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Monday, 10 October 2016

Freelancers: How to Show Up Prepared to Close a Deal

Freelancing has become a way of life for many workers. About 53 million Americans, representing 34 percent of the national labor force, qualify as freelancers, according to a 2014 Freelancers Union report. This figures includes independent contractors, temporary employees, and moonlighters, and it represents an increase from 31 percent reported by the U.S. General Accountability Office in 2006. This number likely includes a significant number of students, judging by an Elance survey that found 87 percent of undergraduates see freelancing as an attractive career option. In many areas of freelancing, being successful requires having an effective method of closing sales during meetings with prospective clients. Here are some things you should bring with you to help you be prepared for a successful prospect meeting.
Customer Relationship Management Notes
By the time you’ve scheduled a meeting with a prospective client, you’ve usually
had a few prior contacts with them where you’ve gotten to know some basic things about them and discussed your potential project in general terms. Having this information handy as you’re preparing for a meeting can be invaluable. One of the best ways to make sure you have this information readily available is using a mobile customer relationship management tool. CRM tools, like SalesForce, Zoho CRM, SugarCRM, Insightly and Nimble, let you digitally store prospect and client contact information along with key pieces of information that can assist you with making a sale, such as how many times you’ve previously made contact with the prospect, what you discussed during each conversation, and how far along they are in your sales cycle.
Presentation Notes and Visual Aids
One of the most important steps you can take to ensure the success of a prospect meeting is preparing and rehearsing the main talking points of your sales presentation. Bringing notes to your presentation can help you jog your memory. A mobile note-taking tool such as Evernote can help make your notes more accessible. In some cases, your presentation may also be enhanced by bringing a visual aid such as a slideshow. IT professional Andrew Kunesh provides a guide to some of today’s most popular mobile slideshow presentation tools include Microsoft PowerPoint, Apple Keynote, Google Slides and Zoho Show.
Answers to Common Objections
Often, the difference between whether your sales presentation is a success or a failure depends on how well you come prepared to answer anticipated objections to your offer. In fact, legendary sales trainer Tom Hopkins says answering prospective buyer concerns effectively is one of the key marks of a true sales professional. One helpful way to preparefor anticipated sales objections is to make a list of possible objections and prepare multiple answers for each one. This will both boost your confidence and make you better prepared to respond should an objection come up. You can bring mobile notes on possible sales objections with you using Evernote or a similar tool such as OneNote.
Contract Forms

Ultimately, your goal in arranging a prospect meeting is to come away with a contract, or at least to lay a foundation for a formal contract bid. Your best chance of getting a contract signed is by getting your prospect to put his or her name on the dotted line on the spot while he or she is in a buying mood. Elance provides some sample contract forms you can customize and use to help prepare a digital contract you can bring with you. To make it easier to let prospects sign digital contracts, you might consider investing in a mobile device with a stylus such as the GalaxyNote 7, which comes with the water and dust resistant S Pen.

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Teacher shortages: Is there a crisis in maths?

The maths skills taught in schools are crucial to the future chances of pupils – setting them in good stead for the world of work and beyond. They’re also crucial for the economy, with numerate, intelligent employees needed to help drive the country forward.

Yet maths is also a cause of great concern. Just a year ago the now-ex education secretary Nicky Morgan vowed, in typically politically loaded language, to ‘wage war on illiteracy and innumeracy’ to ensure pupils get a good grounding in the basics by the time they leave primary school. At the other end of the spectrum, fewer than one in ten students are leaving the system with an A-level in maths or physics.

Worries over the teaching and take-up of maths are one thing, but can they ever be eased at a time when there is a ‘crisis’ surrounding the number of people in the teaching profession, who are able to impart their mathematical wisdom?

Survey shows a bleak picture

The word crisis is perhaps bandied about far too readily, but has been applied to the situation surrounding teaching this subject following the results of a new survey by the Mathematical Association.

The TES reported its research, which showed how maths departments were being forced to rely on non-specialists or even supply or unqualified teachers.

It found that fewer than half – 46 per cent – of maths teachers said their departments were fully staffed in time for the new term in September.

In a survey of 520 staff, almost a fifth said two or more teachers were still needed to ensure they were fully stocked and ready to go. It also found that 54 per cent were having to teach alongside non-specialists, 29 per cent had unqualified staff in their department and 30 per cent felt they would probably leave the profession in the next few years.

