Wealthy families secret to groom brilliant students

Let’s face it!!! Our children are judged based on their grade point average and their performance on standardized test such as ACT/ SAT. Our children’s high school and college admissions are based on those credentials. As parents, we invest money in sophisticated desktop/ laptop computers to give them access to the worldwide web. We establish home offices, libraries and structured areas to encourage daily homework and studying. We believe constant studying and attention to homework will groom our children to brilliant status and give them impeccable credentials. To a certain extent, we are correct. Homework and study skills lay the basic foundation for school success as high grade point averages flow from high test scores.

Memory skills and repetition is the key to high grade point averages; however, they are not the key to brilliance on standardized test. Standardized test, such as California Achievement Test (CAT), Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), American College Test (ACT), assumes students are exposed to different cultures, climates, countries and experiences at least 10 times before reaching 10th grade. Students who perform the best on standardized test have exposure to diverse experiences. What better way to gain this exposure than a vacation to another city, state, country or continent!!!!!

Wealthy families have always known that trips, getaways and vacations are the secret to grooming brilliant students. Family vacations are an opportunity for students to apply all their classroom knowledge quickly. The average vacation is three to seven days. Some wealthy families are known to vacation up to 45 days on multiple continents. Nevertheless, most families are on a limited timeframe requiring them to make quick decisions regarding currency exchange, climate differences, navigation of city, etc. These decisions while extremely practical require the use of mathematics, science, geography, social studies and reading. Unconsciously, students are immersed into lessons fueled by sheer excitement and curiosity. Imagine how productive the lesson would become if a family vacation evolves around a classroom lesson. Children learn lessons at a faster pace. For example, a train trip to an Indian Reservation in Arizona/ New Mexico really solidifies a lesson on Native American History. I know you are thinking “I don’t have the money for vacation as travel is too expensive.” Under normal circumstances and full prices, travel can be extremely expensive. However, prices drop substantially September 7 through November 20 as this time period is considered the travel slow season. Other lesser known slow seasons are December 1 through December 20, January 3 through February 1 and 2 weeks after Passover/Easter through May 20. Combine slow season discounts with internet discounts, a family can experience the world at the fraction of cost of your holiday (Christmas, Hanukah, and Ramadan) gift fund. “I spent $1500 dollars for a 3 day vacation in Nassau, Bahamas. That cost included air travel to Miami for 3 people and a cruise to Bahamas. Since food was include, the trip was relatively inexpensive,“ states Ida Byrd-Hill, a parent of 7th grade twins, Kevin and Karen Hill who attend Duke Ellington Conservatory of Music and Art (a Detroit Public School). “My children learned about world colonization, but better yet they learned about opportunities as they met the Bahamian Governess, a woman of African descent. I am glad I was able to find that trip on the web. as Karen scored 96 percentile on the Social Studies portion of the California Achievement Test and Kevin scored 87 percentile on the Science portion of the California Achievement Test " states Byrd-Hill. Great deals can be found on the internet by booking at least 14 days or even 21 days in advance. There are also websites that specialize in last minute travel. Often these trips (air/ hotel combos) are for a weekend departing the same week you book the vacation or the next weekend. Since there are so many travel websites on the internet it pays to spend some time price comparing. There are websites, that allow individuals to surf many of the top websites and not so well known sites to compare vacation pricing. If you want to groom your children into brilliant students, improve their grades and performance on standardized test, implement the secret wealthy families have known for generations – Take a Family Vacation. Good Trip!!! Bon Voyage!!! Viaje Bueno!!! Arrivaderci!!! Viaggio Buono!!! Gut Tschus!!!

Seven things you should do to help you prepare for exams

: Okay, would everyone who likes Exams please put your hands up? That’s right; just raise them up nice and high. No, No, no one. Not one person. If you are a sane person, like me, you will hate exams. They are stressful, a lot of work and all in all a fact of life. That is right, a fact of life. When people leave school after 12, 13 years of school, they are often led into a false sense of security that their lives will be free from study and exams for ever. WRONG!!! Look, the bottom line is that no matter what you do, in this day and age you are always going to be in a situation where you will have to do some sort of exam, whether it is to get your license to drive a car, to get a promotion at work or to get a University degree, we are always going to be faced with having to do some sort of exam. Even at my computer training centre, when you come to learn how to use Microsoft Office you have the opportunity to gain a certificate from Microsoft in using Microsoft Office, but to get it, you still have to do an exam. However there are certain things you can do that can help you prepare for you exams and give you a better chance of passing. 1. Ensure You Read All the Material Provided After Lectures The number one mistake people make when they come and do any training, including computer training is that do not re-read and go through all the material they covered during the lectures within seven days of doing the actual lecture. So for example, if you do a one day computer training course, you need to go back through all the material within seven days. Why? Well there is lots of scientific research that has been undertaken that shows, if you do not reinforce the material you have learned within seven days of first hearing it, that you will 50% of that knowledge within the next seven days.

If you do not review the material within 21 days you will loose 50% of the 50% left, which now means you will only remember 25% of the material covered. Some of the research I have read shows that for every 7 days you leave reviewing the material you keep loosing 50% of the remaining knowledge which means in about 6 to 10 weeks after the course you knowledge on the subject. If the material has not been review, the retained knowledge will be virtually none, which means you may as well not wasted you time in attending the course in the first place. Have you ever been to one of those tax seminars or financial planning seminars? Have you noticed that they only give you enough information to remember the good things, they do not give you a training pack to remind you of the potential flaws of their services, that is because they use the same issues outlined earlier in which as time goes on, you will only remember the things you have reinforced. 2. Make Sure You Redo All The Practical Exercises With many courses that you study for there will be practical exercises included. For example when you are doing our computer training courses, you will do a little bit of theory and then a practical exercise. It is extremely important that when you leave your training that you go back through those practical exercises as they will help reinforce the theory you have learnt. Let say for example, you were studying bookkeeping.

One of the things you are taught in bookkeeping is how to create a manual set of books such as the Journals, Ledgers and Trial Balance. During your course you would be given practical exercises to create your own Journals etc and it is extremely important that you redo those exercises in your own time to reinforce the elements you have learnt and the process as well. Yet another example for university student, if you were studying say biology or chemistry, one of the requirements you have is to do certain experiments in a lab. It is absolutely essential that you practice those exercises as they will help reinforce the theory you have learned. In the case of University studies, most faculties will allow you to book lab time to practice your exercises outside the normal lecture time.

3. Do A Minimum of 4 Hours Study Per Week Per Subject People often say to me how much study we should be doing each week. Well, in reality, it really does depend on the course you are doing. For example if you are studying medicine or law, you will find that you will need almost the same amount of time to study as you attend lectures, so you are looking at 40 hours of study time per week. However, for computer training courses or IT courses where you are studying for Certifications you will find that if you allocate 4 hours per week per subject, that it will be sufficient to study the material and to become proficient at it. Make note though that the study period does not include doing your practical exercises, the study period is in addition.

