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How to Spot Fake Health Supplements

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The use of dietary supplements has been increasing amongst adults in America. A survey by the CDC showed that the use of supplements has increased from 48.4% from 2007-2008 to 56.1% in 2017-2018. Supplements have usually been seen as a quick and easy way to augment a person’s daily nutrient intake. However, supplements are not regulated by the FDA or any other medical body.

That means that manufacturers don’t need to prove that their supplement actually works, only that it’s safe to use. It’s easy, therefore, for unscrupulous manufacturers to create and sell fake supplements. It’s quite a common scam, and even Amazon had to warn consumers that a fake version of the supplement Align had been sold to customers. 

So, with all these fake supplements floating around, how do you tell which are real and which are fake? Here are some useful tips to make sure that what you’re buying is the real deal and not just a bottle of snake oil.

Do Your Research

Make sure to thoroughly research the supplements you want to buy. It’s probably best to stick to established brands with known track records. But if you want to try something a little off the beaten path, see if you can find any online reviews from reputable sources. For example, checking out sandiegohealth.org’s review of Mind Lab Pro is a great way to find out for yourself the pros and cons of buying Mind Lab Pro, rather than just going in blind and hoping for the best.

Getting recommendations from friends and family will also help. But take those with a pinch of salt. Unless they’re a qualified nutritionist, their opinion might not be based on hard facts and science.

If It’s Too Good To Be True, It Probably Is

There’s a supplement on the market for almost every conceivable type of ailment. Many of these often promise instant fixes and quick cures. Ignore these claims. The more outlandish the benefits, the higher the likelihood of the supplement being fake. Because manufacturers don’t actually have to prove what they’re selling, they can say anything they want about their products, even if they know it’s not true. Legitimate manufacturers will have more sedate and reasonable sounding claims.

Have a healthy amount of skepticism when you browse through the supplement section of your favorite health food store. Common sense is your best defense against people trying to scam you out of your hard-earned money.

Check The Packaging

Just like banknotes, real supplement bottles have several identifying features that aim to prevent counterfeiting by making it easy to spot a fake. When you buy a bottle of supplements, check the label, the seal, the nutritional info, and the company logo to make sure everything is above board. You’d be surprised how many fake supplements don’t even take the time to make sure everything is spelled right. Real products go through countless rounds of vetting and checking before they go to market. Typos, wrong words, or missing information is a sure sign that the supplement isn’t from a trustworthy source.

Go Directly to the Manufacturer

If you’re buying something from a third-party seller, always check directly with the manufacturer on the product specifications. This will help you sieve out fake supplements that are branded with real company logos. Check the company website to confirm that they do in fact carry the product that you’re trying to buy. If the product isn’t there, it might be worth holding off on your purchase for a few days while you get in touch. The company itself will probably be grateful that you brought an illegal rip-off to their notice.

Talk to Your Doctor

Before you start taking anything, it’s always advisable to check with your doctor on how it might affect you. Especially since your doctor will probably be able to tell whether a supplement is real or not. Everyone is built different and reacts differently to things. Even legitimate supplements can have ingredients that will be harmful to you. Fake supplements often contain harmful chemicals and toxins that can end up causing a lot more damage. Make sure to protect your own health by checking in with someone who knows better. 

These days, people are busier than ever and unfortunately, health always seems to come last on our list of priorities. It’s no surprise that health supplements are becoming more and more popular. However, do remember that they are just an extra source of nutrition and should not be your main source of healthy vitamins and minerals. Supplements alone are not enough to sustain your health. Make sure that you’re eating them in conjunction with a healthy, balanced diet and regular exercise. Supplements can be a helpful and effective way of getting nutrients. But they aren’t, and shouldn’t be, your main meal.

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How To Manage Hair Loss When You’re In College

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Experiencing hair loss at any age is disappointing, but losing your hair in college just seems unfair. Although it’s normal for some people to start losing their hair at a young age, if it’s happening to you, there are ways to get around this seemingly unavoidable situation.

1. Look into hair transplant options

If your hair loss is more than just a few strands here and there, look into hair transplant options like FUE and FUT.

FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) is an extremely popular hair loss restoration method that transplants hair from one area and grafts it onto another area without leaving a scar. This method transplants one hair follicle at a time.

FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation) is equally effective, but transplants a large strip from your scalp, which leaves a scar around your head.

There are pros and cons to each method, and you can find out which method is right for you by scheduling a consultation with a local clinic.

