How to Study by Yourself
By Kawintida Sujindaporn
Studying can be extremely boring; it can be an act of learning, or an act of trying to acquire knowledge in various ways. Although most people dislike the act of studying as it gets their brains to work 24/7, studying can turn into an exciting hobby, an entertaining and time-wise activity to keep the body and mind active. Surprisingly, it is found that those who study by themselves find studying difficult and somewhat harder than when it is done along with an individual who teaches or guides them throughout the lesson. Studying alone requires a strong will. While learners will not only need to cope up with stress, they are greatly affected by the surroundings and what happens around them that latches the attention away from books and learning resources. Learners are often distracted by the out-of-classroom surroundings, and are aware of the objects and activities they can do out of classroom. This is why homeschoolers find it hard to concentrate or study on their own.
Keep Up The Good Work
Every time you find it hard to read or get sleepy within two minutes of analyzing texts, get up from the chair, do a simple stretch and tell yourself this: "You can do it, and you are by far great". Although easier than said, the body and the mind works together like a pulley and a wheel. If the mind has its goal set and is positive to go through all the hard work, the body quickly becomes physically ready for anything. As long as you have the will and the power to study, nothing can stop you from doing so (not even the sleepy eyelids).
Play Some of Your Favorite Songs
Music can be distracting especially when it is played while reading or writing. However, to most people, listening to instrumentals or classic songs not only boosts the ability to concentrate, but will also lead to mental relaxation. Studies have shown that songs composed in the Classical and the Baroque period, in which were composed by Mozart and Bach, aid students in their studies.
Make a Schedule and Stick to It
Creating a personal schedule definitely helps homeschoolers or those who are looking for ways to study by themselves. Add necessary information on a personalized schedule, include the subjects/topics, time of the day, goals, and other motivation quotes to remind yourself and keep being motivated like a professional. Drawings, doodles, and colors can help make the schedule more creative and pleasant to look at; the trick is to never make a serious-looking, plain schedule or planner that makes you want to look away.
Rest and Get Time Off
It is highly important to get some time off and not read all day, all night long. The brain literally works every day, and of course, not only when thoughts appear in your minds. The brain works mechanically like a clock that never stops its turn to tell time. Bear in mind that the body needs rest; taking a short nap, an hour of deep sleep, or meditation will not only keep the body and mind at peace, but will as well lighten up the brain's work. Be sure to rest from time to time and enjoy numerous activities throughout the day to keep the mind and the heart in sync!
Benefits and Importance of Preschool Education for Kids
By Farisa Zaki
Preschool is where the child for the first time gets to step out of the comfort zone. This is when for the first time they have to stay away from their parents. A preschool is designed to make the children ready for the future. A playschool should be a place where the child feels like home. There are several preschool activities that help in making the children feel secure and be comfortable.
The preschool is the place where the children learn to make friends and communicate easily with people. It helps in developing the child's foundation that will help the child to succeed in life. Children who have attended preschool are seen to have better self-confidence. The preschool learning activities help in improving the child's social skill and get better grades.
Preschool provides an opportunity to the kids to learn in a playful environment. Let's have a look at all the benefits of preschool education for the kids.
Provides a good head start to the children for Kindergarten -
kindergarten is where the child learns the basics. Children here are taught in a fun way through preschool worksheets that aid in learning as well as their development.
Children get to develop their social and communication skills -
The kids get to interact with children of their age and with the teachers in a structured environment. The kids learn to make friends and play with them.
Provides the opportunity to the children to take care of themselves -
Children get to learn the importance of time and the things that should be done on time. Children are taught how to wash their hands, keep their toys in a proper place after playing. In some schools, children are toilet trained too.
Provides an opportunity for advancement -
preschool provides the children the opportunity to learn to follow instructions and even learn to share. The teachers help the children in understanding what they will learn in kindergarten with the help of kindergarten worksheets.
