Why You Need a Career Mentor

 

Mentors are an important resource for success on the job. Finding one can be a task, positioning you to be selected as a mentee is another. Here are some helpful tips.

Mentoring used to be an informal and difficult process. Managers would identify potential success stories. You had to be likeable or someone who reminded the mentor of his or her early years. The golf course or a game of billiards would open opportunities to be groomed. Relationships would develop over cold beers. You guessed it, the “good old boy” network. If you did not hang out you were left out.

Companies today realize the organizational benefit of supporting and developing talent and are establishing formal mentor programs that ensure growth from the bottom to the top lasts from within. Will employees stay longer if they feel like they are being groomed for success? Are you the best option for a new opportunity if your career is being guided by manager, supervisor, coach, or a specialist?

Having a mentor allows access to information that may not otherwise be available to you. Mentors show you the ropes, they lend you a hand, and they provide insight into a world that continues to change as you navigate through it. Mentors provide quality information because more than likely they have made the same mistakes you are asking, so you benefit from the secret weapon. Think about your co-workers, everyone wants to get promoted all at the same time. You better believe if you have a strong mentor and you are following his or her advice you should have an edge. I have seen too many times one position opens and 3 employees want that new title. Read below for tips on why you need a career mentor.

Motivation – A good mentor has the rare ability to explain to you what you need to do and why, in a way that makes sense. An encounter with a mentor often becomes a turning point in your career or business.

Success – A mentor who shares their experience with you helps you to avoid mistakes that you would otherwise make. Achieving success faster and with less effort, would you consider that to be efficient and effective?

Honesty – A mentor is a person who is not emotionally involved in your situation, your friends, family, barber, or hairstylist love to give advice. These people either, do not know, are emotional involved, or tell you exactly what you want to here. A mentor’s advice should be free and straight to the point.

Positive Attitude – When “Murphy’s Law” kicks in to your life a good mentor knows you are bleeding internally, but they have a plan to get you patched up, in a step by step approach. Mentors always have a story to make you feel good and to give the necessary encouragement to move forward.

Improvement – Your mentor will expect some improve. You should expect to grow with knowledge. Mentors will advise homework, such …

Things You Should Know About English Schools

An English School refers to a school or institution where English is the ‘primary medium of imparting education’ to students in all subjects; this may also be the case where English is not the first language or the ‘mother tongue’ of the students.

A thorough knowledge of the English language is extremely valuable and useful for communication at a global level; since many countries have mandated that the English language is used as the normal education medium.

The spread of English around the world is associated with the rise of the British Empire. From its original homeland in the lowlands of Scotland to the rest or Ireland and Great Britain, the use of the English language spread far and wide increasing the cultural and economic influences of countries especially since the times of the World Wars.

Once English left the shores of the British Isles, it travelled quickly to the Commonwealth Countries such as Canada, Australia and large parts of Asia where the British Empire extended to.

Under Section 92 of the Canadian Constitution, education is a matter under provincial control. Large parts of Canada were occupied by French-speaking Europeans. During the 19th and 20th century, the English-only education laws culinated in the Manitoba Schools Question 1896 and Ontario Regulation 17 in 1912, which were strident against French and other European minority languages. Canada adopted official bilingualism in 1969 where English and French found their places, but for most part English remains the predominant language of education.

The Parliament of England passed the Laws in Wales Acts 1535-1542 annexing Wales as part of the English Kingdom; These laws are collectively referred to as ‘Acts of Union’.

In Ireland, the ‘Royal Schools’ proclamation by James I in 1608 was done with the intent of setting up on free school in every country for educating the youth in learning and religion.

Between 1494 and 1698 the Scots Parliament passed nearly ten acts to legislate and establish English among the aristocracy first and spread it down to all ranks of people.

The Charter Act of 1813 decreed that English as a language would be included in the Indian education system for students to learn although strictly not enforcing it as a replacement for existing indigenous languages. It was anticipated that English would continue to exist with other studies to reinforce moral laws and ethical values.

