7 Steps To Guide Your Graduate School Search

The Graduate School Search Process 

Once you are close to achieving your undergraduate degree, it's time to begin a graduate school search to lead you to the next level of your education. Of course, with degree completion activities taking most of your time,you may find it difficult to launch a comprehensive graduate school search that will net you the best options for pursuing your career. Knowing how to establish your parameters and search efficiently can make the proces...

What is continuing education?

What is continuing education?

Education is an important part of everyoneís life. Most people study for a limited period of time and then settle for jobs
as per their qualification. When it comes to continuing education, there are very few people who give this important factor
a thought. 
Continuing education is all about pursuing post secondary learning activities and programs. There are several degree and
non-degree courses available these days for students who want to continue their education for various reasons. 

Has anyone ever told you that they are too old to go back to school and pursue continuing education? If so, you can tell
them that they are full of baloney! A 93 year-young woman was recently in the news for finally graduating from college. She
never gave up on her dream of continuing education and eventually succeeded in her goal, even though it took almost eighty
years to do it.

When interviewed by the media, she said that she was even thinking about going to graduate school (at 94 years old!) to
earn her Masterís Degree in education. If that is not motivational to you, nothing is.

The fact of the matter is that you are never too old to learn something new. Learning does not have to stop once you
graduate high school or college: it should keep going until you move on from this life. If you do not use it, you lose it. 
That is the case for your brain as well. Pursue continuing education and find that you have the capacity to learn something
new each day.

So, if you are ready to get starting on your continuing education path, start now. Even if you have to start slow, that is
better than doing nothing and letting your brain go to mush. Search on the World Wide Web for courses that interest you. 
They can be ones that require very little of your time, money and energy. However, if it will get you interested in learning,
it will be worth it.

Although many people may think of preparing for the GED as continuing education, technically, it's not. Continuing education
means progressing with your educational career after you've either received your high school diploma or you've received an
alternative GED certificate.

So what does continuing education include? Well, technical schools, college classes, and online classes to progress in your
career are examples of forms of continuing education. These classes and programs are intended to help you continue your
education after graduation.

Technical schools were created specifically to help adults progress beyond high school. These schools have programs that
help learners master the skills and technological expertise they need to secure good jobs. Also known as vocational
education, technical schools can train you for jobs such as an auto mechanic, a bookkeeper, or a cosmetologist.

Community colleges are a main source of continuing education classes. In addition to helping people work toward a degree, 
community colleges also offer programs such as nursing, respiratory therapy, and law enforcement. The community college
environment is perfect for people who want to advance in their current job or move on to a better job.

Many college campuses offer evening and Saturday classes just to make learning convenient for adult students. They also
have classes you can take online so that you will be able to make time for learning. Continuing education offerings at
these campuses range from complete programs to individual courses that can help you master new skills. Your local community
college is a wonderful place to look when you're considering continuing education options.

Naturally four-year colleges also offer continuing education classes. You can earn a degree at these colleges or simply
take additional classes to help you progress in your career. Many professionals find that returning to college to get
either a Bachelor's or Master's degree can really boost their career.

In additional to classes for degrees, colleges offer specialized classes that can help you master certain skills. For
instance, you can take classes that will help you learn specialized computer programs. You also can learn new skills and
talents, such as how to create multimedia presentations. More employers these days are encouraging their employees to
explore continuing education options. The more skills and talents you possess, the better chance you have of landing and
keeping a good job.

If you think you're too busy to take continuing education classes, think again. These days your options are practically
limitless. Not only can you find traditional classes, you can take online classes, use interactive DVD and online programs
to take a class, and even take teleclasses by watching your television. These new delivery methods make it easy for
practically everyone to find a class that is convenient.

To start your search for continuing education classes, first analyze your goals. Do you want to get a degree? Learn the
latest technology? Advance in your career? Decide what you want to accomplish, and then research your options. The Internet
contains a wealth of information about continuing education opportunities. With just a little effort, you're bound to find
the right opportunity for you.

