Inexpensive Ways to Further Your Education

Never before has been easier for people to improve their educational prospects that it is today. The number of resources, many of them free, are being offered online at a remarkable rate. You can literally get a quality university education, seeing the same lectures as those attending the university, while you sit comfortably in front of your computer screen in your pajamas.

Among the early leaders in this field is the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) who has been offering free courses for some years now, recently decided to allow free access many of their courses. This is a bit of a good news/bad news scenario. The good news is that you can take all the courses for free, the bad news is you won’t earn a degree for all your hard work. However, if you are more interested in learning the material than in earning the degree, this may be just the tool for you.

Scott Young had already earned a degree in business when he decided he really wanted an education in computer engineering to go with it. He looked at the free courses at MIT, courses notorious for their difficulty, and assembled the right mix for the equivalent of a degree in computer science. While the courses were free, the books were not as he ended up spending about $2,000 on study material. However, he learned that the online format worked well for him and he is now on track to earn a four year degree in computer science in about twelve months.

Speaking of books, Josh Kaufman has developed a learning system that relies heavily on books. After spending nearly $200,000 on a quality MBA, he realized that everything he learned at business school was readily available in books you can pick up at your local Barnes and Noble. He took his concept a step further and assemble a list of books for people who wanted the equivalent of an MBA education and called it the “Personal MBA.” His original list of 60 books has expanded to a list of 99 books, but if Josh is right, and a lot of big names in the business world say he is, then it’s a bargain at about 1/100th the cost of the same education at an Ivy League School. (Note: I have personally read many of the books on the Personal MBA list and can attest to their remarkable quality and depth. Even if you don’t want to pursue the whole virtual degree, the list is a great place to look for your next business book read.)

So what if your aims are a bit more modest; you don’t want the equivalent of a degree, you just want to learn a new skill or two? Again, the options are numerous and among the best is Udemy. They offer thousands of courses in everything from arts and hobbies, education, foreign languages and business. Many, though not all, are free. Still, even the paid courses compare very favorably against the cost of the same course at a university, and they can be studied from the comfort of your home.

Not to be outdone, Harvard recently teamed up with MIT to create edX, a joint agreement that would allow students to take courses at both schools free of charge. As news of the partnership has grown, so has the list of schools eager to join the endeavor. The two founding schools have now been joined by Berkley, University of Texas, Georgetown, University of Toronto, Australian National University and Ecole Ploytechnique Federale de Lausanne. Stanford is also offering similar course as are many other major universities. At a time when the price of a college degree is going up at an alarming rate, the price of a college education has dropped to the cost of books alone.

Is pursuing this kid of education right for you? That depends a great deal on what your aims are. Some careers require time in a classroom with a degree to show for it, but many do not. If your interest is primarily in acquiring the information, then choosing one of these routes may be just the ticket. Most experts agree that while a good teacher can make a significant difference, all real learning is essentially self-learning. Even if you do pay for the brick and mortar education, you can’t expect a lot of hand-holding; you are going to have to learn this stuff yourself. Borrow a page from Scott Young’s career and plot out your own course list for your own virtual degree. You may not have the sheepskin to show for it, but you will have the same quality education.

Education Through the Use of Books

When you are a baby, you’re like a sponge, everyday you learn something new, whether it is the colour of the sky, the number of toes you have or what a type of fruit is called. The chances are that a lot of this learning is achieved through the use of education books.

Manufacturers around the world are constantly creating new books to help bolster the children’s market with education books that will help to provide answers to the questions that all children want to know, including where do rainbows come from, what makes a car steer and why does a balloon float around.

However it is not just children who use books to obtain their education. Books are used by many adults at school, universities and home to improve their level of understanding on a range of subjects ranging from fixing automotive vehicles, splitting the levels of the atom down to molecular structure and medical conditions and cure.

If you look at any students who are making their way to university you will often notice that there are a number of books under their arms that they will use throughout the course of the day for the purpose of education. Books like this don’t come cheap though and it is often a case that these educational books will cost two or three times more than other standard books.

A wise man once said that the day we stop learning is the day that we die. What he basically meant by that is that every day we learn some new skills or some piece of information that we didn’t know when we woke up that morning. If you think about it then you will probably find it to be quite solid and truthful advice as there are very few times when you go through the whole day and learn nothing.

Creating educational books for children can actually be a very cost effective business to get involved within. Just recently an author obtained a multi-thousand pound contract to produce a series of educational based books for children aged 5 – 10 years old.

In the current credit climate if you want to establish a new business you need to show that you are providing a service that is deemed worthwhile and the government is always banging on about education, education, education. Book a meeting with your business manager in 2010 and see if you can make a fresh start with a new business producing educational content for books.

Where to Find Educational Books

Educational books online can be bought from a website if the website is trustworthy and has good reputation. By buying educational material off the internet, you can ensure you get world-class quality because books sold online come with readers’ ratings and you can purchase books based on the ratings and feedbacks provided. Some websites also provide customers with discounts, especially for bulk orders. The question is, where can you get educational books online?

You can perform an internet search using Google or Yahoo or Bing and the result will show you several websites from where you can purchase educational books. Go through customer feedbacks and opinions to judge if the website you’re purchasing from is good or not. There are several websites that exist just to scam people; so be wary of such websites. Some trustworthy websites to purchase books are:

– sells CD-ROMs and other interactive material apart from books.
– this is specially designed to help in pre-school stuff.
– they sell educational books and CDs.
– this was created to help people sell used books to people in need of these books.

These websites – along with several others – aim to help in the sales of educational books. They also sell other study material like CD-ROMs, DVDs and other interactive material to even help parents teach their toddlers at home.

Some people recommend that you buy educational books from the publishers themselves. Even though this would ensure you get original material and not fake stuff. However, buying from publishers would mean that you would have to pay more when compared to purchases made online because websites generally offer discounts and other package deals when it comes to sales of books. Also, when you buy from websites, you can get second hand books and material, thereby helping make use of books that are no longer needed by some people.