Colonial education

In South Africa, the Dutch Reformed Church Elders established the earliest European schools in the late 17th century in the Cape Colony to minister biblical instruction as a necessary requisite for church confirmations. Basic literacy abilities and math skills were taught in rural areas but by 1799, British mission schools had propagated with the arrival of the early delegation of the London Missionary Society.

Elsewhere, with the spread of English as the dominant language for learning and working, orthodox believers and fanatic opposers of the language fostered trouble by resisting the use of English in schools and teaching places; however, by the turn of the 21st …

Exciting Teaching Tools of Tomorrow

School teachers always wanted to discover ways to connect with their students more effectively for a better learning experience. Thanks to such tools as ClassDojo, teachers can now easily have their students focused in class in no time (rather than spend precious minutes trying to manage students’ behavior).

ClassDojo likewise provides students with data on their own behavior, making them less disorderly, leading to a more conducive learning environment. Parents benefit from ClassDojo, too. Teachers can easily access every child’s classroom information and show them to the parents and make them engaged in their children’s development.

Three Ring is another techie tool for teachers who want to organize their students’ data digitally. This app allows teachers to upload student works from your smartphones or laptops directly to your own online stream.

You can use it during instruction inside the classroom, for planning lessons that are needed or will be enjoyed by the students, and for easily assessing the works of each of your students. Students can also see their progress through time through the uploaded pictures in the teachers’ stream. This can encourage them to do better in class.

Years of research on early cognitive development has paved way for new tools that will help children develop their cognitive skills. Scientific Learning®’s Fast ForWord Program strengthens children’s cognitive skills, helping them improve their reading-related skills such as comprehension, phonological and phonemic awareness, vocabulary, syntax, and grammar, among others.

Fast ForWord also offers English language learning where children can improve on their English literacy rapidly. The program is also consistent in the use of brain exercises for better retention and faster improvement on the use of English language, no matter what your first language may be.

More and more grade school teachers are also excited about custom-designed curriculums which allow the use of apps and devices such as iPads. Elementary schools in several parts of the United States have participated in piloting this kind of programs. For example, students of Jessieville Elementary School in Arkansas used storybook apps for their language arts and science activities. Likewise, students from Van Meter Elementary School managed to create their own ebooks by using several apps and software such as FlipSnack, Evernote, Skitch, and Mackin VIA.

Teachers believe that technology should be used to make education and learning more fun and interesting for children who are exposed to the internet, video games, and devices (such as smartphones, laptops, and tablets) early in their lives.…

Top Universities in Singapore – NUS and NTU

Undoubtedly the top ranked universities in Singapore are NUS and NTU!

National University of Singapore

National University of Singapore (NUS) is ranked 33 in the Times Higher Education Supplement’s World University Rankings 2007.

According to the Financial Times (FT) 2006 EMBA ranking of the Top 85 EMBA programs, NUS Business School rises in rankings for Executive MBA programs to be among world’s Top 29.

NUS Business School did extremely well in two of the sub-categories – it came out Top 5 for the categories of ‘International Attendees’, and ‘Top Salaries in IT/ Telecommunications’.

According to the THES 2006 World Ranking in the field of technology, NUS Faculty of Engineering ranked 8th in the World’s top 100 in Technology

According to the Newsweek Ranking of Global University, NUS is ranked 36th in the top 100 universities.

Nanyang Technological University

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) is the world’s top 20 technological university!

According to the Times Higher Education Supplement’s World University Rankings 2007, NTU is ranked 69 in the world.

The university has 2 campuses in Singapore: NTU at one-north campus and the Yunnan Garden campus. NTU at one-north campus is located next to Biopolis, the Singapore biomedical research hub. NTU has strong reputation overseas, linkages with world famous universities such as University of Washington, Stanford University, MIT, Cambridge, to name a few.

It offers undergraduate and graduate courses in Accountancy, Business, Communication Studies, Engineering, Science and Arts.

