Tuesday, March 6, 2018

4 Ways Millenials Learn Best

You cannot expect your child to learn in the way you learned your lessons back in the day. Your child belongs to a different generation, thus, he has different learning preferences and styles. Here are some techniques that can help you teach and foster successful learning for your millennial students.

One-on-one mentorship - According to a research, millennial learners appreciate and benefit from the direction of a mentor. This includes establishing clear expectations and learning goals in order to focus the learner on the right behaviors. They want authentic, personalized evaluations based on their job performance so that they can achieve their specific learning and development goals. Unlike some past generations, they are not ashamed to ask for help and guidance in the spirit of improving their skills.

Collaboration - Millennials have a big connection with their peers, therefore they prefer learning, working and collaborating in groups. In fact, on average, millennial employees prefer working in a group versus working alone. Create group learning sessions where they can discuss the learning material and learn from each other. Researches suggest that millennials learn best from hands-on experiences, so try to recreate real-world scenarios in your group learning sessions with role-plays or assessments that closely model the actual challenges they face.

Technology - Millennial learners are accustomed to seamlessly integrating technology into their learning experiences. According to one of the studies reviewed by the Mayo Clinic researchers, 80% of millennial learners use online resources as their primary source of educational information.
Millenials also prefer learning through self-direction. Provide them with online resources that they can pursue on their own at a time that works for them. For example, you might want to assign an e-learning module or a conference talk on YouTube for learners to watch and digest on their own in advance of a group learning session. Allow them to access the material on their own and provide follow-up resources for them to continue their self-directed learning.

Feedback - Given their their heavy use of social networks – millennials are used to instant gratification in terms of feedback. Think about likes, retweets, etc. Because they are highly focused on goal achievement, they actively desire feedback to help them accomplish their goals.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Seven Things You Should Have Learned in Your 20's

I believe this post needs no introduction. The title says it all. Just read up!

Honesty - When you're late to an appointment, it's tempting to pin the blame on gridlock or train delays. Instead, just apologize. You don't have to give details. 'I planned poorly' is a hundred times better than risking your integrity by inanely blaming traffic."

Starting an interesting conversation - "Conversation-making is probably the most underrated skill," says Deepak Mehta, who admits that he's a shy person who's always found it difficult. But experience has taught him that if you dare to strike up a discussion with the person next to you, you might very well end up with a new friend, a business connection, or some novel insights on an old topic.

Effective Communication - No matter your career field, you can always improve the way you speak and write. "Think about ways to challenge yourself and tweak how you write an email or behave in a meeting," the anonymous user suggests. Here's an example: "During your next team meeting, resist talking about your idea or opinion right off the bat. Instead, count to five, and if you still feel like you have something relevant to contribute, speak up. On the flip side, if you're shy, challenge yourself to say what you're thinking, instead of remaining silent."

Asking for something you want - "The ability to ask is the easiest, most underutilized skill to catapult your career," writes an anonymous user. But if you don't muster up the courage to request a raise, a promotion, or a bigger sales deal, you have no chance of getting it. If the thought of requesting what you want makes you anxious, the user suggests practicing in non-work-related contexts. For example, you could ask a vendor at a farmer's market for a lower price on your vegetables. "The more you put yourself in uncomfortable situations," the user writes, "the more likely you'll decide they're not that uncomfortable after all."

Keeping your promises - Maybe you told a friend you'd show up to his birthday party, or maybe you agreed to finish an extra assignment for your boss. Whatever the situation, you should make good on your word. Break [your promise] and people lose trust and faith in you, which, over time, is very hard to mend," Hoffman says.

Receiving criticism positively - No one likes to be told they're wrong or even that they could be doing something more effectively. As Abhinav Gupta writes, it's easy to resent the person critiquing you or completely ignore them. Nonetheless, Gupta says, "in order to succeed in life you should always accept criticism and always respond positively to it and never think ill of people who point out your mistakes."

Resilience - The rest of your life is bound to include setbacks, sadness, and frustration (in addition to joy and excitement!). Carolyn Cho says you should use your early adulthood to figure out how to recover from mishaps: Your 20s [are] a time when most are relatively free of the responsibilities that will increase into your 30s and 40s. This is a great time to experiment, fail, and bounce back. Learn how to ride out failure and persevere. Life is full of challenges. The 20s are a great time to toughen up and start teaching yourself how to be emotionally and mentally resilient enough to weather both the joys and hardships to come.

