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3 Big Beginner Guitar Mistakes

Posted by on Feb 2, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If you want to learn guitar this year, make sure that you avoid the following three big mistakes that many beginners fall into. Mistake #1 Not Practicing On A Regular Basis The first mistake you need to avoid is practicing only once a week for a couple of hours instead of practicing every day, even if for only a short period of time.  The key to retaining the skills that you are learning and to building up your muscle memory is to engage in regular practice. Practicing the skills that you are trying to retain every day, even if you only have fifteen minutes, will help you retain your skills in the long run more than a single jam session once a week.  Additionally, before you start playing every day, set a goal. Know exactly what you want to practice and work on during your session. This will help you progress more quickly and will help keep you focused while practicing.  Mistake #2: Not Doing Both Theoretical & Practical Practice Sessions Learning the guitar should involve a mix of both practical and theoretical practice. Make sure that you make time for both types of practice and learning. Theoretical-based sessions should focus on learning things such as how the fretboard works and how all the strings and notes relate to one another. You will spend a lot of time both reading and analyzing note diagrams and your guitar’s fretboard. Mastering the theoretical will help you apply these techniques when actually playing the guitar. Practical based practice should focus on actually exercising your fingers and playing the guitar. Practical-based practice sessions should cover such things as learning the positions of certain cords, fingering chords, changing between cords and learning strum patterns.  Oftentimes, it helps to first do a theoretical-based practice session and follow up with a practical-based session that builds on what you learned in your previous session.  Mistake #3: Not Playing Around On Your Guitar You should do formal practice sessions, on your own or with an instructor, every day in order to really learn how to play a guitar. But if you really want to be able to express yourself with your guitar, you should also build in non-practice time to play with your guitar. These sessions should be outside of your daily practice sessions. During this time, instead of focusing on learning a particular chord or string, just play around on your guitar. Freestyle time on your guitar will allow you to experiment with creating your own unique sound and will allow you to have a little more fun in a more unstructured setting.  Just playing around with the skills you have learned can also help you discover areas you need to practice more and help you figure out what you want to learn more about.  As you start learning how to play guitar this year, make sure you avoid the three mistakes many rookie guitar players fall into that are listed above. The key to successfully learning how to play the guitar is to have focused practice sessions every day, and to remember to occasionally just play around and have some fun as...

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Is Catholic High School The Right Choice For My Kid?

Posted by on Jan 1, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If you’re a parent, there’s no doubt that you’ve considered whether to send your children to public school or private school. You’ve probably also considered the different types of private schools, including whether or not a Catholic high school is the right fit for your circumstances. Even if you are not a member of the Catholic faith, choosing to send your child to a Catholic high school can still have its benefits. These benefits can include both the child’s current educational needs as well as future prospects for college or the workforce. But how do you know if a Catholic high school is the right choice for your kid? Catholic High School Benefits There are a number of benefits to attending a Catholic high school. Examples of these benefits can include: Inclusion of the arts in curriculum Engagement in community service and community activities High academic standards and emphasis on homework and studies Smaller class sizes Relationships with faith based universities The Faith and Its Role While Catholic high schools generally accept students from all faiths, the Catholic faith does play a role in the day to day life of a student. For example, most Catholic high schools focus on the role that God plays in a person’s daily life, and how students can see God through the works of others including teachers, other staff at the school and other students. Students can also spend time attending mass and studying the scripture as a part of their daily activities. In addition, students are exposed to peers of varying faiths, and can be encouraged to share their experiences with one another. This is a significant change from public schools, as religion is not part of the curriculum and day to day experience.  Costs and Aid Catholic high school can be expensive, as it is not a cost free option as public schools are. However, there are schools that have tuition assistance programs, and some schools that are funded directly by the Catholic church. Parents may be required to pay monthly or annual tuition costs, as well as costs for uniforms, textbooks and extracurricular activities. There may also be a higher tuition rate for non-Catholic students. Students may also qualify for scholarships based on either merit or need.  If you still are not sure whether a Catholic high school is the right choice for your kid, consider talking to a few in your area. You have nothing to lose except time, but your child could have everything to gain.  Contact a school like Queen of Peace High School to learn...

