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Computer Education,

Want to learn animation?

You might not realize it but today we are surrounded by animation. Animation is not what it used to be, just on film, now you can see it on your smartphone, in television commercials, on video games, and of course at the movies. Everyday we are bombarded with different animations and we do not even know it. And yet, all of animated media makes it seem so easy, but it is not. Animation looks wonderful when performed correctly but even the untrained eye can determine a poorly done animation. Learning animation can be extremely difficult and takes years and years to master. Like all great art it takes about 10,00 hours to become a master. But, do not let that discourage you, if you like the art of animation go for it! Do not let anyone tell you otherwise. So, to help you on your animation journey here area few tips for beginning animators.

Tip number 1, get the right books.

Surround yourself with books, but not just any books, you need the right animation books. Fortunately legendary animators have spent the time to create books that are full of gorgeous images and wonderful examples. Check out this list of the ten best animation books. The ten best animation books list goes through the top ten animation books that every young animator should own. This list gives you ten books ranging from fundamentals and drawing to story telling. Each book has tons of lessons that every animator should learn.

Tip number 2, watch animation, a lot of it.

Now that you have the right books, it is time to study animation by watching it. No, this is not an excuse to watch tons of films just for your enjoyment. I am not saying sit back and watch tons of sunday morning cartoons. You need to be studying films and animation. Take your favorite piece of animation and play it on your computer. Play it using software where you can pause it and go through the shot frame by frame. Watch a 30 second clip going frame by frame. Pay attention to the drawings, motions, and arcs that you see on screen. You will be amazed at how much work is placed in one drawing or frame.

Tip number 3, learn to draw even if it is stick figures.

You should learn to draw, even if is just rough stick figures. While most animation is done in 3d, it is still important to know how to draw basic shapes. You can be a wonderful 3d animator and not have much drawing skills, but it does help! Why? it is a lot easier to plan and discuss a shot in thumbnail sketches. What might take 15 seconds with a pencil, can take a minute to pose out in a 3d animation software. So learn to draw and express yourself on paper, you do not need to be amazing! If you need a good place to start for drawing checkout, “Simplified Drawing for Planning Animation” by Wayne Gilbert.

Tip number 4, practice, practice practice.

All of the theory in the world will help but it cannot make you animate. So practice, by animating. Do it over and over and over. I would suggest starting small, by doing the classic bouncing ball test, then continue. Do the bouncing ball ten or fifteen times, perfect the bouncing ball. Then move on to a walk cycle. Do a vanilla walk ten or fifteen times. After that , move on to a character walk cycle. The point is to start small and practice, like you would anything else! Michael Jordan was not born making baskets, it took years of practice.

Now those are a few quick tips, they will not make you a wonderful animator but it is a start. If you are serious about animation, I would suggest looking at this post about the best animation resources for learning animation. The post goes over different communities, sites, and schools you can go to learn more about animation. I hope you found this helpful and have fun animating!

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Career,

Five Interesting Facts About Back Office Jobs

Back office jobs are commonly perceived as the supporting jobs—ones that support the crucial, interactive and money-making front office jobs. They are essential for the growth and development of any organization as they provide the necessary stability to workforce’s in this day and age of dynamic workplaces which in turn assist in profit making for the company. Read on to find out some interesting facts about this oft ignored part of corporate workplaces.

Back office jobs include ones related to accounts, HR, business development, etc. and are engaged in services like managing payrolls, employee grievances, human resource management, accounting services, data entry, overseeing IT concerns and set ups and office administration.

Fact 1:- Back office personnel, though critical to the success or failure of a business, are not actively engaged in direct, face-to-face conversations and interactions with clients and customers. Hence, the required skill set for these types of jobs is completely different than in a front office job. They however, increase a business’s sales and productivity by streamlining all the tasks so that the front office staff can engage in more “money making” activities and manage their work more efficiently.

Fact 2:- Employees in a company’s back office need to be more tech-savvy and knowledgeable about computer systems than the front office staff, as they are the ones lending complete IT support for the smooth functioning of the office.

Fact 3:- Good written and verbal communication skills are a pre-requisite for the back office staff in human resources, billing and accounts as their general modes of communication within themselves and other front office staffs include fax, phone and email.

Fact 4:- Back office jobs are generally more stable in terms of timing and quantity of work to be accomplished every day. The biggest advantages of back office jobs include having standard working hours, work in a stress-free environment and a secure, stable post.

