibility it provides. Even in case of instructor-led classes, students can watch their recorded version later in case they miss the live session due to any reason.

Students can attend classes from anywhere and fit them in their daily schedule to accommodate their hobbies. There is absolutely no need to travel to a particular location to attend a lecture.

  • Saves money:

Since there is no travelling involved, students save money they usually spend on transit from home to school/college. All they need is a mobile/laptop and a steady internet connection.

Even the software and apps used to deliver online learning courses are available online for free. In case of specialized courses focused on a particular topic, students may need to pay but usually they are very affordable.

  • Saves time:

Online learning reduces the amount of time spent by a student on studies. This is possible because of the way eLearning courses are structured. It also allows students to choose what they want to learn and skip topics they are proficient at.

As compared to a classroom setup the delivery of a topic is much quicker and every student can engage with the content at their own speed. So a quick learner will not have to wait for someone who is taking a little longer to understand a particular topic.

  • Relevant content:

With traditional classroom setup, students had access to the same content that was being taught to their older generations. Often this content is no longer relevant and does not help in enhancing their knowledge levels.

On the contrary, online courses provide recent and most relevant learning solutions. The course content can easily be updated by the teachers to include current scenarios. Students can easily relate to these which enhances their rate of information retention.

  • Easy availability of resources:

With eLearning courses providing everything in one place, learning becomes very convenient. Students don’t have to look around for information or ask for notes from classmates in case they miss an online session.

With a vast library filled with all the study materials, students can access any topic with just a click of a button. The study materials are available in various forms like graphic videos, graphic images, text and pre-recorded instructor sessions.

  • Access to world-class instructors:

With digital learning solutions, students get the opportunity to learn from experts across the border without the need to travel. With guest lectures from teachers from a different country, students can get guidance from the comfort of their home.

This elevates their knowledge as they have access to information from the best in the industry. It also provides them an opportunity to get clarification on difficult topics through live Q&A sessions and live chat options.

Conclusion:

Above all, online learning solutions are a green practice as they reduce the fuel spent by a student on travelling for a lecture. It also reduces paper waste as students do not need any printed material due to the availability of learning materials online.

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3 Key Strategies to Get Accepted Into a Master’s Degree Program

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About one-third of the U.S. population has a bachelor’s degree, according the U.S. Census Bureau. By comparison, just 13 percent of the population holds a master’s degree or a higher professional degree.

With fewer people pursuing advanced degrees after leaving their undergraduate years behind, it stands to reason that graduate programs are more competitive than most undergrad programs. However, this is not always the case.

Much like acceptance rates of undergrad programs depending on the university and the degree, the acceptance rates of master’s degree programs will vary as well. Some programs have a near 100 percent acceptance rate, while others accept fewer than 5 percent of the students who apply.

Whether you’re applying to a highly competitive graduate program or not, it’s a good idea to learn a few key strategies to increase your chances of acceptance. Keep reading to learn more.

1. Check the Requirements Ahead of Time

Much like applying to your bachelor’s degree program, applying to a graduate program is often more complicated than simply filling out a few forms. Most master’s degree programs will have a long list of requirements that you’ll need to fulfill. This includes both education requirements and application materials.

You may need to have taken certain courses while earning your bachelor’s degree. Or, you may need to provide letters of recommendation from your supervisors or former professors. In either case, knowing the requirements of your degree program long before you begin your application is a good idea. This will allow you plenty of time to take any courses that you’re missing or to ask others to write letters of recommendation.

2. Study to Improve Your GRE Score

Many graduate programs require applicants to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) before applying. Your GRE score is used by some programs to make sure that you have a certain level of knowledge and will be able to excel in the program. Others may use GRE scores as a competitive test between students.

Studying for the GRE and improving any poor scores can help you improve your chances of being accepted into the graduate degree program of your choice.

3. Consider an Online Master’s Degree Program

If you’re currently working a full-time job and will need to continue to earn that income while pursuing your master’s degree, applying to a traditional program might not be a good choice. Even if you are accepted, you’ll face the tough decision of figuring out whether or not it makes sense to leave your career behind and take a break to further your education.