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Looking For A New School For Your Middle School Child? 2 Things You Should Look For

Posted by on Nov 27, 2015 in Uncategorized |

In many cases, the school chosen for children are the schools they are zoned for. If you, on the other hand, are looking further at out of the area schools or private schools, choosing one can be a difficult decision. Below are two things you should look for to make the decision a little easier for you. Classroom Observation Classroom observation is a method of evaluation and recording information about how a teacher is teaching the kids in their classroom.  In some cases, one of the administrators of the school observes the classroom, or other teachers may observe each other. This observation can help the teacher improve the way they teach the children in their classroom. This is because they will be given feedback, as well as suggestions on how they can improve their teaching. For example, the observer will look at the teaching methods of the teacher to ensure they cater to all students in the classroom. For example, if they do nothing but lecture all the time, this is not helpful for those children that are not auditory learners. These kids would learn better if they could interact more with the teacher, as well as the other children. The teacher offering lecture, as well as this interaction, provides the children a more well-rounded education.  This is something the teacher may not realize they are doing, and how it is affecting the children. Algebra Learning basic algebra at the middle school level is important, as it gets them ready for the high level math classes they will have in high school. If your child does not understand what is taught in the first year of algebra, they will have a very hard time with classes like algebra II, geometry, calculus, and trigonometry, when they reach the higher grades. One part of algebra is learning how to solve equations. The kids may understand it just enough to get the problems right, but the teacher should go around and ask the kids how they came up with that answer to ensure they understand what they are doing. Another thing the kids learn with algebra is how to factor polynomials. The teacher should describe the purpose of them. Instead of going through the boring problems in a textbook, they may use visuals, such as graphs, to make it easier. Take time to do your homework, and then meet with the administrators of each school and ask them all the questions you have. They should be glad to take time to speak with you and give you this...

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Want Results On Your Essay Contest Entry?: Three Approaches To Making Your Essay Sound Great

Posted by on Oct 23, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Teens and pre-teens as well as adults are frequently offered opportunities to win unbelievable prizes or scholarships when they write essays on a given topic. Sometimes you are given detailed guidelines to follow, while at other times you are only given a topic and expected to fill “x” number of words or pages. Regardless of the essay contest’s requirements, you want your essay to sound professional and read well. Here are three approaches to making your essay sound great. Choose to Write about Topics You Know or Have Researched The most important aspect to essay writing is that you know a lot about the topic given or you have done a lot of research about the topic and therefore can write about it with ease. You have to have some very valid points to argue and evidence to support them, so choose to write essays for essay contests that make sense to you and allow you to write well on something you know. Attempting to write about something that is vague or unfamiliar to you will show in your entry, so try to avoid it and wait for essay contests for which you know you can write well. Hire a Writer with Professional Essay Writing Experience Your essay is your own and it should be in your own words. However, grammar, spelling and punctuation are not everyone’s strong suit, and you can hire someone with professional essay writing experience to clean your essay up a bit for you. The essay writer can look over your essay, catch issues with logical flow and thought problems, help you fix sentence structure, spelling, punctuation and grammar issues, and even help you reorganize your essay’s content so that it stays on track and answers the essay’s primary question. Ask Your Teacher or Professor to Look at Your Essay An English or language arts teacher or professor does this kind of thing for a living. He or she spends several days a year reading over the assignments and papers that their students turn in and has a good command of writing styles and differences in punctuation styles (e.g., using an Oxford comma before the word and in a sentence when connecting clauses or listed items versus using no comma at all). Even if your essay contest does not stipulate what types of punctuation are acceptable or what formats are expected, your English teacher or professor will know exactly what you should use, and his or her advice is...

