Sep 5th 2017

How to Help With Homework

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Written by Malki Ehrlich on September 5th, 2017

The issue of helping your kids or a classmate with their homework is a topic that has raised a lot of questions within educational institutions. With lots of parents of the opinion that helping children do assignment is not a problem, educators sometimes feel it is wrong because this kind of help could interfere with the children’s natural and essential learning process.

So, what is the purpose of homework assignments?
Homework is usually given to students at every level to test their comprehension of the material that has been taught in class. Helping students do assignments can be one way of understanding their level of performance in the classroom.

How to help younger students?
Introduction and careful monitoring of the homework routine should be a top priority among parents. Children whose assignments are mostly handled by their parents, tend to be overly dependent and non-responsive during classes.

The best way to help a child or student is to assist them with ideas while they are doing their assignments. Take, for example, a child in kindergarten or preschool who is learning about fruits and vegetables. As an adult, instead of giving them the answers, you can assist him/her with diagrams of the fruits and vegetables to aid his/her learning ability.

Another way to assist your kids without literally going out of your way to do the assignment for them is by creating a study plan for your younger ones. The study plan may be structured to have a specific time for reading or going over the study material, revision, and perhaps a practice quiz.

How to help a fellow classmate?
The key for a student helping a fellow student is to complement each other’s strengths. You can organize a study group to discuss in advance the next assignment with a couple of fellow classmates. By doing this, it can help you all study or prepare ahead of the class as well as practice several examples relating to that specific coursework.

You can strengthen your own comprehension of the material by assisting your classmates improve their understanding of the homework assignments by explaining certain concepts rather than doing it for them. Start by asking “Was there a particular part of the task you struggled with?” This tactic will also reduce the number of classmates who will come to you for simple answers if they know that your help entails that they work on this task by themselves!

No matter how you do it, helping each other is a great way to learn and enrich each other’s learning experience as long as the help is really that – just help – and not doing someone’s work for them. Statistics have shown that too much external assistance in solving a student’s homework is likely to bring down test scores because it diminishes the student’s ability to solve problems independently.

So while there may be no concrete answer to this long-standing debate, it is of great importance that we understand that helping with homework should be more of a guidance on how to rather than wholly handling the assignment.

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Aug 23rd 2017

Simon Game on Ginger Keyboard for Android

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News Flash!!

The good and trusty Simon Game is now on Ginger Keyboard for Android.

What is this Simon game all about?!
Simon is an electronic game of memory skill. The game creates a succession of tones and lights and requires a user to repeat the series.

How to play Simon on your Ginger keyboard?
1. Go to the game area within Ginger’s keyboard:

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2. Press on the Simon Game
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3. Follow the patterns of lights and sounds for as long as you can.

4. See how far you can stretch your memory.

5. Have Fun!

The Ginger Software Team

 

 

 

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Aug 22nd 2017

Guidelines to Freelance Writing

Guidelines to Freelance Writing

Guest post written by Ivan Hamlin on August 22, 2017

To embark on a journey where you can go full time with your freelance writing is no easy task. The road will be riddled with obstacles of all sorts. You will have to face financial limitations as opposed when you were employed full time in a company and had a constant income stream with occasional bonuses and raises as a result of yearly evaluations.

Secondly, when you will pitch this idea to your friends and family, they will laugh and it will make you look an idiot in front of them. They will call you stupid for even thinking like that. You will ask yourself, “how will I pay my bills?” etc. The struggle will be real. But there is nothing impossible once you set your eyes on it and if your mission is clear.

These guidelines can help you successfully transition from being a full-time office employee to a full-time freelance writer:

Research should be thorough

Now that you have decided that you want to make a career out of freelancing, your research should be no short of thorough. You cannot jump off a cliff without knowing where you will land. If there are rocks down below you will probably not jump (unless of course if you want to kill yourself intentionally) but if there is some safety net below or an arrangement to break your fall midway which will minimize the damage, you might want to take that plunge.

Similarly, with freelancing your research ought to be top notch. If it is academic writing, dig as much information about the field of writing as you can. If you already have been doing freelancing on the sides, it will be perhaps easier for you to make the switch as you can always ask your clients to provide you with referrals.