Helps in development of literacy and mathematical skills -
Young children are very observant and curious. By encouraging children to sing an alphabet song or by playing counting and matching games with the children you can boost a child's mathematical and literacy skills. Preschools engage the children in such activities that will help them learn and grow. Providing activities for kids, will help in challenging a child's mind and wrack their brains to get the answers.
Preschool provides the children to enhance their motor skills -
Several activities performed by the children under the supervision of teachers help in the development of a child's fine motor and gross motor skills. Children are encouraged to run, play games or climb. Children are also taught to balance and are even asked to thread beads that help in hand-eye coordination.
Preschools make sure that your child is making friends and enjoying all the fun activities that will aid in their social, emotional and personal growth. Preschools will help in providing a way in which the child will be able to learn what he or she is going to learn in future. For instance, by providing worksheets for kids, the child will get an idea of what will be taught in future in a fun way.
Farisa Zaki is the author of this article on preschool worksheets. Find more information, about preschool learning activities here.
WHAT WE BLACKS NEED TO DO
Summer Educational Plans for Students and Parents
1. Many students never open a book during the summer.
2. They sleep until around 1:00 pm and get up to raid the refrigerator when their stomachs start to growl.
3. Most of their time is spent talking, texting, tweeting, listening to music, surfing the Internet, playing computer games and watching television.
4. Parents failed to assign them any chores or plan their summer educational activities.
“If your plan is for one year plant rice. If your plan is for ten years plant trees. If your plan is for one hundred years start educating your children.”- Confucius
To help your child succeed, all parents, guardians and concerned relatives must write out a plan for the students under their care for the summer. It will be easier to carry out if the student is willing and help write it but if they are not, you must do it anyway. You must step up and be loving, but firm. If you do not put your foot down, who will?
NOTE: My wife, Faye, and I developed this plan for our newborn son. It helped make him the successful and enthusiastic social studies teacher he is today. This is his eighth year and he loves his job. He will take a one- year leave to study for his master’s degree in Education Policy at Harvard University
This plan will work for you, your children and grandchildren. You must keep a good supply of quality reading materials in your home. The only cost to your family will be around $40 a year for a weekly subscription to your local Black newspaper. All the other necessary reading materials can be checked out “free” from your local library.
NEWBORN TO KINDERGARTEN: Read to your children sometime during each day and at bedtime. Teach them by using pictures, letters, numbers, words, sounds, shapes, colors and everything they see during the course of a day. Never forget, you are their first and most important teacher. This is the formative time in their lives and they think you are the smartest person in the world. Use this time to teach them that learning is “fun”. Use the 75 / 25 rule. Spend 75% of their time reading, writing, coloring, drawing, dancing and singing. The other 25% can be used on games, free play and a little television viewing.
ELEMENTARY TO MIDDLE SCHOOL: Most public libraries offer a summer reading program for children. Have them pick five or more books from the recommended reading list to prepare them for their next grade level. Encourage first, then demand if necessary they read something each day.
HIGH SCHOOL: Do not allow your children to have any grade below C+ (82%) unless they have a learning problem. Do not allow the school system psychologist to place your child in a special education class until you receive direct proof of a problem. It is a fact that Black students are far too often placed based on their attitude rather than their aptitude. If this happens to you, hire a reputable educational specialist not connected with your school system to test your child. First ask your church, outreach organization and family for help. If they refuse, then borrow the money from a loan company if that is your last result. It is that important because this placement will help determine your child’s and grandchildren’s future.
Guide the precious gift GOD gave you, your beautiful children, through two hours each day of reading something educational, writing summaries and meditating. Teach them how to analyze their problems and research the solutions. Strengthen your family unit by having frequent family discussions.
Parents, you as their leader must also abide by the two-hour shut down rule. Read something that will help you reach the next step in your occupation, prepare for another career and become a better educated voter.
Proverbs 22:6 (Paraphrased) “Train your daughter and son in the right way they should go, and when they are old, they will not depart from it.”
