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Discover Your Ideal Workspace

As an online learner, you’ll need to carefully consider how you’ll set yourself up to be productive, and the workspace you utilize as you complete your studies is an essential component of this. Examining how other people operate can be a big help, but don’t feel like you need to emulate them exactly. What works for one person may be a complete disaster for someone else.

To break it down further, let’s look at some different components of the workspace:

  • Noise – Some people can only be productive if the area in which they study is completely silent. Others need the sounds of the street outside, their kids playing in the background, or some music on the radio to propel them forward.
  • Organization – It’s likely that you’ll find your own unique way to stay on track. Do you keep a record of due dates on a calendar that fits in your pocket or on your phone? Is making lists your forte, or do you prefer more of an “organized chaos” approach?
  • Study Time – The great thing about the asynchronous format of online learning is that you can study and attend class when it’s convenient for you. It could be 2 o’clock in the afternoon or 2 o’clock in the morning. It doesn’t really matter, as long as you’re able to satisfactorily complete your work and attend class.
  • The Buddy System – Do you find it beneficial to have a partner in crime to help you study, or do you prefer to work alone? You could always marry the two as well – work on your own, but have a friend or relative quiz you to ensure that you’re on the right track.

As we mentioned at the top of this blog post, there’s no right way to study online, only your way. If it works for you and you’re excelling academically, by all means, stick to it!

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The Evolution of the English Language

 

The English language is always evolving. For proof of this, all we need to do is look back at the prose of William Shakespeare. People certainly don’t say things like “The apparel oft proclaims the man,” these days, and if they did, they’d probably be the recipient of more than a few strange looks.

In our highly technological society, language continues to evolve even today. It’s graduation season, and the way we refer to the act of graduating seems to be in a state of flux. As Grammar Girl notes in her blog, recent history has given us three ways to say it. In the early 1900s, it was common for one to say “he was graduated from college.” By the middle of the last century, the saying morphed into “he graduated from college.” In the past few years, the statement has become more simplified still, and many people often say “he graduated college.” For more on this subject, check out Grammar Girl’s insightful blog post.

Not only are we omitting words where we feel that they are no longer needed, but we’re also making up new words that we feel do a better job of capturing what we want to say. A popular example these days is the “word” melty. If you search in any dictionary, you won’t find melty anywhere, but that hasn’t stopped the likes of popular fast food chains from using it in their ad campaigns with abandon. The thought must have been that “melty cheese” sounds so much better than “melted cheese.” It may not be a real word today, but it likely won’t take long for it to make its way into dictionaries with its frequent appearance in our everyday lives.

The evolution of language could be seen as positive or negative, but it seems to be a necessity as we progress as a society. We’re always looking for faster, better ways of living our lives, so why should language be left out of the mix?

 

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The Ever-Changing English Language

The English language is constantly changing. For proof of this, all we need to do is look back at the prose of William Shakespeare. People certainly don’t say things like “The apparel oft proclaims the man,” these days, and if they did, they’d probably be the recipient of more than a few strange looks.

In our highly technological society, language continues to evolve even today. It’s graduation season, and the way we refer to the act of graduating seems to be in a state of flux. As Grammar Girl notes in her blog, recent history has given us three ways to say it. In the early 1900s, it was common for one to say “he was graduated from college.” By the middle of the last century, the saying morphed into “he graduated from college.” In the past few years, the statement has become more simplified still, and many people often say “he graduated college.” For more on this subject, check out Grammar Girl’s insightful blog post.

Not only are we omitting words where we feel that they are no longer needed, but we’re also making up new words that we feel do a better job of capturing what we want to say. A popular example these days is the “word” melty. If you search in any dictionary, you won’t find melty anywhere, but that hasn’t stopped the likes of popular fast food chains from using it in their ad campaigns with abandon. The thought must have been that “melty cheese” sounds so much better than “melted cheese.” It may not be a real word today, but it likely won’t take long for it to make its way into dictionaries with its frequent appearance in our everyday lives.

The evolution of language could be seen as positive or negative, but it seems to be a necessity as we progress as a society. We’re always looking for faster, better ways of living our lives, so why should language be left out of the mix?

 

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