The university is recognized globally for its excellence in science and engineering. The College of Engineering is one of the world largest engineering colleges, with 6 engineering schools offering a variety of programs and specializations to meet the needs of many students.

It is also home to the National Institute of Education (NIE), which is the only teacher training institute in Singapore. NIE provides educational services to countries such as Indonesia and Saudi Arabia.

The College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences is the first Singapore professional art school offering courses in art, design and media.

Nanyang Business School (NBS) offers one of the world top 100 MBA programs. According to the Financial Times survey (published in Jan 2007), its MBA program is ranked Number 1 in Singapore and Number 2 in Asia.…

How To Sell Insurance Coverage at Any Stage of Your Career

Do you know How to Sell Insurance and Be Successful?

Being a desperate insurance agent, you are not sure where to begin and also you require the best tactics on how to sell insurance the best way. Insurance can be an incredible career for people that have a niche personality of persuasion selling. But what about the rest of you. I guarantee that for people that do not like selling, you will have a very disappointing career. The hardest part of Selling Insurance is trying to get leads and convert those leads to customers.

Whats the # 1 Secret on Insurance Selling?

Times have changed over the past few years. With the internet and different online ways to buy insurance, agents need to discover the new way to generate leads you can not spend all day trying to generate leads. Today’s insurance agents need to set up marketing systems and let the leads come to them. My # 1 secret is reduce the time on trying to generate leads, and spend more time on educating and networking with prospects.

Internet leads are the best way to get started. The one thing to understand is that there are 2 types of Internet leads. Most every insurance producer puts in a ton of effort and extremely tries trying to locate leads to bring in daily sales. To get leads daily and quickly is to buy them. The problem you may know with these leads, is that these prospects are price hunting. If the lowest price is not your competitive market, you still need to get them on your list and sell to them when they realize that “you get what you pay for”. The best way to get internet leads is through your own website that drives traffic directly to you. These people actually want to buy from you. This is the first strategy you need to focus on. Do not focus on finding leads. Set up a system, so the leads come to you. So what are the systems and how do you set them up? Keep reading, I think I can help.

The lead generation process should be a system of your organization. Online insurance marketing video clips from an insurance specialist are a great way to learn How To Sell Insurance and implement insurance marketing strategies.…

3 Secrets On How Male Porn Stars Enlarge Their Penis

Have you ever wondered how male porn stars become so large, as far as penis size goes?

Maybe you just shrugged it off and thought “good genetics” were to blame. But the more you watch adult film, the more you notice how unlikely it is that so many of these men just happen to be blessed with superior penis size genetics.

The truth is, there are a few tricks to the trade as far as penis enlargement goes. There are some “secrets” as to why so many of these guys are well above average.

Here are 3 secrets on how male porn stars enlarge their penis:

  1. Behind the Scenes. I was privy to some behind the scene footage of male adult film performers in the moments leading up to being in front of the camera. And what I saw was both unusual, and sort of shocking as far as how easy it was to get a bigger penis fast. First of all, I noticed that many of these guys did not seem that “huge” to begin with in the flaccid state (this is the normal, non-erect state of the penis). They seemed fairly average. But then they began doing something. They would grab their penis just before the head (and remember this is off camera, just moments before they were to perform on camera) and they would begin “tugging” on their penis. Basically they would stretch out their penis and hold it for a few seconds, release and repeat. Each guy seemed to have his own method as far as how long he would tug, or stretch it out. And some guys would employ a very slow massaging tug with each hand, starting at the base and holding fully extended at the head. But essentially, the results were the same. The guys would appear noticeably larger right before the camera would turn on. It really was that noticeable. Some guys went from a visibly average size, to a seemingly larger than average size. So essentially, these guys were simply doing repeated tugs or stretches, which enlongated the flacid penis, making it appear much bigger. I would say this tugging process really did not take but a few minutes, though I would also say that these guys are experienced and likely have their tugging technique down to a science where they can achieve greater penis size in very little time.
  2. The Big Visual Trick. This is something many guys may have heard about, but this visual trick really needs to be stressed. It’s about shaving the pubic hair. Tell me the last time you’ve seen a male porn performer with full growth pubic hair. Of course, you haven’t. Now tell me the last time you’ve seen a male performer with ANY pubic hair. Maybe occasionally, but not very often. This is because that they know very well how any amount of pubic hair can visually take away from large size appearance. In fact most male performers are so aware of this

