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What Is Distance Learning, and Can It Work for You?

What is distance learning: A woman in front of a laptop with her baby on her lap

COVID-19 forced students to leave the traditional classroom behind and complete their school year using distance learning and online learning tools. But while the coronavirus has increased demand for these remote learning opportunities, the road to a more flexible education didn't start with the pandemic.

Distance learning has been around since the early 1800s — long before online learning was possible. And to this day, there are some important differences between distance education and online education. So, what is distance learning? Here's a look at what separates these two flexible options and the learning experience you'll get when you choose to study from a distance.

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What To Consider Before Hiring a Computer Science Tutor

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Computer science is a growing and high-paying field. But before you can start working as a software engineer or web developer, you'll have to jump through a few hurdles. First and foremost is completing your computer science education. And to get the most out of your classes, you may need to work with a computer science tutor.

Whether you're just learning the fundamentals of computer science or are studying for your third professional certification, a computer science tutor can help. In fact, computer science tutoring can be an invaluable asset — helping students learn to love this in-demand field and overcome the educational inequality prevalent within it. (Less than half of elementary schools and only 56% of high schools offer computer science courses.)

But, if you expect your computer science tutor to help you understand your coursework, make up for any gaps in your foundational knowledge, and ignite your passion for the subject, then you're going to need a really good tutor. Here's how to find one.

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The FAFSA Questions You'll See on Your Financial Aid Form

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Alex Convery
October 25, 2020

FAFSA questions: College student smiling infront of the school building

You worked your butt off through high school. You studied for every test, turned in every extra credit assignment, and even got yourself an online tutor. So, you deserve to go to the college of your dreams. The only problem: College isn't cheap.

Maybe your family can't afford to help you pay for your dream school. And maybe you're looking at the cost of college, thinking about the loans you'll have to repay, and wondering if it's worth it. Let us assure you, it is.

According to the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities, people in their 20s who have a bachelor's degree earn 47% more than people who only have a high school degree. During their lifetime, people with a bachelor's degree earn 73% more. And college grads are 3.5 times less likely to live in poverty.

So, if you want to set yourself up for a more comfortable future, the best decision you can make is to attend college — even if that means taking out student loans. And the first type of loan you should apply for is a federal student loan. Federal student loans have a lower interest rate than private student loans. And you don't need to start repaying federal loans until six months after you graduate, which gives you time to find a job.

To qualify for student loans, you'll need to apply by filling out the FAFSA.

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How To Hire an Econ Tutor Who Can Help You Make the Grade

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One part social science, one part mathematics, economics can stretch any student’s abilities. Add to that the many subtopics — game theory, political economy, corporate finance, econometrics, and so on — and navigating your economics courses can require you to fumble through a labyrinth of niche subject matter.

With the right economics tutor, however, you can master this complex subject and use it to do anything from developing a business to solving a social problem.

But finding the right econ tutor is key. The right tutor can ignite your enthusiasm for the subject while the wrong one can leave you snoozing into your textbook. So, here's what to consider before signing up for your first tutoring session.

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TutorMe vs. Tutor.com: Who Wins on the Study Scale?

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TutorMe vs Tutor.com: A smiling student works with an online tutor on her laptop

You made the decision to hire a tutor … now what? You need a tutor who can work around your ever-hectic schedule, knows the subject matter inside and out, and (let's face it) won't burn a hole through your wallet.

Whether you're looking for a tutor for yourself, your child, or a student in your own classroom, beginning your search can be overwhelming. Rather than exhaust yourself searching for a tutor referral, you decide to go with an online tutoring platform, and have your choice narrowed down to two sites: TutorMe vs. Tutor.com.

TutorMe and Tutor.com are two of the most popular and trusted tutoring platforms on the internet. And while they may look similar on the surface, there are a few differentiating factors. We'll dive into the pros and cons of each choice, narrowing down your top two to a final one.

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