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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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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...

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...

The Materialist Myth

The most common myth you will hear about education is that it’s not worth the money. Why bother spending money learning when you could be making money with extra hours at work?


This argument is so old-fashioned it was answered in the Bible! In 1 Kings: 3, King Solomon was supposedly offered a wish. He could have asked for beautiful golden jewellery or amazing musical instruments or fabulous clothes. He didn’t. He asked for wisdom, which according to God was the correct answer.


Education is not as valuable as warm clothes, food, health and a place to sleep, but it’s still one of the best...

in Health on Apr 25, 2017 .

Some skills used by professional counsellors are similar to those used by anyone who listens carefully as part of their working role, or relationship. These skills include:


  • creating a warm and genuine relationship - sometimes referred to as ‘rapport’ -  in which a person feels accepted, without judgement, whatever is said

  • giving  a person full attention, actively listening and being mindful of what the client is communicating, verbally and non-verbally

  • making clear any ambiguous or generalised statements

  • showing attention and some understanding by putting what the individual says into the...

in Health on Apr 25, 2017 .

Are you caring for an elderly family member, a friend or a neighbour on a regular basis? However much you like or love the person being cared for, the emotional and physical demands of the role can be stressful. This can cause damaging emotional and physical symptoms, and should be faced before it harms your health and makes you a less effective in your caring role.


There is a lot of support available. Different sorts of support include the following:


Family, Neighbours and Friends


Write a list of tasks that you would appreciate help with: spending time with the person while you go shopping, doing some cooking for...


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