Online degrees a great choice for those who plan to continue working full time while earning their degree. Whether you’ve been out of undergrad for years and aren’t keen on going back to a traditional college program, or you don’t want to put your career on hold, earning your degree online offers a simple alternative. Whether you’re trying to earn a master of arts in teaching or business there are many online master’s degree programs to choose from.

Applying for Your Graduate Degree Program of Choice

From making sure that you meet any requirements ahead of time to considering an online program to better fit your current schedule, putting these strategies to work can help you improve your chances of being accepted into your graduate degree program of choice.

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8 Ways to Make the Most of Your Freshman Year of College

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So you’re off on a new adventure—college! It’s an exciting time of life: a chance to make new friends, learn new things, and gain new experiences.

Most importantly, you’re saying goodbye to who you’ve always been. Now, you have a blank slate to create the person you want to be!

College can be a magical time in your life. But how can you be sure you’re making the most out of it? Read on to find out eight ways to make the most of freshman year and ensure that your college experience is a chance for growth, wonder, and fun!

Start Your Days Off Strong

College comes with some unchartered territory. You’re going to be completely in charge of your own day, including when your classes are, who you get coffee with, and what you get done.

You want to make sure that your days are productive and that you’re managing your classes and homework wisely. The last thing you want to do is miss out on moments because you have to tackle that last-minute essay you forgot about!

Creating daily to-do lists and goal lists is a great way to keep yourself on track and make sure you accomplish everything you want to do. Color-code your lists and make sure to block off time for fun as well as school.

Capture Every Crazy Moment

When you look back on your freshman year, you’re not just going to want to remember the big events, like your first school football game or campus parade.

You’re also going to want to remember the late-night taco runs, the dorm glam-ups, and the study sessions that turn into laughter, love, and lifelong memories.

You can capture and cherish these memories forever with an INSTAX instant photo camera. That way, you’ll have the memories and moments right at your fingertips to share with your friends!

Use your instant prints to decorate your dorm room, create scrapbooks, or make gifts for the people that make your freshman year wonderful!

Mix It Up

A big part of college is figuring out who you want to be, and that requires trying new things! Break out of your shell and give new experiences a try.

Register for a class you’ve never taken before—like a foreign language or a dance class. Join a new club on campus and see what happens. You’ll make new friends and maybe discover a lifelong passion along the way!

Give Back

Your new experiences don’t have to just be about fun. You can also take the opportunity to give back to your community. Look for clubs or organizations on campus that provide volunteer opportunities.

You might be able to join other volunteers to raise funds for non-profits, clean up the community, help the underprivileged, or raise awareness about an issue dear to your heart.

While you’re out making the world a better place, make sure to snap some photos that you can share with friends and peers to spread the word. (The new INSTAX Mini 40 will give you crisp prints in less than two minutes so you can show everyone what you’ve been up to!)

Take a Break

You’re bound to be busy with classes, studies, and homework. It’s important to stay committed to your work, but it’s equally as important to take breaks!

Don’t let yourself burn out or overload. Give yourself study breaks to go bowling with friends, take a walk around campus, or grab a coffee at a local shop!

Go Exploring

Your new campus (and your new city) offers a world of possibilities! Freshman year is the perfect time to get out and explore.

Spend time all around campus finding little nooks and spaces to study or take moments to yourself. Explore all the hot spots in your city. Look for hidden gems and local businesses, like coffeeshops, restaurants, and food trucks. You never know what will become your go-to spot!

As you explore, capture the moments with an instant photo camera. You and your friends will love having prints to look through to remember your nights on the town and your days of exploration! You can even create local bucket lists or scavenger hunts—break into groups then swap and share photos.

Stay Healthy

It’s easy to get so caught up in your new world that you forget to take care of yourself (mentally and physically!) But don’t forget that you can enjoy your time even more when you’re healthy.

Make sure you eat well—ramen noodles every day are not the answer! Get plenty of fruits and vegetables to keep your immune system strong. Visit the gym, get a bike, or go jogging around campus. Just make sure you keep your body moving!

Don’t be afraid to seek help from your school’s counseling center if you feel anxious, worried, or depressed. Mental health is important, too! And, you’re not alone. You may not realize it, but many college students have feelings of anxiousness and stress. If you open up with your friends about how you truly feel, you may be surprised that they feel the same way! You can always support each other with comforting words, grabbing a bite to eat, or binging on Netflix.