If you are a beginner, you may want to learn and ask people around you who have successfully made the switch to full time writing as a freelancer. Learn from them and read about the common mistakes freelancers make during this time, on their way to going full time. Practice the writing process from its pitch to publication.

Start Small

It is not necessary just because you have gone against the norms or tide that you start heavy. The ideal way to go about this as it will take time, start small. But even before that, you must ask the following questions:

Have I got enough that will get me by for few months financially? You should at least have six months of saving so that if the things were to go awry, you have a cushion to fall back on.

Do I have what it takes to account for my taxes, insurance and other fringe benefits that my employer used to take care of? It will be now your responsibility and in addition, utility costs usually increase in working from home.

All in all, do I have the budget to survive? Even after this, you feel nervous and worried, it is perhaps wise to squeeze freelance in alongside your job routine. But remember fear will always hold you back. Thus, when you start, start small so as to minimize the damages (if it comes to that). There are people who start earning almost immediately, but such examples are few and far.

Starting small time means that you get to be your first client. Is your blog outstanding? Are your copywriting skills top notch? If the answer is yes, look for work among your self-employed friends and family. Figure out if they are in assistance of your skills. For beginners, it is a great way to hone their skills and build a portfolio.

Create a website

While you are making this transition, develop a website of your own or ask a professional to do it for you and showcase your portfolio on the site. By means of personal branding like this, you can attract a lot of returning and potential clients.

Set targets and start pitching

Write down your target on how much wish to earn on a monthly basis or on a fortnightly basis, for that matter. Writing goals, as well as ideas down, have a higher percentage of being realized. When you have written down your targets, start by writing the names of your potential clients that you may be interested in working with.

It is not necessary that these names are big ones nor is it essential to only seek clients with high payouts. Draw another column, but this time write down the names of the big publications such as the NY Times or Vox. These names are who you will be interested in writing for one day. This exercise can prove to be really helpful in pitching.

When you have prepared the list, now start developing pitches to prospective clients that you think are likely to hire you. But you cannot simply make the same pitch everywhere or on each site. You have to read the policy of that website before approaching them with a pitch. Different sites have different criteria.

Moreover, pitching to the client, adhere to the guidelines strictly. If the editor of the site wants you to provide him with your resume or an overview of yourself as in why should you be hired in two paragraphs, make sure you abide by these rules when making the pitch.

Don’t lose heart if you are rejected. Rejection can feel overwhelming, especially when you don’t have a paying job. You will notice by setting targets and approaching the client in true letter and spirit, for every five pitches you send one will get accepted (in the beginning).

Find a mentor

Having a seasoned freelancer by your side will get you through this transition of going full time relatively comfortably than when you are sailing alone. It is because his words will be there to calm you and his insights will uplift your mood.

Therefore, learn to network, join freelance forums or groups and participate. It is possible, you may find an expert early on or later down the road, but nothing beats the advice and support from a mentor especially when you are treading in new waters.

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Aug 9th 2017

Writing An Essay During The Summer Vacation

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Written by Malki Ehrlich on August 09, 2017

Summer vacation is usually a time of relaxation; a time to explore and enjoy happy moments with your friends, family, and loved ones. While a lot of people consider summer vacation a time of relaxation, it also might be a time to put on record all of the wonderful experiences and reflections you have accumulated during these liberated moments.

Nowadays, in schools, kids are often requested to write an essay about their summer vacation experiences which are usually submitted upon returning to school in the fall. Writing an essay during summer vacation is usually a great experience since it gives you ample time to work without the pressure of your regular academic duties; it allows you to carry out quality research and enough time to revise your essay to perfection.

Here are three winning tips on how to get the essay done in an enjoyable way:

Don’t procrastinate!
While writing an essay during summer vacation may be good, it may have an adverse effect on certain writers who are overwhelmed by the vacation mode syndrome. This syndrome sometimes affects productivity as well as causing the mind of the essayist to become overly relaxed. Ironically, due to the ample of time available, essay writers tend to lose focus, which usually has an adverse effect on the quality of their essays grammar and structure.