2. Hide your hair loss

You might have an easier time hiding your hair loss, at least while you’re on campus. It’s not a permanent solution, but it will make you feel more confident.

Obviously, you’ll need to use some kind of hat to hide your hair loss. If hats aren’t usually your style, consider it an opportunity to revamp your style. You’ll get the most coverage from a knit beanie, which works great during winter. However, when it’s hot, a beanie isn’t practical.

You’ll get the next best coverage from a fitted baseball cap since they tend to sit lower on your head than fedoras or cowboy hats. A fitted baseball cap will also cover the back of your head since there won’t be an adjustable strap.

The other thing you can do is walk around with your sweatshirt hood on. Like a beanie, this will only work when it’s cold, but it’s still an option.

3. Try to grow your hair back naturally

We’ve all heard stories about people who regrew a full head of hair by taking vitamins. It’s hard to believe these stories are true, and for the most part, they’re very likely exaggerations. However, people have been able to regrow their hair without surgery.

Generally speaking, people who regrow their hair by changing their diet and lifestyle are usually experiencing temporary hair loss because of an underlying condition. For example, certain thyroid conditions can cause hair loss. When a person corrects their thyroid function, their hair sometimes grows back.

If you don’t know the cause of your hair loss, it’s worth looking into natural solutions to regrow your hair. It never hurts to test out all possibilities. People do get results from natural remedies.

4. Shave your head

Next to a beanie, shaving your head will cover your hair loss, at least for a few weeks. You’ll have to share frequently, but with electric clippers, that’s easy.

Shaving your head will give you a new look if you’re used to having hair, and that’s okay. Maybe it’s time to embrace a new style.

5. Work on your self-confidence

Sometimes life brings us opportunities to do the inner work necessary to become more self-confident. Hair loss can be a fantastic opportunity to build self-confidence and train yourself out of looking for approval from others.

A lack of self-confidence is nothing to be ashamed of and it’s quite normal. Both men and women are impacted by hair loss.

Let’s face it, we’ve grown up with the idea that our worth is somehow connected to our looks. When we start losing our good looks and the aging process becomes noticeable, we naturally feel like we’re not good enough.

The perception is that losing your hair is something only old people do, and although most would agree that old people are valuable members of society, we’re never really ready to be one of them.

If you’re feeling self-conscious because of your hair loss, use the opportunity to develop a strong sense of self-confidence to the point where you don’t even think about your hair.

Think about all the famous actors, musicians, and entrepreneurs who have visible hair loss. Did you ever notice it before? Probably not. Consider that the only person paying attention to your hair loss is you. Most people don’t notice or care when people have visible hair loss; it’s just a normal part of being a human.

Don’t let hair loss control your life

Whether you hide your hair loss, get a transplant, or shave it all off, keep building  your self-confidence; it will come in handy in the long run.

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Of Swords and Sailors: The History of Anime

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The anime industry is an art behemoth. From giving breakout roles to many an aspiring professional voice actor and young artist, to becoming a household classics and creating pop culture icons, the mark that this genre of media has left an indelible mark on the world of entertainment. The current anime industry is worth over 20 billion dollars, and although its largest industry is in the Asia-Pacific region, the fact of the matter is that the industry is growing quickly and has managed to find its way to audiences all over the world.

Although many are now familiar with the seemingly endless stream of flashy sword fights, giant robot transformations, and stunning visuals that have managed to make their way out of animation studios in the past few decades, how many of us can actually claim to know the origins of this medium?

 Humble Beginnings

Japanese style animation (shortened down to the modern term anime) as we know it today largely became popular around the 1960s with the establishment of Mushi Productions, run by Osamu Tezuka. Naturally anime has existed for much longer, however. Prior to the end of World War 2, most Japanese animated productions were aimed for commercial or propaganda purposes. The first few theatrical releases of Japanese animated films were made in the vein of Disney movies (which were also popular in Japan). These films were made with children as their target audience and were meant for a Japanese audience. As such, the films often contained many references to Japanese culture and often featured fantastical adventures. 

Another factor in the 60s which further pushed anime to the forefront as a medium of entertainment in Japan was the popularization of television entertainment. Anime studios began producing serialized content that would be released in a weekly format. Many of these shows such as Sally the Witch (story by Mitsuteru Yokoyama) and Cyborg-009 (story by Shotaro Ishinomori) were adapted from manga (Japanese style comic books) which were popular at the time. These animated productions by Toei were a hit with Japanese audiences and helped to encourage more studios to take on the production of this medium. 