David Miles, spokesman for the Mathematical Association, said: “I am aware of people teaching A-level who don’t have that level themselves; an awful lot of maths teachers don’t have maths beyond GCSE.”

In response, the Government said it is investing £67 million on STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths) to recruit 2,500 more maths and physics teachers and provide specialist subject knowledge training to thousands more people. It also wants to coax former teachers back into the classroom to tap into their expertise.

Maths not the only area to struggle

Yet it’s not as if maths is the sole area of concern when it comes to teacher shortages.

The Government has now missed its own teacher training targets for each of the last four years. It also receiving a stinging attack from the Public Accounts Committee for having ‘no plan’ to solve this. While the Department for Education might deny this, there is no hiding from the fact that there is work to do.

By the early 2020s there are set to be 800-900,00 more pupils in our classrooms as a result of a rise in the birth rate.

So, while there is clearly a specific issue to address in terms of maths, the problems here might be seen as symbolic of the wider issue in the profession. Rising pupil numbers alone means that there needs to be a big drive to get more people in teacher and teaching assistant jobs to cater for them.

If that recruitment drive helps to claw in bright graduates with a flair for teaching maths, then the problems unearthed by the Mathematical Association will be addressed as part of that.

It’s clear that there is an issue to address and, if it isn’t, it’s unlikely that the concerns over pupil literacy, A-level take-up or workforce skills can be addressed either.

Friday, 29 July 2016

5 student loan tips for new undergraduates

Entering the world of higher education can be daunting for all sorts of reasons. The money side of things is a big one. You need to make sure you’ve got funding in place for your tuition fees and that you’ve got enough to live on for the year ahead. You’ll be sorting out accommodation and setting a weekly budget. But don’t worry, this is all part and parcel of the university experience. Here are a few tips to help you out.    

1. Plan ahead
Consider your finances early and put your application in for your government student loan as soon as you can. You don’t need a confirmed place to do so. The whole system can get pretty busy over the summer and you don’t want to be chasing up your tuition fee payments come September when your priority should be settling in to your course. If the government loans aren’t enough – and for many people, they’re not – you can always apply for a Future Finance loan to help towards your tuition fees or living expenses.

2. Don’t max out on maintenance
Tuition fees are non-negotiable, but you might be able to manage your living costs so that you don’t need to take out the full maintenance loan. Remember, it’s not free money – you’ll need to pay it back with interest. If you can live on less, great. It pays to budget and only borrow what you need.

3. Look long term
Getting a good degree can really boost your future earning potential. So do your
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homework on the kind of salary you might expect in years to come. It’ll help you figure out how much debt you can afford to get into now and when you’ll be able to pay it back.

4. Don’t stress
Yes, you’re accruing a debt – perhaps for the first time in your life – and the seemingly mountainous sums can be scary. But this is your pathway to a brilliant, successful and enriched career. Think of it as an investment and embrace the opportunity.

5. And don’t bottle it up
If you do find your struggling to cope financially during term time, don’t suffer in silence. There are many ways and means of funding your uni education without resorting to the nastiness of payday loans and high-interest credit cards.

6. See what funding is available
There are not many options available for student funding in the UK with the majority of students can avail of government loans. If however you are ineligible for student loans from the Government, or you find that they simply are not enough, there is another option. Future Finance is the only specialised student loan provider in the UK. They offer loans designed for students, which means lower capped repayments in study, repayment holidays and a loan plan based on your course and university. Application is completely free and will not affect your credit score.

Friday, 24 June 2016

I’m Qualified — So Why Am I Not Getting Any Job Offers?

It seemed so perfect: You had all of the qualifications for the job advertised in the UK and thought you nailed the interview. You’re sure you’ve found the perfect job, so you eagerly wait for the phone call . . . but it never comes. Eventually, the dreaded email arrives, telling you that you have many great qualities, but they’ve opted to go with another candidate. You try not to feel discouraged, but it’s hard not to wonder what you did wrong.