Learn from the Best

Finding a mentor is a great way to make sure you get the most out of your freshman year. Your mentor can fill you in on all the inside do’s and don’ts, help you find your way around, and encourage you if you feel stressed.

Your school might have a formal mentorship program. But if not, you can find a mentor through a club or organization! People are happy to help make sure your college experience is great!

Make Freshman Year Unforgettable

College is a prime time to meet new people, experience new things, and discover new passions. But you only get out of it what you put into it!

Push the envelope, get out there, and have fun! The friends you make, the silly moments, and the experiences (both big and small) can shape your future and change your life.

Author Bio: 

This article was written by the INSTAX Brand Team. The INSTAX team is dedicated to helping people experience life more fully with their instant cameras. INSTAX wants to give individuals a tool to create, express, and share their memories. Learn more about INSTAX cameras, printers, and film here.

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How Customer Reviews May Help You Pick an Essay Helper?

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Are you eagerly searching for an essay helper for your requirement? If yes, how are you going to recruit the essay helper or pick up? Recruiting an essay helper is not a cup of cake for your demand. It requires massive work and skills for hiring the professional or service offered by a firm. The helper has to fulfill your demands and needs to the core. Hiring a mediocre helper for the service does not make you happy or compromised. You shall need a quality, experienced, reputable, and world-class essay helper for your requirement.

How you pick an essay helper?

There are many ways to find an essay writer for the need. Some of the ways followed by many people like you are:

  • word of mouth
  • referrals
  • contacts
  • online sources
  • advertisements

Reading testimonials and reviews

The above ways for recruiting an essay helper give you a lot of benefits. However, picking up a professional by reading the customer reviews helps you a lot to cope with your demand in an exemplary way. If you want to know how does a legit review looks – just visit Omnipapers.

How customer reviews help you?

Customer reviews give you a reality about the essay helper to your knowledge. Customers who have utilized the service of an essay writer would know about his service, quality, commitment, and dedication to the customer. The customer exactly understands the merits and demerits of the writer on the whole. Based on the features, he can easily distinguish the good and bad essay helper from you. He can list the advantages of the essay helper to your knowledge like follows:

  • Intelligence
  • quality writing
  • topic covered
  • completeness
  • usefulness
  • mind-blowing content
  • nice service
  • comprehensive
  • understandable
  • easy to comprehend
  • recommendable

The above merits may influence you when you go through the reviews of the customer. The above words of a customer give you an idea about the firm m or a profession for you to consider. You may also get some of the customer reviews stating the disadvantages of your quick decision. Customer reviews bring us a clear picture about the essay helper if needed to not needed. It gives us cost-effective features and timely help to know about the service of an essay helper.

The customer service also tells us about the functions and reliability features of an essay helper. They are as follows:

  1. A complete guide on writing, editing, proofreading, and rewriting help
  2. Are they available on a 24/7 basis?
  3. Deadline protected or not
  4. Timely delivery is available or not
  5. Flexibility on price for the writing service

The above qualities are the major parameters for a customer deciding about essay helper. If the customer reviews tell you about the features as indicated above, you can come to a conclusion about the service. The above features are a must for an essay helper or the service provider. A quality-seeking person like you would expect to know about the essay helper based on the above qualities. So, when you go through the customer reviews, you can check for the above features without fail.

Significance of customer reviews

You may be confused by going through the ratings and reviews of various sources online or offline. Hence, it is of utmost importance depending upon a genuine site or a platform that delivers reliable customer reviews. Choose those reviews for your decision and quality results. Your success in submitting a professional and top-notch essay depends upon recruiting the best essay helper. Hence, careful examination of customer reviews helps you to find the best firm or professionals.

How to judge customer reviews quality for your expectations?

  1. A good review would give you an overall idea about the essay writing company.
  2. A good review gives you a decent overview of the writing service professional.

An unbiased reviewing site fulfills your top expectations about an essay writing service. So, make some efforts to locate a site or any platform to go through the real customer reviews. Filter the reviews based on your demand like fake and genuine ones.

Takeaway

Considering the above suggestions, it is clear that your decision depends a lot on customer reviews. A customer review may change the fate of a firm to a greater extent. If you have the skills to tap genuine reviews, your success is at your reach.