The Overseas Market

Astroboy was arguably one of the first major animated exports from Japan to the U.S. It first touched down on American soil in 1963, and with the efforts of Fred Ladd, it was aired on NBC. The show became a cultural touchstone for many generations down the line, but at the time its creator (Osamu Tezuka) remained largely unknown to its overseas audience. 

Another major landmark in the spread of anime outside of Japan was in 1968. Animation studio Tatsunoko created Speed Racer (also known as Mach GoGoGo), which became a hit with its Japanese audience and then was brought over to the U.S. by Peter Fernandez. Other influential figures who made efforts to adapt anime for a Western audience included Carl Macek and Sandy Frank. 

However, these early releases were heavily adapted to suit Western audiences. Not only did the Japanese of the original productions have to be dubbed over in English, but the scripts were also heavily edited, and parts of the shows were also censored in order to follow the guidelines set by the networks. While this produced many hilariously poorly edited scenes that have become iconic memes in their own right, it also took a rather long time for audiences to begin demanding the original versions, if nothing else than simply as a matter of principle.

The Trials and Successes

Despite the economic turbulence that Japan experienced in the 90s (due to the bubble economy) and again in the 2000s (the world wide economic crunch), the anime industry has managed to endure and even flourish. That is not to say that it was all smooth sailing. Both economic crises led to many studio budget cuts and also caused many talented animators to have to leave the industry due to the lack of profitability. In addition, the rise of the internet also allowed for the rise in online piracy and distribution, which led to a further decline in the industry’s profit margins. 

Nonetheless, many anime series and films have also found widespread success that allowed the industry to survive. Series such as “Dragon Ball,” “Sailor Moon,” and “Bleach” found audiences and ardent fans all over the world, and have gone on to influence many more anime series. Not to mention the critical acclaim of certain animated films such as Studio Ghibli’s Spirited Away, which won itself the Academy Award For Best Animated Feature Film in 2003, Japanese Academy Prize for Picture of The Year in 2002, and Hong Kong Film Award for Best Asian Film in 2002. The success of early anime was doubtlessly the gateway that allowed the industry to flourish in the way that it has now. 

Anime has been a valuable medium for creators in Japan to express themselves and find a voice even on an international stage. The anime industry is continuing to succeed on a global stage and shows no sign of slowing down. As Japanese society and animation technology develops, we can only wait with bated breath to see what this industry will continue to surprise us with. 

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Student Loan Forgiveness – Important Things You Need to Know


Student loans have become a significant financial burden on many people. Yes, they can help people finance their education, but they end up with large debt once they start working, and it takes them a lot of time to repay. 

One of the biggest reasons for this is that colleges have become extremely expensive. In other words, student loans are growing as well, while there’s no guarantee that new graduates will be able to get great jobs right away. 

That’s why people look for different ways to reduce their debt or pay it off. 

What is student loan forgiveness? 

That refers to the process of students getting parts of their loans forgiven. However, it’s important to understand that student forgiveness doesn’t work with private student loans. Simply put, a certain percent of the loan is forgiven. 

Only a small number of people can qualify as there are strict requirements. In most cases, student loan forgiveness is given to people who work in public service. Additionally, people can find repayment plans that can forgive parts of the loan. 

Discharging student loans 

Discharging student loans isn’t easy. The reasons for discharge are usually the ones students don’t have control of, but even then, the request for discharge is thoroughly evaluated. Here’s when you might get discharged: 

  • If you’ve been permanently disabled; 
  • Your school got closed;
  • The loan documents were tampered with or falsified by the school;
  • In case of identity theft; 
  • In case you die; 
  • When the school can’t refund the loan. 

How to qualify for student loan forgiveness 

The most common ways of qualifying for student loan forgiveness include: 

If you’re a law student 

Many law schools will discharge the loans of their students if they decide to work for public interest or non-profits after graduating. There are a lot of programs that lower interest, postpone payments, help with repayments, and sometimes even forgive parts of the loan. 

All of these programs have income limitations. At the same time, all these programs have different requirements from one college to another. 

By volunteering 

Volunteering at different organizations can help you get loan forgiveness. Some provide cash that graduates or students can use to make their loan payments. Some offer loan forgiveness, while others offer affordable loans for repayment. 

