We all seem to spend a lot of time writing in this high-tech age. We text, tweet, update our Facebook posts and comment on articles. However, when we do this we often abbreviate our words, shorten our sentences and use emoji. We’re writing all the time, but not always very well.
You may have got by in the past by pretending that you’ve forgotten your glasses or that numbers are not ‘your thing’. Don’t worry, you’re not alone! Many adults don’t have the confidence or ability to attend to day-to-day tasks such as managing money and family budgets, giving appropriate medication dosages or following a recipe.
Job interviews can be tricky to navigate. You might be nervous and unsure of what to expect, and it can be a stressful situation. You might think that you are there just for your prospective employer to ask you questions and find out more about you, but did you know that job interviews are also an opportunity for you to ask the questions?
It’s perfectly normal to have fears about returning to study, and if you identify with any of the following, you’re certainly not alone. The most important thing is to recognise your fears, not ignore or deny them, so that you can take steps to overcome them.
Are you feeling under pressure? Understanding ways to become more efficient and productive goes a long way towards easing workload and time management challenges.
Job interviews are stressful occasions for most people, and you should want to do everything you can to put your best foot forward. Here are 4 popular (and absolutely key) tips on how to make a great first impression at your next job interview.
With the Internet and its limitless resources at our disposal, everyone can be a lifelong learner these days, as long as they have a reliable Internet connection and a computer, laptop, tablet or smart phone. From free online courses to websites and even apps that promote the learning of a second language, there is an extremely wide range of resources that we can all tap into on our path to lifelong learning.
If you’re an adult who is thinking about returning to study, whether it’s a short course, certificate, diploma or degree, know that you’re not alone. Here in Australia, more and more adults are returning to study, whether to advance their careers, help them to get a better job, or even to change careers altogether.
Sufficient rest and sleep is crucial to our body and mind’s ability to function effectively. Particularly for adults who are returning to study, many, if not most of you, will be juggling several major commitments, such as work and family, on top of your studies.
Listening is an important life skill, not just in terms of becoming a better learner, but also in terms of making you a more effective employee, friend and all round person. Listening is not the same as hearing; you can hear something without actually listening to it – that is, without actually engaging with what you have heard.
While it goes without saying that adequate rest, regular exercise and a healthy diet go a long way towards ensuring that our brains are functioning at their best, when it comes to boosting our brainpower and memory, there is more that we can do.
Have you ever looked at a child and admired their creativity, sense of wonder and enthusiasm? Growing up might be inevitable, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t learn a thing or two from the children around us.
Going back to school as an adult can be both exciting and daunting. Unlike those earlier years, adulthood generally comes with more commitments, such as work and family, which compete for your time and energy. That being said, there are a number of strategies you can adopt to help you study more effectively as an adult.
Keeping jadedness and cynicism at bay is a good place to start, but if you are looking to keep your curiosity alive, the best examples around are often children. Believe it or not, according to studies done in the UK, young children were thought to ask between 300 and 400 questions a day, with four year old girls found to be the most inquisitive. Imagine how much we would learn as adults if we asked that many questions in a day!
Returning to study is a big commitment, particularly for adults who, more often than not, are also juggling a variety of other responsibilities including work and family. For them, effectively managing their time is one of their biggest challenges and sacrifices frequently have to be made.
Returning to study as an adult can be a scary experience. But there are many benefits to being a mature-age learner.
Learning is a lifelong process, and there’s no reason to stop studying just because you’ve reached a certain age. For many adults, returning to study is an important and necessary step towards a better job or career advancement. Even though it might seem like a major, rather daunting step, it’s often a worthy investment, with returns that are well worth the time, effort and money spent in the first place.
According to the journal Science, doing quizzes can actually help you to learn better. Doing quizzes helps motivate people to “want to” learn. So are you motivated? OK great, give this quiz a go for a bit of quizzical fun.
The ability to ask questions when learning something new is a very useful skill to have as an adult learner. It can assist you to clarify new concepts and accelerate your learning.
When you ask questions in a group learning environment, not only do you show that you are engaging with the topic that is being discussed, you encourage better and clearer communication between the teacher/facilitator and the rest of the group. This can help to create a better learning environment and experience for everyone.