Brown University Ranking (Consistently Worst in Ivy Leagues)

Brown University has the distinct misfortune of consistently receiving the worst ranking among Ivy League schools in the highly regarded US News and World Reports rankings that are released annually. In the Best Colleges 2010 edition Brown came in at the number sixteen overall spot in terms of the most highly privileged category of National Universities Rankings. For the 2010 rankings Brown finished one spot behind fellow Ivy League school Cornell University. Unfortunately for the good folks at Brown being associated with such a prestigious group as the Ivy League means accepting the reality that when competitiveness in an objective ranking system with such highly regarded institutions at least one member will have to come in last place.

Being a top twenty American university (and in this particular instance a top sixteen university) is certainly no small feat. In fact, the case can easily be made that all of the top tier schools are outstanding institutions of higher education that provide generous resources for the bright students on the planet. Parents all over the world would love to be able to give their children the opportunity to attend the top universities in America.

Brown University, located in Providence Rhode Island, has a storied history that dates back to pre-Revolutionary War days in a time before the United States of America even exhausted. Founded in 1764 by Baptist, Brown University has been both a proud member of the Colonial Colleges (recognizing the nine oldest North American institutions of higher learning) and the Ivy League which is formally adopted the Ivy title only as recently as 1954 to distinguish the athletic conference in which eight academically focused members compete.

The eight schools that make up the Ivy League along with their 2010 US News and World Report rankings are:

  1. Harvard University (tied for number 1: 2010 US News and World Report rank)
  2. Princeton University (tied for number 1: 2010 US News and World Report rank)
  3. Yale University (number 3: 2010 US News and World Report rank)
  4. University of Pennsylvania (number 4: 2010 US News and World Report rank)
  5. Columbia University (number 8: 2010 US News and World Report rank)
  6. Dartmouth College (number 11: 2010 US News and World Report rank),
  7. Cornell University (number 15: 2010 US News and World Report rank), and finally
  8. Brown University (number 16: 2010 US News and World Report rank).

As evident by the co-number one spots (this year Harvard and Princeton) there are ties in the rankings. Also of note is the fact that clearly the Ivy League schools do not simply make up the entire list from positions one through eight. Sprinkled through the top sixteen spots are well-respected non-Ivy League schools like:

  • Stanford (number 4: 2010 US News and World Report rank),
  • Duke (number 10: 2010 US News and World Report rank)
  • Washington University in St. Louis Louis (number 12: 2010 US News and World Report rank), and
  • Johns Hopkins University (number 14: 2010 US News and World Report rank) among others.

Over the past …

Online Bible Colleges

Online Bible Colleges have a long history. A large number of universities and colleges within the United States started out as institutions of religious study, or Bible Colleges. In fact, Religious Studies is what our present day educational system was built on. The early Americans taught Biblical studies in all their classrooms and from this developed colleges centered around the Bible. Today, the advances of technology have made it possible for professional clergy and lay people to receive a Biblical education online.

Get the Key

If you own a computer and are seeking a Biblical education then you need to visit the extensive list of colleges with a Biblical emphasis to be found through any popular search engine; just type in the words "online Bible Colleges." These keywords will deliver you a long list of viable options. One of the great benefits of Internet access is that you can do your research from almost anywhere, which is a convenience for the busy minister or lay person. Discover what courses are offered online; Bible education at the collegiate level often have them.

Well-Rounded Education

Internet technology ensures that the colleges listed as online utilize the most modern teaching and learning methods to bring you a well-rounded Biblical education. Each online college offers a variety of degree and certificate programs, one of which will fit your educational goals and schedule. The greatest advantage of them is that you can study and achieve your degree around your busy schedule, at any time and from any place that has Internet access.

