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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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Imagine you’ve just found a brilliant article and want to cite it in your essay. However, when you come to cite it you find that the source is not an academic journal at all, it’s actually in a type of book called a Festschrift. Your natural questions are: (i) Am I allowed to cite books if I can’t pronounce their titles? (ii) Wait, did I just read an article in German? (iii) What is a festschrift anyway?


Festschrifts are memorial volumes, written to commemorate the lives of the most eminent scholars. Sometimes the scholars have died, but most often they have just retired (or in the case of the most prestigious scholars) reached a...

Do you work in a profession where you are dealing with potentially angry people as service users? If so, you will be aware of the many challenges that face you in your communication with others.  Many people find it hard to cope with their feelings of anger, or they do not have the facilities to express their anger appropriately.


You can become angry when you feel you're being attacked, when you become frustrated, when you feel you've been lied to or when you feel you are being unfairly treated. We all experience anger – it's a very normal, human emotion. It can even be useful sometimes. For example, feeling angry about something...

We can all remember learning facts for school exams. Sometimes we were less than enthusiastic, and memorising information often became a huge struggle - but adult learning takes a different approach. Learning new facts and skills, then putting that newfound knowledge into practice, has many advantages which bring success and help us to become better versions of ourselves. We need to learn in order to gain advantages in our professional lives; we also benefit from learning for our leisure interests. Sometimes, just gaining interesting knowledge is a goal in itself. We are now told by experts that keeping our brains working is very good for...

Journal articles are the most up-to-date and prestigious pieces of academic writing, usually in the style of essays or reports. They are special because they are published by experts, fact-checked and can challenge conventional wisdom. However, they do have some drawbacks too. They can be difficult for readers to access, they are written in very complicated language and they tend to age faster than books.


All journal articles are published in journals, which are periodicals, just like magazines and newspapers. Just like other periodicals, journals tend to have a particular subject (e.g. Nature publishes articles on science and...


It can be difficult for you to treat your studies seriously as an adult learner. Most adult learners are in part-time education, with usually only a few hours of study-time each week. If you are a learner, you probably have other responsibilities – you most likely have to work, look after a family and manage the household chores. Next to these responsibilities, learning can seem trivial and even slightly indulgent. It can seem as if you are being decadent spending time and money on a course when you could be cleaning the house – you hedonist you!


For some learners (or, let’s face it, suck-ups) taking themselves seriously...

For those of us looking for something to celebrate, we might consider joining in on the Mid-Autumn festival.  This festival, celebrated in China and several neighbouring countries, is a harvest festival that falls on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar, which this year makes it the 4th of October.

Traditionally, the festival is linked with ancient practices of moon worship.  There are many associated myths across China and its neighbouring countries about how this came about.  It is customary to make offerings to the deity Chang’ – the Moon Goddess of Immortality.  But for gourmands, it also presents an opportunity to...

Counselling skills support a person’s decision-making or capacity to feel better, without the counsellor imposing his or her own view on what the individual should do or even feel.This is incontrast to what a parent, good friend or colleague might do.


As a parent, you may help your child in many ways, including the provision of unconditional love, encouragement, giving money, being kind and generous, making him or her laugh, prescribing and practising discipline, and always being available.


As a friend, you offer your loyalty, a sense of standing up for another person, honesty, money-lending, being fun to be with,...

Learning new things can be one of life’s great pleasures. As we all know, there is more to studying than getting a diploma or certificate. It is more to do with following where our personal curiosity leads us and feeling a sense of grasping a subject in depth, and gaining a sense of expertise. So how can you be sure that you are getting the best from your studies? Do you just regard coursework as a means to that diploma – or do you positively enjoy your study time? Here are six tips to help you get the best from your studies:


1. Understand the coursework - using your own words. You may enjoy reading a part of your coursework,...


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