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Helping Your Child Develop The Skills To Go From Day Care To Kindergarten

Posted by on Sep 17, 2015 in Uncategorized |

As a parent, it’s important to understand that kids aren’t always ready to transition from a day care setting, such as, to kindergarten at the same age. If your child is nearing your state’s kindergarten readiness age but isn’t developmentally ready for the kindergarten classroom, don’t panic. Not only do some states allow you to delay kindergarten by a year, but there are some steps that you can take to help him or her develop the key skills necessary to start kindergarten on time. Here’s a look at some ideas that may help your child be ready for the new environment. Strengthening Language Skills If your child struggles with language development, the most important thing you can do is read together. Spend time reading to your child every day to enhance his or her exposure to written words, new vocabulary and speech. The exposure can help to reinforce letter recognition and teaches early letter sounds. While you’re reading, take time to talk to your child about the story and ask questions. This keeps your little one engaged and encourages critical thinking, which is a key skill for early kindergarten students. Make an effort to help your child experience new things, introducing new words as you go. Visit the park and show your child flowers, insects and other new things. Ask him or her to describe the things that you’re looking at. Suggest new words that may describe the creature or the environment. Growing your child’s vocabulary while introducing new experiences will provide multi-sensory learning. Developing Motor Skills If your child’s fine motor skill struggles are holding him or her back, you can help. Spend time every day working on tracing projects and construction paper cutting. This will strengthen the fingers and encourage fine motor control. The craft projects will help your child be ready for working with paste, scissors and other craft materials in school, too. Building a Sense of Independence Some kids aren’t ready for kindergarten because of a struggle with their own sense of independence. Day care is easier for these kids, because there aren’t as many demands. When they’re faced with kindergarten, it means having to learn and perform – away from Mom and Dad. If your child isn’t really ready for that kind of independence, it means that you’ll have to work on self-care skills. Teach your child how to get dressed independently, because that helps to build confidence. Encourage him or her to wash hands, work snaps and deal with buttons on their own. The more your child learns to do on their own, the more confidence and independence he or she will feel. Talk to your child’s day care about the things that you should focus on to help develop kindergarten-readiness...

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3 Reasons Why You Should Get Your Degree In Accounting

Posted by on Aug 18, 2015 in Uncategorized |

If you like working with numbers and enjoy mathematics, then a job in accounting may be right for you. In order to see if you like accounting, you can start off by taking an elective level accounting class to see what you think. If you decide you like it, then you can declare accounting as your major. From there you can either get your Bachelor’s or your Master’s Degree in accounting. In order to help you make your decision, this article will discuss 3 great reasons why you should get an accounting degree. You Will Likely Always Have A Job Because businesses and individuals will always need someone to help them with their finances, there will always be a need for accountants. Many businesses have accountants that work for them year round, providing a great job for an accountant. Tax season is also a great time for accountants to get a great deal of work, because people come to them for help to file their taxes. Knowing that you are getting a degree in something that will provide you with a future job is very comforting and makes all of the schooling so much more worth it. Some Universities Offer Accelerated Accounting Programs If you would like to get your Master’s Degree in Accounting, but aren’t sure if you are up for 6 years of school, then you can look into attending a university that offers an accelerated accounting program. Generally these universities will combine your senior year of undergrad with your first you of your masters in accounting. This takes an entire year off of your schooling, which can help to get you into the work force that much sooner, helping you to start making money sooner.  You Will Learn Skills That Can Help You Run Your Own Future Business ​If you know that somewhere down the road you would like to start your own business, then accounting is a degree that can help you out a great deal. If you work for an accountant for a few years after graduation, you will be able to learn so much about the financial aspect of how a business runs. This will prepare you for opening your own business because you will know exactly where all of your money is going, how much you need to factor in for tax purposes, and also how to handle the money better within your business to make...

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Lifelong Learning Important For Success In A Demanding World

