Network with Other Learners to Enhance Your Experience

In a nutshell, learning is all about sharing knowledge and experience. One of the best ways to share is to network with others. Think about the social media explosion over the last decade. Whether you realized it or not – you learn something every single time you log onto Facebook to see what your friends and family are up to. Your learning experience is enhanced simply by networking with others. The more Facebook “friends” you have, the more you learn each time you read over your timeline.

Share What You Know

This site is all about networking and sharing knowledge, experience and advice with others when it comes to learning. For example, somebody might want to share a resource about finding scholarships that don’t require essays. Or what about the guy that brews his own beer at home and created an entire website to show others how to brew beer at home.

Here is a good example:

Say you’re in college and stuck in some sort of literature course that you didn’t want to take in the first place. Romeo and Juliet is required reading – but you’re just too lazy to actually read the book and you really have no interest. There is a big test coming up that accounts for a high percentage of your grade. You’re also too lazy to walk over to the bookstore and buy the Cliff notes. You find the cliff notes webpage from your laptop in your dorm room – but they just want to sell you their stuff. There’s got to be another way. You stumble onto a free site that pretty much gives away all of the information that you could otherwise get in the cliff notes. You share it here:

Romeo & Juliet via TheBestNotes.com

Another example:

You’re a female who got drunk at college parties one too many times and had sex with more guys than you care to admit. You found yourself pregnant and had no idea who the father was. A year later, you have a newborn child and you are still single – yet you are determined to finish college and make something out of your life. The future of your child depends on it. Through some internet research, you find that there are actually scholarships available just for single mothers. You share it here:

Scholarships for Single Mothers

Another example:

It is hard to imagine what it was like before knowing how to type properly on a keyboard. Everybody has to learn at some point though. These days, most kids probably learn in grade school – or high school at the latest. What if you wanted to get a head start on your classmates and learn online ahead of time. Or maybe you are old or elderly and never learned how to type – but now you want to learn and you don’t want to go to 4th grade and sit next to a 9-year old. You find a nifty site that walks you through the entire process one lesson at a time – with visual aids on the screen. You share it here:

Learn How to Type Online

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Learn a Trade – At Home Business

Learning a trade is almost a more wise decision, these days, than seeking out a degree. Trade school offered in tandem with a high school education is a perfect, affordable choice for many. That OSHA certification and on-hands experience can get your career started even before you get your high school diploma!

Think about it – what is school designed for, at least here in the United States, anyways? It certainly isn’t SOLELY about educating people to a higher standard of intellect. (If that were the sole purpose for the educational system, I reckon college would be far cheaper. Ironic how most students that take out loans use the government loans. The system already owns you enough, I though.)

I remember effortlessly coasting through school from as early as 5th grade. (Before then I put in all kinds of effort, but in 5th grade I realized the effort was irrelevant and started doing the bare minimum.) Homework was done by the end of class. I NEVER studied for anything, and whenever I did study I seemed to do worse than when I just shrugged off the responsibility. Judging from ALL of this, and the aforementioned focus on profits over educational value, school is more about behavioral training than it is about education.

Think about it – you sit in a boring room completing boring, essentially pissing away your youth, completing simplistic tasks for your teacher (your boss) with very little incentive to complete these trivial tasks other than to move on to the next grade, the next tier. Then you get your lunch break, a short time for recreation, and back to work. So to me, school in the US is teaching kids the basic knowledge required to join the rat race, along with interpersonal communication skills (how to get along with pupils / co-workers, how to follow orders from the teacher / boss) and getting them used to letting their entire life revolve around one set goal. It’s getting you used to the joke of an existence that waits within the rat race. Welcome to the American dream!

But before this post continues to spiral uncontrollably towards the realm of an opinion piece, let me re-navigate this vessel towards more optimistic lands – the land of learning a trade. Before I started ranting about a lack of thought put into the education process (shouldn’t college be cheaper so the next generation growing up will be more prepared to move society forward? ERROR! DOES NOT COMPUTE! PROFITS OVER KNOWLEDGE! NON SEQUITOR!) I mentioned how attending a trade school was beneficial. Trades are not only handy skills to learn, but also careers with potential for self-employment.

Start up a business with your trade, and your hard work and dedication will play out to far more beneficial peaks than worming your way up a corporate ladder. A chef starting his own restaurant, designing his own menu, having people cooking his dishes….a carpenter, hiring his own crew, doing his own estimates, putting his own logo on the side of his company trucks and vans…..a web designer quitting his job working for a web firm and instead relying solely on freelance work, watching his profits and pay rate dip and bow weekly, but ultimately achieving far higher paychecks as his resume grows than being a box loader at FedEx would have ever allowed….

With technology the way it is you might as well take a trade route. A carpenter who keeps his hammer hand strong…..a web designer who gains more skill and expertise with every job they get themselves…..a chef, who’s well researched and read into a chefs choice knife sharpener review before deciding upon their choice, the best kitchen knife sharpeners….and the only reason they could afford these sharpeners was because of their self-dedication towards success! It was all these peoples choices to learn the trade of their choice, buck-up, ditch the corporate rat race and take matter into their own hands. And as a free-lancer myself who writes music and does other creative tasks as their job, I highly suggest looking into such routes to increase your quality of life!