It might not help when the sting of rejection is still fresh, but take a sigh of relief in the fact that you aren’t alone in the UK. While sometimes it’s obvious why applicants don’t get the job (and admit it, you’ve applied for jobs you’re not qualified for too), more often than not, they have no idea why they aren’t getting offers. Most employers don’t take the time to tell applicants why they aren’t selected, and asking for clarification is generally frowned upon. Still, if you are consistently receiving replies of “thanks, but no thanks,” you may want to consider how you’re presenting yourself to employers in the UK, and what you can do to improve your chances of actually hearing “you’re hired.”

Factors That Are Out of Your Control

Before we can talk about the changes you can make to get more jobs in the entire UK, it’s important to address the elephant in the room. Sometimes, rejection has nothing to do with you, and sometimes the rejection stems from factors like the company opted to go with an internal candidate (and maybe intended to go that route from the start), changes to the organization or the budget that occurred after you applied, or a simple lack of chemistry. Even if you felt like you clicked with the interviewer, they might not have felt the same way. It’s not a reflection of you or your abilities, but sometimes personalities just don’t connect, and the fact that you didn’t get the job may actually be a good thing.

What You Can Fix

It’s probably easier on your ego to assume that you didn’t get a job because of factors outside of your control. But since that it isn’t always the case, you have to at least consider the possibility that it was due to something that you said or did. According to HR managers in the UK and employment experts, these are among the most common reasons that people don’t receive offers.

1. Your Physical Appearance Has Issues. It’s awkward, especially in London, and no one is ever going to say it out loud. But if you have bad breath, body odor, or a disheveled appearance, you aren’t going to make a good impression on interviewers. Make sure to always spend time giving yourself a once over before heading to the interview. Some positions will also require you to dress up even more than you might already be. If you wanted an executive assistant position, you’ll want to dress even snazzier than you would if applying for an administrative assistant.

2. You Lack Something Another Candidate Has. Obviously, you may never know what other candidates have on their resumes, but in many cases when an employer in London or other needs to decide between two otherwise equal candidates, they will look for any little thing to push one ahead of the other.

Different industries in the UK will require different experience or knowledge from candidates. In the IT industry, for example, you may have as much experience as other candidates, but if they have UK based certifications that help prove their competencies in specific fields, that might make all the difference to the hiring manager.

Continuing with the IT example, there are numerous certifications one can earn to put them ahead of other applicants, just make sure you earn relevant certifications to the position you desire. Thanks to online IT training, you can easily study for career-enhancing certifications that might be just what you need to land that dream position.

3. You Come Across as Arrogant. Confidence is important, especially if you’re after a position in sales, but it’s very easy for confidence to veer into the territory of arrogance. To avoid coming off as a know-it-all who will be unpleasant to work with in any company in the UK, be sure that you can back up your claims with evidence, and ask plenty of questions to show your interest in the position and your willingness to learn.

4. You Didn’t Prepare for the Interview. It’s interviewing 101: You need to do your homework on the company. At the very least you can expect to be asked why you want to work for the company, but you should be able to weave your knowledge of the organization into your answers. Doing some research also allows you to better demonstrate how you can benefit the organization, using specific examples and information.

5. You Aren’t an Effective Communicator. Finally, the way you speak is just as important as what you say. Not only do you need to practice answering common questions, but you should also be aware of any vocal habits that distract from what you are saying. These include being redundant, ending every sentence like a question, and speaking too loudly or softly, all of which are not liked by employers in the UK. Practice with a friend who will give honest feedback, and correct any issues before your interview.

While correcting these issues doesn’t guarantee that you’ll get every job you interview for, they certainly increase the chances of getting an offer. Even when you don’t, don’t take the rejection personally, and focus on what you can change — it will happen eventually. Visit to enhance your communication skills and become successful in your interviews!

Monday, 20 June 2016

Could students swing the vote? 70% say they’ll vote REMAIN

“It’s our future”: Engagement peaks as majority want a voice on Thursday
  • 70% in student poll want the UK to stay in the European Union
  • 60% think leaving will hurt them financially
  • Propaganda, racism and older voters listed as reasons for concern
  • 1.83 million UK students (Source: HESA, 2015)
Political engagement is peaking among students, with Brexit fears likely to propel the majority to the polls on June 23rd.

A survey by reveals 94% have registered to vote, with almost three-quarters saying they’ve already made up their mind to vote ‘remain’. 17% would prefer to leave, with the remainder still undecided or not voting.