Posted by on Jul 21, 2015 in Uncategorized |

This is a highly competitive world. Even those with prestigious college degrees face challenges getting jobs. Most people can use some help becoming or remaining competitive on the job scene. One way to do so is to take some classes at an adult education center. Here are four ways that these centers can benefit students. English, Citizenship and History Courses Immigrant workers often need to learn English to become more marketable. Though the country has no official language, English remains the dominant one. To become a manager or supervisor requires some proficiency in English to interact with employees, customers and clients. Unfortunately, working class immigrants probably do not have time to attend college full time. So, adult education centers are likely places for them to take classes in English. Likewise, those preparing for the citizenship exam can receive instruction in American History, government and politics, when available. Professional Development Young people just leaving university usually have the contemporary skills desired by employers. It is the older generations, who have been out of school for a while, who need brush ups. Adult education can help with its usual curriculum of professional development classes. They teach the latest methods to help students stay abreast of changes. Computer literacy An astounding number of older Americans have little knowledge of computers. According to research, slightly over half of  those over 65 use the internet. The ones who don’t face challenges in everyday life as a result. They miss out on modern communication forms, such as email and videoconferencing. They also do not enjoy such conveniences as online banking and bill pay. Fortunately for them, computer literacy courses are a mainstay of adult education. Students can learn anything from simple everyday operations to programming. Foreign Languages Just as learning English is important to the career prospects of non-native immigrants, those born in the country often need to learn a foreign language. Being able to communicate with those across the globe is important in this hi-tech age. The Internet has made the world relatively smaller than before. Economies are intertwined. Successful business people must deal with consumers and clients in many nations. Taking a structured foreign language course at a learning center  is a good way to develop this ability. Find a Local Adult Education Center Learning need not be something only for the young. Today, people can be lifelong learners. The first step is to locate an adult education center near them, such as Pioneer Career & Technology...

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To Honk Or Not To Honk?

Posted by on Jun 16, 2015 in Uncategorized |

You don’t have to be a veteran driver to understand that the honking of car horns will be a common part of your driving routine. However, you can help reduce the amount of honking that happens on the road by being more careful about when you honk your horn and why.  Frustration: Not to Honk Honking because you are frustrated with traffic or the antics of another driver on the road is a ‘not to honk’ situation. Honking out of frustration can be confusing to other drivers who may believe one of the following when they hear you honk your horn:  There is something coming at them and they need to either dodge it or brace for impact There is an emergency in your vehicle and you need help They can now continue moving forward You are honking at (and thereby insulting) them or someone in their vehicle If you find yourself regularly feeling frustrated on the road, find a favorite radio station or books on tape to help you relax your mind as you sit in traffic.  Danger: To Honk When you see someone is headed into a dangerous situation, it can be helpful to honk your horn. Quick, short bursts are often more helpful than one long blast because they grab someone’s attention faster. Use a short series of honks when:  Someone is about to reverse into your car or someone else’s vehicle A person or animal is about to walk into the path of a vehicle Someone is about to enter an intersection without stopping even though they have a ‘stop’ sign or red light they should be obeying (this alerts other drivers as well that something is going awry).  Gratitude: Not to Honk While some people may honk to show gratitude for being allowed to make a turn or get to a lane that they were merging into, honking in these situations can be confusing, just like honking in frustration. If you want to thank someone for being courteous on the road (and you are able to do these things SAFELY), simply wave to them with your right arm in the car. If you have tinted windows or it’s dark enough that they might not be able to see the gesture, use your left hand and signal out the window with a wave or thumbs up.  In general, if there is no imminent danger, try to avoid honking, if you can. Visit sites like for more information on driving techniques and...

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The Montessori Method: Understanding The Basics

Posted by on May 7, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The Montessori Method is becoming an increasingly popular way to educate children in both private and public schools, as well as in a home school setting. If you are considering the use of this educational method for your child, it is important for you to first understand the basics of how this method works. Taking the time to review the facts outlined below can help you to develop this understanding: The Montessori Method Promotes An Unstructured Learning Environment Most traditional educational models require a very formal, structured learning environment. For many children, this type of environment can ultimately prevent them from becoming fully engaged and will therefore prevent them from reaching their full potential. The Montessori Method strives to eliminate this problem by promoting a less structured learning environment where each child is able to move about freely and change the educational focus at any time that they wish. For instance, while one child may choose to work on math problems the entire day, another child may quickly move between a variety of subjects as they search for something that captures their interest. It is believed that by nurturing this type of unstructured environment, the Montessori Method allows for the effective teaching of individuals with multiple learning styles all in one classroom. This teaching style is also believed to promote higher learning by allowing the child to really immerse themselves in a particular subject rather than being forced to change tasks at the end of each class period. There Are No Grades Given As Part Of The Montessori Method If you are the type of parent who likes to brag about how your child got all A’s on their report card, the Montessori Method may not be right for you and your child. This is because Montessori teachers do not issue grades. In fact, you will never see a child’s classwork returned with any type of corrections or grade on it. Instead, your child’s work will be accepted and respected by the teacher regardless of whether their answers are right or wrong. Rather than issuing traditional grades, Montessori teachers maintain meticulous records regarding the progress of each student. These records allow the teacher to perform an assessment several times a year which can be used to determine the child’s ability to complete traditional grade-level activities. These assessments can also help to expose any educational weaknesses that the child may have. With this information in hand, the teacher is then able to develop some one-on-one activities that will help the child to improve in these areas. To learn more, or if you just have other questions, contact a company like Franciscan Montessori Earth School and Saint Francis...

