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Month: May 2020

Investing in Economics Tutoring Before Entering University

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The field of economics is one of the most intricate fields of study and work that there is. This is a field that makes up one of the most competitive and important industries in the world. Defined as “the branch of knowledge concerned with the production, consumption, and transfer of wealth”, economics is a field of interest that is consistently performing at a high capacity practically all the time. Economies obviously around the globe function and thrive around economics models. That is the power of economics. Economics is also a field that is instrumental to the way of the world. 

This means that economics is a career field that is always going to be in motion, which means consistent opportunities and need for professionals with the academic and intellectual knowledge and experience in the field. And even better, individuals do not necessarily have to wait until they enrol at a university to kickstart their industry awareness and knowledge. There are so many different ways to approach learning more about economics, and each of them have their own advantages and merits.

The Power of Investing in Yourself

This is why more individuals than ever are applying and enrolling in university programs that are centred around economics studies as well as programs that are designed and intended to be taken before an individual even enrols in a university degree. There is a lot to be said about taking it upon oneself to learn before it becomes a compulsory practice through university. This is when the passion behind the drive to learn is often at its highest and this is how, where, and why so many will-be students make it a point to invest in themselves and their economics trajectory even (and often especially) before university starts.

The Role of Economics Tutoring

Investing in quality professional econs tuition is all about taking the power into your own hands and working with that power to essentially create a foundational basis of understanding in the field of economics that can, over time, be built on even further to create a multi-faceted approach to economics. Economics tutoring is all about giving you the materials and tools you need to function and thrive, well ahead of you actually needing them. This approach to learning is fantastic because it means that you are ahead of the game before the game has even started.

The Advantage of Tutoring

At the end of the day, the biggest advantage of economics tutoring before university lies in preparedness. In applying for and thriving through economics tutoring from the onset (and even before that point), you are essentially giving yourself the means and the opportunity to become well versed in the basics of economics while also learning to brave the challenges that come hand in hand with studying, before you even enter university as a student for the first time. This is an advantage because it means you can find the approach to studying that works best for you and learn to execute it ahead of time.

 

Tips on Fundraising for Your Study Abroad Experience

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Any country has its outstanding educational institutions, providing a high-level education to students. But more and more students dream of studying abroad instead of applying to a good local university. It’s not a bad tendency because any person should always strive for more. And with regard to education, this striving is justified by numerous advantages. First of all, you leave your comfort zone and learn how to live independently. You meet new people from a new culture; often you have to learn a new language. 

If you decide to study abroad, be ready for new challenges. And be sure that these challenges will benefit your future. So, the first challenge is money, or even the lack of it. Studying for foreign students always means – fee-paying. If your family doesn’t have so much money to pay for it and tries to dissuade you from this idea, don’t give up. Set the goal and go to it. It’s possible to fundraise for the study by yourself. You don’t even need to ask your family for help. The following information will help you to get prepared for the international academic experience:

Crowdfunding

There are lots of сoncerned people who are ready to help another person, especially if he or she needs funding for serious reasons. Find the special service, get registered, and tell your story. We understand that writing heart-warming stories is an art, and not everyone can do it. But any professional paper writing service can help you with crafting this story. 

Be sure that some of your friends or some other student will put yourself in your shoes and help. Don’t forget to update your page, tell more about your progress, and especially how the funds collected through the service helped you. 

Grant Program

Many students who aim to get an education abroad want to apply to an American university or college. Although educational institutions in many other countries also offer various fundraising programs for foreign applicants. Write the strong application letter to prove that it’s you who is eligible to participate in this program. You should have a very strong motivation to stand out among hundreds of other applicants.

Save Money

Of course, it’s hard, but try to limit yourself to your dream. Perhaps, you can pay for one semester; it’s anyway better than nothing. You may hope that you move to the destination city, enter the college, and find a job to pay for your further studying. Get a job while you’re studying at school, so the saved sum of money will surely be higher. 

Find a Cheap Course

Spend some time to find the information about the necessary courses and universities that offer them. Don’t apply to famous prestigious institutions because their fees are often too high. It’s possible to find a good university that offers the educational program you need at a lower cost. 

Choose one tip or use all at once to define the most efficient way to save enough money. There’s nothing impossible for a motivated person.

What is distance learning?

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Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, people have had to adjust to a new way of doing things and education is just one of the many institutions forced to adapt. Social distancing laws across the world have forced educators to take lessons online with little notice or opportunity for planning — and it’s been a challenge. These challenges have highlighted the convenience and attractiveness of programs that are designed to be completed at home — distance learning, or distance education programs.  

Distance learning programs differ from the traditional college model in that there is little to no on-campus requirement for the student. Today, distance learning courses are completed online using teleconferencing, video recording and online drop boxes for work. 

There are three main categories that distance learning falls into: Synchronous distance learning; Asynchronous distance learning; and Hybrid distance learning. 

Synchronous distance learning: As the name suggest, this type of distance learning happens live, and students attend lectures at the same time. This type of distance learning allows collaboration between classmates and teachers in real time and is communication driven. 

This is the most common form of online education offered by traditional college institutions. Students still “attend” class and meet coursework deadlines as if they were on campus. 

It’s also important to note that at many institutions there may still be some form of on-campus requirement. An MA distance learning program, for example may require a week of campus learning for group or project work. 

Asynchronous distance learning: This type of learning does not require students to be learning at the same time. There may still be deadlines for work completion (strictness of deadlines varies by institution), but students access recordings of lectures and other materials on their own schedule and work at their own pace. 

An international career forum is a source to learn more about asynchronous learning and how students who require a little more flexibility with their schedules or students with existing careers or families can benefit from this program.

Hybrid distance learning: This category of distance learning is a combination of the above categories. Students may still be required to attend scheduled lectures via teleconferencing, but work is completed on the student’s own time and at their pace. 

We’re seeing a lot of this right now as educators work to adapt course material that was designed for in-classroom learning and move it online for students. This type of learning might also be used by institutions that lack space to accommodate large numbers of students enrolled in the program.   

Distance learning as a model

Even before COVID-19 forced colleges to send students home, distance learning programs were gaining increasing popularity. A 2019 Forbes article reported that “students are increasingly turning to online courses because they have become a better way to learn.” And the biggest reason cited for online course popularity? Access. Access to peers, instructors and more frequent assessment. 

Online courses just make sense for students who need an education option that comes to them, rather than requiring them to go to it. The Pandemic highlighted distance learning in the context of social distancing, but even outside of a pandemic, distance learning is an attractive option for many students.

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