No matter the case, you will have to get enough hours or volunteer a year to become eligible for these packages. 

Finding a job as a teacher in low-income communities 

Graduates that start teaching in elementary or secondary schools in low-income districts can get portions of their loans removed. These programs can remove 30% of the 5th year loan, 30% of the first 2 years, and 30% of the second 2 years of loans. 

Finding a job in public service 

People working in the military had access to student loan forgiveness in the past. Today, if you’re working in public service, you can apply and get your loan forgiveness. However, if you’re working in the military, you might get better programs. 

Some of these positions include public health, public safety, law enforcement, military, government positions, etc. 

By applying for state student loan forgiveness programs 

In the US, a total of 46 states offer a variety of loan forgiveness programs. Most of them won’t clear the whole loan amount but help people pay the majority off more easily. To get into the program, applicants first need to be residents of the state they are applying in. 

Some loans require people to live in certain areas of the state. On top of that, these state programs also have different job requirements, and it’s essential to check the conditions with local authorities. 

Stories about student loan cancelation 

During the US 2020 presidential race, student loan forgiveness was a common topic. Donald Trump stated multiple times that he plans on canceling public loan forgiveness as a part of government budget cuts. However, since Joe Biden became president, these stories have gone away. 

In fact, Biden’s administration has stated multiple times that they plan on expanding the PSLF program. Over 30,000 people with student debt will get $2 billion of loan forgiveness with the new version of the program. 

Conclusion 

Student loan forgiveness is here to stay, and people who can look to take advantage of it. As far as its cancellation goes, it won’t happen in the near future, and even if it does, the people who have already enrolled are likely going to be allowed to use it to the end. 

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What Does The Future Of Software Development Look Like For CS Majors?


Current computer science (CS) college majors can expect several key elements from the future of custom software development. Software engineering has changed a whole lot in recent years. Of course, it is expected to experience over ten-times the change in the next decade. As a computer science college student, you may be heavily invested in the future of custom software design, development, and distribution. This way, you can join the four million software engineers already working in the United States after graduation. Plus, you’ll be able to maximize your earning potential, unleash your creativity, and challenge yourself with a constant learning curve. To help you get started today, read on to learn what the future of software development looks like for CS majors. 

High Demand For Skilled Engineers

With more companies relying on computer-based software, applications, and programs, there will be an incredibly high demand for skilled developers in the future. Software engineers are absolutely vital to help organizations build digital systems, make routine updates, conduct ongoing maintenance, and facilitate source code adjustments. Since the nature of software development work is incredibly technical, dynamic, and complex, it is vital for agencies to recruit skilled programming professionals. That’s why many tech firms are increasingly turning to knowledgeable CS college graduates, just like yourself. That being said, the future of software development welcomes tech-savvy professionals who are determined, creative, and innovative enough to continue driving the future of this industry. Certainly, the future of software development holds a high demand for skilled engineers.

Bridging The Skill Gap

With more computer science students entering the job industry, the future of software development will heavily focus on bridging the skill gap. Constant skills refinement is essential for experienced software developers to work well alongside upcoming CS graduates, such as yourself. This involves mastering new technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and data engineering. Plus, they’ll also need to be well versed in cognitive computing, natural language processing, as well as data statistics. Indeed, the future of custom software development will heavily focus on bridging the skills gap. 

Advanced Development Tools & Resources 

In addition, the future of software engineering will offer innovative programming tools, development resources, and supporting technologies for CS college majors. Certainly, these powerful solutions will simplify the workload for new software developers, deployment experts, or quality assurance (QA) engineers. For example, many teams use advanced Docker registries to effectively manage development, conduct artifact flow control, and streamline distribution. Using an end-to-end Docker registry, you can additionally perform vulnerability analyses to detect security threats, facilitate incremental improvements, and prepare for future updates. Surely, the future of custom software engineering will likely involve innovative development tools, programming technologies, and supporting resources geared for CS majors. 

Persistent Growth Of Remote Work

After the events of the last year-and-a-half, it’s likely that remote work will continue to grow and thrive for custom software developers. Software development companies have fully embraced remote work, along with all of the benefits, drawbacks, and technical difficulties it entails. For CS graduates and potential software development job seekers, this will greatly improve career flexibility. Also, remote work involves a shorter commute, better work-life balance, and stronger privacy for software development employees as well. Absolutely, the future of software development will look like a lot of remote work and hybrid experiences for new CS college graduates. 