4. When Studying Have Light Music On As I write this I can hear all the parents in the world cringing and crying out saying, NO! Well in fact, if you listen to the right music, music can in fact increase your ability to retain the material you are studying. Briefly, research shows that baroque music at 60 beats per minute causes your brain to produce more alpha [calmness] waves. This happens on both left and right sides of your brain. This simply means that you calm down and relax, in a way similar to when you whistle a happy tune, or when you daydream.

This "alpha" state of mind is ideal for learning, creativity, or just relaxing. Baroque Music also makes the perfect background music for all training from pre-school to government "think tanks." It is used in schools all over Australia. A quote from the teacher of a remedial class here in Australia: "It seems to slow them down so they can think." Corporate trainers can improve the effectiveness of training sessions dramatically by playing Baroque Music during a session..

A colleague uses the music as background for his memory training seminars and swears by it because recall and creativity are improved. I also recommend listening to Baroque Music before you actually attend your exam as this will help you to improve you calmness and focus before undertaking the exam and as you have used this music during your study program, it will help prompt the material to come to the forefront of you mind. 5. Review Previous Exams This is one of the most important things every person must do prior to sitting an exam and that is to review as many previous exams as you can. In most University courses, you will find that each year the lecturer will in fact lodge the previous year's exams in the Library for use by the students. My recommendation has always been to go and photocopy the exam if possible and then study the exam as much as possible. Some universities and colleges allow you to do this others do not. There are a few key reasons for doing this. The previous exams will give you an insight into the way the lecturers structure the exam questions and they also give you a very good indication of the sorts of questions that lecturers are likely to put on the exams, especially if you have three or four years worth of past exam papers. I had one lecturer at the college I was studying at, that every year he would go through this one question on the board prior to exam as part of their pre-exam build up and then put that exact question into the exam papers. You would be amazed the number of people who did not take notice during the pre-exam briefings and consequently would get that exam question wrong.

By the way, I was one of those people who got it wrong. So, it is definitely worth taking note. If you are studying Microsoft Certifications or IT Certifications my strong recommendation is that you access pre-assessment material from companies like Self-Test Software or Transcender as they are a really good representation of the sorts of questions you will face in the actual exams. One thing to note though, do not rely just on the questions in those pre-assessment exams as if you do, you will not pass the exam. The pre-assessment exams are simply indicators of the material you need to know and whether you have a good understanding of the material. They definitely do not guarantee a pass. I have seen too many students over the years rely on these types of material only, to find they fail, because the exams have changed or have new areas not originally covered. Always make sure you check out the curriculum for the exam and that you know all the areas the curriculum specifies. Never assume that certain things will be in the exams as you most certainly will be wrong.

6. Have a Colleague Write Practice Exams and Questions for You If you are doing long term study at a college or University it is always worthwhile to try to form a study group. Even if you are working in a corporate environment and working in a team that is doing study try to form a study group to help you with studies. The reason I recommend this, is so that you can all work together and right a series of practice exams and questions for each other to try to answer. See, the key with passing any exam is practice. The more practice you have and exposure to the various ways questions could be possibly structured the more likely you will pass the exam. Getting each person in you study group to write practice exams and questions also helps them, as they need to know the correct answer and how to structure the correct answer, which helps reinforce the material for them. If you are studying in a corporate environment and you have people who have done the exams in the past, get them to write a set of practice exams. It would be even better if you could get three or four colleagues to actually write some practice exams for you as they will give you such a variation that you will be able to identify areas you may not have covered sufficiently. I have used this technique a lot in my own business and in other jobs I have held.

I was working for a government agency many years ago and had to pass was used to be called in Australia an Austel exam. This required a technician to pass two exams. What we did in our division was to get our foreman and leading hand who had already completed the exams to actually write a series of practice questions so that we could become proficient with the sort of answers we would be faced with. The outcome was that I scored 100% on one exam and 96% on the second exam, so it certainly paid off for me. 7. Take Time to Meditate Okay, I can hear it now, "Oh Yeah Hippy, Want Us to Meditate do ya." Absolutely! Look whilst meditation has certainly been a thing of fringe groups in western society or associated with more eastern religions many researchers are now coming to the distinct conclusion that meditation can make a huge difference to our day-to-day lives. The core advantage meditation will play in your studies is to help you to relax. The more relaxed you are the more creative and the easier it will be to learn the material for the exam. I certainly recommend that when you are meditating, that you use baroque music with your meditation as it will help increase the alpha waves which will help lead you to a calm feeling. The bottom line is this, there is no shortcut to conquering exams but they do not have to be a life and death struggle if you put the work in. Whilst there is no fool proof way to pass exam, putting the work in will certainly mean you should see much better exam results and hopefully the outcomes you are looking for. To finish off my article I want to highlight once again the seven things you should do to help you prepare you for your upcoming exams.

1. Ensure You Read All The Materials After Lectures 2. Make sure you redo all practical exercises 3. Do A Minimum of 4 hour Study Per Week Per Subject 4. When Studying Have Light Music On 5. Review Previous Exams 6. Have a Colleague Write Practice Exams and Questions for You 7. Take Time To Meditate

Clep study guides

A CLEP Study Guide helps you prepare for your CLEP exam. A CLEP study guide offers you the study material that covers the whole of your CLEP exam syllabus. A CLEP study guide includes sample tests and sample questions that are quite similar in format and standard to the actual CLEP tests or questions. The CLEP study guides are your CLEP test preparation guides. There are several CLEP study guides available for you. The Official CLEP Study Guide released by the CollegeBoard, the designer of the CLEP tests is a comprehensive CLEP study guide for you. The 18th Edition of CollegeBoard’s CLEP Official Study Guide is the only complete source of information about the CLEP exams. It contains sample questions and answers for all 34 exams, information on getting credit for CLEP, and exam-taking tips. The CLEP sampler is CLEP study guide that can help you practice taking a CLEP Exam on your computer. It is the CLEP Computer-Based Testing software that helps you learn questions and their instructions. The CLEP sampler is available free for download at the official site of the CollegeBoard — collegeboard. com. The Research & Education Association also publishes CLEP study guides with practice tests. The each of REA’s CLEP study guide has a few chapters of material that is covered during the exam and three practice tests with in-depth explanations. The REA’s CLEP study guides include a CD-ROM with tests in the same format as the actual CLEP tests. The Research & Education Association also offers online CLEP Study Guide — rea. com. There are a number of online CLEP study guides for you. Some of your online CLEP study guides include sparknotes. com, clepinfo. com, freeuniv. com, passyourclass. com, and instantcert. com. The online CLEP study guide, sparknotes. com offers you study guides on many of the CLEP exam topics. The topics are based on current courses. The online CLEP study guide, clepinfo. com offers you study guides and also helps you to rate and review yourselves. It also offers you tips and information on the exams. The online CLEP study guide, freeuniv. com provides free reference material that can be used to study for CLEP exams. The online CLEP study guide, passyourclass. com offers study guides for most CLEP and DANTES tests and includes a "Pass or Don't Pay" guarantee. The online CLEP study guide, instantcert. com offers reference material for almost all CLEP and Dantes exams.