James J. Hankins is a graduate of “all Black” Williston Senior High School, a three-year U.S. Army veteran stationed in Germany, North Carolina A&T State University alumni, retired vocational education teacher, past president of the New Hanover County Branch NAACP, seven years as construction manager of Youth Build in Wilmington, NC, charter member of Friends of Abraham Galloway and author of the book “What We Blacks Need to Do”. To comment on his commentary or order a copy of his book, please e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Lisa-Anne Ray-Byers is a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist who has worked in education for over two decades. She holds graduate degrees in speech-language pathology and multicultural education. She also holds certification in educational administration. She is the author of the books, They Say I Have ADHD, I Say Life Sucks! Thoughts From Nicholas, They S S Say I’m a St St Stutterer, But I S S Say Nothing! Meet Kelly and co-author of the books 365 Ways to Succeed With ADHD and 365+! Ways to Succeed With ADHD! all available at www.Amazon.com. She is also a member of the National Education Writers Association. You may contact her at email@example.com or by visiting her website at
What You Should Know When Pursuing A University Degree
By Shalini Madhav
Are you through with your high school education and looking to pursue a university degree? Here are a few things you should know:
Benefits of having a university degree
There are plenty of benefits that come with having a university degree. Some of these advantages include:
More money: This is a no-brainer. According to the state higher education executive officer's association, those with bachelor degrees earn almost twice than those with high school diplomas. The higher the level of education, the more money you make. While the amount you make varies depending on the gender, the course of study and location, generally when you have a college degree you earn more.
As you know, when you earn more you afford more thus you are much comfortable than someone without a degree.
Job security: When you have a college degree you are more valuable to the employer than someone who isn't educated. This is because you have valuable skills that the employer can use in his/her business. These skills make you more attractive thus you are less likely to be fired.
Job satisfaction: Most of the college graduates work in areas they studied in school. This gives them an opportunity to practice what they have been studying. This, in addition to the better working conditions and higher income, they are more likely to be happy and satisfied in life. The satisfaction is not only reflected in the workplace where they are more productive, but it's also found in their lives and families where they have happy families and have all-around lives.
Life skills: College education not only trains you to be an employee. It also impacts you with valuable skills that help you in life out of college and out of the workplace. College trains you to analyze issues critically, understand complex subjects, and communicate ideas with ease. You can apply these skills in all spheres of your life thus you become a great person.
Tips to consider when pursuing a university degree
Studies show that over 75% of students leaving high school don't know the route they want their lives to take. Due to this, they don't know the right courses they should choose. If you are one of these people, there are tips you can use to make the right choice.
The first tip is to listen to your heart. What do you love doing? Do you love computers? Pursue a computer related course. Do you love working with people? Pursue a community development course and so on. If a secure future is of more value to you, there are plenty of resources you can use to know the best paying and more marketable courses that you can go for. For example, for decades, medicine and engineering courses have been in huge demand and are well paying. Nursing and teaching courses are also in high demand, but they aren't well-paying.
To increase your chances of employability, pursue your course in a reputable university. for more options, pursue a combined degree.
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EDUCATIONAL MAGAZINES 2017
Johnson O. Akinleye Elected 12th Chancellor of North Carolina Central University
Johnson O. Akinleye, Ph.D., who has served as interim chancellor of North Carolina Central University since January 2017, has been elected to the position on a permanent basis by the Board of Governors of the 17-campus University of North Carolina
UNC System President Margaret Spellings formally nominated Dr. Akinleye during a special meeting of the board held in Chapel Hill.
“Dr. Akinleye is a strategic thinker and no-nonsense leader,” said President Spellings. “His distinguished career includes extensive experience in senior administrative leadership roles at public, private and church-affiliated institutions. He sees building a relationship with the campus and community leaders as a priority and he understands the need to maximize the full value of being in the Research Triangle. I’ve had the benefit of watching Dr. Akinleye lead on an interim basis during a challenging period at N.C. Central, I’m confident that he will build on the proud traditions and storied history of the institution while continuing the legacy of great leaders before him most notably the late Dr. Debra Saunders-White.”