Ongoing Investments In Continuous Learning

In the new era of software development, you can likely expect to continue getting educated with professional learning opportunities. The best software developers are always eager to learn. After all, they are inherently creative, innovative, and problem-solving-focused individuals. To make the learning curve continuous, many tech agencies invest in ongoing professional development, training, and engagement seminars. These help developers become efficient, knowledgeable, and professional in the field. Definitely, the future of custom software development will hold many continuous investments in ongoing learning. 

CS majors can expect several things from the future of custom software design and development. First off, the future will hold a constant demand for knowledgeable, skilled software engineers. In addition, today’s development companies will focus on bridging the skills gap. Next, teams will continue to use advanced development tools, programming resources, and supporting solutions. Following the COVID-19 global pandemic, there will also be persistent growth in remote and hybrid work for software developers. Plus, many high-level companies will make ongoing investments in continuous learning opportunities. Follow the points highlighted above to learn what the future of software development looks like for CS majors. 

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US States Regulation on Poker

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US States Regulation on Poker

If there is one card game that everybody loves right now, it is poker. This is a game that has taken off in recent years and in particular, the most popular variation is Texas Hold’em. In general, more people are choosing to gamble online than ever before. So, the natural progression is that people want to play poker from the comfort of their own homes.

But, we all know that the law can be complicated when it comes to casino games and gambling online. In particular, each state has their own rules and regulations and this applies for poker too. So, in some states, you are going to be able to play online poker freely whenever you want to. But, in some other states, it has been deemed illegal to play. Let’s take a look at a few states and what the law says about online poker.

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Oregon

There are some states that do not make it clear when it comes to online poker. Certainly, Oregon is one of them. For example, it is stated that it is illegal to operate an online poker room. But, the law is less clear when it comes to playing poker online. There are physical poker rooms you can visit. But, when it comes to online play, it is best to stay away from this. It appears that the state does not want people playing poker online. For a list of legal US online poker websites, click on the link.

Nevada

If there is one state that you probably expected online poker to be made legal, then it is Nevada. The home of Las Vegas means that the state is very flexible and free when it comes to online gambling. Indeed, players can enjoy online poker in Nevada and from the comfort of their own home. You just have to make sure that you are playing at a website that has been given a license by Nevada gaming regulators.

Illinois

Unfortunately, if you are someone that likes to play poker in Illinois, you are going to be disappointed. It is not legal to play poker online in the state if you are playing for real money. However, it appears that you can play social games and sweepstakes poker, as well as playing poker in-person. The legalization of poker has been discussed in Illinois. But, there are yet to be any changes made. For example, bills were passed a few years ago, but they did not get any further.

Connecticut

One of the newest states to offer online poker to its citizens is Connecticut. This activity was made legal in May 2021 after a law was signed by Governor Ned Lamont. This was an important law that meant that gamers could enjoy casino games, as well as poke, online whenever they wanted to. Indeed, this is going to make the state a lot of money and it will be a smart move for the future where people want to gamble from home.

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PhD Writing – How to Structure the Perfect Dissertation

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A good piece of writing is born out of a clear thought process. A process wherein information flows naturally toward a purpose.

The challenge we experience in writing is the result of our efforts in untangling obscurities in our minds. This holds true for all types of writings as we always have a reason (or more) for presenting information, even if we are oblivious to it.

Writing a dissertation, in essence, is formulating an argument. A cogent argument is a clear and well-structured set of statements that support a conclusion. Creating an outline for your dissertation or thesis helps you objectify your argument to assess its validity before investing any time in writing it. For an arduous academic project like this, it saves you a lot of time and effort over the course of months.

Dissertation Outline

A dissertation outline can be thought of as an intellectual scaffolding that supports the construction of your theoretical framework. It is a high-level structure that helps you visualize what you want to convey and keep track of your thoughts and progress.

Creating an outline is necessary because it helps you connect the information to form a coherent and logical statement. It’s a rough sketch that allows you to experiment with ideas before committing to anything and shows you where you need to go, which makes the process a much better experience. But before we delve deeper into how to create a good outline, let’s briefly overview the components that are included in a dissertation.

The Common Structure of a Dissertation

As with any other academic paper, the structure of a dissertation can vary depending on its type and nature. In addition, different universities might have slightly different approaches but the core elements usually remain the same. However, before finalizing your structure, we recommend that you check in with your institution to make sure you’ll follow their specific requirements.  