More than half (61%) of those surveyed think they’ll be financially worse off if we leave, with comments explaining:

“Students of our generation already have enough set against us, we don't need racist irrational members of the older generation voting out on a whim which will ultimately make little difference to their lives, but could seriously damage our own.”

“As a student the EU will give me more financial aid on my year abroad (Erasmus funding) than our government has for my years studying in Britain.”
“The EU offers us so much in terms of low-cost trade, funding for students and job opportunities; why should we leave that?”
Despite what could be a potentially massive student turnout next week, just 10% think the campaigns have been clear and fair:

“I think it’s ridiculous that both sides can get away with confusing the public so much and not giving clear, truthful, honest and fair answers to something which will heavily effect everyone.”

The lack of clarity may explain why so many students don’t feel positive about the outcome – 88% said they were concerned by the outcome either way.

Owen Burek, Save the Student’s Chief Editor, says:

“Students are clearly very worried about the Referendum, and with good reason. They’ve been saddled with substantial debts for degrees, with the promise of better jobs in a strong economy. Uncertainty, particularly around leaving the EU, has compounded anxiety along with the fear-mongering and confusing talk from politicians.

We’ve always encouraged students to speak up and be counted at political crossroads. It’s your future that’s being decided. If you’ve registered, you’ve already done the complicated bit. Now make sure your voice gets heard – vote on June 23rd!”

Most students do see this as a chance to protect their future, and not just for themselves: “a united Europe is something worth fighting for,” one student writes.

Survey results

  • Survey polled 1,828 students via (15-19 June 2016)
  • Registered to vote: 94% (Not registered: 3% | Not eligible: 3%)
  • Will vote to stay: 71% (Leave: 17% | Undecided: 8%| Not voting: 4%)
  • Concerned about the outcome: 88% (Not concerned: 12%)
  • Campaign information from either party clear and fair: 10% (Not clear and fair: 90%)
  • Financially worse off if we leave EU: 61% (Better off: 12% | Not sure: 27%)

Monday, 14 March 2016

Top student-friendly events for 2016

With the cost of tuition fees, textbooks and accommodation, life as a student in the UK can certainly be prohibitive. And if you’re looking to let off a little steam after a day at university, the options can often seem out of most of our budgets.

Thankfully, there are certain institutions and businesses who are more than willing to give you a helping hand in getting out and about. So from discounts on sporting events, to cinema attractions that can entertain and even provide you with some fun betting options, here are some ways to enjoy yourself in 2016 without breaking the bank.

There are plenty of online resources such as StudentGems, StudentBeans and UNiDAYS who can highlight which UK shops provide a discount for students so that you can enjoy a little retail therapy. In addition to this, escaping the confines of the halls of residence can be made a lot cheaper thanks to a 12% discount on a 16-26 railcard and 25% off National Express coach tickets.

We all know that a lot of sporting events can be prohibitively expensive. But if you’re looking to attend a top-level football match, be aware that many clubs such as Nottingham Forest offer a free student membership scheme so that you can gain access to the ground on a much more student-friendly concession rate.

Thanks to the ever-reliable NUS, you can get 25% off cinema tickets at Odeon cinemas across the UK between Mondays and Thursdays. This can be a good way of killing time in the summer months where many of the big blockbusters comes to our cinema screens. And now you can even take bets on which movies will be the biggest hits of the year, so see for more details on some great tips for the world of cinema, sports and beyond.

Many other entertainments offer some tempting student discounts too. Although the majority of big music venues will often scoff at the thought of a special student rate, certain more forward-thinking venues such as the legendary Parish rock club in Huddersfield have introduced their own student discount card. This not only gives you money off selected shows, but you can also get a discount on food and drink at the venue too.

So whether you’re adding some excitement to your cinema discount by having a bet, or just checking out the best cutting-edge sounds at your local music venue, with a bit of research we can all enjoy some great discounts that make life as a student a little easier.

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Studying abroad can give you the edge in today's competitive jobs market

A university or college degree is a must-have qualification in order to stand any chance of jumping onto even the first rung of a meaningful career ladder in the UK. But in the economically straitened and fiercely competitive times we all find ourselves in, when even degrees from the best business schools of the UK barely cut it with some of today's ultra-choosy employers, what can give you an edge in the jobs market?

