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The word ‘empathy’ is used a lot these days in the context of supporting others. It is an essential skill to develop for those whose professional roles involve helping those in some sort of distress, and also very useful in our personal relationships. The terms empathy and sympathy are often confused. Both of the words are associated with the …

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Distance Learning Here at ADL, we are a community of life-long learners who understand that you should never stop learning and discovering new things about the world. The day we leave school is not the day that we finish exploring new ideas or taking up new skills, but instead an opportunity to follow the things …

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The indoor farming and agriculture sector is a huge market worth 32.3 billion dollars and is expected to climb to 36.4 billion by the end of 2021. If you happen to be in Europe, you are in a prime position to get in the business, given its 32.2% market share! Best of all for you, …

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On our Resources page, we have a section on our Educational Philosophy which says the following: ‘Our courses have been designed to be “experiential based” learning which means we guide students through the learning experience.  The knowledge they acquire in the course lessons are part of the learning experience, but there is always a lot …

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Behaviour is any externally observable activity of an animal. It is generally more useful to study animals in their natural habitat as we get a more “natural” view of their behaviour. But of course, this is not always possible. In general, animal behaviour includes: • Movement of parts of the body • Stopping expected movement …

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The term Artificial Intelligence (AI) was first coined by John McCarthy in 1956, and further published in 1959 entitled Programs with Common Sense in the Proceedings of the Teddington Conference on the Mechanization of Thought Processes. He discussed artificial intelligence in terms of “thinking machines”. John McCarthy was known as the “father of AI”.  According to the English Oxford …

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The value and relevance of psychotherapy to counselling has been debated, with some arguing that it is beyond the scope of counselling, and should only be applied by psychologists or psychotherapists.   There is also some disagreement about the usefulness of this approach after all.  Since it focuses on uncovering repressed memories and experiences from …

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Poetry is a beautiful art form. Unfortunately, despite being poignant and deeply personal, we sometimes still imagine something akin to “An ode to a small lump of green putty I found under my armpit one midsummer’s morning”. But the good news is that poetry is still alive and vibrant today! You might even be able …

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Many of us are finding additional ways of looking after ourselves. For example, have you considered that aromatherapy is a good option for self-care and therapy? Of course, we know that we should seek advice from our doctors for medical problems, but there are many ways to increase our sense of wellbeing and positive mental …

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After our UFOlogy course’s great success last year, we’re bringing our incredible community of students a new way to learn from home. Our team of specially trained albino pigeons will come and deliver course material straight to you! After enrolment is complete, we’ll send you an audio file that our birds are trained to hear …

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Artificial Intelligence may have seemed like something out of a high-tech sci-fi film a couple of years ago, but now it is here and making waves. The technology is so useful that we use it in a lot of our everyday life without realising, so here are four exciting uses of AI in your day-to-day …

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RHS COURSE CHANGES NOTICE for 2022 Exams for February 2022 can now be booked; please note the RHS now raises its fees every year in September, so there is a new rate for 2022 exam fees. As the COVID situation continues to affect everyone, the RHS have decided that it would be sensible to adopt …

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A microphone looms over a desk, who will speak into it?

Here at ADL, we pride ourselves on supporting life-long learning in all of its forms. Technology, Entertainment, and Design (TED) educational talks are a brilliant supplement to whatever you are currently learning because they can help us take apart some of the issues that we all face as learners and more generally in life. So, …

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A small metal pendant is lying inside a book, it could be used to travel in time and get more stuff done

Having a time turner would be fantastic, we would be able to get so much more done. We could do our work, learn a new language and go on that morning jog that we’ve always been meaning to do. If only there were a way to get more done. And the answer, in true Dilbert …

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Having well developed critical thinking and writing skills will take you far in your work and personal life. Here’s our list of 5 of the most significant benefits of critical thinking and writing.    In your school work This one may seem obvious, but it is still worth writing about your schoolwork! When you can …

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“The course was of huge value due to the comprehensive topics covered in all modules,  with a great mix of research work, reading materials and set tasks to complete which when all added together complemented each other very well.  The level that was expected of you, made you put the time and effort in with …

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