Category: Study Tips

Education

Your local library is a wealth of knowledge for any subject; you should never underestimate how useful they can be to get the most out of your course. As a distance learner, your self-direction and natural curiosity for knowledge are your greatest strengths, and they are ideally suited for a library environment. Here’s our list

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Study Tips

Valid Arguments To be valid, an argument should be based on evidence. For example, we might say: “Tigers can produce milk…” Or “Wildlife brings tourism…“ However, these are not valid arguments unless we give some evidence, or cite a source: “… Since tigers are mammals and all female mammals can lactate for their young. Therefore,

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Invalid vs Incorrect There’s a common myth that arguments which are valid always have a correct conclusion. The best Critical Thinking students know better. Invalid arguments can be correct, and valid arguments can be incorrect. Here are some examples: Invalid argument with correct conclusion IF: All cats have fur, IF: Pingu is a cat, THEN:

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Study Tips

You have spent lots of time researching, working hard to produce a top quality assignment that will be appreciated by your tutor. You have timed it well; your favourite TV programme is about to start, you have some tasty food waiting for you. It’s now time to submit that assignment and wait for a response.

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Lifestyle Education

Right now, learning has a bad rep. This is in part due to a few myths about learning (that it’s too hard, or only for young people, or too expensive), but it’s also partially because people no longer think of learning as powerful. This hasn’t always been the case. King Solomon, known to Judaism, Christianity

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Gardening & Horticulture

One of the very first and most frustrating things that I learnt as a tutor was how little difference there is between the best assignments and those that only scrape a pass. Often the difference is as simple as one assignment using world class sources and another one just getting by with a few webpages.

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A straw man argument is a sneaky sort of argument which is intentionally weak. The straw man argument is named after the human-shaped, straw-stuffed punching bags which people used to use to practice fighting against. The idea was that soldiers who practiced fighting against a straw man would have more confidence fighting real soldiers when

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Study Tips

For any of our students, RHS or otherwise, exams are part of your course. If you have a review coming up, be wary of the following: Tension Headaches or stomach pains Irritability Change in appetite These can be signs of exam stress and can ruin your mojo for that big day. If you are experiencing

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Health

Now that we're back in the swing of our daily lives, you may have been thinking about really knuckling down to some serious study. And if you're like us, you need a few snacks along the way to help you avoid a hangry rampage because you became so engrossed in your lessons that you forgot

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Random things of Interest

There are a few days left of Christmas shopping and we thought we'd put together a list of great stocking fillers for different types of students! Maybe you'd like to drop a few hints to your family or friends. A Stocking for a Horticulture Student Grow It Bonsai Tree Kit Bonsai is an art form

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Study Tips

While we are all looking forward to the break that the holiday season gives us, if you have a study goal to meet before 2018 ends, then you might need a helping hand achieving those goals. Don't fear, ADL is here to help you! Make a Schedule Planning your study has two benefits. It helps

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Study Tips

Here at ADL we aim to make education as accessible to our students as possible. With this in mind, we have tried to make our courses accessible on as many devices as we can. Provided your device has a browser, you should be able to access your course anywhere. And some devices allow you to

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Study Tips

We have all been there. A project that is started with great enthusiasm drops down the priority as life’s demands get in the way. Whether something happens that invades your routine, or whether you just drift into a lazier lifestyle, it can be difficult to get going again once you think you have failed in

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Motivational & Quotes

Do you have a challenge ahead – perhaps a presentation at work, a speech or an interview? Do you fear that, although you have appropriate skills, and you have completed your preparation, your lack of confidence on the day may just jeopardise your performance?   Enter the Circle of Excellence, a technique, used in Neuro-Linguistic

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Environmental and Animals Blog

If you are currently studying a horticulture course with us, we’ve compiled a list of sites we think are a great help. In no particular order of preference:   The RHS The RHS website is so full of information, you can spend countless hours on this site browsing plant advice, gardening advice and even purchasing seeds for

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Random things of Interest

With more of our writing being digitised, the fountain pen is often thought of as a redundant instrument from a bygone era. But for me, when taking notes or writing appointments into my diary, I have found that the unparalleled smoothness provided by a fountain pen translates into a clarity of ideas. Because of their

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A Time for Counsellors

The Covid pandemic was unique for counsellors in our shared lived history.  There has been no other event that has been so bluntly experienced by almost every human alive. The shared trauma of our experiences is something that will leave its mark for years if not decades to come. But for the children and young

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Veganuary

Did you forget to make a resolution for 2023? Perhaps you simply felt this time you’d just not bother; only now nearly at the end of January when everyone else is failing in their earnest efforts to do better you feel you really should have one had one? Well, you could still have a few

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Uh Oh, It’s Blue Monday Again!

Christmas is long gone and over.  The New Year is rapidly disappearing in the rearview mirror and we’re not even halfway through winter. On top of that, the cost of the festive season is being felt on waistlines and wallets while new years resolutions are already falling like dominos.  Yes, it’s that time of year

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5 courses to boost your New Year’s resolutions

The beginning of a new year is a fresh chance to take lives in fresh directions.  Sometimes it’s something we’ve been thinking of for some time, but on other occasions, a spur-of-the-moment decision can lead to a profound change and opportunities we could never have imagined.  Here are a few suggestions for directions to consider

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