Here are some of the post secondary learning activities available for the aspirants, these days:

a)    Degree credit courses by non-traditional students
b)    Not-degree career training
c)    Self-directed learning
d)    Experimental learning
e)    Workforce training
f)    Formal personal enrichment courses

If we talk about continuing education in general terms, it is equivalent to adult education. According to this term, the
aspirant already has got education and wants to pursue it for attaining additional knowledge. Literacy, primary education, 
language programs and vocational training are not included here. 

Continuing education in developed countries like the United States means getting further education from a reputed college
or university. This can be either through part time or full time depending upon the studentís will. The program is also
known as extension school or university. Enrolling oneself in non-credit granting courses in the US also means continuing
education. Community colleges offer these courses in US. 

In the year 1904, the University of Wisconsin pioneered academic institution in America. It offered continuing education

Professionals can also look forward to continue their education in order to enhance their caliber. Professional continuing
education can be defined as a learning process that results in obtaining a certificate by the certificate towards the end
of the course. The certificate is a document signifying the attendance of the candidate at a course of instruction. There
are several programs dedicated towards providing knowledge enhancement to professionals. 

These days, there are several ways to continue education. You can choose to sit at home and continue your studies via an
online program. You can also go for education program via part time or full time course. Most people prefer taking help of
distance education when it comes to continuing education. This is because they also want to work while studying.

Deciding to continue education is prudent. One must think of expanding oneís knowledge irrespective of oneís age or position.
Today, there is a great need of licensed education. This is because in many fields, the governing bodies prefer license, to
provide a specific line of work.

The main goal of these education programs is to provide a new horizon to provide a new horizon to professionals who want to
add up to their knowledge and grab new opportunities coming their way. Several institutions and reputed colleges offline
and online provide these courses to the aspirants.

Continuing education is no more a rare objective. Students and even professionals look forward to purse new and enhanced
course to add up to the knowledge to their line of work. 


How to skip a grade - An Age-based Timeline And Step-by-Step Instructions

How to skip a grade - An Age-based Timeline And Step-by-Step Instructions


An age-grouped guide for how to skip a grade. for those with A+ to B- Grades or those bored in school. This guide has been presented at Harvard and at 4 Academic Conferences with heavy research and feedback. Please make sure to account for psychosocial and dynamic factors for grade skipping. Here's how to skip a grade (resources; cool hobbies; and sleep easily managed affordably and without at-home parents *although it helps). No grade-skipping exam needed! No fear of missing essential content that a kid could use later on in life (like knowing the states when google maps isn't working).


