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How To Successfully Prepare Your Child For College Life

3 Feb

If your child is currently attending his last year of high school, then it’s likely that you’ve already done some research on colleges or universities that your child can attend in September. However, it takes more than picking the right college and getting good grades to prepare for college life. According to a survey, 60% of freshmen wished that they had help getting emotionally ready for college. With so much energy going into visiting campuses, SAT prep, and taking AP classes, students have less time to learn the skills that they need to cope with the demands of college life. Moreover, students need to master the right technology for college success. As classrooms all over the country are in a state of constant change, teens need to feel that they’re fully prepared to use technology tools as more professors are integrating it into the classroom. To help your child cope with the academic, financial, and emotional challenges of school life, here’s a guide to successfully prepare your teenager for college life.

Let your child get familiarized with common technology in classrooms

Most campus leaders and professors assume that just because students are well-versed in basic computer skills means that they can cope with the tech used in the classroom. Nowadays, some professors use software that enables students to complete homework online, and the same software allows educators to make assessments and give feedback. To help your teen prepare, do some research on the system or software that the college or university utilizes and allow your child to get familiar with it. This helps your child prevent missing homework and paper deadlines once he or she starts freshman year.

Let your teen work alone on a project or paper

Once your child goes to college, there will be no one there to help him or her do homework or do practice ACT English and Math tests with. To be successful in college, students need to be able to prioritize their studies despite the many distractions that college life has to offer. Before your teen starts college, make sure that your child can complete a paper or project on his or her own. It’s also a good idea to observe how your child prepares for a test so you can see if certain changes are needed with regards to your teen’s study habits.

Work with your child on important life skills

Can your teenager cook simple yet healthy meals and do laundry? Can your child keep his or her belongings in order and keep a room clean? Now would be a good time to practice these life skills with your child so that he or she can accomplish them in college. Doing so allows your child to be independent and get along with future roommates.

Teach money management skills

Children don’t learn how to manage money in school, so parents should take the initiative to teach their kids how to balance a checkbook, pay credit card bills, create and stick to a budget. Talk to your teen how credit cards work and how to avoid being in debt. You can also encourage your child to get a part-time job or do side hustles for extra income.  

Teach your child how to deal with stress in positive ways

Some college students cope with the pressure of college life by overeating, partying too much, binge-drinking, or taking drugs. To help your teen deal with the demands of college, teach him or her positive ways to manage stress such as exercising, going for a walk outdoors, listening to music, or getting in touch with you and other loved ones on Skype. Remind your child not to sweat the small stuff and to keep cool during stressful situations.

Preparing for college life can be a challenge for students and their parents, but by focusing on preparing academically, financially, and emotionally, your child can be better equipped to deal with this new phase of life. Follow these tips to help your teen prepare for college life and set him or her up for success.

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Graphic Artist Loves Open Source

29 Dec

Are you an starving artist looking for some affordable digital tools? We’ve posted before about open source software. However, I just have to jump in again and focus on Graphic Designing with Open Source. I work on a Mac, PC and even an Ubuntu Linux box. Professional Graphics Software isn’t cheap. So I let my Boss buy it for work. Adobe is great, and pricey. My heart is with the following software. All available for all platforms I use.

 

Inkscape (Illustrator equivalent)

Pros:

  • The Best Auto trace anywhere.
  • SVG native format- (one of Illustrators default save options)
  • PDF editing well underway- not fully implemented
  • Diagraming tool works great for planning websites

Cons:

  • Color Swatches are not currently able to be saved in direct manner. No Built in Pantone support ( but that is just a matter of specifying the proper Pantone number for printing)

 

Gimp (Photoshop equivalent)

Pros:

  • It’s free
  • Regularly updated with fixes and the latest features
  • Strong community
  • Runs smoothly on almost every platform
  • Customizable with plugins and scripts
  • Handles almost any format including: bmp, gif, jpeg, mng, pcx, pdf, png, psd, svg, tiff, tga, xpm

Cons:

  • Newest version can be buggy
  • No 16-bit per channel color support
  • Feature development is slow

 

Scribus (InDesign equivalent)

Pros:

  • It’s free
  • PDF compressing is quality
  • Works well on Windows
  • It is a lightweight program

Cons:

  • Lacks the “spell check”
  • Need to keep the pictures integrated in your document in the same location on your computer or you’ll lose them
  • Doesn’t look pleasant when switching fonts
  • Runs slow with multiple pages or large files
  • Navigation needs to be updated
  • Not enough intuitive
  • Documentation is incomplete

 

Blender (Maya equivalent)

The pros:

  • It’s free
  • Features animation, rigging, fluid simulations, UV mapping, and more
  • Export blender files to different file formats
  • Render with your gpu instead of cpu

The cons:

  • Slow viewport performance with high-poly scenes
  • Layers system is not intuitive at times
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Free Safe Games, Videos & Books For Kids

4 Dec

Are you looking for free games, videos and books for your kids? Have you checked out Funbrain? The site was created for kids in grades Pre-K through 8 and has been the top site in free educational games for kids since 1997. It offers hundreds of games, books, comics, and videos that develop skills in math, reading, problem-solving and literacy. The site to provides a fun and safe experience and does not collect personally identifiable information from kids. You can sort games, videos and books by grade level, popularity or type of content. Have fun and start exploring today.

https://www.funbrain.com/

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Get Answers In 9 Seconds

30 Mar

Do you have a burning question and you just want an answer now? You don’t feel like asking your friends on Facebook or Googling the answer. If you want an answer in 9 seconds and you are willing to pay a small fee – we found a website that can get you answers fast!

Basic steps to get your answer:

  1. Select your category
  2. Type in your question
  3. Determine urgency of question
  4. Determine level of detail
  5. Get your answer
  6. Pay if satisfied

http://justanswer.com

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Inspire Kids To Code

19 Feb

Are you looking to inspire your kids to code? Tynker’s fun game-based tutorials pushes them towards the goal of coding for an hour. Try these activities, learn to code and build cool games. Collect certificates!

https://www.tynker.com/hour-of-code/

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What College Is The Best? 

1 Feb

So what college is the best? Lookup reviews and find out the top 100 colleges by student choice at GradReports. The site states, “We aim to be the most comprehensive college review site on the web. We gather information on post-college salaries, jobs, and general college life.” I recently used the site and was able to use it to make solid decisions.

If you are trying to figure what college or university to attend, check out GradReports first.
http://www.gradreports.com/

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Mrs. Lowes Encourages Young Learners

19 Jan

I stumbled upon a local teacher’s blog, Mrs. Lowes, that provides great resources for families looking to increase your kid’s literacy. The site provides links to educational games, lunch ideas, articles, resources for parents and apps for reading strategies. The site in a nutshell has activities you can do with your kids and encourage young learning.

https://mrslowes.com/

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Learn About Your Heroes

12 Jan

Everyday new heroes are born and former heroes die. It seems like more famous people died in 2016 than ever before. What is your source to discover figures from the past? Traditionally I have just Googled it or looked up an individual on Wikipedia. However recently, I stumbled upon the Biography website and discovered a different experience. The site features pictures, videos and in-depth articles on human legends from all walks of life.

http://www.biography.com/

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See How Engines Work

18 Oct

How do engines work? Animated Engines explains the inner workings of steam, Stirling, and internal combustion engines through animated illustrations. The site breaks each component down into specific details which gives you a clear explanation of how it works. If you are looking for an easy way to comprehend how engines work, then explore this site.

http://www.animatedengines.com/

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Microsoft eBooks for Free 

27 Jul

Did you know that you can get free Microsoft eBooks? Eric Ligman, Microsoft Director of Sales, posted on his blog that they are giving away millions of dollars of free Microsoft eBooks again. The books include: Windows 10, Office 365, Office 2016, Power BI, Azure, Windows 8.1, Office 2013, SharePoint 2016, SharePoint 2013, Dynamics CRM, PowerShell, Exchange Server, System Center, Cloud, SQL Server and more! There are some really good titles for all levels and most are available in a variety of formats (pdf, epub, mobi, etc). Thanks to Dan Hanson for the lead.

Here’s the link:
https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/mssmallbiz/2016/07/10/free-thats-right-im-giving-away-millions-of-free-microsoft-ebooks-again-including-windows-10-office-365-office-2016-power-bi-azure-windows-8-1-office-2013-sharepoint-2016-sha/

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