Pick your School

When you click onto one of the web sites of an online college listed for Biblical studies, you will be sent to a web page describing many important facts about the school. Here you will come across a tremendous amount of information about the school and the programs they offer, including financial aid information.

The colleges that offer online classes and lessons around the Bible have long established user-friendly web sites that easily guide you through your research. And research it has to be if you are to find the educational situation that fits your schedule and goals. Each of these schools wants to help you accomplish this and provide a great deal of information about their programs on their web sites.

In assisting you in locating the most appropriate educational opportunity, most of the Bible colleges offering classes via the Internet will provide you with an inquiry window where you can submit your name, your interest of study and your email address. Upon clicking the "submit" button you will receive additional information regarding your area of ​​specialization.

Online Bible colleges are easy from which to gather information and great for the Bible student who is not able to participate in a campus setting. …

Better Grades in School – Who Is Responsible?

Test results prove it. Our children are not performing as well on standardize tests as their counterparts in other countries? Why? Some say it due to the school system, the teachers unions, other say it because of the parents, while others blame the government, but few say it just be our children. It's not that American students are not as smart as other children in Europe or Asia. It just might be that they do not have the necessary skills to study and retain the information properly.

While the government is recommending longer school days and year-round schools, this will have very little impact if the students are unable or unwilling to learn more information. A child mystified by a host of mathematical terms or befuddled by early English literature will soon or later fail the course. No matter what governmental intervention is provided or extended school day provided, once overwhelmed they will justly quite.

Most disruption in a classroom is caused by children bored with the lesson. Do children become unruly in a movie theater? Other than the annoyance of an occasional sound of a ringing cell phone or couples talking nearby children are glued to the screen. Everyone knows that our children attention span is very short, but information presented in a fun and interesting ways will hold their attention.

It is not necessarily the fault of the teachers or the school administrators that children are not performing well on standardized tests. Government programs have forced teachers to teach a curriculum that is tailor to prepare their students for these tests, but tests scores have not necessarily improve. A proposed national curriculum for each grade level has also been discussed. How do you address the educational needs in every community when an increasing population is requiring English as Second Language or ESL courses? What about the urban areas versus the suburban and farming communities. Each community may require a different level of educational instruction based on the resources of those school districts.

The answer to our educational standard in the world lies not only with the teachers, school administrators, governmental bodies at the local and federal levels, parents, but also with our children. They too have a responsible role in achieving higher educational levels. It is our responsibility to make sure that our children receive the best education available, but also to provide our children at an early age the necessary skills and resource to learn. Requiring our children to attain a basic level of Pre-Algebra, Reading, and Writing without the necessary skills to understand these subjects is a tall order for any Teacher.

We as parents need to reinvigorate the school's program with studying habits and learning techniques. Instead of complaining about the lack of homework we should be encouraging more homework, but homework that is constructive and reinforces the lesson plan. The reason why some school age children do not like mathematics is because they do not understand the rules, or have not memorized the multiplication …

Student Plans – Health Insurance for College Students

Most colleges require students to carry health insurance, though plan requirements vary from college to college and university to university. Most schools offer health insurance plans to its students, which can be waived if the student is covered under a family plan, or under a parent or guardian’s insurance plan. Student plans are known as SHIP, Student Health Insurance Plans. For students enrolled in a health insurance plan through their university or college, the premiums are often part of the school fees and tuition costs. Some college student plans require visits to the school’s health center and does not allow students the choice to see their own physician.

A student plan typically covers trips to the college or university’s health center, prescription medication, checkups, and will sometimes cover appointments with specialists. A copayment or deductible may be required for emergency room visits, if covered at all. Each plan is different and each school has different plans. Research the plans available at the school of choice prior to enrollment. A student may also benefit from looking at student plans from private insurance providers outside of school. Since health insurance rates and premiums are competitive, it is well worth it to shop around and research plans.

