At Open2Study, we love meeting our students. They come from all over the world, from all walks of life, with one thing in common: a love of learning. Here we chat to Michael Sand, a Student Guide and Open2Study regular.
I grew up in Kenosha, Wisconsin the land of ice and snow. Now I live in Lehigh Acres, Florida by way of 25 years in Rhode Island.
I have a high school education. I have taken many seminars on the labor movement for my past involvement in UNITEHERE a labor union. I went as high as Vice President from New England.
I found Open2Study by searching online for MOOCs. I take courses on a couple of other sites along with auditing courses at OCS. I may be retired but I never want to stop learning. There is always something new and I want to know it all.
There is one big benefit in accessing new information online; that would be cost. You get to learn about a subject for free and find out if it is the right one for you. If not, just choose a new class next time and it just might be the one you were looking for.
I have been truly blessed to find Open2Study because they made me a Student Guide. I have always enjoyed helping people which is why I got involved with the union. As a Student Guide I try to give students encouragement that they are doing the right things to get ahead in their life. A good education is the most important thing that you can give yourself to get ahead in life. Have you seen any lanterns in the forums? That may have been me giving you some encouragement from someone who has been around a little more. As a Student Guide I also go through the community forums to see if I can be of any help.
"A good education is the most important thing that you can give yourself to get ahead in life."
The forums take the place of discussion in the traditional classroom. As such they are an important part of the whole learning experience. I urge each and every student to join them. You might just be able to help someone else. Seeing others points of view is what learning is all about.
Everyone has their own study technics. I use my Nexis 7 tablet to do all my studying on. I'm usually on my recliner with my headphones on. I try to get on the forums everyday to see what other students are saying. On Friday evening I watch this week's videos. On Saturday and Sunday I do the further reading for the week.
My one tip for someone taking their first course online is use the forums. You will get advice from people who have a little more experience than you do.
I have a little advice I'd like to give you. In today's world a good education is the most important thing you can have. I urge you to find a subject you like here on Open2Study and then go for it. You will never regret an education.
My next course on Open2Study is going to be one I had to drop out of because of work requirements a while back; Sociology.