A career in photography

A career as a photographer opens many different doors for you, and gives you the options for a whole variety of different photography careers. You can work in the world of journalism, big business, science and art. You can decide to run your own business or you can work for a salary. Many people think of studio photography when they consider a photography career, producing studio portraits and other similar work. However, there are many more options that this. Journalism is a great area of photographers, who can specialize in news photography, or maybe sports photography. Some photographic journalists specialize in magazine photography, recording fashion and the lives of the famous. There is also a very venerable tradition of news photographers who became war correspondents, documenting war and other world crises through the lens. Photographers can also work in business, documenting processes and events that concern large corporations or working with the publicity and media departments. You can have a photography career as a science photographer, recording visually the effects of research and development, or you can do similar work specialising in medicine.

The career options are wide for a professional photographer, making this a popular career. If you want to be a photographer, you will need to go through an education in order to acquire the skills and knowledge you need to do the job properly. However, you will also need other personal qualities to be a good photographer, including:- -Artistic ability in order to be able to see the photo opportunities around you. -An eye for composition, allowing you to create a picture with the right elements in the right place to send the message you wish. -Attention to detail - it is often the details of a picture that can make it or break it. -Patience - sometimes you will have to wait for hours, days or even weeks for the right images to arrive. -Practical abilities to be able to "finish" a photograph using development or digital techniques. -An ability to be able to read the market for the style and type of photographs that are acceptable and in demand. For many people, being a photographer is not just a career, it is also a way of looking at the world, and in order to be able to do this well, you need to develop the right traits.

Tips to help your child succeed in school

Is your child doing poorly in school? Try these often over looked tips to help turn your underachiever into an over achieving scholar. First and foremost, talk to your child. Ask questions; find out what is happening in their world. Are they bored? Is the teacher giving them the motivation, help and guidance they need? Are they being teased or bullied?

The things that you don't see or hear about may be a major contributing factor as to why your child is having problems. Asking lead in questions can give you a great insight to what is happening in your child's school environment. If there is a problem you can make an appointment with the school principal to address your concerns. If there are serious problems, changing schools, enrolling in a private school or maybe even home schooling may be a more favorable solution. Could your child have a learning disability? This is often overlooked as many parents prefer not to think their child may have some form of learning disability. Attention Deficit Disorder, dyslexia, the inability to read, write or even do simple arithmetic are common disabilities found in children.

According to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychology at least 1 in 10 children are affected by some form of learning disability. There are many qualified professionals in every city that can diagnose your child. Most employers these day offer family assistance programs as part of a benefits package, so getting your child diagnosed can possibly not cost you a cent. At the very least doing research at your local library or on the internet can provide you some tools to help you identify if your child shows signs or symptoms of a possible disability.

Try different approaches to helping your child learn. Play learning games with them. Use flash cards or games that require spelling or doing math. There are learning CDs for the computer for kids of all ages.

More and more interactive DVDs are coming on the market all the time. Your child may just need a more fun and stimulating way to learn the basics. Remember back when you were a child, how did you learn your ABCs ? Are you singing it in your mind right now? Lastly and certainly not least, be a positive influence in your child's life. Be their coach, mentor and yes their parent. Discipline and fear motivation rarely correct any problems, in most cases it makes it worse. Build your child's confidence you will see the difference. Every parent wants the best for their child, do whatever it takes to ensure your child's future is a bright one.

What is bioengineering

: Bioengineering also know as biomedical engineering is a discipline that combines engineering expertise with medical needs for the enhancement in healthcare. Bioengineering integrates the engineering sciences with biomedical and clinical practice to improve human health in 3 levels.

  • Advance the knowledge of living systems by applying engineering, biology, imaging and computational sciences as diagnostic tools.
  • Improve the function of living systems by designing devices, systems and constructs based on biological and non-biological components.
  • Prevent the injury to living systems by building models, algorithms and devices that may predict or guide behavior.
The major advances in bioengineering include the development of artificial joints, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), the heart pacemaker, arthroscopy, angioplasty, bioengineered skin, kidney dialysis, and the heart-lung machine. Bioengineering Specialties By combining biology and medicine with engineering, biomedical engineers develop devices and procedures that solve medical and health-related problems. A person that involve in bioengineering field may choose to specialize in many specialty areas, among the well know specialty areas in bioengineering field include: 1. Bioinstrumentation Bioinstrumentation is the application of electronics, measurement principles and techniques to develop devices used in diagnosis and treatment of disease. The advanced technology in computing plays an important role in bioinstrumentation. One example of bioinstrumentation device is medical imaging system, a device that enables a medical specialist to view and analyze 3 dimensional images captured from their patients.

Enhanced computing technology & power is needed to process the large amount of information in a medical imaging system. 2. Biomechanics Biomechanics is the study of mechanical parameters which drive living system motion. The biomechanics experts are the people contributed in human organ spare parts development, these human organ spare parts include artificial heart and replacement heart's valves, the artificial kidney and the artificial hip. 3. Clinical Engineering Clinical engineering is the application of technology for health care in hospitals. The clinical engineers work along with other medical team to adapt instrumentation to the specific needs of the hospital. This often involves the interface of instruments with computer systems and customized software for instrument control and data analysis. 4. Rehabilitation Engineering Rehabilitation engineering is a new and growing specialty area of biomedical engineering. Rehabilitation engineering involves the design and application of devices to restore function to the physically disabled. Biomedical engineers contribute to every field of rehabilitation engineering: communication enhancement for hearing and speech, wheelchairs and wheeled mobility, prosthetics, technologies for orthopedic and spinal cord injury.

Biomedical Engineer's Tasks The examples of major contributions of biomedical engineers include:

  • Designing and constructing cardiac pacemakers, defibrillators, artificial kidneys, hearts, blood vessels, joints, arms, and legs.
  • Designing computer systems to monitor patients during surgery or in intensive care.
  • Designing instruments and devices for therapeutic uses, such as a laser system for eye surgery or a device for automated delivery of insulin.
  • Designing clinical laboratories and other units within the hospital and health care delivery system that utilize advanced technology.
  • Designing, building and investigating medical imaging systems based on X-rays, magnetic fields (magnetic resonance imaging), ultrasound, or newer modalities.
In Summary Bioengineering is a discipline that integrates the engineering sciences with the life sciences to improve human health.

The all time top ten study tips for success in tests and exams

There comes a time in every student's life when those things that you dread begin to loom on the horizon. Depending upon how confident you are about them, your horizon will either be measured in months, or maybe days. What am I talking about? Of course I mean examinations. You may be about to go into mid term mock examinations or you could be facing your final tests.

Whatever your situation and whenever you are going to be sat in an examination room it is never too early to start getting ready for those tests. Thorough preparation will provide you with a strong foundation and will give you the confidence and belief that you can do them and that you will get the grades you want. But where do you start and which of the hundreds of study tips and study skill ideas do you use? I am often asked for my top ten tips when it comes to exam success and over the years I have accumulated many ideas, some of which are more effective than others. However if I were to limit myself to just the top 10 that I felt were the most powerful based on all of the work I have done in this field, here are the ones that I think are the most powerful: 1. Find your own deep and compelling reason to successfully learn your subject and pass your exams. This really is the most important of the study tips I shall share with you here because your success will be deeply rooted in your motivation to learn. Many kids at school do not want to be there and can't be bothered to try which is often why they fail. It does not mean that they are unable to learn, it just means that they have not applied themselves to the work at hand. I know that this is often true because I have met literally hundreds of people who "failed" at school by conventional standards yet later in life made the decision to go back to studying a subject because they wanted to do it. And because of their motivation to succeed the did. So what does that mean to you? Well understand that you are driven by emotional needs and not necessarily logical ones. If we were driven by logic, the world would be a much better place. So you have to find a deep emotional reason for achieving success as a student. And if you can dig deep and find that reason then nothing will stop you because you will find a way. 2. Plan your time to include study, revision and social commitments - a balance of having fun, taking breaks and studying is vital. Balance is very important to have a successful and rewarding life and the same is true when you are a student. OK you could spend every waking hour reading every book you could find and learning everything you could and yes you would pass your exams provided you had not burnt out. But it would not be fun, you would have no friends and you would definitely be out of balance. Taking appropriate breaks and giving yourself little rewards when you have finished an essay or learnt something new for your exams is vital for your success. This is because it keeps you in balance and gives you a degree of variety that keeps you fresh and alert. Yes having a night out with your friends is good for you - but only if it is as a reward for doing good work and is as part of your overall plan. 3. Use multi-coloured Mind Maps for your notes. My friend and mentor Tony Buzan developed the most powerful thinking tool ever (and I am not exaggerating here) when he invented the Mind Map. Imagine being able to get the key facts from an entire book on a single page in a way that was not only easy to remember but would stay in your memory for as long as you wanted it. Imagine having a thinking tool that allowed you to prepare essays and assignments in a fraction of the time than you do at the moment AND have them much better. Imagine being able to give a powerful hour long presentation from a single page of colourful notes that you put together in about 10 minutes. Well all these are possible with the Mind Map. It is an amazing tool that combines the power of association, the fact that we have a very strong visual processing mechanism and that it combines right and left brain processing. I have seen what Mind Maps can do for students of all ages and all abilities and if I had my way it would be a compulsory tool taught to kids from a very young age. 4. Review your notes regularly to reinforce your new-found knowledge. This is another very simple but extremely powerful tip for you. The experience of most students is that the learning that takes place in the classroom is really an information gathering exercise. When it comes to revising for their exams at the end of the year they go to their notes and often can't remember ever seeing that information before. They know they must have because the notes are in their handwriting but they can't remember anything! So the preparation for exams becomes a re-learning exercise. This study tip is so simple and powerful yet most will not bother. If at the end of every day, every week and every month you quickly scanned what you have learnt, made a few key word notes and then reviewed those ultra-condensed notes regularly, you would be amazed at how much you could remember. This only need take 10 minutes at the end of the day, half an hour at the end of the week and maybe an hour or two at the end of the month. Each time you review what you have learnt, even in condensed key word format, it is more deeply engrained in your memory. 5. Swiftly skim through your text books and course material before you read them in depth to give you an overview of your subject. Now there is not enough space here to explain why this tip is important because it is a fundamental part of learning how to read faster and absorb more information. Just trust me on this one and before you start reading, skim through your book (no more than 10 minutes) to get a feel for the contents. As you read in greater depth later on, some of what you have got from the quick scan will help put into context that information and allow you to make the necessary links in your mind and memory. Doing this will often stop you from getting stuck at any point because you will have a flavour of what is to come later in the book and this added preview can help the understanding of earlier information. 6. Learn how to remember lists of things by linking each item to a location on a journey or route you are familiar with around your town. You could even use your own home. At some point, once you have understood your subject, you will need to be able to memorise it. Many people think that just understanding it is enough to learn it but unfortunately that is not the case and so some memorization is necessary. The most powerful way of doing this is to create a "filing system" in your mind. One way to do this is to create a little journey in your imagination (it can be a real place or you can make it up). See for example the chair, the bed, the TV, the door and the window in your bedroom. If you wanted to remember a sequence of items you would link an outrageous (and therefore memorable) picture to each location. To recall the information, simply revisit the journey in your own mind and "see" the information in the silly pictures you have created. 7. Before you do any revision, warm up by doing some gentle exercise to relieve any tension in your body and to get a rush of healthy oxygen flowing to your brain. There is a saying - "a healthy body, a healthy mind" - and nowhere is this more true than when it comes to learning. Two things happen when you physically warm up before studying. First of all you get rid of any physical tension that will create stress in the body and mind (not good for learning) and secondly you will get a rush of oxygen to the brain which will help you think more clearly (definitely good for learning). 8. Do past papers under thorough exam conditions as often as possible to familiarise yourself with the format and the pressures of working under exam conditions. If you are training in a sport or practicing a musical instrument, you will practice the plays or rehearse the pieces for the big day. It would not make sense to spend months doing push ups and then turn up on the big day and expect to play soccer really well. It would also be unwise to only practice scales on your instrument and then when the big performance comes up expect a perfect recital. So the same is true of exams. Fortunately these days you can get hold of past exam papers from previous years. Do these, under the same exam conditions, over and over again so that when the big day comes you will have exam experience under your belt. Doing this will give you more confidence, much better exam techniqe and an insight into how the examiners for your subject think. Remember practice makes perfect. 9. In an exam, make sure you read the question completely and fully understand what the examiner wants before you allocate your time and begin answering the questions. This is commonsense but you would be amazed at how many people do not do this. Take your time, plan what you are going to write and then write it. 10. If you are faced with a mental block breathe deeply, relax and ask yourself "If I did know the answer to this question, what would it be?" This might sound silly but if you do it with a positive expectation that your very powerful subconcious will give you the answer, then you will be amazed at what comes to mind. The combination of the breathing, relaxation and expectation is the key. Of course you have had to have done the preparation beforehand because this won't work with information that you have not previously learnt or covered in class. So there you have my top 10 tips. Each are very powerful and just doing one of them will make a big difference to your success...but if you do all 10...Wow! Good luck and please do let me know how these work for you.

Accredited online universities the new path of education

More and more colleges and universities are recognizing the demand for alternatives to traditional education. With today’s busy lifestyles, many people find it difficult to find time to go back to school without sacrificing existing obligations. This problem is being solved, though, with an increasing amount of accredited online universities that allow for alternate means of earning a degree. Accredited online universities utilize advancing technology to expose the student to course work required for the degree. This includes televised classes, online chat, emailed assignments and online classrooms. Students will predominantly use the Internet to learn their studies and submit assignments. Some course work will require group assignments that can be facilitated through email or via instant messaging systems and chat rooms. Students can have the same classroom exposure without having to leave the comfort of their home or office. Before undertaking a program, make sure that it is available through accredited online universities.

Do not fall victim to scams offering degrees in a short period of time, usually for a lot of money. Not only are these offers a scam, they can also be illegal. Applying for a job by utilizing fake credentials can lead to many legal issues. If an employer discovers you have obtained a job through false methods, you will likely be fired and may risk both criminal and civil liability. There are currently over three hundred unaccredited universities acting on the Internet to try to defraud you. Only accredited online universities offer the course load and actual knowledge to help you attain a legitimate degree. Remember that while online courses are designed to take into account work experience and be convenient to attend, they still require effort and time. The idea behind online education is to allow people who are unable to take the time to go to class the flexibility of working during times they are free. However, you can not attain knowledge without research and completing the assignments. A degree that was not earned will not hold the significance of a degree that was earned with hard work and effort. The Internet is a valuable tool to help in searching for accredited online universities. Not only will you be able to get a list of universities, you will be able to research each one and get a feel for the work required, tuition and educational philosophy. Getting a history of the school will help you determine if it is the best place for your needs. Take the time to get feedback from existing students and faculty before making a final decision. Search the specific university you are considering for possible scams and fraud. If possible, choose a university that is in close proximity to you that you can visit the campus. Since many traditional schools are also offering online course study, this may be easier to do than you may think. Getting a degree will help expand your career opportunities, enhancing your lifestyle in the process. Be careful to choose only accredited online universities and do not fall victim to the scams running rampant on the Internet. Obtaining a degree takes some time and effort but using online degree programs will add the convenience of being able to set your own schedule and pace.

E learning management training asia

Asian businesses are always looking for effective ways to train their managers. Their needs range from time management, sales management, distance management and trying to achieve that balance between being a leader and a manager. What they have found is that distance learning or E-Learning can meet all of their needs, efficiently and at a cost that is significantly reduced from almost any other method of training. This tend started in Singapore and Hong Kong but has now spread throughout mainland China and the rest of Asia. Some estimates have placed the number of Asian workers that need to be trained or retrained to meet existing and future needs of the Asia pacific region as high as 750 million people.

That is a lot of people that need to acquire new skills in our new economy. E-Learning has opened up a new low-cost way for Asian companies to provide that training and more and more big businesses are now using E-Learning ever year. For more information go to http://myweb. ecomplanet. com/EXMT5910/ Companies can use E-Learning to provide all of their employees with a solid understanding of the management skills required for that organization. Having everyone practicing key management principles consistently throughout the organization is vital. Large corporations with thousands of employees scattered at numerous locations across Asia already have online communication vehicles to provide information to employees and gather their input and feedback. What they have decided to do is to utilize this online network to educate their employees as well. China is a key example, with a population of 1.3 billion people spread across one of the largest land masses in the world; E-Learning is really their only solution to effectively train their staff. Whatever the topic it can now be delivered and taught through an E-Learning program.

Better speed reading techniques

Research shows that there is a big relationship between reading rate and reading comprehension. Some people read rapidly and comprehend well; others read slowly and comprehend badly. Thus, there is some reason to believe that the factors producing slow reading are also involved in lowered comprehension. Good comprehension depends on whether you can extract and retain the important ideas that you’ve read, not on how fast you read them. If you can do this fast, then your reading speed can be increased. If you pair fast-reading with worrying about comprehension, your reading speed will drop because the mind is occupied with your fears and you are not paying attention to the ideas that you are reading. But, if you concentrate on the purpose of reading (locating main ideas and finding answers to your questions), your speed and comprehension should increase. Your concern should be not with how fast you can get through a chapter alone, but with how quickly you can comprehend the facts and ideas that you need. Comprehension Comprehension during speed reading is easier than during standard reading. This is because the mind is busy looking for meaning, not rereading words and sentences. The average reader spends about 1/6th of the time rereading words than actually reading them. Rereading interrupts the flow of comprehension and slows down the process, that’s why the habit of it should be eliminated. How to comprehend easily? Scan the chapter first. Identify the sections to which the author devotes the most amount of space – what where the text focuses. If there are lots of diagrams for a particular topic, then that must also be an important concept. If you're really under time pressure, you can skip the sections to which the least amount of space is devoted. Take note on headings and read the first sentence of every paragraph more carefully than the rest of the paragraph. The main idea is usually situated there. Read the important parts and the main ideas. Focus on nouns and main propositions in each sentence. Look for the noun-verb combinations, and focus the mind on these. Then, close the book and ask yourself what you now know about the subject that you didn't know before you started. Reducing Skip Backs Important: Don't reread the same phrases from the text! Poor readers read and reread the same phrase over and over again. This habit of making "regressions" doubles or worse triples reading time and often does not even result in better comprehension. A single careful, attentive speed reading may not be always enough for completely comprehending the matter you are reading, but is often more effective than constant regressions in the middle rate of a reading. It is best to work on paying closer attention and doing a preview first before the careful reading. To help reduce the number of times that the eyes goes back to a previous word or sentence, run a pointer along the line as you read. This could be a finger, a pen or any pointed material. Your eyes will follow the tip of your pointer, smoothing the flow of speed reading. The speed at which you read using this method will largely depend on the speed at which you move the pointer; so if you want to speed up your reading, you also have to increase your pointing rate.

Custom flag printing is white a color

This question I don’t really get asked its more I see when a person requests a quote and say’s "I would like a custom flag made using my logo the colors in my logo are navy blue, red, yellow and white" After being a flag maker for many years I have found out that many flag manufacturers out there especially the one's on the internet say that the custom flag above is 4 colors when they send the quote. I would like to tell you right now! This is not true!! The flag above is only 3 colors WHY? White is not a color When we screen print onto the flag material if there are 6 colors in your logo then we will use 6 colors e. g.: blue, red, yellow, green, black, and violet. The color white is not used, the material is white so when we make the film to use to screen print your logo the part which is supposed to be white we don’t use any color. So next time you go to have a custom flag made be sure they don’t charge you for the color white. If you have white in your logo the flag makers will use white material, most flags are screen printed on white material anyway.

The skinny on an online mba in accounting

Going for an online MBA means that you are wanting further training in an Accounting field - probably for some kind of management position, or for a managerial enhancement. The opportunities to pursue the accounting MBA online can be accomplished through different methods. Here is the skinny on an online MBA in accounting. There are basically two ways to go online with an online education, one enables you to take the classes at your own leisure; and the other way is to take the classes in a real time situation by going online and logging in to the classroom. While the first method permits you to study at your own leisure, the second is traditional in its time requirements. Make Sure of Accreditation Unless you only desire to take a couple of classes, it is a real good idea to look thoroughly at the accreditation of the University offering the MBA. Many schools today only have the appearance of being real - especially the online ones, that you do not want to take any chances with so expensive an education. You do not want to make any assumptions, either. Courses of Study The MBA in Accounting courses offer a degree of specialization, as it should. One area that you want to look for, as it is in high demand today, and will only get bigger in the near future, is in the accounting information systems. Many organizations are developing business information systems (also called knowledge management), that deal with purchasing, online transactions - from their clients, etc. This means that you might not want to take courses that meet only the general MBA requirements, but you may want to look toward the future. Other up-to-date courses should involve such things as advanced techniques in costing, information systems of accounting, strategic planning, information management, corporate taxation, budgeting, and more. Finish With Certification Your hard-earned MBA should lead you to be able to be certified. A quality University will meet the minimum state requirements that will lead to certification in one of the following possibilities: certified public accountant (CPA); certified management accounting (CMA); and certified in financial management (CFM) or chartered financial analyst (CFA) certification. While one school may not provide all of them, it should allow for you to meet the requirements for one, or more.

Your computer is your enemy

The old clichй, "If you want a friend, get a dog" still stands in the 21st Century. It is well established in the medical community that animals can do much to extend the human life span as well as improve the quality of life. Don't live on or vicariously through your computer. A pastor once said his job was to comfort the afflicted and to afflict the comfortable. Thus we have the difference between a real live pet and an inanimate electro-mechanical object - in this case the personal computer. The pet comforts while the computer, improperly used and/or over used, is a thief and a murderer.

Besides, the computer, especially if you run a Microsoft Operating System and Microsoft production software, requires much more maintenance than does a pet. This alone is enough to drive most users' blood pressure through the roof. How many times do you suspect that needs to happen before it begins to take a toll on the human body? It is even more aggravating than the days when we only received three (3) snowy channels on a small black and white television and each channel required another trip outside in the rain, in the cold, in the snow, in the heat to adjust the huge antenna attached to a corner of the house which spilled the rain directly into your face as you looked up to see in which direction the antenna was pointing. If you were lucky someone was in the house calling to you when you got the best picture. You know what I am talking about... like when your computer locks up with a box popping up on the monitor's screen saying it needs to restart now, and won't let you do anything else until you acquiesce and reboot. There goes your last few minutes of work. Another blood pressure jump! It sure is for the Tennessee Mountain Man! Father may know best, but mother knows even better and she always made the children set across the room from the TV concerned about it ruining their vision. Now that same mom allows the children and grandchildren to set on top of a twenty-one (21) inch monitor, even closer to a laptop, and play games ad infinitum. The result being more and more of our children are wearing glasses and contact lenses at younger and younger ages. Mom also insisted that little ones spend much more time outside playing in the yard than obsessing over the magic box in the corner, and the children were healthier. There were fewer cases of childhood diabetes and hardly any childhood obesity. Children learned skills greater than cheating x-box and PSP, and mom and pop never heard of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. The computer man and everyone else is seemingly required to work on or at computer consoles to some extent these days. As a result, the entire family now either suffers from a computer related ailment or is at real risk of developing one. With the advent and prevalence of the personal computer and gaming gizmos, the heart, which is a muscle, gets little or no exercise. As if the TV did not create enough couch potatoes resulting in what amounts to atrophy of the heart muscle, the PC seems to have claimed the remainder of man. A computer cannot hold you on cold nights or enjoy a walk hand-n-hand with you in the moonlight. It cannot comfort you when you are sick or improve your mood when you are sad. It cannot feed you when you are hungry nor give you a drink when you are thirsty... at least not yet. The PC cannot yet carry on a civil or reasoned conversation. Irrespective of one's addictions and all the attractions on the internet, it is not true social interaction and it certainly cannot satisfy the libido try as some may. Used improperly it can and does drive wedges between husbands and wives, and between children and parents. Like a drug, once addicted, and it is addictive, it can cost one his job and it has. Like a nosy gossiping neighbor or ticked off lover, it has the propensity to tell the world (friend and foe alike) everything it knows (both good and bad) about you. And, in case you didn't know, there are hackers from people with malicious intentions, to your employer, to Microsoft, to insurance companies, to financial institutions, to the government who have the ability to ask your computer what it knows about you whenever they wish. And, your computer... your friend in whom you confide everything, like a spurned lover is more than willing to betray her paramour and spill her guts literally. My computer... my friend? With such friends who needs enemies? If you don't know how to protect yourself from a gabby computer you might want to seek the help of professionals like the folks at Remote Helpdesk 1. Now shut the glib computer down, and go outside and play.

A guide to online degrees how to be a success online student

: Online degree programs are an excellent way for busy professions to gain advanced training and certifications either for the purpose of career path switch, job promotion preparation or just to enhance their working field's related knowledge. However, not all online students will successfully completing their online program. A success or a failure of an online student in his learning program is affected by a few factors. Here are a few key elements that a success online student must have: Time Management One the key advantage of online degree program is it allows you to plan your learning schedule, at you own time and own pace. This key advantage of online degree program is also the key factor that cause many online student fail in completing their online degree program. Time management may be the biggest determination factor in succeeding at your online degree program. You must be very proactive in your studies and take responsibility for your own learning, manage your time on your learning schedule, doing the assignment an constantly communicate with your professors and peers through online learning channel prepare by the school to solve your doubts and question of courses.

To master time management, first determine what time of day you think you will be most focused on your studies. Are you a morning person or a night owl? Do you concentrate best after a cup of coffee or after lunch? Once you narrow in on a time of day reserve a designated allotment of time to dedicate to your course. Self-Motivated Although getting your degree online does not mean that you are study alone because you still get connected with your professors and peers through online channels such as message board, chat, forum & etc, You won't find the professor, or another student reminding you to get to work, stay on task, or turn your assignments in on time; hence, you must be self-motivated to be successful. Read & Understand in Electronic Text Format Some online learning materials are in audio and video format, but most of them still in electronic text format. Be an online student, you need to do a lot of reading in text format rather than hearing the lectures' teaching. There are students who absorbed the knowledge faster with explanation in lecture hall, but to be a success online student, you need to be better in understanding the knowledge conveys in text format. Place of Study Some students need absolute silence while others can't seem to concentrate without noise in the background. No matter what your preference is, a place that is free from distractions is recommended.

If you can't escape in-home interruptions, bring alone your laptop to library or a coffee shop. Schedule your designated study time when you can be in a distraction-free environment and your chances for success will increase and the time you need to devote to your course will decrease. Seeking for Answers on Your Questions Many online courses come with instructor support or mentor by an online lecturer so that students never feel lost or alone during the e-learning process. Don't be afraid to ask questions, you can always direct inquiries to your lecturer. Online chat rooms, if provided, are another great resource for you to seek for answers. Online chat rooms give students a forum to meet other students taking the same course and ask questions or discuss assignments. To be a success online student, you must be able to utilize the online resources provided by the school to communicate with your professors, peers and get your questions answered. In Summary In a nutshell, success in online learning requires self-discipline, organization, and the ability to use modern technology to communicate with your professors and peers.

Next "A Guide To Online Degrees" series, I will talk about online degree pricing. See you on "A Guide To Online Degrees - Considering Online Degree Pricing".

Home schooling the best choice

You Control the Environment The major advantage to home schooling is that you control the environment. You choose the curriculum, you choose the pace. If your child is slow to understanding a concept, you have the freedom to allow the extra time your child needs to completely understand the topic. There just isn’t this level of individualism in public school. Public school is equally hard on the under achiever who feels lost when the rest of the class moves on and for the over achiever who is bored because they grasped the concept long before the rest of the class. At home you can vary the pace to give both types of students the freedom they need to succeed. Most public schools are overcrowded with 30 or more students in a classroom. The shear level of noise and commotion with this many students in one room makes learning difficult. With home schooling, you control the noise level and can limit the number of interruptions in your child’s day. Many parents are opting for a Christian home schooling curriculum to reinforce their values and morals. Public schools cannot teach religion and may not teach the moral values that are important to you. At home, you get to decide when to discuss sex education with your child in a private setting. In public school, sex ed is often taught in phy-ed or health class in a large group setting with lots of snickering and embarrassing comments. ‘One size fits all’ sex ed. Are your values being taught? Probably not. Home schooling is a great answer for parents who want a stronger math or science background for their child. Whatever it is you want your child to learn, there is curriculum available that the home school experience can provide. Many students learn best with tactile, hands on learning. Most public schools do not have the funds to provide hands on learning to children. Through home schooling programs, you can tailor your program to fit your child’s style of learning. These are just the beginning of the benefits that a home schooling program can offer your child! Brought to you by Help-For-Home-School-Moms. info and Home-School-101.info, your best resource for all your home school needs.

Learning the arabic language

The Arabic language is an ancient tongue that dates back to earlier than the 6th century. It is a language steeped in history, and shrouded in mystery. Today, the Arabic language is the 5th most spoken language on the planet, and it is the official language in many Middle Eastern countries, such as Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Israel, Morocco, and Saudi Arabia. If you are interested in the study of ancient Near Eastern history, modern Middle Eastern history, religion, or foreign language, learning the Arabic language will help you in your academic pursuits. There are several ways you can go about learning how to read, write, and speak Arabic.

If you feel that you should learn the Arabic language for academic reasons, you have options. You can attend a college or University, and earn your degree in Arabic. You could also choose to minor in the language, which will supplement your education if you earn a degree in religion, history, archaeology, or even art history. A degree or a minor in Arabic will help you to translate ancient documents and literature, which will give you wonderful research capabilities. If you do receive your degree in Arabic, you will be highly knowledgeable in a very formal dialect of the language, both written and conversationally. Also, if you have military aspirations, knowing how to communicate in Arabic would be useful, given today's military climate. If you have plans to travel extensively to an Arabic speaking country such as Egypt or Morocco, consider taking accelerated foreign language courses online before you go. By learning the basics of a foreign language, you show that you are culturally sensitive and genuinely interested in the country by learning to communicate with locals in their native tongue.

You won't look “touristy” by carrying a book or stumbling through questions to local residents, and you will have a greater appreciation for the culture you are experiencing on your travels. Your travels will be more enjoyable, exciting, and educational. There are several advantages to learning how to read and speak the Arabic language through an online accelerated course. You will find that doing so via the Internet is very convenient.

And your studies won't interfere with your work and personal commitments. Often, courses are completed at your own pace, with no set class times. You can study Arabic from the comforts of home. All of your work is submitted online, and you will find many opportunities to interact with qualified instructors if you have questions. You will find that the fees for enrolling in an online Arabic language course are reasonable as well. Whether you are a student of ancient history, religion, or archaeology and you feel that learning the Arabic language will give you a leg up in carrying out your research, or you are making plans to travel to an Arabic speaking country like Egypt or Morocco in the near future and want to be able to ask where the bathroom is or order dinner from the menu in their language, you have options as to how to learn the language. By studying Arabic at a college or University, you will gain a complete knowledge of reading formal Arabic, which will undoubtedly assist you in your academic research.

By taking an online course in Arabic, you will be able to quickly and conveniently learn the basics of the language, which will make your travels abroad less stressful, and more enjoyable. Taking the time to learn the Arabic language will allow you to immerse yourself into an interesting new culture, perhaps help to change a few stereotypes, enhance your travels, and supplement your academic pursuits. http:// foreign-languages-school. com

Law school know how

Getting into law school can be a very arduous task for aspiring students. You need to start as early as your freshman year in high school if you decide that being a lawyer is what you really want to do for the rest of your life. Do not be misled by the rosy portrayal of a lawyer’s life in TV or in the movies. In real life, lawyers would have 12 to 18 working hours, especially for those who are aspiring to be partners in their respective law firms. In order to achieve your goal, first, you need to have the correct mindset. Here are some tips on how students can realize their lifelong goal of becoming a lawyer: 1. Know what you want, and how to get it. First, reflect on the reasons why you would like to pursue this career. If you are just looking for the 'flash' or recognition of becoming a lawyer, remember that becoming one is sheer hard work. Just like in every profession, you need to give yourself into studying, then working as a lawyer. You may have this idealistic view as a kid that you want to save the world from the injustices that is why you would like to become a lawyer. If you find yourself still passionate about this cause, there is no harm in pursuing your dreams. More importantly, remember that once you decide on taking up law, you need to work very hard as a student. 2. Take off your rose-colored glasses. You need to understand that not every student who takes up law ends up with a job as a lawyer once they graduate. You will not necessarily end up as a courtroom hero saving an "innocent criminal" in this field. You may find yourself dealing with real estate, corporate law, divorce cases, or even drafting up wills. Prepare yourself for all possibilities because anything could happen. 3. Ask yourself, "Am I competitive enough?" >From the time that you send in your applications, to the time that you take the exam to be a licensed practitioner, there will be competition. Applications for entry into law schools soar every year. What are your chances of being chosen and accepted as compared to thousands of other applicants? Check the skills that you have and once you are confident enough that you can get into law school, then you have gone through the first step in achieving your goal. 4. Go to a university which has a record of getting a lot of students into law school. It is safe to say that if you are a graduate of a school which "produces" a lot of great law students, then this should be a plus factor for you. There are universities that help the students get into law school by providing mock exams and interviews, and also offer letters of recommendation. 5. Having a good grade-point-average (GPA) is not enough, you need to pass the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) with flying colors. Maintain your GPA, and make sure that you perform well in the LSAT's. There are web sites where you can take practice tests at a certain cost. You may also enroll in a course that aims to prepare you for this particular exam. 6. Be an early bird. Once you have decided on entering law school, make sure that you submit your applications way before the deadline. This should give you ample time to prepare. Finally, you need to organize your letter of recommendations, transcripts and all the paperworks that you will need to get in. You may seek the advice of a consultant, undergraduates or lawyers who have already passed the stage that you are now going through as a hopeful law school student. If you combine hard work with determination and you prepare everything in advance, you will surely gain entrance to the prestigious law school of your choice.