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5 Ways AI is Shaping The Education Sector

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Ever since AI came around, it has had a profound impact on various industries. It is helping businesses and organizations automate their repetitive tasks, increase their productivity, and handle big data. This way, organizations can analyze more data and know more about consumer behavior, sales trends, and so much more. It has also helped people become more creative and innovative.

One of the industries that stand to benefit from Artificial Intelligence is the education industry. More and more educational institutes are working with AI to cater to their students better and educate them worthy of the 21st century. Here is how AI is reshaping the education sector:

1. Customized Education

As far as we can remember, education has been the same for everyone. It doesn’t matter what your intelligence is or what type of learner you are; you had to learn all the same things at the same time, in the same way.

Lo and behold. AI is bringing a change to the contemporary education system. Now education can be personalized according to your learning style. In the previous system, a teacher didn’t have enough leeway to treat each student differently. For example, there might be different students in the class with different needs and different learning styles. The teacher could try all they want, but they would still have to teach in a certain way, and everybody would have to learn in the same way. But now, all the students have access to education and learning, and they can go about it in their own time, at their own pace, and put in their own effort. Now, a teacher can cater to each student’s learning style based on that student’s strengths and weaknesses. For example, you could opt for an online MBA no GMAT required, and you would be able to do that quickly and comfortably. It also significantly enhances the students’ ability to learn and improve.

2. Supervising Performance

One of the things that AI has done for businesses and organizations worldwide is to enhance their ability to handle data. The same is true for the education industry. Now teachers and management can easily track their students’ performance throughout the academic year without them getting frustrated and buried up to their ears in papers. We all know how voluminous the data and statistics can be related to an individual’s academics. You would have grade papers, essays, presentations, and so much more to look at.

Not only can teachers collect data, but they can also create reports that enable them to track the progress of students over a certain period. It allows them to grade the students according to their requirements instead of looking at them the same way.

3. Productive Feedback for the Curriculum

Now, it is also possible for teachers and management to change the curriculum based on the needs of the students. Suppose the curriculum has gaps and the students cannot cope with them. AI can identify such gaps based on past experiences and fill them with relevant curriculum topics so the students don’t have to feel lost and confused. For example, let’s suppose that the teacher gives the students a question that they cannot answer. The AI software will look into that question and find out if the concepts for that question were delivered to the students or not. It will further enable teachers and management to develop a better course design and improve their overall teaching methods, so the students don’t lack in any area.

4. Providing Important Feedback to Students

Undoubtedly, the most time-consuming part of the education industry is feedback. Teachers have loads of students to take care of, and they don’t have the time to give detailed feedback to every student. It increases the insecurity in the students and makes them afraid of the future. They are also worried about their performance in public. When you involve AI in this system, you feel more at ease. An AI-based software can check all the papers, essays, presentations and come up with detailed analysis for each of them. It gives the teachers and management the ability to cater to all their students and help them become better and more confident.

5. Education Would Become a Fun Experience

There is no doubt that students learn more and retain more when taught in a fun environment. They are more engaged and perform well in the class and the tests and exams. AI can make their learning experience an engaging one, ensuring that their attention is focused on the lesson and comprehending whatever they are taught. Based on the students’ overall feedback, an educational institute can implement various simulations and create gaming technologies to teach the students significant concepts in a fun way. It can also be used to persuade students to dig deeper and go beyond the requirement of the class in any subject. Especially nowadays, when students have a short attention span, AI-based learning can boost their performance and attention in class.

Conclusion

Artificial Intelligence can change the face of education and reshape it into something that the students desire. It is beneficial for the students, and it also has numerous benefits for teachers and management. It helps reduce the grunt work that teachers currently have to put up with. Teachers find it easier to assess their students and provide detailed feedback. Overall, AI has a lot to offer the education sector, and its influence will only grow in the future.

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Seven Ways To Enhance Learning For Differently Abled Students

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Inclusivity is a revolution in itself. Gone are the days when specially-abled children were confined to special-ed classes and only allowed outside interactions during lunch or playtime. Recent research suggests that special-needs children thrive better when surrounded by their peers. When together, students with and without disabilities have more significant opportunities to foster life-long bonds and learn crucial life lessons.

