June 2012

  • Great Father’s Day Gift Ideas: Why I Want an Online Algebra Course for Father’s Day

    Barry Lenson

    Great Father’s Day Gift Ideas: Why I Want an Online Algebra Course for Father’s Day I doubt that you’ve been wondering what to get me for Father’s Day. But in case you have, let me help you out. I don’t want a tie or a belt. I don’t even want a new cordless drill or a set of barbecue tools. Maybe a shoeshine kit, those are neat and very Father's Day-like. But I really want an online algebra course for Father’s Day. And I can tell you exactly why. First, an online algebra course would be great for my self-esteem. You see, way back when I was in high school, I took algebra twice. The first time I got, I think, a D. The second time, I got another D. When I looked at an algebraic equation, it made as much sense to me as Egy ...

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  • The Worst Classes to Take in College

    Barry Lenson

    The Worst Classes to Take in College Today I am going to write about college courses that nobody wants to take, because they are often boring, time-wasting, or worse. I am also going to recommend that you should get these courses out of the way by taking them online, not in the classroom, because online alternatives are often better. I will try to explain why. But before I go any further, let me admit right now that my list of “worst” classes isn’t based on extensive scientific research. I didn’t poll 1,200 college students and ask them to name the worst classes they have taken. I didn’t talk to hundreds of students to ask their opinions. What I did do, however, was look at dozens of campus blogs and message boards to revie ...

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  • Motivate Yourself to Beat the Summer Blues

    Barry Lenson

    Motivate Yourself to Beat the Summer Blues Have you got a case of the Summer Blues? Don’t worry, it’s not a dangerous medical condition, just a mental state that can leave with you no motivation to get much out of your summer.  If you’re exhibiting one or two of these symptoms, you could have a pretty bad case . . . Now that summer has actually arrived, it doesn’t look too exciting any more. It looks like it will be long and hot and boring. You caught yourself secretly thinking that you’ll be relieved when school starts again in September. You’ve just friended three people on Facebook who you don’t really like, just because they post a lot and you need something to do. Your friends have lined up more exciting st ...

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  • Salman Khan – Education Innovator and Disruptor

    Beth Dumbauld

    Salman Khan – Education Innovator and Disruptor By Steven Pope If you don’t know who Salman Khan is, you should. He is revolutionizing the education industry, and is a major reason videos may just replace textbooks in the classroom. He’ll make your online college algebra class fun, make you smile when doing derivatives, and change your perception of distance learning classes. He is a Bangladeshi American educator who founded Khan Academy as a 100% free way to tutor the world on subjects from the simple to the complex. As of June 2012 the Khan Academy is growing fast, with over 158 million video hits and over 345 thousand subscribers on YouTube. That’s 158 million free lessons he’s given to students around the world! Here’ ...

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  • How to Get Hired in Skype Job Interviews

    Barry Lenson

    How to Get Hired in Skype Job Interviews More companies are using Skype or Google Chat interviews to screen applicants or even to make final hiring decisions. These interviews are tricky, because your interviewer is going to make a judgment about you based solely on what your webcam and microphone capture and transmit about you. It’s a make-or-break situation, but here are some tips that can move you to the head of the interviewing pack . . . Angle the webcam so it points at the midpoint of your face. If it points up at your face from below, it makes the top of your head look smaller than it really is. If down, it makes the top of your head look big and your jaw look little. Pick a simple wardrobe, like a white shirt and tie fo ...

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