Monday, January 8, 2018

New Things to Learn in 2018

Successful people make the commitment to dedicate their spare time in the pursuit of learning (instead of vegging out in front of the television.) And they stick to their promise of learning. With that in mind, there are countless things you can learn in your spare time. This list puts a number to that list and shares with you 101 valuable things to learn that will improve your life. Both personally and professionally.

Speed Reading - How much more work could you accomplish if you were able to complete all of your required reading in one-third of the time? Or even half the time? Speed reading is basically learning to understand the fundamental principles of the human visual system, allowing you to eliminate inefficiencies in your reading and increase the speed at which you read while also improving your retention.

Drawing - Drawing is actually a basic skill that we were all born with. While we have to be taught to read and write, people are actually born with the natural ability to draw. Drawing is essential for human survival because it is a form of communication that everyone can understand, no matter what language you speak. Toddlers begin drawing before they start to read or write and continue to do it throughout life.

Basic Car Repairs - Car repairs can drain your wallet quickly, but there are a lot of repairs that you can actually do yourself. Even if you don't have technical skills, you can still do things like change your oil, fix fuel filters, and change alternators. This can help save you time and money.

Play the guitar - Can learning to play the guitar change your well-being? Research actually shows that the brains of guitar players work slightly differently than those of everyone else. The process and art of learning to play the chords on a guitar and read sheet music can open up new neural pathways and rewire the brain in a positive way that can lead to cognitive benefits.

Photography - A criticism that is often heard today is that people spend too much time taking pictures of their experiences instead of living them. However, the photographs play the important role of allowing people to hold on to memories and show the rest of the world a peek into their lives while also telling a story. Everyone should learn some photography because it provides several benefits. It is a fun hobby and can help you grow as a person by cultivating creativity.

Gardening - Maybe you've tried to grow things in your garden before, but your previous results made this seem like it was not a skill you could master. However, if you learn how to grow your own flowers, herbs, vegetables, and fruits, you can save a lot of money and have a beautiful yard to look at. Also, eating food straight from your garden is the healthiest way to get the nutrients that your body needs.


Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Six Tips to Having a Successful Career

When it comes to excelling in your chosen career, you will always find new things to learn. The employment world is very competitive nowadays. Therefore, your success won't depend solely on your years of service and loyalty to your employer. You will need to work hard, make wise decisions and be careful about your workplace relationships.

Are you ready to do whatever it takes to advance up the corporate ladder? Here are some tips that can help you to always be at your best in the workplace.

1. Determine your goals and priorities. List down your short-term and long-term goals. Create a plan and take note of the things you must do to achieve these goals. Evaluate your performance and progress frequently. Don't forget to put your daily tasks in order. Prioritize urgent tasks for the day, but make sure not to miss the deadlines for non-urgent tasks.

2. Communicate effectively. Listen attentively to what your boss and co-workers attentively. Provide appropriate and timely responses to avoid misunderstandings. Also, you must learn how to give and receive constructive feedback, to persuade  others effectively and to ask for help and collect information.

3. Stay focused. Block out all distractions that are keeping you from giving your full attention to your tasks. Make sure that you're physically and mentally present as soon as you enter the office.

4. Broaden your skills. Update your knowledge and skills because job requirements change over time. Be an perpetual learner and work on updating your knowledge. Acquire training from experts who can develop in you the abilities needed in your industry. This might cost you money and time but don't worry because the benefits are worth it. Read this detailed infographic from Scope Training for some tips on bringing your knowledge and skills to the next level.

5. Socialize but avoid gossip. Socialize with your co-workers and be open to meet new people at any social functions of your company. Deal with everyone in an enthusiastic and respectful manner. Listen to other people's ideas but be mindful of office gossips. Instead of spreading gossips, focus on working hard for the good of the company.

6. Accept challenges. New tasks pose challenges that will push you out of your comfort zone and encourage you to explore new horizons. If you want to get ahead in your career, put a hold to your routine and instead, take on new tasks. You will be surprised to see new skill sets and character emerging from within.

The path to career success is like a race. Only those who have trained and worked hard will be able to reach the finish line and gain the prize. Commit to observing the above-mentioned tips so that you can secure your rightful position in your workplace.

Friday, May 13, 2016

How to Continue Learning After College

Learning doesn't have to stop after college. You can continue learning after you've earned your degree, while working or while still looking for a job opportunity. Keen to know how to do just that without spending a fortune? Read the following suggestions.

Take weekly classes. Search for weekly classes that suit your interest and can enhance your current skills. If you're already working, check to see if your employer can pay for your classes. Some employers offer scholarships to their employers who are learning new skills from which their companies can benefit.