Teachers play an integral role in improving students’ academic performance and social growth with learning disabilities, like ADHD and autism spectrum disorder. How? By structuring their classrooms to cater to their individual needs.

Through some customized teaching strategies accommodating differently-abled students, teachers can effectively create all-inclusive classrooms. So, below are a few tips to guide in improving your differently-abled students’ learning and, in turn, their overall growth.

Promote Inclusivity In The Classroom

It may seem like an excellent approach to create different activities and academic plans for special needs students. However, it can be counterproductive. Instead, focus on incorporating disability services in the overall class plan. Be innovative and try educating your entire class regarding disabilities by highlighting your differently-abled students’ voices.

Until proven otherwise, operate with the belief that all your students are equally capable of attempting or achieving something. Avoid assuming what your differently-abled students can and cannot accomplish, so you don’t limit their potential. When you allow your whole class an unbiased opportunity to succeed and encourage them when they don’t, you’re setting an example for your students to follow. Moreover, employing the holistic education approach can also promote inclusivity, as it looks beyond the test-centric curricula and traditional intelligence.

Be Organized And Limit Classroom Distractions

The majority of special needs students require a balance of structure and unstructured processes in their learning. One way to do so is by creating a separate space for labeled stuff, using symbols or words, on your student’s desks. Another option is making checklists to help students maintain their notebooks and schoolwork. Though it’s best they learn to do this by themselves; you should follow up once in a while to see if anything needs improvement. Now for the unstructured part. You can allow specially-abled students to switch places with other students during class or assign tasks involving mobility.

Additionally, students with learning disabilities can struggle to hear and follow directions if their surroundings have many distractions. Any additional noise like the sound of people talking or walking by can be irritating and distracting. As a countermeasure, give scheduled breaks in-between classes/lessons and seat specially-abled students in an area with few distractions. For instance, avoid assigning them seats near open doors, windows, or the air conditioner.

Give Simple, Manageable Instructions

If you’re teaching students with hearing disabilities, you must maintain clarity and comprehension in your class instructions. Steer clear of any difficult jargon and language that’s likely to overwhelm audibly impaired students. It’s a good idea to give out your instructions using easy, declarative sentences.

Use Multi-Sensory/Visual Aids

Above everything else, an educator needs to recognize the unique ways in which children learn. And so, they must implement multi-sensory strategies in the classroom to enable effective learning. While differently-abled students may find one area of learning incredibly challenging, they might outshine the whole class in some other. Therefore, you should use diverse teaching techniques, such as a combination of auditory and visual cues.

Also, provide physical and tactile learning opportunities. For instance, you can use physical cues like a light tap or touch when the students get distracted. When you put effort and creativity into your class plans, you allow your differently-abled to dive into their imaginations and attempt new things. Keep your lessons well-structured and familiar with engaging and innovative content.

Encourage Peer Partnerships

The ideal way to encourage peer friendships is by pairing differently-abled students with the ones without any disabilities. According to experts, peer partnerships and peer mentoring are excellent tools for improving problem-solving, decision-making, sociability, and independence in special needs kids. This exchange leads to a mutual appreciation for individual differences. The kids with learning disabilities and those without them recognize each other’s weaknesses and strengths and learn from each other’s experiences.

Be Accessible

Most students shy away from speaking up or asking questions in front of their peers due to fear of embarrassment. This situation’s tricky as the students might not be grasping the class material properly or falling behind the rest. In such circumstances, some students may want to come and discuss the problem with their teacher personally. Therefore, you must ensure your students know your office hours and whereabouts to have a one-on-one about any issues they may be facing.

Pay Attention To Student Strengths

Suppose a student is fond of football and red pandas while another loves books more than anything. In this scenario, both these kids deserve an equal opportunity to showcase and hone their preferred subjects’ expertise. For that reason, it’s good to develop a personalized lesson plan for your class. Do you know when special needs students improve the most? When they study lesson plans specially curated for their individual needs.