Approaches by Age Group
Ages 3-6:
1. Petition for age 4 or 5 entrance via district
2. Enroll in online kindergarten at age 4 to allow for early 1st grade entry
3. Do not "red-shirt" or hold child back. Districts only do this to raise standardized test scores.
4. Integrate IPAD or IPHONE if desired with list of learning-focused videos. Always aim for 1-2 years higher in age for learning content.
Ages 6-8:
1. Dual enroll in online courses 1 year above; allow them to remain in school.
The following year; allow them to advance 1 year above. If socially uncomfortable; continue the next year at school along with another higher year online (this can cost $200 per course). 
2. If you want to fully homeschool (100% free) make sure someone is always at home as monitor.
3. Enroll in 1-2 year higher social groups to aid in psychosocial aging. 
4. Online grades can be finished in as little as 1-3 months with monitoring; allowing for advancement for as many years as desired.
5. Pause at the level that meets your child's development or level of understanding. 
Ages 8-10:
1. By age 8 students can enroll in middle school courses and some high school courses.
2. As content becomes difficult; google free tutoring resources in area.
3. Allow student to study non-graded content at a college-level that they like (youtube anatomy courses, physics courses, astronomy courses and more from Berkley, Harvard, MIT)
Ages 10-12:1. By age 12 students can learn all high school content to achieve diploma (sometimes by age 10!) with the help of free tutoring. Online schools have daily coaches as well.
2. Once in high school; student can dual enroll into a 2 or 4 year college and finish both high school classes AND college requisites within combined credit classes.
3. Ensure student is in high school and college level social activities by engaging them in more independent activities such as volunteering, starting a business, and attending group events.
4. Dual enrolled students have reduced or free tuition up to 3-7 classes a quarter/semester. 
Ages 12-14:
1. Shift student's focus to their own hobby via college extracurriculars and courses.
2. Engage daily mentoring from college student to ensure motivation and social devlopment.
3. Allow student to study in library rather than at home to boost independence and internal motivation to study.
4. This is the prime age for mastering hobbies by adulthood; ensure that are involved or have sought local sports; arts; and academic teams. 1-3 items is good. Continue volunteering and have them do a personal project that involves researching a subject and reading 5-10 text books about it. 
5. Traditional students can dual enroll and finish remaining high school courses online within a year and begin college the following year.
Ages 14-16:
1. Ensure or switch to a highschool with dual enrollment where student can attend live college courses to finish diploma and 2 year degree together.
2. Hire a gifted education counselor or do enough research to plan for finishing prereqs for graduate schools or for finishing a 4 year degree in 2 years while also in highschool.
3. If only finished 2 year degree; apply as a transfer to a university and finish remainder in 1 year by taking less important courses online at other schools or during summers.
4. Ensure student has tutor if below a B in any exam. 
5. Provide student time to pursue masters or run business/nonprofit or travel before graduate school if finished with college early.
Age 16-18:
1. Traditional students can dual enroll and finish remaining high school courses online within a year and begin college the following year.
2. College can be finished in 2-3 years. Ensure student takes required graduate school exam and has at least 3000 hours or 15 unique volunteer/work/hobby experiences regarding graduate school.
3. Allow student to focus on their own interests via PhD-level textbooks and licensing exam videos (USMLE,,BAR, CFA etc). 
4. Some PhDs can be finished in 2 years. Some masters in 1. But MDs and JDs are always 3-4 years.
Age 18-22:
1. Skip years in college via enrolling in a 2nd cheaper college for easier classes (or online college).
2. Finish all graduate school prereqs and entrance exams by summer of 1st/2nd year.
3. Use saved 1-2 years to finish a 1 year masters or begin graduate school early. 

Below are resources provided to execute the actions from the presentation.
For younger children add monitoring via an affordable babysitter, parent during at home hours, college-level family member skyping/monitoring screen while they also study, live-in college student with reduced rent while they also study (free tutoring!)
Online K-12: www.keystoneschoolonline.com
Resources: http://www.hoagiesgifted.org/; 
File a Business/Nonprofit: https://www.legalzoom.com/sem/biz/business-formation
Website w/out coding: www.squarespace.com
Social Media Designs: www.canva.com
Find Lectures: www.youtube.com (or google "_____ lecture series")
Dual Enrollment Programs: Search dual enrollment in your district
Publish/print/ship books on amazon for free without daily efforts: createspace.com
Hire contractors for the business: upwork.com, freelancer.com, fiverr.com
Make an app: appypie.com (google for more!)
Local age-level groups: Meetup.com
Babysitter: ww.Care.com

How to Skip 8th Grade

How to Skip 8th Grade

Click on enroll online (there's even an option for cheaper payment plans; but the money saved be a grade skip is seen by the rise in scholarships a grade skipper typically gets compared to their peers). Click these links to buy the courses (only $399 for a year's worth of a class; usually the government pays up to $10,000 for each grade you are in): Skip 8th Grade English,Skip 8th Grade Math (if already done; Algebra 1 is offered also), Skip 8th Grade Science, Skip 8th Grade History/Humanities, Skip 8th Grade Physical Education/PE, Skip 8th Grade Health, Skip 8th Grade Music or Skip 8th Grade Art. In sum, if you mainly just need english, math, history, PE/health, and an elective you can get away with skipping an entire grade for less than $2000 (cheaper than hiring a tutor or program for grade skipping exams and a year more of work productivity/ higher shot at scholarships). Even if you and your family have trouble covering this amount the second option is easy. When you leave 7th grade during the summer, you can simply have the government cover your 8th grade tuition in a public online program (just google K12 online) and finish 8th grade over the summer FOR FREE. That's right skip 8th grade FOR FREE and save a ton of money later on as well. You may have to wait a week and get some signatures to be enrolled but they also offer free tutoring! Usually this is more than enough courses for your 8th grade credits. More are available as well such as Spanish. Read our blog on how to learn languages faster soon. 