A typical dissertation is made up of 8 sections:

  1. Front Matter – This section typically includes all the pages that come before the introduction. It contains the title page, acknowledgments, abstract, table of contents, list of tables and figures, list of abbreviations, and glossary;
  2. Introduction – As the name suggests, the introductory section sets up the topic and justifies the purpose and relevance of the research. It provides a road map of what’s to be expected in the main body of the paper;
  3. Literature Review – This section takes a look at the existing studies in the space of the dissertation’s subject. Here, the author reviews the existing sources and provides a theoretical background and critical assessment to form a clear basis for his or her research;
  4. Methodology – This section lays out how the research has been designed and conducted. It includes the methods of data collection and analysis to answer the research questions.
  5. Results – the results chapter is about presenting the raw findings. It does not include any interpretation of the findings or their analysis in relation to the research questions or the literature;
  6. Discussion – This chapter is where the results are interpreted to infer meaningful findings. The author then compares and related the findings to the literature to show if they align or are at odds with each other and hypotheses are set forth to explain why that’s the case. 
  7. Conclusion – The conclusion addresses the main research questions and binds together the paper’s various parts to present the reader with the author’s central argument and ultimate finding;
  8. End Matter – This last section contains the reference list and appendices.

How to Create a Dissertation Outline

Choose a Topic and Form a Thesis

Before you start writing an outline, you should have a clear idea about the argument or thesis you want to present. If you haven’t already, you should do a fair amount of diligent research surrounding the topic to gather enough information to develop an angle or viewpoint. This process includes brainstorming ideas and evaluating them to form a statement that you are comfortable with. If you are struggling to come up with or choose between competing ideas, there are some thesis writing services that can help you.

Break Down Your Argument

After settling on your initial thesis and overall argument, you need to break it down into different components and organize them in a way that serves that argument. This is perhaps the most difficult part as there are lots of ways it can be done. First, try to identify different criteria for classifying your material. This helps you categorize the various ideas and sources in your mind into groups sharing similar features. By scribbling them down, you get a better idea of how you want to go about the main structure of the body of your dissertation.

Design Your Methodology

This is where you need to determine how you’re going to gather your data and information, how you are going to analyze that data, what tools or materials you’re going to use, and what your reasons are for choosing these methods. Try to provide enough detail that you paint a clear picture of how things need to proceed later on when you’re doing the actual research. Specify if your data should be quantitative or qualitative. Are you going to use secondary data or do you plan to collect the data yourself? Are you going to use surveys, interviews, or observation? Details like these give you clarity and a better understanding of whether or not you’ve made the right choices.  

Major Points for Each Component

The next step is to write the points you want to make for each of the components you determined earlier. While doing so, make sure that everything is coherent and closely related to your thesis. As the best essay writing service puts it, this step is not about listing the things we know about the topic, rather, it’s about connecting the dots to build an argument and assess and identify the potential defects and flaws.

Sometimes, we find that we need to rearrange the supporting points to improve the validity of the argument. Logically, some subjects may need to precede others to facilitate the flow of information. Sorting these levels of information can even help inform the thesis and lead to changes in the initial assumptions.

After arranging the points in a logical order, your dissertation outline is almost finished. You just need to review the points to see if there’s a need for more analysis and evidence. After that, you have everything you need to start writing. Keep in mind that the outline is not set in stone. It’s a guideline designed to give you direction and you can adjust or deviate from it as you move forward. It’s also recommended that you take note of each reference in your studies from day one as it can get complicated and cumbersome in later stages of your dissertation.

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Ways To Ease The Strain Of Remote Classes

While working remotely has made it easier for students to get to class “on time,” as commuting has been removed, the classwork still has to be organized. That is why educators depend on management software to organize classes and make sure assignments are completed by the due date. This innovative technology makes teaching remotely easier and more convenient.

So, how can the software help you as a teacher?

To understand the benefits of using class management software, you have to define classroom organization in its basic and traditional form.

Defining Classroom Management as a Practice

Management in a classroom covers the skills and methods teachers use to keep students organized, focused, and orderly, thereby keeping them on task and educationally productive. By managing a traditional class effectively, a teacher can support better and improved learning. A less effective educator often has a disorderly class and has a difficult time fostering student interest, or giving a student the guidance needed to stay on track and progress academically.