In a Nut Shell

Undoubtedly, being a teacher has its ups and downs, and some days are more challenging than others. Managing differently-abled students is one of those challenging roads that teachers must traverse, one way or the other. However, with adequate teaching strategies, learning can be a fruitful and growth-inspiring experience for all involved. This article discussed some ways to improve classroom learning for differently-abled students. These comprise using multi-sensory strategies, limiting distractions, encouraging peer relationships, and giving simple instructions.

 

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7 Major Skills You Can Develop Through Online Education

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Life after 2020 and before the pandemic are vastly different. The post-pandemic technological boom has changed the way we go about our everyday lives. Even something as mundane as grocery shopping has now moved online, and you can have supplies delivered to your house.

However, one of the starkest examples of technological change is visible in the education system. Ask any student, and they will tell you that the learning process is nothing like what it was before the pandemic. Though there may be mixed opinions related to the switch, the benefits are undeniable. One of these advantages is the new skills students are developing with online learning.

With that said, here are seven critical skills you can develop through online education.

Adaptability

After spending years in the traditional school system, coming to terms with online learning was taxing at the very least. Students had to adjust to an entirely foreign system and had to make the most out of it.

The sheer adaptability which this technological change instills in students could last them a lifetime. It gives them a glimpse of what it’s like to step out of their comfort zones and expose themselves to unfamiliar environments.

The adaptability which online education has taught them could help them make the best of an adverse situation. This trait could immensely benefit students in their professional life.

Technological Skills

Whether you’re enrolled in an English program or an online masters homeland security, online education teaches students technological skills.

Students spend countless hours behind a screen, and this allows them to hone technical skills. Especially for people who previously had little to no experience with technology, access to online learning can close the gap quickly. Students know that they have to adapt fast, and the majority of them do.

Improved Writing Ability

The prevalence of written assignments in the education system has increased drastically. Teachers have to gauge whether students are absorbing the content. As online exams are only used as a last resort, most teachers assign written assignments instead.

It is an excellent way for students to develop and project their writing skills. The writing skills which they learn now are likely to aid in research and report writing. Moreover, the ability to communicate through written means effectively is a trait that will almost always benefit you in your professional life.

Communication Skills

As facial expressions, gestures, and body language dramatically help communicate, things can become complicated in their absence.

The online system encourages students to deliver concise and precise messages using efficient communication skills. Though video cameras may capture said non-verbal cues, it’s just not the same as real life. It may seem trivial, but the students who have been through the online system are likely to have better verbal communicative skills. Online learning encourages collaboration and fosters interaction among students and teachers.

Encourages Independence

Classrooms promote somewhat of a group learning environment. The majority of students depend on one another to help them out during class assignments.

However, when studying online, students have to be considerably more focused on the lecture. They have to convey presentations on their own, enabling them to master independence. However, many academicians believe that interdependence is also beneficial.

Organization and Timeliness

As we mentioned earlier, online education involves a considerable amount of assignment-based learning. Students have to research, write and submit their assignments in a given time. As several subjects would have overlapping deadlines, students are encouraged to focus on immediate tasks. Sifting and sorting on a priority basis and meeting deadlines is a necessary skill needed for everyday life.

The online education system instills this skill in students and reinforces it throughout the degree. Organization and deadline achievement help in professional settings and are necessary skills that we must practice in everyday life.

Personal Management

The workload of online learning is considerably higher than that of traditional education. Students might develop a sense of fatigue and may feel overworked at times. Students need to be well aware of their capabilities and not ‘bite off more than they can chew.’ Overcommitting reflects poorly on your work and takes a toll on your physical and mental health.

Online education gives the student a chance to determine their own pace and set it accordingly. It’s a factor that can benefit them in all walks of life—ranging from household management to professional commitments.

Conclusion

The mixed reactions to the online educative system are understandable. Some people cannot deal with such a system, proving to be more challenging for others. However, as our society delves further into uncertainty, access to online education is one way to ensure that learning never stops. The skills learned through online learning could help you in your work life and set the pace for an illustrious career. It’s up to you how you make the best of an uncertain global situation.

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Post-Health Situation Diaries: 5 Expected Transformations in Legal Education

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The devastating impact of the health situation is no surprise to anyone. Almost every industry is confronting an existential crisis, especially the education sector. The transition from physical classrooms to eLearning has been overwhelming for the students. While some are having trouble with comprehension, others with lack self-discipline. Above all, the lockdown and lack of physical activity have affected student’s retaining power, explicitly the ones completing legal education. 