Join a club. There are clubs out there which are discussion-based. The interests of their members vary - books, business, film, philosophy, foreign languages, etc. Choose a club which discusses the topics you're interested in or topics connected to the industry where you belong.

Subscribe to educational podcasts. Search for free educational podcasts and listen to them while you're commuting to work or back to your home. You will be surprised to discover that you can acquire a great amount of knowledge about almost everything from online sources free of charge.

Attend open lectures in your locality. Check with the nearest bookstore or university in your locality the list of open lectures and readings by notable professors and authors. If you're interested in arts, check the website of your favorite artist for schedules of discussions and seminars which you can attend for free.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Tried and Tested Ways to Convert Your Ideas into a Reality

Many people are able to turn their ideas into reality even though their finances and time or daily schedules are not on their side. Now, you could be thinking how they're able to do just that? Read the tips below which can help you turn your brilliant ideas into notable realities.
Write down your ideas. As soon as your mind turns into creative mode, have a paper and pen by your side. List down all the ideas that come to your mind so that you won't forget any of them.
Create an action plan. Do you know what to do next after having a great idea? Have an action plan in black and white. This will guide you in your quest to convert your ideas into realities. Include in your plan the possible problems which you might encounter in every stage of your journey. Think of the potential solutions to these problems as well.
Work hard. Quit daydreaming and start working hard now. Remember that you can no longer get back every second you waste. Make wise use of your energy and time if you want your ideas to spring into life.
Keep an eye on the price and not on the obstacles. Accept the roadblocks will come your way; but you need not linger in every single roadblock you'll encounter. Pin your eyes on your goals and  you will be motivated enough to do anything in order to overcome roadblocks.
Be dedicated. Many start strong in this kind of race but they're unable to finish strong and with flying colors. Why? They lack the commitment and dedication to do the things they must do every day. Work hard. Never give up. Stay committed and focused.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Classroom Technology: Is It Beneficial or Harmful

It is truly tempting to embed technology in the classroom especially now that every school seem to be incorporating the use of gadgets in all the subjects. But before we give in to the temptation, we must first  investigate whether technology truly help children grow as learners - achieving their academic goals.

Digital reading vs. reading in reading in print - People are less likely to focus on the content when reading from a laptop or a tablet. This is because of the  distractions which come in the form of adjustments and multi-media adjustments. Distractions like these can cause decreased comprehension  and speed in reading. There are instances when digital reading offers options for learners who need more support. For example, non-English speakers can  learn the language better with the use of  certain applications installed in tablets. Such applications allow students to touch a word on the screen and watch an interactive definition for that word. This can impact the learning process of language learners positively.
Social media matters - Some educators leverage social media to their advantage. They post assignments, announcements and project ideas on a classroom Facebook account. They do this to catch the attention of students and remind them  to finish their tasks  on time. When the purpose of social media use is driven with the goal of learning, social media can make a difference in students’ learning lives. However, too much use of social media can be be unhealthy as online conversations through social media accounts can affect the ability of students to grow in their personal relationships. 
Wise choices - Educators should determine when technology integration is necessary or detrimental in learning. Some related researches show that  students who do not use a digital device during class show better understanding of the content taught compared to the students who are dependent on their gadgets to survive school. In fact, there are situations when the mere presence of technology is already distracting for students. 
In conclusion, everything must be kept simple. If the integration integration of gadgets won't aid students' learning, their use must be dismissed even though they are going to aid educators in their discussions. 

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

How Poverty Affects the Learning Skills of a Child

While many kids from low income families have proven that  poverty is not enough reason for them to stop school and not to excel in their studies, researches indicate that poverty affects the brain's ability to learn significantly. Below is a short list of the different ways by which poverty impacts the neurological make-up of a child. 
1) Children raised in poverty speak fewer words at home compared to children raised in middle class and upper class families. Oftentimes, conversations that are rich in vocabulary words occur less in poor families. This situation provide limited opportunities  for a child's brain to develop language skills which are needed in effective communication and good classroom performance.
2) Children raised in poverty have weak oral language that lead to reading gaps. Auditory neural stimulation is required in the establishment of distinct phoneme representations, building of vocabulary, and development of age-appropriate oral language skills. When a child lacks this, a reading gap occurs and widens as he or she progresses through school. 
3) Children raised in poverty suffer from low cognitive skills too. Children who come from homes of poverty have limitations in a range of cognitive skills, including long- and short-term (working) memory, visual and spatial skills, executive functions like self-control, and the ability to learn from reward.
These poor children need explicit interventions in order to catch up and improve their perceptual, cognitive and linguistic skills. By considering the explanations listed above, teaching strategies to better help children from poverty can be created.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Three Best Ways to Promote 21st Century Learning

Whether you like it or not, the world is rapidly changing. And, this affects the way young people learn today. While there's nothing wrong with using the traditional learning methods, taking advantage of the current learning methods can help students learn more and adapt quickly to their environment. Here are some approaches you might want to consider in teaching your students and/or children.