Why Using a Software Application is Necessary

By using the right management software for remote instruction, a school can lessen problems with scheduling assignments or guiding students study-wise – issues that lead to higher drop-out rates and increased apathy.

Software that supports classroom learning and organization enhances virtual training for both teachers and students. Using the app can help you optimize interactive learning and increase student interest at the same time.

Indeed, eLearning makes education simpler. Therefore, software for managing a classroom supports this quest two-fold. Not only can educators use management software to help students learn, they can use the software to support themselves communicatively and organizationally. 

Increasing Student Retention Rates

Did you know that, by utilizing  eLearning programs, schools can increase rstudent retention rates from 25% to 60%? That finding was made by the Research Institute of America. Digital study material is also now used  primarily for homework purposes. About 80% of students surveyed believe that learning online has improved their overall grades and their speed to learn new things.

For example, according to one survey reported by the site, Campus Technology, University of Central Florida students who took from approximately 40% to 60% of courses online finished in 3.9 years compared to students who did not finish their courses digitally. The average time to graduate, when online resources were not used, was just over 4 years.

Why has there been this type of noted improvement?

Part of the results originate from the implementation of software programs that help educators manage student training for better scholastic outcomes. 

How a Classroom Management System Keeps Teachers and Students on Track

A classroom management system gives teachers the ability to do the following:

  • Deliver useful resources for class study to students
  • Use software to monitor a student’s progress in real time
  • Increase student engagement by erasing a large number of distractions
  • Answer a student’s questions online through messaging and chat
  • Collaborate learning assignments
  • Provide a safe and secure environment for giving exams and tests
  • Prevent cheating – During test-taking specific content or platforms cannot be accessed

How Both Teachers and Students Win

The evolution of classrooms into remote settings has caused schools to seek software solutions for managing educational programs. Several benefits, in turn, have allowed teachers to reap rewards using management technology. These instructor-and-student-based advantages include:

  • More focused learning by students
  • Optimization of learning time
  • Better tracking of a student’s progress 
  • The ability to address online behavior in real time
  • Enhanced communications
  • A stronger personalized learning environment

Keeping Students and Teachers in the Loop

The great thing about using classroom management software is that it keeps the teacher and his students in the educational loop. No one feels left out or that they are being ignored. Everyone in class has access to email and chat and students have the ability to get their questions answered more easily.

If you are a teacher, you can easily check the attendance of your students, review lesson plans, and assess students digitally. 

If you are a student, you can access lesson outlines or download any required course materials while on the go. 

By using a quality software program, a teacher can learn what is going on with his or her students at any time. All he or she has to do is refer to lesson schedules, progress reports, or a student’s attendance history. By accessing this information, he or she can decide how to improve a program or help a student foster more of an interest in his or her coursework.

A Must-Have Tool and Resource

Software designed to manage classrooms is a must-have tool for schools and educators today. Not only does the product augment classroom management, it allows a teacher to focus more on teaching or helping a larger number of students.

Final Thoughts

If you are an educator or school that sees the value of remote learning, you can reduce some of the strains related to organizing a classroom by implementing management software. Doing so will help you realize larger gains both scholastically and financially.

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The Modernisation Of The Age-Old Gemstone Industry

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In a modern world that continuously becomes more focused on digital and technological design and intent, it is always becoming more obvious and more important all the time that we are not only focused on creating massive change in the right direction momentarily but also that we are willing and able to do the very same on an active and consistent basis moving forward. we have seen every industry and every corresponding aspect of life be completely shifted and even evolved from the inside out as it has become more obvious all the time that modernisation is key to ongoing longevity and successful stop this is especially true when you look at the fact that consumers are no longer responding as positively or is often to traditional businesses that are unwilling or unable to embrace modern marvels.

An industry that has positively thrived for decades

The jewellery industry that spans the globe is one of the best examples of an industry that has been around for decades and it has operated largely on a traditional basis. Today, the jewellery industry is now beginning to shift into a modern iteration of its former self and even the most traditional and kind of empires within the space are evolving and improving as a result. This is an industry that has been positively forthright for decades upon decades and while this is still the case today, there is more of a demand for an active focus on how businesses within the jewellery space are able to enhance and improve the approach that they take towards creating and bringing their products to the market.