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The Real Cost Of A College Transfer

Posted by on Mar 17, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Towards the end of every summer, millions of recent high school graduates prepare to embark on their next educational journey: college. Of this group, many will continue to matriculate at the same institution and earn their degree, some will drop out, and another group will decide to transfer to another college to pursue their goals. For the group that decides to transfer, there are a number of unforeseen issues that can arise. Learning the real cost associated with a college transfer will help you realize the importance of getting it right the first time. Social Setbacks Getting a college education is just as much about what you learn in the classroom as it is what you learn outside the classroom. Well-rounded students have both a solid academic presence and a solid social presence. When students transfer to another college, they can experience social setbacks. Whether it’s not having a social circle to fit in with at the new institution or there being a lack of organizations for you to get involved in, these issues can make it seem like you’re a freshman all over again. If you’ve developed a good rapport and job network with professors and friends at your old school, it may be harder to maintain those relationships if you don’t see those people as much. Credit Loss Depending on the terms of the transfer, you could lose some of the credits you’ve worked hard to obtain. Different institutions have different transfer rates that cause some courses to become obsolete during the transfer. This means that you will have to both retake and repay for coursework you may have already completed. This doesn’t just cost you money, but it also costs time. Depending on how many credits you lose, you could extend your graduation date, causing you to remain a student and pay tuition and other fees longer than you had planned to. Getting it Right An educational consultant, like Bonita Blazer, PhD, can help you get it right the very first time. A consultant will take the time to sit down with you and your family to discuss educational goals, career goals, and lifelong goals. This information will prove vital in helping you select an institution. Educational consultants also have the ability to compare schools based on social and financial concerns. It’s important to note that transferring to another college isn’t necessarily a horrible thing, but with an educational consultant, this can be...

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Picking The Right Flight Training Class

Posted by on Feb 17, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you have decided you would like to learn to be able to fly a plane, you will need to have extensive training in order to meet your goal. There are several different options you can pick when taking a flight training class. They are offered at different facilities and specialize in different types of training. Here are some guidelines for you to use to help you determine which type of course would best suit your needs. What Type Of Flying Will You Do? The type of course you will want to take will depend on what purpose you intend on using your knowledge after the course is completed. Do you intend on flying for recreational purposes? Will you be getting your own plane or will you be renting one? Are you going to use the knowledge to get a job? Are you interested in flying commercially? All of these questions will need to be answered in order to pick the right type of training. Part 61 And Part 141 Flight Schools These schools are similar in the flight instruction curriculum, but have different hours and teaching pilot requirements. Part 61 flight schools will require more hours training, but are geared more for people who can only train part-time. They have less stipulations in place by the Federal Aviation Administration, but the certification may be more for a recreational use. Part 141 flight schools have standards in place for testing and are usually full-time schools. Each one has benefits and disadvantages, but depending on how you wish to use your certification, you should be able to make a decision as to which type of schooling would work best for your situation. Flight Colleges If you are certain you will be using your pilot’s license to obtain work in the future, you may be more interested in going to an accredited flight college. An aviation college like Parkland College degree will help make you more desirable to flight companies and you will have the advantage of being able to apply for financial aid to help pay for your training. Taking college courses after completing aviation training in a military environment will even help your chances of being hired even more.  When trying to obtain a professional flight career, there is the risk that a medical problem could keep you out of the cockpit. Training at a flight college however, ensures you will still have the capability to work within the aviation industry in other realms, such as technology or mechanics. Since flight colleges teach a vast amount of information about the way planes run, you would be able to still work in the field using the degree you...

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