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Academy for Distance Learning Blog - Our Blog is a resource for people looking for courses and information about our courses, education news, real learning stories, student sucess, discussion and anything of interest we can muster up!  

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If you have ever read a book to a young child, the thought may have passed through your mind that you could write as well as this author. After all, how difficult can writing a book for children be? It's probably harder than you think. We have all been children, and perhaps we think that qualifies us to know what children like. Unfortunately, things change over time, and what we found hilarious, fascinating and irresistible as a child may not resonate with the child of today.


Here are some tips for writing with a young audience in mind:


1. Read lots of up to date children’s books!

This is time well spent. Read any and...

We have all experienced the following: sitting down to read some coursework only to discover that our minds have wandered away while our eyes have travelled down the page. It is not that we do not wish to learn, but there are many distractions when we read. Or perhaps we are tired, hungry or uncomfortable and cannot concentrate.

Enter the SQ3R method, which is the reading and studying system preferred by many educators. It is a very effective method for both comprehension and memory retention. It works because it is a system of active reader involvement. It is simple to learn. Here is how to do this:


1. Survey.


Lee Raye, our academic writing tutor has recently signed up as a learner on the Certificate in the Principles of Garden Planning, Establishment, Maintenance (formerly the RHS Level 2 Principles of Garden Planning, Establishment and Maintenance) here at the Academy for Distance Learning. Here is the first of a series of blog posts on their experience.


Wow, what an exciting course! I signed up looking for a challenge, and there is so much to learn. Luckily, Susan (the course tutor) is really supportive. She is patient even when I make mistakes – e.g. getting cultivars and hybrids confused, and she has so much knowledge of the topic....

   Photo Credit: Amy Dadachanji

April is the perfect time to see the lime green foliage of Alexanders (Smyrnium Olisatrum), also known as Black Lovage, or Horse Parsley. The whole plant is edible, from roots to seed. The plant was introduced to the UK by the Romans, who called it the ‘pot herb of Alexandria’ on account of its versatility. It is a much overlooked edible vegetable which colonises cliff tops and coastal hedgerows, sometimes in dense stands. It is also common among the sites of medieval monastery gardens, which indicates something of its culinary history.

In the spring Alexanders produces copious yellow-green...

Whilst out walking by a grassy river bank in mid-March, I spotted some Butterbur in flower. I was quite unaccustomed to seeing it as a tiny flowering plant. For most of the year, it has large rhubarb- like leaves which are quite extensive, growing in obtrusive stands on the river bank. The flowers were almost primeval in appearance when unaccompanied by their large leaves. This prompted some research!


Photo Credit: Andy Patterson

Butterbur (Petasites hybridus) has a fleshy, root-stock which extensively creeps underground. Like its relative the Coltsfoot, it sends up flowers before the leaves appear. The flower-heads are,...

When you are studying, time can pass by without being aware of it. We can become immersed in a subject of great interest. That is one of the pleasures of learning, as we all know.

Have you ever felt as if your eyes were burning or aching after a study session? Perhaps you have an important assignment to complete by the end of the evening - or maybe you just got so carried away that you continued reading into the night?

We know that looking after our eyes is very important. Eyestrain can produce painful headaches and discomfort. There are some tips, however, that can help us to look after that most precious learning tool – eyesight –...

It is commonly believed that dogs wag their tails to convey that they are happy and friendly, but this is not exactly true. Dogs do use their tails to communicate, though a wagging tail may not necessarily mean, "Come over here and stroke me!" It has been observed that dogs have a kind of language that is based on the position and motion of their tails. You can understand your own dogs, and others too by learning about how they communicate their emotional state through movements of their tails.


Dogs wag their tails for other dogs, humans, and other animals like cats. Research has confirmed that they do not wag their tails when...

Let me guess. You are here because you have something that you absolutely, unequivocally have to learn, but you’re having trouble accomplishing the actual learning part. Never fear! It’s more common than you might think. Studying can be a real chore, even if you choose a subject which you are passionate about. Over time, all successful learners will develop their own strategies for absorbing knowledge. This blog post will give you four easy strategies on how to get that annoying and possibly nightmare-inducing information into your brain, whether it wants to go in or not.



Drastic Measures – the strategy for desperate...


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