In addition to a SHIP plan, more coverage options may be attainable through additional voluntary student plans. These voluntary plans may allow the student to see doctors other than the ones at the student health center or go outside the network. A voluntary plan may also provide the student with the ability to receive health care from specialists and may provide additional medication coverage as well as dental and vision coverage. This is a great option for students that have monthly prescriptions or conditions that may require visits to a specialist.

Students entering college are required to have a medical checkup and have several vaccinations. With these medical costs that are incurred before school even starts, it is a good idea to have student coverage health insurance prior to starting college. International students with a J-1 exchange visitor visa are required to have student health insurance as well, per the U.S. Department of State. An international student should choose a student plan that also includes medical evaluation insurance, health and accident coverage, and repatriation of remains. The basic plans offered by universities and colleges will cove basic medical needs and medications, but more extensive coverage can be obtained from other student plans.If you need assistance in locating particular coverages at a pre-determined price, we can help save 50% on health insurance.…

The Science Behind Successful Testimonials

First of all, let's talk about 2 different kinds of testimonials I see out there. I call them pamper testimonials and results testimonials. Pamper testimonials talk about how nice it was to work with you, how great you are and how much fun they had. They will not hurt your marketing and they will add a little bit of spice to you when they are nicely mixed in with the results testimonials. However, if all you got is pamper testimonials, alone they will not bring you many clients. Results testimonials are more specific and they talk about what the client actually got after working with you. "I made over 10K in two weeks after our VIP day …" or "my head was was the next day after our session" or "I met a wonderful man after this program and now we are getting married …" get the picture.

So the big question is, what do you do if most or even all of your testimonials are pamper testimonials or if you do not have any testimonials at all? Maybe you are just starting out or maybe you have not had a chance to ask your clients for testimonials, or maybe they promised to give you one but have not gotten around to it.

The first thing I would recommend is this, always ask for a testimony and try to do it at the right time. Timing is everything. Do not wait until after your last session or when they have already gone through your program. They may say yes, but life will get in a way and they might forget. Instead, try to catch them when they are feeling great about your work together and maybe even bragging about something they were able to do after your last session. That's when you can ask them if they are willing to put it in writing.

Also, when you ask for a testimony, make sure you fully explain the benefits both you and your clients will get out of it. For you the benefits may be obvious – it adds credibility and Promotes you. For your client it may give them more exposure and promote their business as well. You may want to tell them, "would you be willing to give me a written testimony I can post on my web site which will at the same time also promote your business." I understand this approach will only work if your business is not anything personal or intimate.

I believe there is a lot more to a testimonial than just that. I see them as gifts and expressions of gratitude. When you are in a state of gratitude, you are naturally a lot more attractive. When you read clients testimonials at your events or during your promo time, do not just read them. Make sure you add a touch of humbleness to the way you talk about the success of your clients. After all, it is not just about you and how …

Introduction to Agricultural Science

Agricultural science is the study of the practices involved in the field of agriculture. Agricultural science and agriculture, although related to each other, are essentially very different from one another. Agriculture is the art of growing plants, fruits and vegetables for human consumption. Agricultural science, on the other hand, deals with research, improvement and development in techniques of production like irrigation management, pest control etc. It includes the processes necessary for improving the quality and quantity of agricultural products.

Agricultural science deals with transforming the primary products to finished, consumption-ready products. It also involves the prevention and correction of adverse factors hampering productivity. It has been referred to as a local science because of its strong relation to the local areas. It is often considered to be a science dealing with eco-regions as it depends largely on climate and properties of soil in a particular area. These factors vary greatly from one place to another. Many individuals are of the opinion that agricultural science depends on the local weather and local soil characteristics, so specific crops need to be studied locally.

History

The path breaking work of Gregor Mendel in the field of agriculture made its study very popular around the world. However, in the modern era the chemical fertilizer industries in Germany revolutionized the field of agriculture in the eighth century. In USA, a revolution in agricultural science began with the passing of the Hatch Act in 1887. The driving force behind the Hatch Act was the need of the nation to empower the farmers so that they could improve productivity and feed the growing population. Since the early nineteen sixties, agriculture has gained a lot of importance in developing and developed countries.