In other words, what can make you stand out from the crowd? A high GPA, a polished CV, smart and tidy appearance, and the ability to sell yourself without sounding overbearing? Yes, to all of that, except that'll likely be taken as read by most prospective employers, particularly if the interview process has more than just the one stage.

International Experience

According to the Institute The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) in the UK, globalization is changing the way the whole world works. So, more and more employers are looking for people who have international skills and experience. And there you have it, in a nutshell. There's how you stand out. Be one of the less than 10% of the 1.1 million British students graduating with associates or baccalaureate degrees each year that have actually studied abroad.

QAA Chief Executive Douglas Blackstock said, “International experience is one of the most important components of a 21st century education, and study abroad should be viewed as an essential element of a college degree. Learning how to study and work with people from other countries and cultures also prepares future leaders to contribute to making the world a less danger place.”

But the QAA plans to change all of that over the next four or five years through their Generation Study Abroad campaign launched earlier this year. And as well as putting millions of pounds into the project, the QAA has already made contact with hundreds of educators and educational bodies both at home and across the world in a bid to double the number of British studying abroad by the end of the decade. But it's a huge challenge.

Fastest growing region

Latest data from the QAA's 2014 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange shows a total of 289,408 British students studied abroad for academic credit from their UK colleges and universities during the 2013/2014 academic year. In the 1989/90 academic year, for example, the figure was a mere 71,000. So a fair amount of progress has been made over the last quarter century.

Meanwhile, the number of overseas students choosing to study undergraduate and graduate courses in the UK continued to soar, increasing nationally by 8% in 2013/14 to a record high of 886,052 students. The fastest growing region proved to be the Middle East and North Africa, with an increase of 20% in student numbers enrolled in UK higher education. There was also an 8% increase in students from Ireland and the Scotland, and a similar percentage rise in the number of Asian students, driven by a 17% jump in Chinese students. In terms of individual countries, the fastest growing student populations in the UK in 2013/14 were from Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Brazil.

So, if the above mentioned all makes sense then don’t wait. Differentiate yourself among the others. Let your essays, assignments be drafted by someone who is expert and has been through this process. Just go to and see how it makes your work different form the others. 

Monday, 7 March 2016

What do I do if I have an accident while backpacking?

Every year thousands of young (and not so young) people set off on far-flung travel adventures toting only a backpack and a passport, hoping to return with a collection of travellers’ tales and anecdotes of adventure. And while it’s an incredible experience travelling to another country and exploring another culture, it still carries risks.

Every year a significant number of backpackers come back from their travels – sometimes before they’d planned to – with a broken bone, sunstroke or food poisoning instead of just the usual souvenir t-shirts and interesting batik scarves.

Research carried out in 2015 revealed that 4.4 million Brits had been injured on holiday in the previous 3 years.

Planning ahead can reduce the likelihood of an accident. Knowing what to do if you or someone you’re travelling with is ill or injured can be a lifesaver.
If you or someone you are travelling with is hurt in an accident, you should seek medical assistance before you do anything else.

Contact the local emergency services. If this is not possible, go to a hospital or other medical centre to get yourself checked out. There may be reciprocal agreements in place between the country you are visiting and the UK enabling you to receive treatment without paying. It would be worth checking out the locations of hospitals and health facilities before you go, so if something were to happen, you know where you need to get to.

1. Contact your insurance provider
You should inform your travel insurer about what has happened as soon as possible. Often the small print includes an obligation to notify the insurer of the accident with minimal delay. Some insurers stipulate that you must notify them within 24 hours. Failure to do so can disqualify you from making a claim on your insurance. 

2. Contact friends or family
You may feel that you don’t want to worry your friends or family unduly. However you may need assistance and putting others on notice will help them help you if you need it.

3. Contact the British Embassy
Depending on the severity of the injury, you may wish to establish contact with the relevant British Embassy. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office are able to contact your insurer and family if you are unable to do so. They can even help with repatriation flights if necessary. The government maintains a list of country specific travel advice that includes contact details for all Foreign and Commonwealth Offices.

4. Get copies of everything
This is very important if you are to have any chance of seeking compensation.
At the hospital, get copies of all documents, receipts etc. It’s particularly important to get a copy of the report from the doctor or other medical practitioner, confirming what has happened and the nature of your injury. Get a copy of the hospital admission report if you are admitted. 

