Whether you’re in school or have chosen to complete year 12 after a few years in the work force, deciding to do VCAL or VCE is an important decision. Knowing which one is right for you means having some idea of what you want to get out of the qualification as each are more suited to different pathways.
Eating a balanced diet isn’t just important for your physical health, it also improves brain cognition and concentration, making it easier to take in and retain information. At Learn Local, we want you to get the most out of every class you attend. By eating healthily you’ll find learning easier than ever.
Furthering your education at any point in your life is extremely rewarding and can open many doors in both your professional and personal life. By taking a few classes you can learn new skills and meet new interesting people.
Maybe you’ve been on holidays, taken leave, or have taken a break between Learn Local courses and are now feeling a little foggy upstairs. Maintaining brain function in a period of down time is important so that when you do decide to re-enter into learning or work, it’s easier to get back into the swing of things!
Technology has changed our way of life in the span of 20 years, so being savvy about your privacy and safety online is important.
When studying at home after your Learn Local class, make sure your study space works for you as this will help you achieve your goals.
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So, you’ve started a new Learn Local course and it’s the first time you’ve been in a learning environment in a while.
As a society, we have become so reliant on using digital technology to communicate and conduct our everyday lives, it’s important that we ensure parts of our community don’t get left behind.
Back into study mode with Learn Local, but need some tips on how to learn faster and smarter
Here are some ways to help your brain retain information:
Got a green thumb? Love getting out in the gardening and growing plants? Maybe you’re passionate about growing your own fruit and vegetables.
Maybe floral arranging is something that interests you.
Lifelong learning is a way of life! It means you are constantly engaged, constantly growing, and constantly learning new things from a variety of perspectives.
Here are 5 reasons to be a lifelong learner:
Many Learn Local providers offer courses on digital technology, such as how to use smart phones, streaming platforms and social media, so today we’re going to talk about podcasts.
A podcast is an audio episode, usually streamed, where people discuss different topics on absolutely anything and everything – depending on your interests.
The prospect of returning to study while being a parent of young children can seem like a lot at first. The great thing about Learn Local providers is that they’re flexible and many offer childcare on-site which is handy.
Studying English in a classroom is a great way to learn, but if you really want to improve your English skills you’ll need to do some practice outside of the classroom too. Here are some tips to help you on your way to improving your English skills.
English is one of the three most widely spoken languages in the world. The better you are at speaking, reading and writing English the more confident you will become in your everyday activities. Being confident with your English skills can also open up many more opportunities for you both socially and in your work place.
Computers are everywhere! Smart phones, laptops, tablets, desktop computers and even cash registers play a big part in our lives. So when you’re looking for a new job, being able to list computer skills on your resume may enhance your chances regardless of whether you’re going for an office job or something more hands on.
Quite often job interviews can be nerve racking and when you are nervous you are more likely to make mistakes but if you spend some time preparing for your interview it can help you feel more comfortable and confident.
Getting back into study or trying to keep your motivation up to study can seem a bit daunting at times. Life is busy and it is easy to get distracted, however the following tips can help you to stay on track and make the most of your study time.
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.