The modernisation of gemstones

And of course gemstones are right at the forefront of the pieces that are most valuable not only to the industry but to consumers. Even so, the modernisation of gemstones has been more rapidly shifting into lab-created versions because not only are they more cost effective but there is no huge chemical disposition to make so many different real diamonds. With this in mind, the gemstones that are being marketed today are awesome being marketed in a way that is more focused on sustainable initiatives because that is the way that they are being created these days and consumers a loving it they are more focused and more empowered to invest in gemstones and other jewellery pieces and they have ever been before. and they feel better about it because there’s more transparency and it focuses more on meaningful and sustainable change.

Working towards a better future for all

In so many ways, there is quite a lot of work to be done and built upon to move forward. working towards a better future for all is about improving every aspect of life and every corresponding industry one by one. For the jewellery industry, this is focusing on finding more eco friendly and sustainable initiatives and expectations and standards. To learn more about the shifting ideologies and standards within jewellery as well as what this means for the probable future of an industry that has spanned across decades and continues to do so you can do your own research by speaking to industry professionals in the like or simply click here for more info.

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9 Hiking Safety Tips

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More people than ever before are enjoying spending time in nature. Although the Covid-19 pandemic has helped to make open space a more attractive proposition, even before this more people generally have been discovering walking and hiking as a great antidote to city living. While hiking brings many benefits, it is also crucial to be aware of the safety issues around hiking. Here are some key tips on how to better protect yourself when you’re out on a walk or trek.

1. Share Your Plan

The first rule of going hiking is to tell at least one other person what your plan is. Agree to check in with them after your hike. If you don’t get in touch with them, they’ll know to alert the authorities in case you need help. It’s important you choose someone who isn’t coming on the hike with you, and someone you can rely on to do something about it if they can’t get in touch with you.

2. Bring a Friend

The idea of going out hiking alone might sound appealing to some people, but it is rarely a good idea. The great outdoors can be unpredictable, and even hiking routes you know well can bring unexpected events from time to time. It is always safest to go hiking with another person. It means you can look out for each other, and if one of you does get into some trouble, at least there is someone to go and find help. Remember cell phone reception is not reliable in remote places, so this is not a good stand-in for having an actual person with you!

3. Research the Area

It is always best to do as much research as possible before actually embarking on a hike. Look closely at the trail you want to take, understand what the terrain will be like, and speak to anyone you know who has done the hike previously. National or state parks should be able to supply a wealth of information and will also have rangers you can speak to. Learn about any wild animals and plants you need to be aware of, and if any hunting takes place in the vicinity.

4. Take a Survival Kit

Even if you are just planning to go on a hiking trip for a day, it is important to have some survival essentials with you, in case you run into any problems. A first aid kit, an emergency shelter, food, water (plus purification tablets) and an emergency foil blanket are all necessities. Matches and a lighter are also needed for making fires, and a multi-tool is required for basic tasks and for protecting yourself. Consider an EDC box subscription box if you plan to hike or trek on a regular basis.

5. Check the Weather

A common mistake is that a hiker feels so eager to go on their hiking trip, they forget to check the weather forecast. Finding yourself in the middle of a storm or frequent rain downpours can quickly make a hiking excursion dangerous, not to mention extremely uncomfortable. If bad weather is predicted, simply postpone your trip to another day.

6. Stick to the Trail

Some adventurers are tempted to veer from the hiking trail when they’re out enjoying a walk. This is usually a bad idea. As soon as you leave the trail, you have no idea what terrain or conditions you will come across, which will leave you more prone to injury. Leaving the trail also makes it easier for you to get lost, plus it destroys some of the natural surroundings you have gone to enjoy.

7. Good Shoes

Make sure you wear appropriate shoes or hiking boots for the terrain on the trail. You need shoes that have good grip, are watertight and support your feet properly in order to keep yourself as safe as possible while hiking. If you decide to invest in hiking boots, make sure you wear them in enough before you embark on your hike, and buy proper hiking socks to go with them.

8. Set Off Early

Part of keeping yourself safe during a hike is to know how long the hike should take you, and planning for some extra time around this just in case you are slower than you think. The key is to ensure you reach the end of the hike before nightfall, so also research when the sun is due to set on the day of your hike. You should not be out hiking in the dark as your visibility will be poor and your risk of harm or injury increases. Set off as early as possible in the morning if you want the luxury of having plenty of time on your walk.

9. Bring a Map

Cell phones can be notoriously unreliable away from urban centers, so you should plan to be out of cell service or out of battery during your planned hike. It is therefore crucial to bring a physical map with you so you don’t get lost.