As a college student on the web, you will most likely rely on Google or a similar search engine to help you find answers to all of your class assignments.
This is hard for some people to do because they don’t know how to properly search for the information they need. I work in search engine optimization, which means that I spend my days trying to help websites make their information more search engine friendly. As a result of that work, I now have an understanding of how Google works from the other side. Now I want to share some tips with you that I have learned over the years so you can potentially use a search engine better in the future. Read on to see how you can get Google to work for you.
Searching for Keywords, Not Sentences
A lot of people think that throwing large statements into a search engine will bring them more accurate results, but that isn’t always the case. Sometimes filler words in a sentence can cause a search engine to get distracted, just like you would be if someone started to shove a whole bunch of information into your brain at one time. Rather than searching for “Who discovered America in 1492?” you could search for “America 1492.” Chances are you would get the exact result you need from the second option, even if it has fewer words. If you don’t find exactly what you are looking for from the start, you can add more words to refine your search a bit.
Google is fueled by keywords, so you have to think about the most important search terms to look for, rather than looking for a whole question. You don’t have to use proper grammar in your search because that is not going to influence your results. “Homework help Germany” is going to come up with more accurate results than “How to get homework help in Germany.” Test this out a few times and see for yourself. You may be surprised by how much better your results are when you look for keywords instead.
Using Quotation Marks
If you want to find a specific term that you don’t want Google to break apart, you need to put that term in quotation marks. This is important to do with names because it ensures that you will pull up a first and last name together. I actually Google my own name a lot because I want to see what random results pull up for it, but I can never find anything without the quotation marks. I see information about my first name and information about my last name, but not the two of them together. With some simple “quotation marks,” I can change my results in an instant.
Try Different Versions of Words
If you can’t find something by looking up one set of keywords, you may want to replace a few of those words with their synonyms. Let’s say that you want to look up information about going to school online. You could look up distance learning, online schools, online colleges, online universities, web based colleges, internet degree programs, and anything else in between. You can use a thesaurus if you can’t think of a replacement word on your own, but you should be able to come up with a few variations to test out. It just takes one word to lead you to the perfect resource you are looking for. Try out a few different options so you can use Google to the best of your abilities.
Whether you play guitar on the side or you type on the computer all day, you may want to improve the speed and agility of your fingers. This may sound like a silly concept because most people don’t think about finger exercises. However, a simple workout of your digits may make a big difference in terms of how quickly you type on the computer. The main intent is to get the blood flowing in your fingers before you start going to town on the computer.
Here are the specific exercises that you can use to help your fingers get loose before you type.
Grab a tennis ball, a squeeze master, or anything squishy that your fingers can get a grip on when you hold it in your fist. Squeeze and alternate your hands for about five minutes. Doing this at other times of the day is a good idea too. I actually started doing this after I started writing for a living because I was getting really bad cramps in my middle fingers. It hurt a bit at first, but after a while, it helped my muscles get used to the idea of being on the keyboard all the time.
Stretch Your Fingers
Stretching your fingers goes a long way in building finger flexibility. Don’t invite pain. Just do this till you are not comfortable, and then stop. You’ll see that you’re able to do more with time, gradually. Keep your palm face down on a table and push your fingers as far apart from each other as they would go, on their own. Then, using your other hand, gently push the fingers further apart, till you cannot do it comfortably any more. Maintain the position for a few seconds and then relax. Then do it on the other hand. Repeat five times overall. This is also something that you can do when you are sitting idle at other times of the day. The more you do it, the more flexible your fingers become and the further out you can reach on your keyboard.
You can do a similar exercise to this one, except that now you do it two fingers at a time for every pair of adjacent fingers. Hold your fingers up in front of you, two at a time, and then take them as far apart as they can. This will again stretch the fingers and help you type better.
Guitarists use their fingers all the time, so becoming one may give you a better chance at typing. Try to locate a couple of simple exercises that go right across the fret of the guitar, something simple that still gives your fingers a good stretch. One of the best ways of stretching those fingers (after the exercises above) is to just have them run over the fretboard. Take it slow and give your fingers the breaks that they need.
Take a Break
You can’t type for hours on end without taking a break. That will actually slow you down over time. I type off and on for probably 12 hours a day, but even I know when to stop if I need to. If your eyes are starting to hurt or your fingers are crying in pain, take some time off. Go take a nap or a relaxing bath to get your fingers feeling better. Then you will be able to get back to work refreshed again. Finger exercises can help you get through a day of typing with the minimal pain possible. You should give some a try today.
Whether you want to learn how to become a social worker or you just want to take a few courses to better your life, you have the option of going through college online or on a traditional campus. Either venue could lead you to the education you are looking for, but most people worry about convenience more than anything else. For the most part, online classes are considered more convenient than traditional classes, but that may not always be the case. Let’s take a look at how convenient online classes really are so you can figure out if they will work well for you.
Convenience of Access
In terms of accessing your class information, the internet provides a much easier option than a college campus would. You can find an online Study Guide, where all of the information you would need for class. All you need is a device that can connect to the web. This is great for people who travel or like to move because they can still get their education whenever they need to. If you don’t have a way to easily get to a college campus, you may find that distance learning is a great opportunity for you.
Convenience of Deadlines
Most people assume that they can turn in assignments whenever they want online, but that is only partially true. The fact is that you have deadlines to abide by online. They are just a little looser than other deadlines. Rather than having an assignment due at the beginning of a class, the assignment may be due at midnight for a certain day. Some professors only ask that everything is turned in at the end of the semester, and others try to structure their classes like they would in an in-person setting. This is just something you have to look over in the classes that you take online.
Convenience of Communication
Traditional classes are admittedly easier to communicate through, mainly because you have face to face contact with the people on a regular basis. If you have a question to ask the professor, you just have to catch him before or after class. In an online classroom, you have to email the professor or call during his or her office hours. Some professors will give out their Skype contact information, but that rarely happens. Even then, you would have to wait to talk to the instructor when he or she was on. If you are the type of person that has multiple questions a day, the internet may not be a good place for you to go for an education.
Convenience of Enrollment
The enrollment process is fairly similar with online classes and regular ones. Most colleges offer online enrollment options, so all you have to do is speak with an advisor and sign up for our courses on the web. Online classes fill up fast in traditional colleges, but they usually don’t fill up as quickly in actual online schools. Thus you should be able to get right in if you go to a school online. The process is convenient either way, but I happen to like enrolling with an online college a little better.
College is only as convenient as you make it. If you have a packed schedule and you need a little flexibility, you need to go to an online school. If you have a learning disability that requires constant communication with a professor, you may prefer a traditional option. Assess your situation, and you will surely find the classroom that is right for you.