Classroom vs OJT Training

Everyone knows the importance of getting a good start to your career, but there are lots of different ways in which you can build the experience and skills that you need to pursue your dream job.  Once you have got your basic secondary education completed, you need to make the choice as to whether you will apply to go to college or tertiary education to get a degree or whether you will look to begin working straight away, embarking on an apprenticeship in order to complete the on the job training that you need to achieve the necessary qualifications for your chosen career.

In this article we take a look at both options so that you can make an informed choice about what is best for you.

Studying for a degree

A degree or equivalent type of tertiary qualification generally means continuing to study for a further period of time – usually at least for another three years.  You can study for a degree part-time, but usually when you tackle your degree straight after secondary school you will be studying full time.  Most degrees will require you to be self-disciplined as they consist of lectures supplemented by tutorials.

Becoming an apprentice                                                        

Apprenticeships are one of the oldest forms of on the job training, tracing their routes back to medieval times.  If you have a good employer, apprenticeships are a great form of practical, hands on training that let you learn as you do the tasks that have been set for you.  For example if you are an apprentice chef you learn by cooking as well as learning from watching the more experienced chefs around you.  You can’t learn the secrets of smoky goodness barbecue flavored meats at a college or university – that is the type of industry insight that you have to learn on the job.

Do your research

Some jobs are suitable for degree courses and others lend themselves more readily to an apprenticeship style of on the job training.  Professions such as Accounting or Law or Medicine have a specific requirement that a degree course is completed by students, but then there is also an on the job component of training that is also required before the student is fully qualified.

Other professions such as mechanics or electricians can only be pursued if you have completed and on the job apprenticeship.

So before considering what is the right type of training for you to pursue, you need to have a clear view as to the type of profession that you want to pursue and understand what type of training will be required for you to do that.

Whatever career you decide to pursue, make sure you consider what type of training is right for you.

Getting Prepared for College – Learn from Somebody Who’s Been There

Going to college is a big deal and should be taken seriously. Teens are turning into adults and will be given the freedoms and challenges that the real world has to offer. Although hopefully parents have been preparing their kids for college and for their future, there are specific ways that high school students can prepare for college.

Of course your high school might give you some of the instructions you need for college preparation including tips on taking standardized tests, etc., but there are many other factors to consider. Knowing that a percentage of college students drop out or fail during their freshman year, it is important to consider all of the ways to make college a successful time of life.

Get the Money You Need for College

Early in the college application process, it is important to determine how much financial aid you will be able to secure to pay for college. Although it is good to know how many loans you can get, don’t be afraid to look for free money first. Scholarships and grants are available which, unlike student loans, do not have to be paid back. Some of these are based on financial need, while others may simply be chosen by random drawing. Fill out as many of these applications as you can to increase your chances of winning free money for college. Some of these are no-essay scholarships which can be started as early as 9th grade.

Get to Work before You Start College

If you can manage it with your academics, get a part-time job and start saving money as early as possible. Plus, this not only allows you to start earning money for college, but gives you the opportunity to get used to having a heavier workload like you will in college. Learning to balance classes, studying, work, and a social life is a skill that will pay off when you go to college.

Get Organized for College

Adjusting to life away from home and family can be difficult. One way to make it easier on yourself is to develop good habits while you are still living at home. These habits will carry over into your college life and help you feel more comfortable in your new surroundings. Create a system for filing your papers, start keeping a neat desktop to help you study without distractions, and get into the habit of organizing your schedule to make room for all of the things you need to do.

Get Studying Early

Your freshman year in college is not a good time to start learning study habits! By then, you’ll be behind everyone else. Instead, take your high school classes seriously–even if they come somewhat easily for you. Learn how to research, how to write excellent papers, and how to manage test-taking skills. The consistent workload in college might overwhelm you if you haven’t already learned how to study. Classes are available, either online or in the classroom, which can help you learn the skills you will need to be successful at studying and learning.

Get Healthy for College

Now is the time to begin healthy eating habits if you haven’t already. Healthy bodies create healthy minds, and your body needs nutritious food to make your brain function properly. Getting into regular exercise habits and a regular sleep schedule will help you adjust more easily to the college transition–and it will help keep you from gaining that infamous “freshman fifteen”.

Get Safe

If you’ve always lived in a small town where you never had to lock your doors, living on a college campus may come as a shock. Theft is a major concern on some campuses, so learning how to keep your things–and yourself–safe is an important step. Be prepared to keep your dorm room door and windows locked, and get into the habit of locking your car and take care of your keys. If you are going to have a number of roommates you don’t know or feel you can’t trust, get a small safe or lockbox to keep in your desk. Get a locking device for your laptop and get used to keeping your phone and computer where you can see them at all times. Be prepared to make wise adjustments based on your surroundings. You don’t need to be afraid, but you should be smart about safety.

Whether you are leaving for college in a week, a month, a year, or more, getting ready to go to college is something you can start doing right away. Learn all that you can about your campus and what your life will be like. Take some of these step to prepare for college. Get ready….Get set….Go!