01 May

Inside the Kingdom-About the Book

IMG_1574Kings, Clerics, Modernists, Terrorists and the Struggle for Saudi Arabia. An eye-opening and penetrating study from the bestselling author and journalist.

Inside the Kingdom Author: Robert Lacey,
Genre: History
Age Group: Adult

What has happened in the Middle East’s while we were looking somewhere else. Saudi Arabia is a nation defined by contradiction. It is up to date state driven by modern technology and huge oil deposits, yet its influential religious institutions have its traditions and practices rolled back 1000 years to match some of those of the prophet Muhammad, says author Robert Lacey.

This book Inside the Kingdom has been banned from distribution in Saudi Arabia by the Ministry of Culture and Information. You can read reviews of this book here. Read More

05 Oct

Common file formats in college and how to open them

While you’re in college, professors may require you to open specific files to read, do homework, and to study. If you are unable to open these files, you’ll be in big trouble.

1. PDF – FoxIt Reader
A “PDF” is marked by the file extension “.pdf”. These files are all over the Internet and are very common in college. FoxIt Reader will open them for you. You might also try Adobe Reader, though FoxIt is a bit faster.

2. DOC/DOCX – Open Office
The file extensions “.doc” and “.docx” are Microsoft Word files. Although Microsoft Word will open these files, Microsoft Word is not free and so many may not have it. Open Office is free and will open these files. Only Microsoft Office 2007 and newer can open “.docx” files, so if you are unable to open one, try using this online converter to convert it back to “.doc”. Read More

28 Sep

What about Behaviorism Theory of Learning

I’m quite fascinated by the Behaviorism Theory of Learning and I want to share it with you. This view of learning according to according to the flow behavior, not the other is a change in behavior as a result of the interaction between stimulus and response. Or in other words, learning is the change experienced by students in terms of its ability to behave in new ways as a result of interaction between stimulus and response. The experts are a lot of work in this genre include: Thorndike (1911), Watson (1963), Hull (1943), and Skinner (1968).

1. Thorndike According to Thorndike (1911), co-founder of the flow behavior, learning is a process of interaction between the stimulus (which may be thought, feeling, or movement) and response (which also can include thoughts, feelings, or movement). Clearly, according to Thorndike, changes in behavior may be intangible something concrete (observable), or that nonkonkret (not observable). Although Thorndike did not explain how to measure a variety of behaviours that non concrete (measurement is one thing that became an obsession of all adherents of the flow behavior), but Thorndike’s theory has much to inspire the other experts who come afterwards. Thorndike theory referred to as “flow connectionist” (connectionism). Experimental procedure was to make in order to escape the cage of each animal to the place of food. In this case if a caged animal, then these animals often perform a variety of behaviour, such as biting, rubbing his body to the sides of the box, and sooner or later the animal was tripped on the bar so that the box open and the animal will escape into the food.

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16 Aug

How many colleges should I apply to?


As it comes closer to that wonderful time of college applications, you’ll have to start deciding where you’ll be applying to. Even if you already have some ideas where to apply to, it’s usually good to decide in concrete first where you’ll be applying. of course before you apply you need to have a high school diploma, if you didn’t get it yet apply fast for the free GED classes or programs that are available  in every  city.

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05 Aug

New GED Test

GEDFor decades, the General Educational Development (GED) examination has offered men and women who never finished high school the chance to obtain the equivalent of a high school diploma. Students could follow often free GED preparation class.

The American Council on Education (ACE), the responsible body for the GED test, had in cooperation with publisher Pearson VUE changed the the examination to meet adjusted requirements from industry, schools and society in general and to better prepare applicants to success in institutions of higher education. In 2014, the ACE, which is consisting of approximately 1,800 degree-granting educational facilities, introduced far-reaching adjustments to the GED test with the objective to stimulate adult learners to remain learning for an associate’s or bachelor’s degree. Most US states introduced the new GED examination in 2014. The old GED test contained five subject, and in the new examination this has changed into four content areas, Literacy, Mathematics, Science, and Social studies. The new GED exam continues to measure the fundamental knowledge and competencies that are necessary for success in the future, says Chris Johnson from the website MyCareerTools.

The GED test was first developed in 1942 to help World War II veterans obtain a high school diploma equivalency, and through the years around 18 million persons have completed the GED examination, and every year around half a million people pass the examination. Read More

10 Jun

Has The Economy Affected You? Go back to school!

As financial markets around the world continue to go up and down like a yo-yo, a lot of people are scared.  Companies everywhere are laying off employees, freezing open positions, and cutting back any way they can…including salary increases and bonuses. days when you can get a job without a HS diploma are gone.

