Recommit to Your New Year's Resolutions
As we ring in the new year, millions of people make resolutions to change their lives for the better, hoping to lose weight, quit smoking, spend more time with their families or make other life improvements. The Web can aid you on your journey, with advice, resources and inspiration that will help you follow through with—or recommit to—your New Year's resolutions.
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Just because you’re out of school doesn’t mean you have to stop learning. The Web is full of educational resources that can assist you in gaining knowledge and getting a degree. Hare are sites for virtual classrooms, educational podcasts, learning foreign languages and musical instruments, obtaining a GED, advancing in your career, and finding online colleges.
- Educational podcasts are easy to access, entertaining to listen to, and usually free. Search for a specific topic or head to a site that gives a sampling of what is available and current.
- Some language-learning Web sites offer complete programs and others let you learn a few words or phrases at your own pace. Choose the one that suits your needs.
- The following sites each list dozens—possibly hundreds—of colleges that offer distance courses. Make a checklist of what you are looking for in an online school so that you can easily narrow down these exhaustive lists.
For a free virtual classroom …
offers a free online classroom environment for live chat with teachers and students. Whether you need an online classroom for conferencing, instant messaging, document sharing, scheduling, or all of the above, Nicenet is the place to go. This nonprofit service is completely free and open to the public.
For educational podcasts …
is a user-friendly directory of podcasts organized by genre. The “Education” section contains more than 1,300 podcasts that can be used as educational resources. You'll find a wide variety of fun podcasts to choose from.
lists free audio and video learning materials, articles, and podcasts available for download. There are many classic books read aloud, which can be browsed by genre or searched using the search box.
To learn a foreign language …
BYKI (Before You Know It)
lets you download free language-learning software right off its Web site. The program works by teaching daily conversational words and phrases and is available in 41 different languages. With options for putting the course on your iPod and even your BlackBerry, you'll be speaking a new language … Before You Know It.
offers a variety of methods and programs for learning quite a few foreign languages. It provides evaluative quizzes so you can gauge your level, online courses, and audio/visual materials to help with speaking and listening. There are games to improve your skills, tips for teachers, and even a page where you can post the funny linguistic blunders you've made while traveling.
To learn a musical instrument …
features instructional videos from experienced musicians. There’s a list of videos on the front page but it isn’t well organized. The best way to find the instrument you’re looking for is to use the search box in the upper right-hand corner.
For information on the GED …
The American Council on Education
has a page devoted to information about the GED (General Educational Development) test. The site offers information on getting in touch with your local testing programs, finding a test center and understanding your scores. It's the place to go for all you need to know about the GED.
For career advancement …
's Career Advancement section provides links to education and training programs to help you meet your career goals. Look for test preparation help for certifications in a variety of specializations such as accounting, real estate, architecture, law enforcement, and computing. If you're thinking of a career change, visit the site and see what options are available.
For information about online colleges …
features an excellent introduction to distance education. Visit the "Ask the experts
" section, where online college professors and faculty members answer frequently asked questions.
The Online Education Database
has an impressive list of the top accredited online colleges with descriptions of each college, which agency has given accreditation, and the specific degree programs offered.
U.S. News & World Report
features a distance-learning guide that includes an exhaustive list of online schools offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The guide also offers advice to potential and current students, as well as related articles.
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