At NCCU, Dr. Akinleye worked to expand the university’s academic partnerships, including new agreements with community colleges, as well as introduced to the campus a robust online, distance-education program, NCCU Online. He also created K-12 initiatives and implemented a security strategy to increase safety for campus constituents. Before his appointment as interim chancellor, he was named acting chancellor from August 2016 to January 2017. Prior to that role, Akinleye was named acting chancellor NCCU’s provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, where his responsibilities included faculty development, academic planning and assessment, enrollment management, and academic oversight of NCCU’s seven schools and colleges.
“I accept the awesome responsibility as the 12th Chancellor for North Carolina Central University with humility,” said Chancellor Akinleye. “I look forward to leading NCCU in a manner that honors our mission and to working closely with UNC General Administration to fulfill the university’s system-wide mission and goals that accrue to the benefit of the citizens of the great state of North Carolina. Moreover, I will continue to assess, evaluate and transform the university to increase efficiencies, sustain shared resources, expand its academic portfolio, enhance its brand and reputation, as well as excel in the competitive global marketplace and evolving higher education landscape.”
Prior to joining NCCU’s leadership team, Akinleye served as associate vice chancellor for academic programs at UNC Wilmington, where he was involved in leading online and distance education programs, increasing academic offerings, and leading the development and formation of the College of Allied Health. Earlier in his career, he held various leadership posts at Edward Waters College and Bethune-Cookman University in Florida. He began his academic career as a faculty member at Bowie State University in Maryland.
Akinleye received an undergraduate degree in telecommunications and a master’s degree in media technology from Alabama Agricultural & Mechanical University. He earned his Ph.D. in human communications studies from Howard University.
The chancellor search process, which originally began in January 2017, was first led by NCCU Board of Trustees chairman George Hamilton. The North Carolina Central University Chancellor Search Committee sought candidates that who embodied effective executive, administrative and academic leadership.
“I am excited about the selection of Dr. Johnson O. Akinleye as the 12th chancellor of our great institution,” said Chairman Hamilton. “Dr. Akinleye has a keen understanding of the landscape of higher education in North Carolina and nationally. Having served as both provost and interim chancellor at NCCU, Dr. Akinleye has demonstrated the skills and competencies necessary to ensure the institution’s future success. He knows our strengths and growth potential, and, as an added plus, he will hit the ground running on day one!"
ABOUT NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL UNIVERSITY
North Carolina Central University is a constituent institution of the UNC System and prepares students to succeed in the global marketplace. Selected as 2016 HBCU of the Year by HBCU Digest, NCCU offers flagship programs in the sciences, technology, nursing, education, law, business and the arts. Founded in 1910 as a liberal arts college for African-Americans, NCCU remains committed to diversity in higher education. Our alumni excel in a wide variety of academic and professional fields. Visit www.nccu.edu.
ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA
The oldest public university in the nation, the University of North Carolina enrolls more than 225,000 students and encompasses all 16 of North Carolina’s public institutions that grant baccalaureate degrees, as well as the NC School of Science and Mathematics, the nation’s first public residential high school for academically gifted students. UNC campuses support a broad array of distinguished liberal-arts programs, two medical schools and one teaching hospital, two law schools, a veterinary school, a school of pharmacy, 11 nursing programs, 15 schools of education, five schools of engineering, and a renowned arts conservatory. The UNC Center for Public Television, with its 12-station statewide broadcast network, is also under the University umbrella. http://northcarolina.edu/
North Carolina Central University prepares students to succeed in the global marketplace. Selected as 2016 HBCU of the Year by HBCU Digest, NCCU offers flagship programs in the sciences, technology, nursing, education, law, business and the arts. Founded in 1910 as a liberal arts college for African-Americans, NCCU remains committed to diversity in higher education. Our alumni excel in a wide variety of academic and professional fields. Visit www.nccu.edu.
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