blue grass publishing » Education Trends Wed, 20 Jan 2016 13:56:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Immersion and its importance in learning Wed, 20 Jan 2016 13:56:48 +0000 All of us acquire new skills or knowledge in different ways and at different speeds. The ways in which we learn and the speed with which we assimilate and process information depend on a wide variety of factors; aptitude, learning environment, age and motivation all play their part in determining our ability to learn.

But individuals also have different learning styles. While some of us learn best by reading around a subject, others need a practical, hands-on, trial and error approach to get the best results. The way in which we, as individuals, absorb, process, comprehend and, ultimately, retain information is a highly complex and personal thing.

This presents a problem for teaching or training professionals. Since a group of learners will almost inevitably have as many variations on learning styles as there are individuals in the class or group, a one-size-fits-all approach is unlikely to achieve the best possible results.

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Learning style theory

To try to make sense of this variation in learning style among individuals, a number of theories have developed to explain how we approach learning.

Perhaps the best known of these is the VARK model. Developed by educationalist Neil Fleming, VARK is an acronym of the four main learning styles identified by the model. A good explanation of the model can be found at . Basically, however, the four main styles identified by Fleming’s model are:

  • Visual – using maps, charts, films, visual aids and other images

  • Auditory – understanding through verbal presentation, discussion and repetition

  • Reading/writing – a strong preference for copious note taking and textbooks.

  • Kinaesthetic – Hands-on learning, or learning by doing, often through trial and error

There is, however, a potential problem with the VARK model – one that’s shared by other similarly focused educational and learning style models: in attempting to understand and emphasize the individuality of learners and learning styles, it can risk pigeon-holing individuals by devising labels and seeking to attach them, which can in turn, according to some, such as educationalist Professor Guy Claxton, actually inhibit learning.

Cultural Immersion learning

One method which is becoming popular in linguistic teaching seeks to address the issue of different styles of learning by a holistic approach to teaching, and becoming fluent in, a second language. Daily English, for example, are an organisation specialising in teaching English in France by placing students within a bilingual English/French speaking family.

As explained at their website here: , students are fully engaged in a linguistic and cultural sense with the language which they’re learning. Not only does this ensure that learning covers the widest possible range of individual learning styles, it provides a rock-solid base against which the student can practise and employ new skills within a real world environment as these skills are assimilated, thus cementing skills and knowledge almost as soon as they’re acquired.


In practice, the advantages of the total immersion approach to learning a second language are clear. It closely mimics the way in which all of us learned to communicate in our mother tongue. By accommodating a wide range of individual learning preferences, it ensures that learning focuses truly on the individual, their needs and their preferences. The results, compared with language teaching in a classroom environment speak for themselves.

Perhaps the greatest advantage of this approach, however – one that’s rarely mentioned in the scholarly treatises of learning theory – is the one that’s almost invariably the most important in practice; learning is fun. And whatever the learner’s individual style label, we all learn best when we’re having fun.

About the author:

A staff training professional with nearly thirty years’ experience, Angie Pitchford began her career with the Civil Service but has latterly specialised in training in the retail and service sectors. She is fluent in German and French as well as English and enjoys the opportunity to spend a couple of months a year working and living in France.

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DC Spanish Language School and Training Tue, 29 Dec 2015 19:10:58 +0000 A survey has shown that more than half of language learners in US colleges and universities are learning Spanish. If you live in the DC area and are considering whether or not to join a Spanish language school, here are some reasons why learning Spanish can be beneficial in the US.

1. Communicate with over 400 million native Spanish speakers internationally

Spanish is the 4th most commonly spoken language on the planet. As well as being the 2nd or 3rd language in many areas, no fewer than 20 countries have Spanish as its official language. Spanish is spoken as the primary language in Spain, parts of the United States, Venezuela, Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, Peru, Mexico, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and many other popular destinations.

2. A vast number of Spanish-speakers reside in the US

Large numbers of native Spanish speakers live and work in cities and rural areas of the US, not least of all in the states bordering Mexico, or in Florida and New York where one finds many immigrants of Cuban ancestry. Learning Spanish will enable you to communicate with these neighbors in their mother tongue. You’ll have plenty of opportunity to practice your newfound language skills.