Fact 5:- Back office jobs mostly work on real time data collection, and all information related to customers, clients, employees, sales, etc. is collected all the time, and this data can be accessed from anywhere at any time.

An efficient back office system in place will result in a more systematic, organized, and productive workflow within an organisation.

By promoting a well-organized back office systems and personnel in their offices, business owners can optimise their work output and save a lot of time that can then be actively utilized for the company’s growth and development.

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School,

Pro Tips for Choosing the Art School That’s Right For You

Careers in art are competitive, so choosing a degree in the arts is a decision that shouldn’t be made lightly. The right art school won’t just be another hoop on the obstacle course to becoming a legitimate artist, it will nurture your ability, refine your talent, and teach you the skills necessary to market your art in the real world.

So how do you choose the program that’s right for you? Here is a list of tips that should help make your decision easier.

1. Consider your career goals

Whether you want to be the next M. C. Escher, or your dream is to teach, whether you hope to curate your own gallery or restore centuries old masterworks, it’s essential to know in advance that the program’s you’re applying for will enable you to achieve your goals.

Not all art educations are created equal, and some programs are focused more on the business end of art than the creation of it. Ensuring that your program of choice is accredited is also of paramount importance, especially if you’ll be advancing your education further. Most PhD programs won’t look twice at an applicant from an unaccredited school.

2. Educate yourself about the school’s location

Some programs are located in urban settings, some are more rural, and the difference can make or break certain students. Know what kind of environment you want before you start looking for programs, it will help you narrow your choices, and save you from learning the hard way half-way through first semester.

An addendum to this is the kind of space the program provides for its artists. Will you have a private studio? A shared one? How will the space suit your needs and accommodate the work you are already producing? Is the program flexible, will they help you find more space if you need it? All important questions.

3. Understand the timeline

This is hard for artistic types, but it’s an important part of entering into an agreement with an educational institution. Find out how long the program is meant to last, and how much leniency you will be given to produce a finished product (often referred to as a thesis) after your time there is complete.

Also important: loans and loan repayment timelines. Most federal loans give students 6 months or 1 year after graduation before they start requiring payments, so knowing this will help you plan your career choices after graduation.

4. Research the faculty

Always do your homework when it comes to choosing the people who will teach and mentor you. These individuals can become lifelong peers and are crucial to successful networking. More important than their own fame or success, though, is their ability to teach. Not all artists love teaching students. Seek out other students and gain their insight. Visiting the school is an easy way to do this, and sitting in on a class can be the most insightful experience of all.

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College,

Preparing For College Tuition

Preparing for college, no matter what age you are, is a lengthy process, from deciding what college to attend, what degree to go for, and even how you are going to pay for it. There are several payment options when it comes to school, from loans to cash.

Tuition is probably the biggest dilemma for many when it comes to attending college. How ill you pay back loans? How can you afford college without loans? If you weren’t thinking of college when you first entered high school it’s less likely you’re prepared to try for grants and scholarships.

So, how are you going to pay to get a higher education? Here are some ideas.

Start Saving Your Pennies

You may have to save a lot of pennies to pay for an entire college education, even if you are just going for an associated degree. There are ways to save money though. Teenagers that are just starting to think about college can save money from birthdays, summer jobs and even the money they get at their graduation party. If it’s not enough to pay for some credits it may be enough to pay down some of the loans you’ll have.

Get a Loan

There are a couple different types of loans to help pay for college. The two basic loan types are subsidized and unsubsidized. Subsidized loans have a cap on how much you can borrow. You can get these types of loans through your college of choice or through federal aid. You can also opt for a private loan, such as a bank loan.

The problem with loans is that they add up and they include interest. Interest means you end up paying more than the actual cost of your education.

Think About Trade School

Learning a trade can be much cheaper than gaining a college degree. It can also be a quick way to start a career. Often, trade schools let you start working in your field while you are training so you can start earning right away.

Be aware that not every college will be right for your career choice. Some colleges that only offer classes through online portals may offer classes that cannot transfer credits and their classes may not be recognized in your industry, if there are certain courses you need in order to get licensing.

According to an article on free tuition posted on Worthly, there are some high class colleges that give free tuition to students that fall into certain tax brackets. If you are one of these lucky people, with the high school credentials to get you past the doors, you’re lucky.

