Protecting Your Eyes When Studying

It’s common for students to pull all-nighters when studying, often without taking sufficient breaks in between. While this may seem like a reasonable sacrifice to make for good grades, you may end up regretting it later on when you start to notice health concerns, especially with your eyes.

When it comes down to it, whether you are taking a game design course or a business course, grades count only when you are in school, but your health and eyesight will enable you to do the things you love doing later in life — but only if you take care of them early on. Here are a few tips for protecting your eyes when you are studying.

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Taking a Break from Study in Melbourne

It comes as no surprise to realise that many people make the sensible decision to learn English in Melbourne. Not only is Melbourne one of Australia’s most vibrant, interesting and culturally rich cities, it abounds with an exceptional range of universities, vocational colleges and English language schools. Australia is a great place to live, work and study, and Melbourne is widely renowned as a destination that has it all!

Study in Melbourne

There are many valid reasons why people from so many countries of the world choose to study in Melbourne. One of the main reasons to study in Melbourne is that a great range of courses are on offer — from game design courses to business-focused courses, such as a Diploma of Accounting or Diploma of Business, and hospitality courses. Australia is home to some of the world’s best and most respected courses and learning institutions.

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Time to Relax: Mixing Study and Travel

The opportunity to combine study with travel is something that many people view with envy. There are many excellent reasons to simultaneously study and travel that ultimately result in personal and professional advantages.

Studying while travelling abroad enables a person to be challenged, acquire new skills and qualifications, experience different lifestyles and cultures, grow as an individual and, of course, relax and enjoy him or herself!

Among the many great reasons to study and travel abroad, five of the best are:

1:  An opportunity to see the world and enjoy new experiences

Many people for whom English is not their first language make the wise decision to learn English abroad and in a country where English is predominantly spoken. Making this choice positions them to not only maximise their exposure to and opportunities for learning the English language, it also enables them to experience parts of the world that are markedly different to their own and to open themselves to experiences they would be unlikely to have anywhere else.

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Improving Your Career Opportunities with Multiple Languages

Being bilingual or multilingual provides many advantages in life. Two of the most significant and important of these advantages are the possibility of enriching and interesting travel experiences and the broadening of the career opportunities available to you.

Many people realise the professional benefits of learning English (if English is not their native language) and thus decide to undertake a course of study at an English language school. Australia is home to many credible and high quality language schools and English courses. Melbourne, and other Australian cities, are popular study destinations for students from many different parts of the world.

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Are You Studying Too Much?

It is an admirable quality when a student is committed to their studies and driven to achieve to the highest of standards. No matter whether it is a Diploma of Business, a game design course or any other course of study that is being undertaken, students sometimes become so determined to achieve success and the most impressive grades that they put themselves in real danger of studying too much.

In a world where we’re often told that hard work and diligence are necessary to succeed, it can seem ridiculous to think that there is such a thing as ‘studying too much’. However, the reality is that a balance between study commitments, recreation, fun and free time is absolutely essential for a person to avoid ‘burning out’.

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4 of the Best Languages to Know

It is commonly understood that the ability to proficiently read and speak more than one language brings many significant advantages. In terms of employment, travel, business and communication, command of at least one language (other than your native language) brings attractive personal and professional benefits.

Making the decision to learn a language is important but then follows an even more critical decision – which languages are the best to know in this day and age? Here we take a look at four languages that are well worth knowing.

1:  English

Of all the possible languages, no language presents more advantages than English. There are many different English courses available that equip candidates with the skills, knowledge and experiences that are necessary to make significant advances in their personal and professional lives. If you have decided to learn English, do your research and select a course that is offered by a credible, reputable and well-established training provider.

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The Pros and Cons of Studying Online

Online education is becoming more and more popular amongst students around the world. Although many people consider an online degree to be a lesser form of education, they would be surprised to learn that a recent study undertaken by SRI International (on behalf of the U.S. Department of Education) concluded that “on average, students in online learning conditions performed better than those receiving face-to-face instruction.” This study echoes the sentiments of many students, whether they study English, Economics or Engineering – it is time to start taking online education seriously.

So what are the pro’s and con’s of studying online?

Pro: Increased Flexibility

The biggest advantage to studying online is the increase in flexibility. You can study when you want to, how you want to, where you want to. This does not mean that the workload is less for a student studying online, only that they have more flexibility in when, how and where they study. This flexibility is why an online education is very popular with mature-age students who have other commitments, such as work or children.

Con: Reputation

Many firms and institutions are quick to dismiss an online education. If two candidates are interviewed who are exactly in the same in every respect, except one studied at a conventional university and the other studied online, in many cases the student who studied online will miss out.

A positive sign is that many traditional universities, such as the Melbourne Business School, have extended enrolment to online students. But until online education becomes more commonplace and accepted in society, reputation remains a definite disadvantage.

Pro: Ease of Access

All you need to study online is a computer with internet access. All of your study materials, lectures and assignments are sent to you via email or some kind of file transfer system. Even your correspondence with lecturers are wired, with email and video calls via Skype widely used.

Con: Lack of Social Interaction

One of the biggest disadvantages in studying online is the lack of social interaction. This is especially relevant for young undergraduates who should be making friends and having a great time. University is important for your career, but don’t forget that you will meet friends at uni that will last you a lifetime.

Pro: More Affordable

Studying online dodges many financial bullets that regular students have to bear the blunt of. Transports costs can add up to hundreds per week, the prices at the cafeteria can be, at times, ludicrous and textbooks can set you back thousands of dollars per semester. The student who studies online has to pay a set annual fee, and that’s it.

Con: Fewer Courses

The internet is an emerging phenomenon; it is still in the infant stage of its development and so it should be of no surprise that there are some shortcomings to an online education. Courses that required hands-on experience, such as Neurology or Chemistry, are simply unsuited to online education.

There are both advantages and disadvantages to studying online. With this article in hand, you will be able to make an informed decision on whether to study via traditional means, or to study online.