3. Enhance your travel experiences with Spanish

An understanding of Spanish will afford you an insight into the people and culture of Spanish-speaking areas. Knowing the language will not only help you in places where Spanish speakers do not speak English, but your ability to speak even a few words of the local language will impress people of your respect for them and their lands.

4. Learn Spanish to improve your career prospects

The Hispanic population of the US is growing and increasingly roles require basic Spanish language skills, including nursing, social work, teaching and translating.

Knowing a second language as useful as Spanish is a way to make yourself stand out among job applicants and colleagues. Many jobs today require a basic proficiency in at least one other language.

5. Speaking Spanish can improve your English

English has many words that originated from Latin. Since Spanish has its roots in Latin, a knowledge of Spanish can broaden your vocabulary. Latin roots are often the basis of many sophisticated words in English.

An appreciation of the Latin origin of words will be particularly helpful in the fields of science, medicine, law, and others with specialized vocabulary.

6. Learning Spanish improves your ability to learn a second foreign language

Once you have an understanding of a new language, acquiring the next language is often considered much easier.

Learning Spanish to a proficient level is a good introduction to language learning and will increase your mental, social, and cultural skills, all of which you will then be able to apply to learning another language, particularly if you choose another language of European/Latin origin, for example Italian, French, or Portuguese.

These are just a few of the reasons people are learning Spanish in the US. There are many ways that people are learning a second language including books and audio tapes. However, if you are located in DC, then a Spanish language school and training center will provide invaluable one-on-one, tailored support throughout your language learning in order to ensure that you know your personal goals and achieve them to the highest standard.

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Health Degrees: What It Takes to Become a Caring and Competent Nurse Wed, 19 Aug 2015 01:27:52 +0000 Becoming a great nurse takes a lot more than just a good education. Although that is important too, so here are just some of the educational requirements you need for various nursing jobs, as well as winning qualities of any successful nurse.

You Need That Undergrad Degree

Every nurse needs to be licensed to practice in the U.S. But, there’s more than one educational path you can take to get there. First, there’s the undergraduate degree. This diploma is available through hospital-based schools of nursing. An associate degree in nursing is a two-year degree that’s offered by smaller community colleges and specialized nursing schools.

A bachelor of science in nursing is a four-year degree that prepares you for the full scope of the profession and includes two years of heavy concentration in psychology, human growth, and development, biology, microbiology, and organic chemistry.

You also learn about nutrition, physiology, and anatomy.

You don’t have to attend a traditional school to get these degrees though. In fact, many nurses today attend a college in Florida online.

You need A Graduate Degree To Advance

If you want to go further in your study, go for the masters or doctorate programs offered by universities. These advanced degrees focus on administration, education, and clinical practice.

You Need To Communicate

Communication is an essential skill set for a nurse. You have to be able to speak with patients, co-workers, and your boss about your job, medications, and job duties. A breakdown in communication could cost someone their life.

You Must Be Detail Oriented

Keeping detailed records of a person’s medical chart is also important. Medications need to be accurately recorded so that patients don’t overdose or under-dose on their meds. You also need to be able to accurately record patient history.

You Must Be Compassionate and Empathetic

Knowing how people feel, and being compassionate about patients’ medical conditions is part of the job. But, more than that, you need to genuinely feel for them without it compromising your position as a nurse.

You Need To Think On Your Feet

Sometimes, being a nurse means you need to think fast, especially if you work in a triage or emergency room setting. Even if you don’t, life-threatening reactions to medications or food come on fast and you need to react quickly with a plan.

You Need To Be Respectful And Patient

This is a lot harder than it sounds. They say patience is a virtue. It’s also a skill. Respect and patience in the face of adversity will make you a greater nurse than everyone else who has all of the other necessary skills but lacks these two important qualities.

There will be times when patients try your patience. You will run up against cultures and beliefs different from your own, especially in a medical context. You will have things thrown at you, people break down in front of you when confronted with their medical problems, and parents who plead to you for help when you can’t help them.