Games and gamification - Good games engage players in deep problem-solving. This involves trial-and-error procedures which most present-day students dislike because they want instant answers or results. When students get used to trial and error thinking, they get to understand the lecture better and they're able to apply learned concepts appropriately.

Note; I don't own this infographic. All credits to it's owner/publisher.

Online career and technical education - Students study hard in order to prepare themselves for future employment. Hence, it is practical to help them learn employability skills in the workplace. These include workplace communication (both written and verbal) dependability, honesty, integrity and work ethics. In here, virtual business simulations for different industries may be used to aid student's learning.

Project-based learning - Enhancing and testing students' cognitive abilities aren't enough in preparing students for the employment world. They must also learn life skills and so they should be allowed to experience a hands-on career exploration. These can be achieved through themed projects which will give them an idea how work is actually in their chosen field.

Friday, January 8, 2016

School Fundraising and Its Many Benefits

Fundraising has many benefits to schools, specifically to private ones which don't receive support from the government. It's one of the best ways for schools to offset their budget cuts, fund field trips and purchase additional books, supplies or sports equipment. Moreover, fundraising may even help scholars pay for their tuition and other school fees and have enough allowance while studying.

How Communities Benefit from Fundraising

At first glance, fundraising may appear only advantageous to schools and students; but the truth is, fundraising is beneficial to the community as well.

Fundraising encourages people to work with and care for others. It usually involves programs which promote healthy living, greener surroundings and other good causes. These programs enrich the lives of the participants. For example, participants of school fundraising events learn to be responsible and appreciative of the privileges they enjoy if and when they encounter those less unfortunate than them. Such enlightenment creates a group of caring and responsible individuals who eventually build strong communities for future generations.

Other Benefits of Fundraising for Students

Apart from improved school facilities and student allowances, fundraising helps develop a student's character. Students, whether cognizant of it or not at the time, will learn valuable life lessons when they take part in varied fundraising activities. Here is a short list of the traits they may acquire in the process.

Creativity - Nowadays, fundraising activities are not limited to candy or calendar sales. Students are becoming more imaginative, coming up with out-of-the-box concepts to stand out in order to raise funds. In fact, some fundraising ventures promoted by students involve the sale of crafts made from trash.

Teamwork - As students work with others toward a common goal, they learn how to be a team player and act properly, whether they’re in a leadership or subordinate role. Moreover, they learn to compromise and make sacrifices to for the benefit of everyone in the group.

Charity - Fundraising shows students that life isn’t about being purely self-serving. As they work alongside others for a greater good, they realize they’re just as accountable for the improvement of their community as everybody else. It’s natural that students feel empowered when giving to and helping others.

Goal-setting - Since fundraising has a specific purpose and desired outcome the outset, students are geared towards success by learning how to set goals, make a detailed plan and implement it effectively. Goal-setting is a real world skill that can be used throughout life.

Fundraising, regardless of its benefits, must be well-organised in order to be successful. Every participant must be committed to the central goal or purpose and maintain their focus until the end. Fundraising not only benefits schools, but enriches  the lives of their students, families and community.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Top Part Time Jobs for College Students

Got student loans? You don't have to wait until graduation to pay them off. You can start cutting down your debt by earning from a part time job. Here are some jobs you can do while finishing your college degree.

Non-profit charity fundraiser - Are you interested in supporting a nonprofit and its affiliated fundraising activities? If yes, this is great job for you.

Social media assistant - This is perfect for students who are good at managing social media accounts. If you apply for a position like this, be ready for some content marketing as well..

Academic tutor - Identify what class or subject you excel in. Then, sell yourself as an academic tutor. You can teach a classmate or students in lower levels for an hourly pay.

Babysitter - Reserve your days off from school for babysitting appointments. You will surprised about the amount of money couples would be willing to pay just to spend some time together.

Writer - Your excellent writing and editing skills can get you hundreds of dollars if you put them into use. You can work freelance or part time for a company depending on your preference. Just make sure to beat tight deadlines.

Circulation clerk - If you love spending hours with books and in the library, this part time job suits you. As circulation clerk, you will need to assist library goers and create a positive library experience for them.