Getting compensation
If you are injured as a result of somebody else’s negligence or recklessness, most countries have a legal system that will allow you to seek financial compensation. You may have incurred significant medical and other expenses as a result of the accident. You may even need ongoing care or medication. Compensation is typically awarded to help injured people to recover and pay for any ongoing treatment.

In the UK, an injured person can usually initiate a compensation claim up to 3 years after the date of discovery of the injury. Many other countries operate on a different basis. For example if you have an accident in Malaysia you can claim up to 6 years after the accident, where in China you would only have 1 year.
This handy injury claim time calculator can calculate time limitation dates in different countries.
Whichever country the accident occurs in, the process of seeking compensation will be broadly the same. It will be necessary to demonstrate that:
  • Another party was negligent in some way,
  • That an injury was sustained and;
  • That the injury was as a result of the other party’s negligence.
It is therefore critical that, if you can, you collate as much evidence of the accident as possible.
Examples of supporting include evidence photographs of the accident scene or cause of the accident, police reports and photocopies of accident books. These will greatly assist your case.
You should also keep all bills and receipts for costs you incur as a result of the accident as these will be reclaimable as part of the claim.

Friday, 26 February 2016

The advantages of blended learning

The teaching landscape is rapidly changing, the technological rise of the 21st century and widespread integration of those technologies into our society, combined with access to the internet has integrally changed teaching in just a few years.

Our children, and their following generations are already and will continue to grow up in a world that’s a stark reminder of how rapidly the human civilisation has changed, a society and world where Smartphones and Tablets are widespread, affordable, and replacing most computers and laptops.

The rapidly changing landscapes should be a marker to show that teaching methods need to evolve to keep up with the times and incorporate integrated technologies into the learning modal, these technologies aren’t going to go away, they’ll continue to be integrated into our society and it’s time to embrace them for the advantages they bring.

What is blended Learning?

Blended Learning, also known as Hybrid learning is a mixture of learning methods which incorporate multiple teaching modals, the most common modals incorporated are e-Learning and traditional face-to-face learning. Blended learning is a natural development to the growing accessibility of e-learning, online resources and the continued need for a human component in the learning experience.

A blended learning approach ensures that the learner is engaged and driving his or her individual learning experience. This approach also helps cater to the individual needs of the learner, most students have unique learning styles and a blended approach is more likely to cater to those needs than a traditional classroom teaching experience.

Blended Learning Models:

Due to its modular design, blended learning can come in numerous shapes and sizes and be personalised to fit the individual. These types of modals can include:

  • Online – Instruction occurs via an online platform, with periodic face-to-face meetings.
  • Rotation: Student rotates between self-paced online learning and face-to-face instruction. Schedules are fixed but flexible.
  • Flex: Most instruction is delivered online, with teachers providing as needed support in small-group settings.
  • Personalised blend: Teacher designs face-to-face and anywhere, anytime learning options that straddle the physical classroom and virtual spaces. Learning is the constant and time is the variable. 
  • Online lab: Instructions takes place in a brick and mortar lab. Delivered by an online teacher and supervised onsite by paraprofessionals. 
  • Self-blend: Students take online courses to supplement their tradition schools face to face course catalogue.
  • Face-to-face: Teacher offers primarily face-to-face instruction, supplemented with technology in the classroom or computer lab.

Why is blended learning important?

Blended learning is important because it breaks down the traditional walls of teaching, ones that don’t work for all students and now with access to present day technologies and resources we can tailor the learning experience for each student.

Blended learning also offers flexible time frames that can be personalised to each person, offering them the ability to learn at their own pace.

Advantages of blended learning:

  • Teaching is less expensive to deliver, more affordable and saves time.
  • Blended learning offers flexibility in terms of availability – Anytime, anywhere. In other words, E-learning enables the student to access the materials from anywhere at any time.
  • Access to global resources and materials that meet the students’ level of
  • knowledge and interest.
  • Self-pacing for slow or quick learners reduces stress, increases
  • satisfaction and information retention.
  • E-learning allows more affective interactions between the learners and their
  • instructors through the use of emails, discussion boards and chat room.
  • Students have the ability to track their progress.
  • Students can also learn through a variety of activities that apply to many 
  • different learning styles.
  • E-learning could improve the quality of teaching and learning as it 
  • supports the face-to-face teaching approaches.