The best nurses take it all in and are able to offer comfort when no one else can. And, that’s probably the most important skill you can have as a nurse.

Lynette Hall is an experienced medical professional. She likes to be able to share her experiences and insights online. You can find her articles across a range of relevant websites.

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How to make learning a language easy Sun, 22 Feb 2015 18:25:15 +0000 There’s no getting around the fact that learning a language can be tricky. After all, there’s a lot involved – from vocabulary, to grammar, to pronunciation – and knowing where to start is sometimes the hardest part. However, there are a variety of techniques and tricks that can make learning a new tongue quicker and easier. To help you on your way to fluency, we’ve highlighted a few of the best.

Take classes

Signing up to a language school is perhaps the best place to start. It might sound obvious, but studying a new language on a regular basis with skilled teachers on hand will help to ease the learning curve. Most modern language schools now use a variety of techniques to ensure that learners quickly reach a level of competence in speaking, reading, listening and writing. For example, Spanish Connection encourages pupils to become an active part of the learning process, using carefully selected learning materials to suit students of all abilities.

Attending a class also offers a great opportunity to meet other people who are interested in the same language as you. While reading from a vocabulary book at home can work for some people, it can be extremely time-consuming and with no one to motivate you but yourself, you’re at risk of losing interest. Learning in a group can be far more enjoyable.

Independent learning

If you want to advance quickly, it’s also important that you practice what you have learned outside of the classroom. As a general rule of thumb, you should try to memorise 30 words and phrases every day, starting with the most common words and building up to more complicated phrases.

One way to make your homework more enjoyable is to download a language app to your smartphone. This can help you get to grips with basic phrases and pronunciation when you’re on the move. In addition, rather than using standard textbooks, try reading magazines or newspapers in topic areas that interest you.

Memory games

Memorising words and phrases is half the battle when it comes to learning a language. To help give your memory a little boost, practice writing words several times in different sentences and repeating them out loud. Remember, practice makes perfect. Don’t be tempted to move on to new words before you have mastered the old ones. Puting notes up around your home and attaching them to different objects will also help to keep words fresh in your memory.

Surround yourself with the language

Surrounding yourself with as much of the language as possible can help to make learning seem like less of a chore too. For example, try watching a film in the language you’re learning without subtitles, or changing the language settings on your social media accounts. This will help you to pick up phrases as you go about your day to day routine.

You may also want to consider downloading audiobooks, podcasts or songs and listening to them  on your commute to work, when you’re washing the dishes or during your morning jog. Don’t forget to speak the words yourself once you have heard them to make sure you have a complete comprehension.

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The benefits of distance learning Thu, 19 Feb 2015 02:28:24 +0000 Traditionally, most learning took place in the classroom. However, a rising number of individuals and organisations are switching onto the benefits of distance courses.

It’s now possible to choose from a host of remote training programmes, including those provided by specialist health and safety consultants. If you’re wondering whether this way of learning is right for you, consider the following benefits.

Greater flexibility

Perhaps the biggest draw of these courses is the fact they offer much greater flexibility than their more traditional counterparts. Rather than being tied to attending classroom sessions in certain places and at certain times, you can fit your studies around your own schedule. This could be especially important if you are keen to complete a course while continuing with your work or if you need to squeeze your studies around a busy family life.

Online courses also tend to offer you greater choice in terms of learning speed. You can decide whether to opt for full-time or part-time distance study, and you don’t have to worry about falling behind. You can simply work through the material at a pace that suits you.  

More choice

Another major advantage of this style of learning is the fact that it permits greater choice. You won’t be restricted to choosing between the courses that happen to be offered by local training providers. Instead, you can take your pick from programmes offered by organisations located across the country, or even abroad. This should mean you won’t struggle to find the perfect course for you.

Better value for money

It’s also worth bearing in mind that remote learning can offer better value for money than traditional courses. For one thing, you won’t have to cover transport costs to get to and from your training sessions. All you need is a web connection, meaning you can study in your office or from the comfort of your own home.

In addition, online courses tend to be less expensive for training providers to run, and this reduction in costs is often passed onto learners.