Try to give a first-hand experience:
Whether you are writing an essay concerning places you visited, or about how your family reunion party went, writing an essay during summer vacation makes it easy for you to share first-hand experiences as they are happening. For example, if you plan to write an essay about the Niagara Falls, it will be highly preferred to write it during your summer vacation because you can take a trip down to the site and gain personal experience which you can write about.

Don’t take a vacation from grammar:
It is of great importance to always make use of proper grammar when writing an essay even when you are in vacation mode. Even though, there might be the strong urge to relax and reduce your productivity levels, maintaining the use of proper grammar is of great importance, as it enhances accuracy and fosters reaching a more elevated readership.

Summer vacations may either impact essay writing activities positively or negatively. It is advisable that you make out concrete plans and a schedule of what you want to achieve during summer vacation and while also working towards the goals you have set. Study grammar related books and review essays online so that you can get an idea about what to write and how to structure your own essay. Remember, it’s Summer Vacation, not Grammar Vacation!

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Jul 31st 2017

10 Phrases that will stick to you this Summer

10 Phrases that will stick to you this Summer

Guest post written by Anja Skrba on July 31, 2017

You were probably at the edge of your seat throughout the entire month, counting down the days until your holiday will finally come, so that you can have your well-deserved rest and not think about anything for a change….It’s getting very difficult not to daydream about a sandy beach, that summer sun, and a drink in your hand, isn’t it?

Well, if you want to get even more excited about the upcoming summer holiday and get yourself in a great mood, you should check out the ten phrases you will most likely use during your vacation. These will help you stay sane when you’re on the verge of your strengths and trying your best not to have a breakdown from all the stress that’s been building up the previous year. Going over the following phrases will undoubtedly help you daydream in fine details and project yourself exactly where you want to be.

Cool Morning Breeze
One of those perfect moments of any holiday is the second you open your eyes and realize that you’re actually on your vacation. The next thing you should do is open up a window or go to your balcony so that you can admire the view and feel that wonderful morning breeze in your hair and on your skin.

Lazy Sunday Afternoons
The greatest thing about summer is actually the lack of things – no responsibilities, no deadlines, and no problems. One of the phrases you will love repeating is that you’re enjoying a lazy Sunday afternoon and doing nothing else but unwinding.

Refreshing Cocktails
It wouldn’t be a full summer experience if you didn’t spend your lazy afternoon sunbathing with a drink in your hand. And it wouldn’t be a summer drink if it wasn’t a refreshing cocktail, would it?

Pesky Bugs
Well if all was perfect it wouldn’t be real; the thing that everyone hates about summer, and which is practically inevitable, are insects. So, a random moment where you’ll curse the fact that you’re surrounded by pesky bugs just has to happen.

Outdoors Adventures
Even though lazy afternoons have their charms, you should make yourself get up from that impossibly comfortable chair and set off to an adventure. Meeting new people or doing something that will make your adrenaline levels rise is what you need to make this summer memorable.

Roaming the World
If you’ve planned a free-spirited summer for yourself – and by that I mean travelling the world – chances are that you’ll have the best time of your life. Roaming the world is something most people dream about, so enjoy using this phrase when you find yourself on two different continents in two days.

Ocean Waves
Taking a long relaxing walk while your feet are in the sand and while restless waves keep hitting you softly is definitely a moment that will help you charge your batteries.

Family Get-Together
Summertime is definitely a wonderful opportunity for family reunions. I’m sure you will organize at least one backyard barbeque and plan a family get-together to catch up with everyone and have a great time.

Long Starlit Nights
I’m sure you know that feeling when you don’t have to look at the time and think about tomorrow even for a second, and you can just let your mind wander upwards and dwell among the stars.

Summer Fling
Speaking of starlit nights – that picture wouldn’t be complete if it didn’t have a pinch of passion. The air on summer holidays is filled with wild hormones running around, so much so that you can practically cut through them with a knife, so you should simply let yourself enjoy that atmosphere. A little summer fling might be exactly what you need.

Each of these moments will make your summer unforgettable. However, in order to actually enjoy it and not just let these couple of months fly by, you need to be able to recognize them and pay attention to all the little details around you.

Anja Skrba is a Content Creation Manager for First Site Guide, an educational website which provides tutorials and guides that help people create, grow and maintain their online presence.

 

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