Advantages of blended learning on students: 

  • Increase student interest: when technology is integrated into school lessons, learners are more likely to be interested in, focused on, and excited about the subjects they are studying. Subjects that might be monotonous for some – like math and science, while also increasing information retention. 
  • Keep students focused for longer: The use of computers to look up information & data is a tremendous lifesaver, combined with access to resources such as the internet to conduct research. This engagement and interaction with the resources keeps students focused for longer periods then they would be with books or paper resources, this engagement also helps develop learning through exploration and research.
  • Provides student autonomy:  The use of E-learning materials increases a student’s ability to set appropriate learning goals and take charge of his or her own learning, which develops an ability that will be translatable across all subjects.
  • Instil a disposition of self-advocacy:  Students become self-driven and responsible, tracking their individual achievements, which helps develop the ability to find the resources or get the help they need, self-advocating so they can reach their goals.
  • Promote student ownership: Blended learning instils a sense of ‘student ownership over learning’ which can be a powerful force propelling the learning, It’s this feeling of responsibility that helps the feeling of ownership.
  • Allow instant diagnostic information and student feedback: The ability to rapidly analyse, review and give feedback to a students work, gives the teacher the ability to tailor his teaching methods and feedback for each student, while improving time efficiency. 
  • Enables students to learn at their own pace: Due to the flexibility of blended learning and the ability to access internet resources allows students to learn at their own pace, meaning a teacher can help speed up the learning process or give more advanced resources if necessary. 
  • Prepares students for the future: Blended learning offers a multitude of real-world skills, that directly translate into life skills, from:
  • Research skills
  • Self-learning
  • Self-engagement
  • Helps to develop a ‘self-driving force’  
  • Better decision making
  • Offers a larger sense of responsibility
  • Computer literacy 

Advantages of blended learning for teachers

The advantages don’t just stop for the students; blended learning also improves various things for a teacher:

  • Better engaged students
  • Better information and feedback on work
  • Team teaching
  • Extended time with students
  • More leadership roles
  • Focus on deeper learning
  • Motivate hard to reach kids
  • New options to teach at home
  • More earning power
  • Individualised professional development plans

Improved Teaching Conditions 

  • Blended learning tears down the traditional bricks and mortar approach to teaching, which can improve conditions such as:
  • Reduced Isolation
  • More opportunities for collaboration
  • Meaningful professional development 
  • Better student data
  • Improved Time efficiency 
  • Role-differentiation

Stats: - (

  • The global eLearning Market is expected to reach £74 billion by 2015.
  • The global self-paced eLearning market reached £22.3 billion in revenue in 2010. 
  • Top 10 Growth Rates By Country:

  1. India: 55%
  2. China: 52%
  3. Malaysia: 41%
  4. Romania: 38%
  5. Poland: 28%
  6. Czech Republic: 27%
  7. Brazil: 26%
  8. Indonesia: 25%
  9. Colombia: 20%
  10. Ukraine: 20%

  • The worldwide market for Mobile Learning products and services reached £3.6 billion in 2012.
  • The online corporate market is expected to grow by 13% per year up to 2017. Today, 77% of USA companies offer online corporate training to improve the professional development of their employees.
  • The learning technologies used for 2014

  1. 74% of companies currently use Learning management systems (LMS) and Virtual classroom/ webcasting/ video broadcasting
  2. 48% of companies currently use Rapid eLearning Tool (ppt conversion tool)
  3. 33% of companies currently use Application simulation tool
  4. 25% of companies currently use Learning Content Management System
  5. 21% of companies currently use Online performance support or knowledge management system
  6. 18% of companies currently use Mobile Applications
  7. 11% of companies currently use Podcasting.


All students no matter their age learn differently and teaching methods should reflect this, by designing teaching programmes in a way that reaches visual, auditory and kinetic learners alike.

With the heavy integration of technologies we’ll be able to improve teaching, information retention, engagement, responsibility and enjoyment.  Students never outgrow their learning styles, meaning blended learning is more important than ever, no matter what the industry is, from schools to corporations, in all walks of life.

Author Bio:
This article was written by April Giarla: a management development firm that delivers top 500 global companies engaging customized learning solutions. Visit StratX at 

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

How easy is it to get a graduate job?

Here’s a succinct infographic with great advice for graduates searching in 2016 from The Knowledge Academy: