online-educationAs people become busier each year with work, family and other obligations and as technology evolves to make life more seamless, it seems natural that online education has become an emerging alternative for students seeking to enhance their education and skills while managing their every active lives. Currently three million people are taking advantage of online education curricula, while six million are completing at least one online class to complete a degree in a given field.

From a medley of diverse courses and academic programs and lower costs to customized learning environments and better opportunities to focus, online education features a bevy of attributes that make it attractive for people on the go.

Course and Program Choices
Online educational platforms offer a bevy of classes and full programs to meet the needs of diverse students, including full four-year university degrees and specialized certification courses. Whether you want a full degree in nursing or need a couple of classes for your teaching certification, there are solutions at your finger tips. Consider advanced graduate programs as well that enable you to even earn a Ph.D.

Cost
A good example is the cost of attending a private high school. The cost of a traditional four-year high school education continues to rise year after year. Often the costs become prohibitive for parents who want to make sure their child gets the best education but simply can’t afford these exorbitant costs. An online high school has less associated costs, including no housing or commuting fees while many of the course materials are available for free online saving money on textbooks. Moreover, many universities and colleges are now accepting course credits earned online that students can apply to their general education requirements.

Learning Environment
Because the learning takes place online, many students are able to create a custom and comfortable learning environment whether they be in their favorite coffee shop or their kitchen table. Often course materials and lectures are sent digitally to students for them to review at their discretion. Students save time also by not having to drive to classes or spend time ushering between buildings.

Flexibility
The freedom of online courses provide students with the discretion to plan their studies around their busy schedules. For professionals, this flexibility has proven invaluable for them in enhancing their qualifications while advancing in their careers. Students have the discretion to work at the time of day that is most convenient and productive for them whether that be late at night or before dawn depending on their family or work commitments as well as personal preferences.

Focus
For more reticent students or those that struggle to manage their concentration, online courses have demonstrated a greater efficacy in meeting the needs of these students. Students who are a bit more shy tend to engage more in the learning process through discussion boards and chats while students with focus issues are less distracted by other classmates or extraneous activity through online portals. Ultimately, the online approach provides students with strategy and tactics to bolster their educational prowess.

idealightbulbNo, nootropics aren’t warm, palmy areas around the equator. They are, infact, groups of rare supplements or drugs that are taken specifically to enhance memory and other cognitive abilities. Because they are said to enhance intelligence, nootropics are often called “smart drugs.”

The nootropic that most people are familiar with is caffeine, but there are other nootropics that stimulate mental functioning. Some of these drugs and supplements are used by college students to help them study and retain what they read more efficiently. Others seem to show promise for brain diseases as devastating as Alzheimer’s disease and Huntington’s chorea.

Kinds of Nootropics

Stimulants

There are different kinds of nootropics. They include stimulants like amphetamines, methylphenidates and eugeroics. Amphetamines help stimulate a person’s mental awareness, help them perform tasks and aid in the retention of different kinds of memory, including episodic and working memory. Researchers claim that amphetamines are especially useful for people with ADHD. They also help with inhibitory control. This is the ability of a person to overcome their usual responses to a situation in order to complete a task or reach a goal.
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alcar
ALCAR, an abbreviation for acetyl L-carnitine, is a naturally occurring amino acid in the body that produces energy. This amino acid may also be administered to help treat a variety of ailments, many of them brain-related conditions. For instance, Alzheimer’s patients may be prescribed this medication to improve their ability to remember. Similar results are seen when those with alcohol or age-related memory problems are given this medication.

Acetyl L-carnitine can also treat age-related low testosterone, or male menopause, alleviating the depression, fatigue, and sexual dysfunction associated with this condition. Furthermore, it is used for diabetic neuropathy to relieve pain, stroke to improve cognition, Peyronie’s disease to reduce pain and slow disease progression better than tamoxifen, and male infertility (caused by inflammation) to improve sperm count and motility.

Acetyl L-carnitine may also be used for the following conditions, although, according to research, there is less conclusive evidence for its effectiveness. These conditions include: Down’s syndrome, age-related depression, cognition problems related to Lyme Disease and muscle weakness from HIV medication.

Various oral dosage levels of acetyl L-carnitine have been studied in research. For Alzheimer’s patients, the 1500-4000 mg per day taken 2-3 times per day was given. When used to treat depression in older patients, 1500-3000 mg was administered. For male infertility, 2 grams of L-carnitine and 1 gram of acetyl L-carnitine were given.

Patients should take the medication with water. Generally it is also good to take medications after eating some food.

Like other medications, care should be taken when using acetyl L-carnitine. Side effects of taking this medication, or supplement (as it can be purchased over the counter), is stomach upset, nausea, and vomiting. Those with a history of seizures should avoid the medication as it may increase their frequency. Those with an underactive thyroid should avoid it as well. Additionally, the blood thinning agents warfarin (coumadin) and acenocoumarol (sintrom) should be not used with acetyl L-carnitine as it can reduce blood clotting even more.

Acetyl L-carnitine (ALCAR) are only unofficial synonyms for this medication/supplement. However, the IUPAC (International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry) name is 3-Acetyloxy-4-trimethylammonio-butanoate.