Office assistant - Different departments in college campuses need office assistants to handle daily responsibilities like answering the phone, scheduling appointments, and maintaining files. You will need great organizational skills if you want to be hired for this job.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Three Ways College Students Save Money

Are you a college student who's always broke? Don't fret many college students are like you. Nonetheless, you don't have to stay this way forever. There is hope and it starts from knowing what you can do. Keen to know what these things are? Read up.

Create a budget. If you're a working student, you'd know that it's not easy to earn money. Therefore, you must never let money fritter away. List all your weekly expenses. Note which items (or activities) cause you to spend more. Budget your money for your basic needs. This means you must only focus on things you need to survive college. Think of fun and recreation only if you're able to get extra money.

Consider using second hand text books and other supplies. research studies show that most college students spend thousandths of dollars on text books. If you don't find using second hand books a big deal, check out some online sites which allow you to rent books for the whole semester. Share the rent fee with a classmate if you want to save more. You can also check out text books from the library for free!

Maximize your summer. By taking a couple of classes every summer, you might be able to finish college a year earlier. That's a lot of energy, money and time and saved on your part! What's more, you can still keep a part time job if you're taking just two classes during summer.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Are You a Visual Learner?

A visual learner is someone who learns best by adhering to the visual learning style. Concepts, data, ideas and other information are associated with images and techniques in this learning style. Following are common characteristics of a visual learner.
  • He remembers what he sees rather than what he hears
  • He remembers diagrams and pictures.
  • He has trouble remembering verbal instructions.
  • He need an overall view and purpose before he starts working on a task.
  • He likes art more than music.
  • He takes written notes in lectures & class.
  • He uses colors to highlight important points in a block of text.
  • He pays attention to diagrams, charts and pictures in text books.
  • He uses mind maps  to organize information for an assignment or for an exam revision.
  • He uses a wall planner.

To cope with his classes and learning responsibilities, a visual learner uses graphic organizers. Graphic organizers are visual representations of concepts, ideas. knowledge or thoughts that show the relationships between the parts or the symbols are linked with each other. Words can also be used to further clarify meaning. Research studies show that use of graphic organizers improve students' performance in:

Retention - Information is remembered by students especially when they are learned not verbally but also visually.
Reading comprehension - Students understand stories or any text through visual counterparts.

Student achievement - Higher order thinking and critical thinking skills of students are enhanced with use of visual aides.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Are You an Auditory Learner?

An auditory learner is someone who learns best through listening or using his sense of hearing. But he doesn't depend mainly on listening, he depends on speaking as well during the learning process.

An auditory learner encounters difficulty in understanding drawn or written instructions. Listening and repeating skills help an auditory learner to sort through the information that are presented to him.

There are many benefits of  adhering to the auditory learning style. They are the following.

Ascertaining the true meaning of someone's words - This is decoded through the observation of audible signals like changes in tone.

Writing responses to lectures and seminars - This learning style allows you to listen effectively to lectures and seminars. As a result, you're able to respond in oral exams appropriately. Also, you're able to deliver through oral communication effectively.

Storytelling skills - Auditory learning can help you solve problems by talking problems through. Because of this, you're able to remember the logical order of things as they happen. This is needed in storytelling together with your ability to communicate effectively through speaking.

You'll know you're an auditory learner if:

  • you like to read to yourself aloud
  • you like speaking in class
  • you're good at explaining
  • you remember names
  • you enjoy music and you notice clearly sound effects in movies
  • you read at a slow phase
  • you follow spoken directions well
  • you're able to memorize a script easily
  • you can't keep quiet for a long time
  • you excel more with study groups

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Three Reasons Why Young Kids Learn to Speak a Second Language Quickly

Children learn a second language easier compared to adults. This is true in most cases but not all the time. They learn a second language faster than adults would when they have a reason for learning it. This comes with other factors as well. They are the following.

Brain readiness - Children especially young ones are wired to learn language in the first few years of their lives. They unconsciously acquire the second language naturally when they're exposed to two languages. They have to learn the second language consciously - usually by studying it - when they get older. The same is true for adults. Consequently, language acquisition becomes more difficult.

Lack of complexity - Young children don't need to master the complexity of language. On the other hand, older children and adults need to master complex parts of the language in order to communicate well. This shows that young children have fewer things to learn while older children and adults have a lot to learn. Therefore, the latter get confused in their aim to learn the language.

Absence of self-consciousness. Young children aren't conscious about their language speaking performance and so they're not scared to make mistakes. Moreover, they receive more positive feedback when they're trying to learn a second language. Consequently, they put more effort on speaking the language. Older children and adults fear making mistakes. Because they opt not to verbalize their thoughts using the second language.