How to be Premed In High School

How to be Premed In High School
So you just decided you want to become a doctor; but you're highschool just doesn't have the right guidance. You've lurked around student doctor network, REDDIT PREMED, even just plain old google search and end up with nothing tangible to get you on the right track to be an accepted medical student one day. You have a love for medicine and the human body but can't even learn the stuff you want to. It's alright; that's exactly what we are here for.
Let's say you're between the ages of 13-18; a high school student; and confused on what to do next with your passionate cross-section between Grey's Anatomy and just plain medical textbooks. Why waste your time learning a ton of pharmacology (even though it's the best thing since netflix for you) when you already signed yourself up for a 12 year journey to the long white coat. 
Let's do one better. Instead of spending years in high school taking AP exams (that many medical schools don't even accept) and prepping for the SAT like your life depended on it; why not just enroll in college and start on your premed courses right now. 
Oh. That's right. You're a premed in highschool.
The MCAT (the exam your hardwork will depend on in about 4 years) is miles away; and college is kind of far too. You want to still go to prom; homecoming; and all the jazz that high school really is. 
Why not be a high school and college student at the same time?
As a premed in highschool you have 2....maybe 3 categories you can fall into.
The 90%: Traditional Route: Yup... The tough part is usually only 10% of this group even gets a shot at medical school within their time frame. We are lovers of medicine; we don't want to be patient for 12 years to learn the one this we dreamed about each day. This group takes 4 years to finish high school; 4 years to finish college; and then 4 years to finish medical school (then another 3-7 for residency; 1-4 for fellowship for us academics out there. While you can't speed up medical school; you can speed up high school; and even college.
The 9.99%: Long Route: This group is usually older; and may have taken several gap years or even done a masters, PhD, and worked prior to becoming a premed or even a medical student. The long route can happen if your college grades aren't high enough, if your MCAT score isn't high enough, and if your premed resume just doesn't stand out. This category is growing; as medical schools are now looking at average entrance ages of 24-26 (that's about 2-4 gap years). 
The 0.01%: The Sped-Up Route: This group skips grades, enters college early, or is in a 3 year premed acceptance program straight out of high school. Skipping grades is usually unpredictable and requires a good teacher despite over a million students in california alone who perform at 1-2 years higher every year. Entering college early is actually much easier that it sounds. It's less homework, more sleep hours, later classes, and faster classes for the same exact credit. Dual enrollment programs exist is every state and can be found simply via google search. The 3 year program requires 100% perfect performance as a highschooler, SAT scores, and a CV that sometimes even a college premed couldn't top. It's actually much more competitive and can be attempted; but still more difficult. 
So you're a premed in highschool looking for your big break. You want the school headlines on you; like your Sheldon from Big Bang Theory; but you want to have a normal life as well. Early college can sometimes but the thing a bored or motivated premed needs to push them to be unique. It not only saves years in your long journey; but leaves space for more masters and PhDs in the long route. Research even shows that grade skippers produce more published papers and more productive research as a group. The long journey you have can be shortened without shortening the quality and length of your medical training. This is the one thing you should always consider; try finding a dual enrollment program in your area or an online private high school to finish up HS courses and begin college courses. Make sure to balance your premed coursework as well; something we will write about soon. Good luck premed; hope you come back in 8 or so years to flash us that white coat that came faster than expected. Never rush the journey; but pace the process so that you can learn what you want when you want. You are more than smart enough to begin college even now; so why not try it (even with an easier class like psychology 101 to get yourself started!). We work with premeds from ages 12-50 to get them accepted; a simple change in approach and motivation can go a long way. 
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How early can I start college?

How early can I start college?

  One question we get a lot here is "how early can I begin college". This usually comes from eager 12-16 year olds with a niche for education but no knowledge of how to take the system to it's advantage. The truth is that any amazing human being with an IQ ranging from average to "straight-up brilliant" (although we prefer to measure hard work over IQ at any point) can begin college as early as 12. The reality is that kids are fast learners and even faster adapters. Grade skipping is incredibly useful and doable for most via our program.