College isn’t cheap, and even if tuition rates go down it will still leave a pricey dent in your pocket.

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Education News,

Using Twitter To Educate Your Industry

One of the great aspects of new social media technology is that posts aren’t just about being social, they’re also about being educational. Regardless of your own personal industry, you can use Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and many others to spread all kinds of great factual information.

In fact, many people will accept your opinions much more readily if your stream of content also has a lot of sourced, factual links and information in with it as well. The following three techniques will give you a few tips and tricks for using the idea of education to increase your social clout.

Using Educational Links

Twitter and Facebook are probably the most efficient ways of using educational links. These educational links can either be links to other factual sources, such as articles from newspapers, magazines, or journals; or they can be links to factual information on your own personal or your own business site.

By having a good combination of those two, you’re giving people a good opportunity to see that you’re trying to give a good, balanced view of all of the different facets of fact and information available in your given industry. And yes, Twitter is important for everyone, from politicians to physical therapy sites.

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Moderating Only Sourced Material

One way to make sure that your links remain truly educational is if you use only sourced material. This means never posting any links to assumptions, opinions, commentary, non-backed advice, or personal beliefs.

This may be difficult, because that is a majority of the content out there, but the better your moderate your own links and material, and the better you moderate comments on your links, the more people will begin to believe that you aren’t trying to force your own ideas on people, and you’re rather just trying to promote tried and true information.

Updating on a Consistent Schedule

Another process that you can always keep in mind in order to make sure that people understand you’re promoting education is to keep your posts on a regular, consistent schedule. This means enough posts to keep things interesting, but not so many posts that people get annoyed or think you are being overtly promotional.

So what is the best speed of posts? Realistically, it depends on your industry. But, if you’re posting every 15 minutes on Twitter, you’re going to lose all of your followers. But, one post per month isn’t going to cut it. So, some type of weekly engagement is probably your best bet.

And, if you’re working with a team of people on a social media site, be sure that all of you communicate so that you know how well all of your information is balancing off of each other. One good way to organize a social media team is that every person posts one item related to their specialty every day, that way no one is stepping on anyone else’s toes.

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School,

Things to Know Before Moving to San Francisco for School

Moving to a new city to attend school is one of the most exciting steps you can take in your young life. San Francisco, with it’s counter-culture reputation, mild weather, and proximity to the ocean, is an obvious favorite for many. If you’re interested in moving to SF, but you’re not a bay area native, here are a few tips that will make your adjustment period infinitely easier so you can focus on having fun and learning new things.

1. Taxi drivers can smell a newbie

This is true in any big city, but don’t let it scare you off. As time goes by you’ll learn the fastest routes, and be able to spot a swindling cabbie even when you’ve had four shots of fernet and can’t find your iPhone because it’s in your other hand. Until then, don’t take a cab to the airport, and don’t spend more than $20 to get anywhere within city limits, and you should be fine.

2. Don’t drive yourself anywhere, ever

Rush hour in San Francisco lasts from sun up, to sunset, and while it’s not as foreboding as other major metropolitan traffic jams (read: Los Angeles and Atlanta), it’s worth your peace of mind to simply take public transportation if you need to make it somewhere on time. If you absolutely insist on driving yourself, add at least 30 minutes to your eta.

3. Anywhere north of Berkeley is too far away

People who live in the East Bay don’t usually find themselves in the city unless they have a class or a job. It’s a fact that cuts both ways. Partly to blame are the unreasonable BART (the train that runs under the bay) hours of operation which are designed to make grown adults feel like they’ve got a middle school curfew.

As a result, it’s just easier to party close enough to home that you won’t get stuck sleeping in off in a station somewhere. So keep your school’s location in mind when you’re picking an apartment.

4. Learn to parallel park anything

Despite the fact that you will, if you’re wise, rarely drive, it is essential to hone your ability to parallel park. In the fog, with a line of bleating traffic behind you and another streaming towards you, on an incline so steep you feel you might slide off, in a space so small only a matchbox car would fit. Being able to perform this feat without breaking into tears will make you a hero amongst all your friends, and will keep you from panicking when you have to rent a Uhaul to move.