In law schools, there are tools, resources, and market appetite that better serve students. But now, legal education is likely to morph from real-time learning to an eLearning model in the new paradigm. Indeed, learning might be less interactive, but legal education will be more affordable and accessible on the brighter side. Students and faculty members can attend and give lectures from anywhere in the world. 

Simultaneously, the automated digital tools enable professors to tailor their teaching style instead of adopting a one-size-fits-all approach. Likewise, law schools can adopt a results-driven and data-enabled teaching style. Precisely, the health situation will implement new models of delivery and acquiring legal education. If this sounds intriguing, keep reading. Here are five expected transformations in legal education. 

  • More Scalable & Tech-Enabled Learning

Educators think of health situation as an opportunity to upscale legal education. As a result, law schools are switching to eLearning models; meaning, students can become lawyers by studying from home. Firstly, they have to complete an online pre law degree and then pick a specialization to progress in their law career. Secondly, students can take advantage of micro-credentialing and personalized adaptive learning. After all, teachers implement an individualized learning approach on digital forums. 

With no geographical boundaries, students can learn from professors worldwide, offering an opportunity for better-rounded education. Additionally, they can also network beyond traditional law schools and become more culturally aware. In addition to improving education standards, such transformations can make law education more competency-based.

  • Greater Emphasis on Output 

The law schools have always focused more on input such as citations, library, and faculty pedigrees. Similarly, the students only knew how to identify problems. While these factors are essential for legal education, professors are now training students to think like lawyers. And this concept goes beyond critical thinking or legal basics. Future lawyers should learn how to evaluate risks holistically rather than looking through a narrow legal lens. 

Likewise, teachers are also putting more focus on satisfying clients’ objectives so that students can create the best legal products. They are training students to think from the client’s perspective while devising solutions. In short, thinking like a lawyer is all about driving responsive, cost-effective, and impactful solutions for the clients. 

  • Introduces New diplomas & Short Courses 

Besides the conventional degree programs, legal education will transition to short-term diplomas and short courses. This new schooling can instill agility and augmented skills among legal professionals in the digital age. Most programs will have curriculum tailored to students’ competencies and job roles. For instance, if you are working as a criminal lawyer, the courses will cover recent changes in criminal law and safety protocols. 

It offers an opportunity to people who don’t want to pursue a law degree. With some law exposure and in-depth knowledge of the legal area, they can take legal projects and assessments. A few decades ago, medicine underwent this transition, enabling physicians to function at the top of their licenses. Soon, you will notice lawyers doing the same. 

  • Incorporate Practical & People Skills 

Previously, legal education has been only about learning the law, but not anymore. Now, it will equip students with a combination of people and practical skills. With eLearning, they would better understand the speed, complexity, and digital businesses’ mindset. Thus, helping students become more agile problem solvers. Similarly, the upcoming lawyers will have a global perspective with more cultural awareness because of their interactions with people worldwide. 

Moreover, legal education is likely to make students more accountable, necessary for contemporary legal careers. With augmented and virtual reality, the teachers expose students to challenging legal situations and actively monitor progress. In turn, students learn to apply their theoretical knowledge and develop the best possible solution for the client. Also, such practices prepare them for real-world legal challenges. 

  • Offers Better Flexibility

The transformation of legal education offers more flexibility to work part-time and gain market experience. In the post-health situation world, everyone will rely more heavily on technology, and this is the place where the next generation of legal professionals will thrive. Students can work as associates or assistants in law firms virtually. Also, well-established lawyers can offer legal consultancy services online or open a virtual law firm. 

However, for this, the lawyers have to become tech-savvy to work with multiple software programs. Educators are introducing programs that help students brush up on their tech skills. Besides online assessments, the curriculums will cover training programs to help students learn about law-related software and tools. 

Final Thoughts 

The global health situation had a ripple effect on the entire education sector, and now, legal education is at a crossroads. Law schools are trying to embrace the change by switching to eLearning, but that is not enough. The entire legal education will have to transform to keep pace with evolving business climate that transforms the legal function. Hence, educators must create new models, diplomas, and courses to expand upcoming lawyer’s skill sets. 

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