Find out more

If you’re keen to enhance your knowledge and skills, and think that distance learning could be the way for you to achieve this, it’s well worth perusing the range of courses on offer. For the best results, it’s important that you choose the ideal programme for you, and you should also make sure that you opt for a reliable and effective training provider.

As long as you do this, you should find online courses to be convenient, cost-effective and a great alternative to more traditional learning methods.

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Is it too late to start a business degree? Mon, 26 Jan 2015 13:48:29 +0000 It can be difficult knowing what educational path to take when you are faced with the decision at the age of seventeen. Whereas some people are certain of what they want to do, others simply pick a degree they think they will enjoy. If you were one of those people that didn’t end up going to university or studied something that didn’t end up being right for you, then why not go back and do a degree now? Many adults looking to start their own business actually find themselves going back to university to study business degrees.

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There are many advantages to being a mature student studying a business degree.

Improving your life

If you find yourself in a mundane nine to five job that you took when you left college, but never ended up leaving, then maybe it is time to make a change. Whether you’re in your late twenties, thirties or forties, it’s never too late to start a business degree. Many people find the knowledge and skills they gain from doing a business degree enable them to start their own businesses and change their lives. Of course starting your own business isn’t a walk in the park, even with a business degree, but it will enable you to feel that sense of fulfilment and achievement.

Advantages of being a mature student

There are many advantages of being a mature student studying a business degree, particularly when it comes to securing placements. Many universities require you to carry out placements at businesses as part of your degree criteria. Some companies look favourably on mature students as they have more life experience and are often able to bring more to the table.


Fast-track pre-degree courses

Many educational institutions offer fast-track courses with the aim of bringing students that have been out of education, up to speed with how degree programmes work. This includes boosting their studying abilities, improving their subject knowledge and equipping them with the skills to handle the challenges they will face when studying a business degree. Pre-degree fast-track programmes are a fantastic idea and can help mature business students to regain their confidence in their abilities to learn.

Funding for mature business students

Like younger students, mature students are entitled to apply for student finance. The amount of funding you will receive will depend on your family situation and the business degree you are doing. If you have children, you may find that you are entitled to extra funding..


Studying a business degree as a mature student is something to be proud of.


Today there are many universities that open up their business degree courses to mature students. The fact that you can also take out a loan and do not have to pay any money up front should also eliminate money problems as an obstacle. The fact you’re older will put you at an advantage when it comes to studying a business degree as you will have relevant life experience and knowledge.

As you are older, you’re also likely to have more confidence in yourself and be less worried in the social situations that university can throw at you. There is really nothing stopping an individual in their late twenties, thirties or even forties from studying a business degree.

This article was written by the University Campus St Albans. UCSA offers an innovative and flexible part time business degree course for people living busy lives and looking to improve their career opportunities.The degree is taught at both Oaklands College and the Hertfordshire Business School.
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Finding the Right University Course for You Mon, 15 Dec 2014 00:14:04 +0000 There are so many university courses to choose from with a plethora of esteemed universities to study them at but where do you begin when finding a course that is right for you?

A university education will unlock a lot of doors, however, picking the right course to study and the right university to study it at is essential if you want to make a mark on an industry that you are passionate about. The experts at Getting-In reveal top tips on finding a course for you so you can enjoy your higher education without any regrets.

Exercise your talents

By the end of college or even high school, many students know exactly what their strengths and weaknesses are, so use this information to your advantage when choosing from the selection of university courses available. Sticking to a subject that you are good at and thoroughly enjoy is a sure-fire way of leaving university with great grades and enjoying the next three years and all the added extras that come with student life!

Do your research

Once you have highlighted the areas that you are interested in, do your research to find university courses that cater to your skills. The work doesn’t stop there either, play detective a little further by analysing the content of the courses and the teaching methods used to determine five university courses that would suit you.

Whilst each course may be called something similar and achieve a qualification of the same name, the content of each course may vary considerably. Finding a teaching method that suits you is also recommended, some university courses qualify students using exams, assessment, coursework or a mixture of all three. Use your experiences at school and college to decide which method is the best choice and will achieve the best results.