This process was known as the Green Revolution and was linked to the process of selecting and substantially improving crops for maximum productivity. Even today, a lot of research is being conducted in this field of study, which has led to the emergence of various new areas of study like waste treatment, pest management, agricultural philosophy and others that focus essentially on food production. With the growth in world population, agricultural science is the one science which will play an important role in ensuring the continuity of the human race.

Agricultural Science Degree

Agricultural science is a multi-dimensional approach to understanding and practice of various economic, social and natural sciences that are involved in agriculture. Students who graduate in the field of agricultural science have a fair understanding of the relationship between farmers, ecosystems and end-consumers through the intensive study of economics, animal husbandry, botany and everything else which is involved in the field of farming and food production. Since more than half the population of the world is indirectly or directly involved in agriculture and production of food, degrees in agricultural science provide a broad spectrum of career choices ranging from education to agronomy.

The degree consists of a curriculum that prepares the students for entry level jobs in this field. They are trained in …

What's the Difference Between a BA Degree and BS Degree?

If you are looking at college degree programs, you may have begun to get overwhelmed by the number of choices available. Some of the more common degrees you will see are the BA (Bachelor of Arts), BS (Bachelor of Science), and BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts). Although you may even find some of the following degrees offered at your university as well: BSW (Bachelor of Social Work), B.Eng (Bachelor of Engineering), or B.Arch (Bachelor of Architecture). For the purpose of this article, we are going to stick with the two most common degrees: Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science.

Now, you may assume that one would get a Bachelor of Arts degree in an arts or Humanities subject (Music, Art History, English, etc.) and a Bachelor of Science degree in a Math or Science subject (Biology, Statistics, etc.) . However, if you look at your college catalog, you may find that you can get a BA in Biology, or even a BS in Theater … what gives?

Well, in these two degrees, the 'Arts' or 'Science' part does not design WHAT you studied, but instead HOW you studied it. A Bachelor of Arts degree is a liberal arts degree. Generally, out of 120 credits, only 30-40 are in the major. This allows for lots of flexibility, but not a ton of focus on the major. A Bachelor of Science degree on the other hand, requires 50-70 credits in the major and may also require cognates or limited electives. This provides a more focused, but slightly less well rounded degree.

So, how do you decide which one to go for? Well, first you will want to see which degrees your school offers in your major. If they only offer one or the other, then you have no choice. However, if you are lucky enough to have your pick between the two, then you have some choosing to do. Think about how intensely you wish to study your major. If this is something you wish to truly focus on for four years, then go with a BS degree. If you like your major, but wish to undertake a minor, double major, or simply take a lot of electives, then you may wish to take the BA degree.

The next step you should take is to look at your college's catalog and check out the course requirements for each degree. Sometimes different courses are required for each. For example, a statistics course may be required for a BS, but a foreign language course may be required for a BA. Simply look at the requirements and choose the one which excites you the most. …

The Exceptional Cognitive Abilities of Dolphins

Dolphins are perhaps the most intelligent aquatic mammal on Earth. With their self-awareness and abilities to communicate, reason, express emotions, adapt, and perform altruistic acts, they have spread across every ocean and many freshwater rivers in the same way humans have populated every continent. The cognitive abilities of dolphins are exceptional. Below is a close examination of this mammal’s brain size, structure and remarkable cognitive abilities.

I. Brain Size/Structure:

Dolphins have a large, folded brain with an exceptional intellectual capacity. As a result, they learn extremely quickly and possess the ability to produce creative responses.

Although their cerebral cortex is 40% larger than that of humans, it is shallower, resulting in a neocortical volume that is 80% of that of humans. Nonetheless, both possess comparative cerebral hemispheres and folding to process sensory information and stimuli.

