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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.

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Healthy food for a healthy brain

Learning is healthy

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.

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Why get back into education?

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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.

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5 tips for maintaining brain function

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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!

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How to learn smarter

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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:

Being a role model for other learners

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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:

Podcasts: Listen and learn

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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.

Studying while parenting

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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.

Thinking about starting a small business?

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Have you always dreamed of working for yourself? Owning your own café and serving up mounds of delicious smashed avocado? Or, perhaps, selling more of that beautiful jewellery you love to wear?

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4 tips to help improve your English

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.

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How improving your English skills may help you

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.

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Computer skills that may help you with your next job

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.

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What to say and not to say during a job interview

Speech bubbleQuite 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.

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Tips and tricks to help you study successfully

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.

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Why having good writing skills will help you succeed

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.

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Is maths not your thing? Do numbers make your head spin?

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.

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5 great questions to ask at your next job interview

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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?

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What adults fear most about returning to study

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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.

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10 practical tips on being more effective every day

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Are you feeling under pressure? Understanding ways to become more efficient and productive goes a long way towards easing workload and time management challenges.

Here are 10 practical tips on how to be more effective in your daily routine.

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Lifelong learning resources that everyone can tap into

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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.

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Factors to consider if you’re thinking about returning to study as an adult

You are never too old to set another goal

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.

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Improve your listening! Here are 7 tips on how to be a better listener

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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.

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Tips to help you study more effectively as an adult


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.

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Keeping curiosity alive – how to do it and the benefits of doing so

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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!

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7 time management tips for adults who are returning to study

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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.

If you are returning to study as an adult, here are 7 tips to help you effectively manage your time.

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How to excel in the classroom as an adult learner

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Returning to study as an adult can be a scary experience. But there are many benefits to being a mature-age learner.

Not only are you making an important investment in your future; you also contribute valuable skills, knowledge and experience to the classroom.

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Tips for returning to study as an adult

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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.

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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.

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How to ask the right questions to maximise learning

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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.

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