Explore your options

How your personal and professional life works together can influence your study and its success. Consider which study programme will work with your home life – you may choose to study on a part time basis if you have a family to support, a joint honours can complement students that have a passion about more than one area of study and a foundation programme can give the perfect mixture of study and experience, which is essential in competitive industries.

Your university course

Choosing where to study your chosen course is also an important decision for prospective students. There are a number of factors that will influence your decision, such as location, living costs, alumni success and student support, so consider all these carefully before submitting your UCAS application.

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How China Prepare below 6 Years Old Citizens Starting Education Early Thu, 20 Nov 2014 21:03:23 +0000 How China Prepare below 6 Years Old Citizens Starting Education Early


Early education is important for all children not only in China, but for the rest of the world. Science states that apparently, memories acquired during at the age of 3 three years of age are retained longer in their consciousness even into adulthood. Thus Therefore, preparation in terms of learning is really vital and should be taken seriously and handled sensitively. In China, there are three levels or types of early childhood education for children below six years old. These include nursery, kindergarten, and elementary education. China prep school is a concerted effort between the government and other public and private social institutions.

The Nursery Level

On the average, children above two years old are qualified to enter nursery level. However, teachers are considered as more of a caregiver rather than teachers as they are focused more on taking care of children rather than teaching them at this age. Because of the lack of resources and local support, nursery students are lumped together with kindergarten pupils in some towns and even cities.

The Kindergarten and Pre-Primary Level

In this country, when you say kindergarten, it points out to a whole day educational program for children between the ages of three to six years old. At this level, children are attended two ways; academic preparation and child care. Basically, kindergarten programs help both employed and unemployed mothers when it comes to education and child rearing learning.

Classes are generally grouped according to age. Government policies dictate the following groupings: juniors for 3 three years old, middle for 4 four years old, and seniors for 5 five years old. The size of the classroom largely depends on the population age. Each classroom employs both a nurse and a teacher. In better off communities, a doctor is also employed which provide health and medical related provision like health examinations, immunization, nutrition and diet planning for the children.

The Pre-Primary Level

This a support level prior to the child’s entrance to formal elementary level. In this level, children attend school for half and put greater emphasis on academic learning rather than on child care. Teachers employ methods usually used in the 1st grade level or higher.

Basic Curriculum of Prep Schools

Children learn the basic language and subjects include: , art, math, art, physical education, music, and general knowledge which include social studies and science. Each subject has specific focuses such as language wherewith where children are taught to read and write basic Chinese characters. During math sessions, children are exposed to a number of recognition and concepts which includes addition. Parents place a huge importance and priority in prep schools because they believe that it will give their children an advantage in the competitive world of Chinese education.

Regular School Hours

School periods are mirror image of the needs of parents whether working or not. Usually, kindergarten classes begin at 8 AM8am. What is interesting is that Then classes are interspersed with play time, thusand, there are some classes which has fifteen sessions per week up to 35 minutes weekly depending on the age or level of the child. In between, children can play, eat, and nap. And Then by 5pmPM, parents can pick up their children up to go home.

So ifIf you are one of the foreign resident parents in China and want to enrol your children in any China prep school near your location, these ideas will help you enlighten how this country educate their youngsters.with what to expect when enrolling young children into preschools. Make sure you do your own research and visit schools during open day to get a better understanding of your child’s education.

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Organizing Your College Dorm Room Can Improve Your Grades Wed, 19 Nov 2014 21:16:36 +0000 Your mother always told you to clean your room when you lived at home, but now that you are in a dorm room in college, keeping your room neat and tidy is more important than ever. A clean dorm room is important not only because it is a small space and because you probably share it with a roommate who might get upset if it is a mess, but studies have shown that a clutter free environment can help improve concentration and retention.

Tips for Keeping Your Dorm Room Clean and Clutter Free

Clean and clutter-free are actually two different things. Keeping your room clean can involve the usual vacuuming, mopping, dusting, and germ control. Being organized means having a place for everything to go and always putting things back where they belong. Removing clutter is very important too because clearing the clutter also clears your mind.

