Saturday, December 24, 2011

Learning and Learning

Personal growth is a continual process, a lifetime process, and I hope I never stop finding ways to better myself. One of the best ways to do this is by looking for ways to feed my intellect.

Here are a few ways I keep learning:

Reading: It amazes me all the good books I was supposed to read in high school that I didn’t. A few years ago, I finally picked up The Great Gatsby. I read books by Ernest Hemingway, Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Turns out there was a reason we were supposed to do this reading, and I’m glad I finally did it. As a writer, I benefit immeasurably from reading the works of masters. I get a feel for their craft, the prism through which they view the world. Great writers are like English tutors for me, helping me fine tune my work.

Making mistakes: It’s a good feeling to get something right, but I probably learn more from the times I fail egregiously, whether it’s writing a clunky post for my blog, getting into a flame war when I could be getting online homework help, or tanking on a deadline. It generally leads to some sort of consequence and through the resulting pain, I grow.

Talking to the greats: I do this both professionally and personally. As a scribe, I love talking with older writers and seeing how they got to where they, the wisdom of their years. And personally, as someone who’s failed at romance more times than I’d care to admit, I finally started talking about a year ago to people who seemed like they were doing it right, asking them their secrets. It’s helped. Tutors of any kind are good.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Quality Nursing Degree Online

Distance learning is highly beneficial in many aspects. It helps to cut down on transport costs especially to those who are forced to commute to and fro school. Online Nursing Degree is easily accessible today. There are many institutions that offer the program therefore, students can always easily settle for institutions that suit their personal need best. However, to be a competent nurse upon completion of your studies, it is imperative to choose a degree program wisely.

When choosing a Nursing Degree program, it is very important to visit your nursing state board. The state board always has an up to date list on institutions that offer approved and quality nursing programs. Ensure to have a list of schools you are interested in and cross check with your state board online. This will offer the best way forward on the best institutions and programs to settle for. Note that nursing is a very competitive and demanding field. You can only deliver the best with quality training.

Additionally, it is wise to visit nursing accreditation bodies. An institution that is accredited offers approved programs and is licensed by the state to offer nursing programs. However, you must do your homework well to ensure the accreditors are recognized by the state and different nursing bodies. This is because there are many agencies out there that can accredit different programs but are not licensed by the state. This means studying in an institution that is licensed by an agency is taking a risk and you may be wasting your cash. Get the best institution online and rest assured of a quality Nursing Degree that will enhance your chances of getting a better job in future.

It is also important to look for an institution that offers comprehensive Nursing Degree programs including traditional programs. This will enable you to understand almost every detail in the field and be a competent nurse in future.

Other factors to consider include:

• How valuable and marketable a program is
• Cost of degree so as to budget for a quality degree program
• Duration of a degree course
• Similarly, consider your personal needs and requirements. Nursing is a broad field and it is wise to choose a degree online that prepares you efficiently for your area of specialty.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Online Education for Older Women

However, a huge shift occurred after the advent of the Internet and "online education" was born. This transformed not only the methods of education but also the development and propagation of knowledge and communications between students and teachers. But how did all this effect older women? Technology granted new opportunities for many older women to achieve educational goals and they successfully managed to balance home and education.

Universities now form partnerships with businesses and even each other to compete better, in a greatly expanded worldwide market for students. The growth of online education can be attributed primarily to these reasons -

• You get to choose the class hours according to your discretion.

• Instead of a typical classroom environment, you get to learn in the comfort of your home.

• Since the actual sessions are never crowded, more attention is focused on you.

• Zero conveyance cost. Also you get to choose a class which fits your personal style and budget.

• Since there is to-and-fro involved, you save a lot of time.

According to a survey, more than 2 million students enrolled in online education courses in 2002 alone. If a recent U.S. government document is to be believed, the average age of online students is 34 years old and they are mostly female.

So why do older women pursue continuing education? According to a survey, the main impetuses of women for returning to education are -

• Expansion of their current career

• Enhancement of current salary

• Changing or beginning careers

• Returning to staff position

• Pursuing personal advantages

Among the women surveyed, 20% belonged to the age group of 41 - 50.

The top online colleges offering scholarships in America are -

(i) Liberty University

(ii) Post University

(iii) Kaplan University

(iv) DeVry University

(v) American Inter Continental University

(vi) Grand Canyon University.

The number of older women currently working to complete courses and degrees online represents a social wonder. Awareness of women's problems and measures to help overcome the tribulations are required to raise the success of both older women and online programs.

Although women are the main users, they are grossly underrepresented in high-tech sectors and among university administrators who are currently influential to online learning. Many adult women returning to college classes have to tackle significant hurdles not usually experienced by men. Many women balance career, community and household tasks against their curricular work. They often have serious economic liabilities too. Customarily, they have grappled with these difficulties while also facing inflexible class schedules and educational policies, incompetent childcare, lack of appropriate lodging, and lack of dependable transportation. Online education seeks to solve all this and more.