Use tax credits to help finance your college education

Students are always on the lookout for ways to help pay or offset the cost of their tuition. There are various government grants and scholarships available to you if you qualify. But what if you don’t qualify for these government programs? Don’t loose hope there are still options available to you that can help offset those tuition bills. Did you know that tax credits are another way that Uncle Sam can help you finance your college education? Well it’s true and it has come to my attention that there are many students, old and new alike, who are not taking advantage of these educational tax credits that they are entitled to. Specifically the tax credits are the Hope Tax Credit and the Lifetime Learning Tax Credit. These two tax credits will reduce the amount of Federal Income Tax that you would pay dollar for dollar, unlike tax deductions that are used to lower your taxable income. It’s like someone saying to you “if you spend your money on college, I’ll give it back to you.” The tax credits are based on the amount of qualified educational expenses that students pay. What are these qualified expenses? Qualified expenses are tuition and fees that are required to pay to an accredited college, university, or vocational school as a requirement for attendance. Fees that are not included are room & board, personal living and family expenses. Other expenses that may also qualify are expenses for books, supplies, student activity fees, and equipment if they are required to be paid to the school as a condition for enrollment. Who is eligible for these tax credits? Anyone can claim these tax credits; you can claim these credits for yourself, your spouse and anyone you can legally claim as a dependant on your tax return. The Hope Tax Credit is worth up to a maximum of $1,500, depending on how much the qualified educational expenses are, 100% of the first $1000 and 50% of the next $1000. To be eligible for The Hope Tax Credit the student need to be enrolled at least half time (6 credits) in at least one semester and meet certain income requirements. The Hope Tax Credit is available for each and every student, on the same tax return enrolled in a qualifying college program. This credit can be taken for the first two years of post secondary education (undergraduate degree or vocational school) for each student. A family with three students with qualified expenses of $2,000 each on the same return equals a $4,500 reduction in the taxes you owe. The Lifetime Learning Tax Credit works a little bit differently, the credit is based on 20% of the of the first $10,000 of educational expense up to a maximum credit is $2,000 per return not per student. This credit can be taken for any and all years that a studennt takes even just one class that will improve or aquire job skills (undergraduate, graduate and professional degree courses included). If you have qualified expenses of $2,000 then you get a tax credit of $400 (.20 X $2,000). Consider this, these tax credits can bring down the tax that you owe on April 15th, and money that you don’t have to pay in tax can be used to pay for the education you want and deserve. Other limitations are that both of these tax credits may not be used for the same student in the same year. Students that have been comvicted of a felony drug offense can not claim the Hope Tax Credit, but they can still take advantage of the Lifetime Learning Tax Credit. This is just a breif overview of these tax credits that all students should know about and tahe advantage of. I reecomend that you do refer to IRS Publication 970 and IRS: Topics for Students for further information or discuss these tax credits with your Tax Professional.

Planning perseverance and motivation for the ged test

Getting ready for the GED test can be overwhelming. For adult learners enrolled in a GED class, it's often difficult to find the time or motivation to study outside the classroom, engage in the classroom experience or to measure the effectiveness of study sessions. And for adult learners who manage their own study program, test prep may seem even harder. Planning, perseverance and motivation are the keys to effective, successful GED test preparation, the most important thing a test candidate can do to pass the GED test. Using these keys will reduce challenges and ensure that test prep is worthwhile. Explore the GED test areas.

The official GED test is a set of five tests, which measures knowledge of math, science, social studies, reading and writing. Determine which test area you'll probably score best in, and study that area first. Successful and enjoyable experiences with your GED preparation early will help motivate you and ready the brain for more difficult material later. Measure test readiness. Use official GED practice tests as part of your test preparation and as a study guide to help you determine skill strengths and weaknesses. Test scores on practice tests will indicate the skill areas where you'll need the least and most work, and will help you outline a study plan. Official practice tests also serve another purpose.

They'll give you familiarity with the test structure and timing. Understanding the way the test asks you to apply knowledge, and how the test is paced is a good way to improve your score. Develop a study plan. Study guides and study plans are available, but it's important to adapt these models to your own needs. A study plan that you develop yourself or center around yourself will go a long way toward helping you reach your goal. Develop a realistic plan that's established according to your needs and schedule, and complements the way you learn. This allows you to stick to your study plan and learn at your own pace, which contributes to the learning process. A good study plan will include frequent short study sessions of 30 minutes to an hour, along with periodic longer sessions –- two to four hours -- to help prepare you for the marathon 7.5-hour official GED test.

Be sure to include your weekly study objectives and measure them. Then you'll clearly see what you've accomplished and it will motivate you further. The key is consistency. Enhance learning with test prep materials. If you're an adult learner enrolled in a GED class, your GED program probably includes test prep materials. If needed, you can supplement these with additional materials that may be better designed for the way you learn. Libraries often have GED test prep materials for loan, and local bookstores should also have a range of offerings. Materials, study guides, practice tests and interactive courseware are also available online. Shop wisely though; be sure that study materials are authentic and will enhance your GED study program.

What motivates you? There are many reasons adult learners work on their GED. For some, it's a higher-paying job, a new career or the stepping-stone to educational opportunities. For others, it's simply completing an educational milestone or being a role model for their own children. Regardless of your reason, it's reason enough to motivate you. You'll want to clearly identify your motive and visualize the benefits of achievement. Consider this fact: Motivation is essentially based on a single premise: how bad you want something. If you really want it to happen, it will. If you really want to pass the GED, you will. It's that simple; it's the cornerstone of your GED program, whether you opt for a classroom experience, an online program or create a self-guided study course. So, when preparing for the GED, prepare through small, well-planned steps. Accomplish each step; build upon them. Then use these accomplishments as additional benefits and motivators to move you closer to the final achievement -- the GED. More Resources For additional GED study tips, test information and free resources on the GED test, including financial aid and student support, visit http:// passGED. com. The website also provides links to federal agencies and nonprofits that serve GED students, instructors and workforce development programs. For a list of official GED testing sites and administrative contacts, visit http:// passged. com/test_state. php#1.

Las vegas school district s r guild gray virtual gallery

About the R. Guild Gray Virtual Gallery In its continued commitment to arts education Las Vegas Schools have created the R. Guild Gray Virtual Gallery. This gallery serves as an innovative way to allow students and faculty of the Las Vegas School District to display their artwork. This is an excellent way to connect to the community and use of modern technology. The R. Guild Gray Virtual Gallery is divided into three sections. The first section is devoted to the display of student artwork. The second section is used to exhibit the art of teachers in the Las Vegas School District. The final area is dedicated to the works of R. Guild Gray. The Virtual Gallery uses interactive navigation that allows you to move through the displays and simply click on the artwork you want view and it will expand to a full screen view. The whole site is designed to mimic a real museum type experience. To progress through the Virtual Gallery, you use arrows at the bottom of the screen to move around the rooms. Each room contains between twelve to twenty pieces. The Virtual Gallery has two floors with the bottom floor housing students works. The R. Guild Gray Virtual Gallery has rotating collection and is used to showcase the art skills of the elementary, middle and high school students in the Las Vegas School District. The Virtual Gallery can be accessed from this web site; http://ccsd. net/vg2000/ . An Important Educator in the Las Vegas School District R. Guild Gray, the namesake for the R. Guild Gray Virtual Gallery, was an influential poet, historian, educator and politician. Mr. Gray was an important figure in the Las Vegas School District. Mr. Gray passed away in 1998. Guild Gray was a transplant to Nevada, but made a large impact. He had his secondary and some university in Reno. Mr. Gray went on to become the Las Vegas School District superintendent and served in this position until 1961. Later Mr. Gray was elected to the Nevada State Assembly, where he served on the Education Committee. In this capacity, he often fought for the needs of the Las Vegas School District. Mr. Gray was an avid historian. Many people, especially the students at the Gray Elementary School in the Las Vegas School District which was named in his honor, knew him as a reservoir of knowledge of Nevada history and lore. Later in life he became a poet and photography traveling the Nevada country side writing and taking landscape photos. He wrote several books of poetry, fiction and history. His most famous books include The Treble V, a story containing the history and legends of cattle ranchers in northeastern Nevada, and Nature Sings, a collection of Gray’s poetry and photographs of the Great Basin filled with his reflections on life and death. This is why R. Guild Gray was the perfect choice for the name of the Virtual Gallery.

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