Here are tips for keeping your dorm room clean, organized, and clutter free:

  • Start out with the tools you need to stay organized. Matching dorm room bedding and bath accessories ensure that everything has a place and the coordinated look and feel of the room helps keep things in order. Try matching dorm room bedding and bath accessories from
  • Make a cleaning schedule and add it to your calendar so that you can receive reminders. Keeping a cleaning schedule where you do a little bit of cleaning each day will mean that you will not have an out of control mess. Spending 10 or 15 minutes each day cleaning something is much easier than having to spend half a day on a big mess.
  • Use space saving techniques whenever possible. Use space saving vacuum bags, closet organizers, and send seasonal items not in use home.
  • Try to keep things digital and print as little as possible. Papers can add up to a lot of clutter. If possible, turn in work and assignments digitally and if you need to print out papers, find a way to keep them neat and filed in an organized way. Send papers from past projects and past semesters home if you need to keep them.
  • Keep electronics turned off and cords wrapped neatly when not in use. Use zip ties or other tricks to keep the cords in your dorm tidy and organized so that they are not a jumbled mess.
  • Adopt a “less is more” approach. Try not to keep small things all over ever surface and every shelf.  Even if neatly lined up, knick knacks and souvenirs can translate into clutter.


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5 LSAT Tips to Help You Crack the Examination Wed, 22 Oct 2014 21:02:53 +0000 A high LSAT score, somewhere in the stratospheric heights of 170 and beyond (out of a total of 180 points), will improve your chances of making it into one of the top law schools in the United States. As an alumnus of a prestigious educational institution like the Yale, Harvard, Stanford, or Duke, you are certain to reach the peak of your legal profession in no time at all and be ranked high amongst the crème la crème of your niche. But easier said than done.

The LSAT is an extremely stringent examination, but not unassailable by any means. The following five LSAT tips will help you crack the examination, gain entry into an elite law school, and lay the foundation for a glittering legal career:

Study consistently. More than one list of LSAT tips prepared by reputable publications like U.S. News harp on this. You can never expect to do well the LSAT if you do not practice consistently—go through at least one section every day and ramp up your efforts during the weekend with some practice tests thrown in every other day. The age-old adage that “practice makes a man perfect” also holds true for the LSAT!

Take full-length and timed mock tests. This is one of the most important things to remember preparing for this test. The LSAT is not like any other standardized test; this is not an exam where you will be tested on your ability to memorize large chunks of information. Instead, the LSAT measures your ability to think critically and sift through large volumes of information to make logical inferences.

  • So, you have to re-orient your thought processes and get into the LSAT mode (and stay there till the test is over) so that the questions do not catch you off-guard. Any kind of online LSAT preparation advice, recommends that you to prepare by taking regular mock tests that simulate the exact examination format.

Review every question you may miss during your mock test. You may miss a few questions during the practice tests. After you complete your test, do not just stop at calculating the right answers and determining your score. Instead, go over the questions you have missed and try to determine why you answered incorrectly and what line of thinking would have taken you to the right solution. The LSAT is a test of your logical thinking capabilities and taking online LSAT courses and practice tests guarantee that this exercise will help you sharpen your critical thinking abilities. 

Sharpen your critical thinking abilities. Besides the above-mentioned exercise, you should also sharpen your critical thinking abilities by taking critical writing, logic, and /or philosophy classes. While what you learn in these classes won’t help you during the LSAT, you will greatly benefit from how you learn in these classes. These subjects and for that matter, any course that requires you to read extensively on little-known topics and understand and express complex ideas and theories, help you sharpen your analytical thinking abilities.

Answer every question during the real test. There is no negative marking in the LSAT and all questions carry the same weight. So, it makes sense to answer the easy questions first and then mull over the ones that look complicated. Do not skip any question; your guess might just hit the nail right on the head.

The above-mentioned LSAT preparation tips will help you during the all-important preparatory phase. But lists of LSAT advice from experienced and accomplished guides and mentors also advise you to take the 7Sage online LSAT course to secure your chances of a 98th or 99th percentile in the examination.


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