5. You will get robbed

Doing foolish things like carrying a purse over one shoulder, falling asleep on the train, leaving anything of even the remotest value in your car, or improperly securing your bike, bike seat, bike tires, or cute little wicker bike basket, wearing your wallet in your pocket, or leaving your computer unattended at the coffee shop, will only increase your chances of being robbed.

6. Silence can be deadly

People who drive in SF often drive electric cars, which are notoriously quiet. So, look before you cross any street.

7. Dress for all seasons

If you’re moving from the midwest or even the northeast, you probably think that weather ranging between 40 and 80 degrees sounds like a walk in the park, but what you don’t know yet are the city’s microclimates and how heavily reliant you will become on direct sunlight.

Thanks to the nearby ocean, the city is a windy place, and depending on where the sun is in the sky, you can wear a coat, hoodie, hat, gloves in one block, and need a t-shirt in the next. Also keep in mind, the buildings in the city aren’t insulated like the ones in more variable climates.

8. And don’t call it San Fran

This screams tourist. No one who lives in San Francisco calls it San Fran. Call it SF, the city, or any other number of cute nicknames, but avoid the San Fran trap. It screams, not from around here.

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School,

Learning the Law- Tips For Starting Law School

Law school isn’t always easy, but then again neither is medical. For some people a fine arts degree may be a challenge. It really depends on how determined you are to succeed at whatever it is that you are going to school for.

If you want to be an attorney, lawyer or a judge, then you’ll be spending some time in law school. It helps to go in prepared. Here are some great tips to help you get ready for law school.

Get a Head Start

Are you absolutely sure that a law degree is what you want? Take some time to get some experience, even if it just means volunteering or working as a file clerk at a law office. This at least gives you a chance to see what the inner workings of working in the field look like.

You can also spend some time sitting in on some open court cases to get an idea of what it’s like out in the field, not just sitting in the office doing the paperwork and answering the phones.

Take All the Notes You Can Stand

Take notes and take notes of your notes. You’ll likely be overwhelmed your first year into law school and there is a lot to learn. Law school is not the same as college, it’s more like training in an actual career field. There is no science class, just lots of case files that you need to know how to read and comprehend.

Taking notes allows you to go back through the myriad of things you’ve learned and look up terms you may not have understood or were confused about during the lecture. You might also want to record lectures and listen to them again. The better at note taking you get the better you’ll be at filing cases too.

Do Some Research

A great way to help you get an idea of your field of law is to look at websites online that deal with that particular law practice. If you want to go into personal injury law take time to learn the law by looking at attorney web pages, their FAQ page and whatever else looks like it may have some interested information.

If you want to be a criminal lawyer you can look into various criminal cases online and see how the lawyers dealt with the cases on both sides.

While law school may not be easy, if you are driven and have the dream of being a successful lawyer one day then you can make it. There will always be difficult days, as with any schooling or career, but it’s the love of the job that will push your through to graduation day.

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Career,

Write an Essay for Me – Why Employ to Write Your Essay?

For people who find themselves being asked to write another essay, good luck because this can be a really daunting task! Just imagine having to deal with a wide course of load to handle, and then having to sit down and put thoughts together, which is definitely not going to happen under stress or pressure. The reassuring thing though is that to write an essay for me is possible these days. This is actually what coolessay.net is for. These essays online are interesting. It can be about anything like chemistry, biology, marketing, business studies and a lot more.

What to Remember in Having an Essay Written for you

No one should feel bad if they are to ask someone to write my paper for me. Buying essays online has been the trend these days. This may occur from various companies actually. Many people need to be aware of the reality that there are pre-written essays which keep data base of these completed papers. This is why the aforementioned company is asking for clients to be precautious when it comes to the place they order their work. Good thing, there is nothing to worry in here. To write my essay for me on the said provider is safe and efficient all at the same time.

Write my essay for me can be really fun. This is appropriate for students out there who are to take a very crucial place for their academic career. This is important and it needs to be taken seriously. Even if others may raise their eyebrows because of write my paper for me, this can be justified knowing that essays online are meant to be the guidelines of others. These essays can be plentiful of number online. This is why more and more people are realizing the convenience of write my essay for me. For those who just want to have ideas, and then that would still work. Essays online may be the best resource and this may be good for everyone to consider. Jump starting to new ideas would most likely to occur in here.

