Online University – Distance Learning Options

Many people can not attend a physical university, for any number of reasons. Mostly it is due to their income being needed to support a family, or a lack of funding to maintain themselves for a few years. Some people simply do not want to give up their present jobs, but need to qualify for promotion.

Acknowledged as a university, distance learning offers many people the opportunity to further their studies, in situations that would otherwise have proved impossible. It allows you to work at your own pace, in your own time, according to your own daily schedule.

Distance learning is offered by many institutions all over, accommodating students from anywhere. Similar to any other university, you are required to take an aptitude test, and pass an entrance test. Foreign students are required to prove their command of the language used for presentation.

Online universities, just like their physical counterparts, offer a wide range of bachelor's and master's degree courses. If you are concerned about the credibility of your online degree, do not be. As long as you choose an accredited institution, your degree will be accepted.

The biggest difference is communication. Classrooms and lectures are replaced by emails and online forums. Workshops and joint projects are done via chat and video conferencing. Your fellow student could be from anywhere.

The biggest drawback is the fact that your success depends heavily on your self discipline. There are no regular time schedules or routines. Distance learning is all about taking responsibility for your own performance.

In contrast to a physical university, distance learning makes your remote location irrelevant. It accommodates your personal schedule, your capacity, and your personal commitments. The only thing required is a desire to succeed. …

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Best Science Fiction Novels in Modern Times

Science fiction is a genre of movie making and novels that is clearly alive and well. Few people walking around have not watched an episode of Star Trek, read or watched Harry Potter, or headed to the movie theater to watch Terminator or one of The Matrix movies. While the movies are great, nothing beats settling back with a book and letting the mind create the visuals we imagine instead of someone else's vision.

Harry Potter – Yes, the movies are fantastic, but the books are where the true pleasures lie with this series. There are plenty of sci-fi series novels, but few of them are as well constructed as the Harry Potter books. Rowling has often stated she knew exactly where this series was going from the moment she took pen to paper, and anyone who has read the entire series would be hard pressed to argument that very fact.

Oryx and Crake – A great tale about how the corporate world's greed could lead to an apocalypse. Anyone who has ever wondered what goes on those laboratories will enjoy this book. It taps into modern times and tells a tale that could be all too real. Few readers have put this book down without asking themselves quite a few questions about where our world is headed.

Rainbows End – Anyone having surprised what the future holds in terms of medical marvels will love this book. Imagine being considered as a brilliant mind only to suffer from a debilitating disease. Now imagine the world finds a cure but that once brilliant mind is now considered as average. Instead of having everyone marvel at your intelligence, you will certainly struggle to keep up with everyone else. The book makes a lot of assumptions about where today's technology is going but certainly evokes plenty of questions by the time the last page is turned.

Time Traveler's Wife – An incredible concept that was taken to incredible levels in the book. The movie was very good, the novel was great. Imagine having a condition that literally has you jumping from decade to decade, year to year, or century to century at any given time. On the other side is the person who has given you their heart, never knowing when you will disappear or how and if you will come back to them. If you enjoyed the movie, the book will take you to places only touched up by the film. A truly great read. …

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