I personally know a lot of people with hefty mortgages who are worried they could be out on the street if they lost their job (or if their cost of living continues to skyrocket while their salary remains the same).  They feel like they’re on a wild roller coaster ride that has gone out of control.

This lack of control is one of the primary reasons I started my own business to make money online.  The thought of being completely reliant on the whims of some faceless corporation scares the hell out of me.  I need to know that if times are tough I can fend for myself. Read More

02 Apr

Is online MBA worth your Money ?

Is online MBA worth your Money – Obtaining an MBA degree means that you will have to invest significant time and money, so the question remains: is an MBA title worth your investment? For a longer period of time you will have to combine family responsibilities with professional obligations and an intensive education. Not a simple task that why we have created a list of the cheapest online MBA.

The editors of Smart Choice/SuperScholar researched all regionally and AACSB/ACBSP/IACBE accredited online MBA programs in the U.S. and this resulted in probably the most objective ranking of online MBA programs. The ranking is based on issues that students find most important.

Usually, an MBA degree from a well respected and accredited MBA program will pay for itself in the long run due to higher earnings. Currently, the cost of a typical MBA program is approximately less than one year’s salary for most MBA achievers. If, however, your plan is to start your own small business, or work in the family cafe, the cost of attaining such a high degree may not be worth it.
Many people find that the affordability and flexibility of online MBA programs create better possibilities and more educational opportunities for them. The best way of making an informative choice is to check the most current rankings.

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07 Mar

I kind of miss my youthful ignorance

You know those times when you figure something out, or when something suddenly makes sense to you, or you realize that something is actually this when all this time you’ve thought it was that? And when it hits you, you’re all, A-ha! It all makes sense now!

My mom used to call them ‘A-ha! moments’, which, between you and me, sounds like something Oprah would say, but hey. That’s what she called them.

I had one of those moments today.

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22 Jan

Best Way To Prepare for SAT

The other day I received a question about SAT practice books — which I used and how I prepared for the test.

Once you’ve taken it, you’ll have a good idea what to expect — what types of questions are on it, the typical time limits, and so forth. When you come back and take the test a second time, you’ll know much better what to expect and be far more prepared.

Personally, I didn’t use any SAT books, I did some practice tests provided by the website mycareertools and  I took the practice tests there without buying a book. I studied and  I guess I got lucky with my test and I was happy enough with the score not to bother retaking the SAT. In the end, I didn’t buy any book, I just “winged” the test and that managed to work out.

When it comes to which book is best, I haven’t experimented with too many. Nate at Debt-Free Scholar wrote a review of the 411 Sat Prep Series, which contains three books with help for the three areas: Math, Writing, and Reading. Based on this review, this series definitely looks like a solid contender.

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03 Dec

Why Hoarders and Matt Paxton Support My Decision To Be Here

This is no secret. I watch Hoarders religiously. I will be out with friends on a Tuesday and as they are talking about something really profound, I’m thinking,man I’ve got to get back home. It’s Hoarders night. 

I made it into a ritual. I’d put out some snacks, a soda or four and get to it. Now, the only person I’d watch this was my roommate, Jens. Watching it with him made it worth it. Jens, my roommate, is Deaf. When they’d show a dead cat or pile of poop, his facial expressions are classic. I would rewatch episodes just to get his reaction.

Now I had one rule: during the commericals, I’d clean the house. In those 5 minute spurts, I’d declutter the kitchen, take out the trash, throw away crap I didn’t need in a rapid flurry. Then I’d hear the music and get back to it.

People ask, Ryan….Hoarders? Aren’t you like a media snob? I don’t know— I just loved watching people change and grow (spoiler: some do not). They have a therapist, a social worker, an organizer, and a cleaner as part of the team. And my favorite guy to appear on the screen is Matt Paxton, Extreme Cleaning Specialist. He got into these Hoarders. He was respectful, clear and he would push. He didn’t let the hoarder slip back into hoarding. He’d challenge them, prod them, and laugh with them.

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05 Nov

High School Life

high_lifeHigh school is no fun if you are always serious. In fact, it is much more enjoyable if you get into a little bit of trouble every once in awhile. That is why it is necessary for you to mess around every now and then. A little.

Getting a detention is not the end of the world. If people look at you like one of those perfect students, you are not going to have many friends. In fact, you’ll probably get made fun of for being a dork.  It is fine if you put effort into your classes and everything, but you really need to mess around once in awhile. Read More