Purchasing essays online can be quite simple. The only thing that has to be done is for a form to be filled out. This is where the order is placed. There are required materials which may be used. Afterwards, going for the payment may follow. That can be simple. Even those who are not tech-savvies would benefit from this of course. When an order is placed in this website, it would be possible to choose among various types of payment methods. This may be in G2S or Paypal. These are safe so everyone can be assured that while shopping online, they will be able to get the worth of their money.

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Language Education,

Five Reasons to Learn English in England

London England is the heart of the old world. The birthplace of the English language as we know it so why not travel there to learn the language? If you are pursuing a wider range of business opportunities, or working on your college course work England is the perfect place to learn. English schools London will provide you with the best learning experiences and opportunities for your own learning style. With some of the best language schools in the world, it is the perfect place to go and learn a language and the rich history behind it.

1. You Will Be Immersed in the Language

Leaving your country of origin and going to a foreign country to learn their native language can be a scary thing. While it can be intimidating, going to a language specialized school is the best option for learning. A secure environment with other people all there for the same reason as you is the safest way to get the full experience. London has such a variety of cultures there that it is not hard to find people who speak your own language if you get homesick. The best option is to immerse yourself as much as possible though.

2. England Has a Long-lasting Literary Background

It is only appropriate to travel the native country of a language to have the best experience learning the language. England has a reputation for being the birthplace for a great number of the world’s literary greats. Hundreds of writers have called England their home, and now you have the opportunity to learn from them. There are museums with a look into the lives of these great authors from the past

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3. London Offers a Number of Business Opportunities

London is Europe’s business epicentre. Hundreds of large companies have their headquarters in London. There opportunities are endless. While learning English you can take the opportunity to get involved with a Fortune 500 company. When you leave London you will not only speak English, you will also have learned new skills to grow your own business.

4. England Is Beautiful and Safe

England is the home to many of the world’s beautiful landmarks. There are the White Cliffs of Dover, Stonehenge and other beautiful places to visit. There are parks where you can go relax and unwind after a busy day. There are monuments to visit and museums to explore. England is a wonderful place to visit especially if you are trying to learn English.

5. Traveling Is Easy from London

London is the home to five airports. This gives you options when it comes to sightseeing. There are so many surrounding countries that you can visit for a day when you do not have much course work. This provides you with the full European experience with only one trip to get there. It is a great opportunity to go to London to learn English. The people are friendly and are always willing to help someone fully enjoy the wonders of their country.

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Career,

Secure In Your Education: Safety Features for Finance and Record-Keeping

During a majority of your life, you’ll have some financial association with education. From pre-school to high school, you’ll most likely be on your parent’s ticket. After that, in college or through higher education, you’ll have to find out about loans, scholarships, grants, and interest rates. Past that, you’ll either be paying back loans, or once you have kids, you’ll be starting the whole cycle over again. The point is, because it’s such an ever-present feature, you should make sure that all of your educational financial transactions are as secure as possible, which means secure checks, safety features from banks, and regular financial checklists and checkups.

Secure Checks

Even though a lot of educational financial transactions are going to be digital or through credit and data transfers, there are still going to be cases where you have to pay with physical checks. Because of this, you should always keep secure checks printed somewhere, and make sure they are up to date and have all of the latest security features available. There are lots of options online as to which features, colors, and amounts you want, but always be sure to work with reputable companies, or with your bank directly if it makes more sense to buy in bulk that way.

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Safety Features from Banks

You’re sitting, eating lunch, and you get a phone call. You pick up, and it’s an automated message from your bank saying that there was a particularly unusual charge made on your card. Someone is trying to spend $1,000 on tuition for on online class based in Europe. Bang! Denied. And your money is saved. When you set up safety features connected to your bank account, you can almost guarantee that any kind of potential fraud is going to be almost immediately detected. That kind of peace of mind is priceless, so it is well worth finding out how to have your bank call or text you whenever they spot anything that seems particularly out of the ordinary.

Regular Financial Checklists

Regularly checking your own finances is another good way to make sure your educational money is going where it should. Especially if you’re paying back large loans, you want to keep an eye to where your interest rates are. By checking every week how much you owe, how much of your primary you’ve paid, how much you’ve paid to interest, and how long you have left, you’ll be able to keep a good idea of where your basic budget needs to be in order to your to keep a secure connection to your particular lifestyle. Talking to education financial advisers along the way will also help you keep the numbers straight.