The average bottlenose dolphin brain weighs 1.7 kg (.4 kg more than the average human brain). When comparing brain size to body size – the Encephalization Quotient (EQ), the average dolphin brain registers between 4 and 5 (second to the 7 EQ of the average human brain and significantly higher than the EQ of any other type of animal including the great apes). This indicates a close proximity to human cognitive abilities.

In comparison to humans and other land mammals, a dolphin’s brain has five versus six layers in their neocortex, with no functional segregation. This likely permits humans to focus on greater detail and dolphins to process sensory information at greater speeds, which may be more critical in a 3-dimensional water-based environment with few distinguishable landmarks where sound travels 4-5 times faster than on land.

In addition, relative to brain size, a dolphin’s brain has a significantly larger cerebellum than a human. This is likely since an aquatic environment places greater need on motor control. Furthermore, a dolphin’s cerebellum is also larger due to the absence of functional specialization, since it is likely used for cognitive processing.

Unlike the human brain, a dolphin’s brain includes a paralimbic lobe to enhance integrated information and emotional processing. It is likely that emotions play a greater role in a dolphin’s life than a human life.

Dolphins generally sleep in a semi-alert state by closing one eye and resting one side of the brain at a time. They usually alternate, closing one eye for 5-10 minutes and then the other. Within a 24-hour period, dolphins generally rest each eye and each side of the brain between 3-4 hours.

This is necessary so that dolphins can keep a lookout for potential predators – usually large sharks and killer whales. Remarkably, many dolphins in captivity, having recognized the absence of potential predators, rest both sides of their brain simultaneously, sleeping with both eyes shut.

II. Social Setting:

Dolphins are exceptionally social animals, consistent with humans, great apes and other creatures displaying high levels of intelligence. They occupy home ranges and live in pods or schools known as fission-fusion societies based on subgroups of age and sex-related individuals with size varying …

Types of Online Courses for Getting Degrees Online

Online Courses are available at all levels of education.

There are three basic formats of Online Courses involved in degrees online. Independent study or correspondence courses, synchronous courses and asynchronous courses are all offered as online classes. There are also several combinations of these. It is necessary to determine what is your preferred learning style and then locate online classes that suit your preference.

Independent Study or Correspondence Courses

Independent study or correspondence courses are not formal classes, but rather are course materials that are available to students enrolled in Online Courses, via print or online. After signing-up and submitting payment, the course material is sent one of two ways. One method would be by delivering through postal mail or email, while an alternate method would allow the students to receive password-protected access to the materials online. In such courses, the work is completed and returned to the professor in the same manner in which the course material was delivered.

Students will have a specified period in which to complete all course work. sometimes this may be for three to six months or even up to a year. Some professors may require that only one assignment be submitted at a time, while others may require that all work be completed and sent all at once.

There are both advantages and disadvantages to this format.

There are online courses for high schools to University degree completion.

The primary advantage is that the work can be completed at the student`s convenience during the duration of the course. The major disadvantage is that procrastination can often result in the course being uncompleted. Another disadvantage is that, if all work is sent at once, there may not be a period of effective feedback, with the opportunity to learn from mistakes.

Synchronous Courses

Synchronous courses are those in which the students and professors are all online simultaneously, usually in a chat room, while the professor lectures in real time on the computer. The increasing use of streaming video is easily reproducing the classroom environment. Online universities with synchronous classes, schedule them just as if students were required to attend campus with attendance being recorded. An added benefit is that recordings are always available for review.

Scheduled real-time meetings may not be suitable for everyone if there is a difference in time zones. Before signing up for a synchronous class, you should find out the online class schedules, the requirements for attendance and the penalties for missing class.

Some experts contend that online courses are not for everyone, however, the major component for success in getting an online degree should be the required motivation and necessary commitment.

It is possible to complete a PHD program entirely with online courses.

The paradigm shift in education appears to be accelerating as more educational institutions and universities adopt. Universities in Canada have developed a consortium called the Canadian Virtual University , that is a partnership of colleges and universities, offering over 250 diplomas, degrees and certificates, completely online.

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