Last month I wrote about ways to take free online courses in this post, and I promised to follow up with more tips. While you’ll still have to wait a little while before I get around to posting on that topic again, I did want to let you in on a search engine I just found.
Say that you were interested in taking a MOOC (massive open online course), but you didn’t really want to sort through all of the results you’d get if you searched that topic.
What would you do? Continue reading
If you spend anytime on a post-secondary campus at this time of year, you wouldn’t even need to be told that final exams are underway because the stress and anxiety are actually palpable in the air. Nearly every student you walk past has their nose buried in a book or computer screen, some sort of legal stimulant within reach, and a frantic look in their tired eyes. Continue reading
“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire”
– William Butler Yeats
There’s nothing I love better than mastering a skill or gaining a new piece of knowledge. I find learning to be one of the few vices in life that are both addictive and good for me. Considering I often indulge in those other vices that aren’t really in my best interest, I try to get a big dose of education as often as I can.
But here’s the catch: school can be really expensive.
Most courses will set you back a few hundred dollars even if they only take a few hours to complete, and that’s only to pay for the privilege of sitting in the classroom. The cost can double (or worse) once you factor in miscellaneous expenses such as gas, parking, and textbooks.
As much as I may love education, I’d much rather learn something new without having to break the bank to pay for it.
If you feel the same way, here are a few tips that can help get you schooled for free online… Continue reading
Graduation season is upon us, which means that billions of snapshots are currently being added to family photo albums all over the world.
As a student, one of the ways I paid the piper was by working at the university I attended. Come June you would find me handing out thousands of caps, gowns, and hoods so students could look the part when they walked across the stage to receive their degrees.
Spending that much time around strange robes and even stranger hats makes you wonder about the history of academic regalia. For instance, why do students receiving undergraduate and graduate degrees wear hats (mortar boards) that look like skull caps? And am I the only one who’s noticed that all grads look like monks?
As a diligent student of life who has access to the Internet, I decided to consult the Oracle to find the answers I sought. Here’s what I found out: Continue reading